Lyrics

Mourners

1. Little Rebel

I was a little rebel with my heart sewn on my sleeve
I was keeping up the faith
Faith just wouldn't keep with me
So I torched those mighty bridges and got myself lost at sea
Drifting off to nowhere with no reason to believe

Hey little rebel do you know what you've become
If you saw the man you are today
You'd still be on the run
So much for raising stakes
Chasing what you've never seen
Never thought you'd see the day when you could not believe

So we go on
Yes we roll on
Drifting further down the river
While I'm searching for peaceful waters
With nothing left to lose

Hey little rebel have you your will to fight
Is your grave already dug
Will you make it through the night
This weight upon your shoulders is a weight you'll always bare
Find your place in this world
I'm sure I'll see you there

(Chorus)

So long so long
I'm leaving here today
So long so long
I'm leaving here today

(Chorus)

2. No One Lives Here Anymore

Throw up your hands and reach up for the sky
And sing of better days
You're worried now son and that's alright
For you will have a say
The damage was done at a young tender age
When first you heard the sound
You circled around them in fits of rage while the world tried to tear you down

So while you fight your anger and sing the blues
No sunny days here left for you
Until you let your life go and walk through the door
No one lives here anymore

You searched for the answers in songs sung by those
You thought would ease your pain
But they offered no solace for when you grow old
And left you standing in the rain

(Chorus)

Well give me tired and give me your poor
Huddled masses yearning for more
The wretched refuse of your teaming shores
No one lives here anymore
The songs have all died and the voices are lost
And here in this room
The dancing has stopped
No one lives here anymore
No one lives

(Chorus)

3. Mourners

Pardon my appearance I've been fighting in the wars
My arms won't stop from shaking and my feet won't touch the floor
The graves of my companions I've dug them all a hundred times or more
There was something calling me
A vision or a dream
The places I would travel to
The people I would see
And every time I closed my eyes
It all seemed real to me

Without a place to go
You will find me here
I wanted you to know
I'll keep burning through the years

It seems the gods will turn their backs on those who don't believe
The crowns of their empires go to kings whom act as thieves
And we the lonely desperate
We struggle to rise off our knees
When our good intentions seem to float up in the air
Our eyes will raise up to the sky and say a mournful prayer
As we the dreamers dream away
A world that does not care

(Chorus)

Take me where those fires reach the sky
And take me where they sing a mourners lullaby

4. Muse

I fought for you
My sweet lover
I fought for you
You let me down
I've been wasting
All my breathing
Hoping one day
You'll come around

Have I mistreated you in past lives
Have I broken your heart in two
Oh I'm sorry
I was just trying
To find some comfort
Next to you

Well I gave you my heart and soul now
And I'm empty as a tomb
I swear I love you
Please don't leave me
My whole world it ends with you

(Chorus)

I lay my head down by your pages
I lay my head down oh so low
No more fighting
I'm yours completely
When I lay dying I'll call your name

(Chorus)

5. Dancing With Ghosts

Drunken silhouettes
Last cigarettes
Do your best now to cope
We're closing down the well
Spin like a carousel
No direction to go
I know I'm dancing with a ghost
I know, lord I know

Weary river
Sweet water
Hold me in your arms
Drown my sorrows
Heal this hollow heart

Broken smiles fade
One last serenade
From the angels and I'm gone
Whiskey lullabies
Something to close your eyes
And help you carry on
I know I'm dancing with a ghost
I know, lord I know

(Chorus)

Oh and all
All I am
Is a photo waiting for a steady hand

(Chorus)

6. Rainier

Drive all night
just to see your face
through hills of snow and fields of flame
and the rain falls now
on the window pane
and up on Mt. Rainier
So we drink all night
til the sun it shines
then kiss beneath the dripping pines
those city lights
shine bright like your eyes
I wish I could stay tonight

Patience
may be a virtue someplace else
but our time is running out
and life won’t wait, won’t wait

So I call you up from a roadside phone
my heart is broke and I’m halfway home,
and I can’t stand another day
without you near
without you near

So you sold your clothes
all the things you own
packed a bag and left a note
and from a window seat,
with no ticket home,
said goodbye to Mt. Rainier

7. So It Goes

Bones shake when cold
My days grow colder now
No signs of sun breaking these clouds
My baby's gone
She left with my broken heart
She wanted more so I lost it all

And so it goes
You're all alone

Hammer away
Talk to myself again
The tools of the trade
Paper and pen
So let me explain
The worries that fill my head
Sit for a while and let me begin

(Chorus)

My baby's gone
My baby's gone
My baby's gone away

Bones shake when cold
My days grow colder now
No signs of sun breaking these clouds

8. All Quiet on the Western Front

Here in the trenches where no one goes
Down here time can move oh so slow
Work out fingers to the bone
To catch a glimpse of light
Maybe a better life
We take these back roads
Through these hills
Down to the hollers where we rest our will
Face the night as black as coal
Down by the riverside
I think I see a sign

Nothing's easy
Nobody said it would be
Still we go on down below

Find a piece of something real
Grab as much as we can steal
Face the night although we know
We're fighting this alone
No we can't go home
We've been facing hell on earth
Bones lay broken 'neath the dirt
Still here for what it's worth
No signs of slowing down
Just kings without a crown

(Chorus)

We take the roads that keep us hanging on
We take the roads where no one's walked upon

(Chorus)

9. Bullseye

I've been scrounging 'round for years looking for a sign
Anything to keep me moving cross those old state lines
I kept the truth inside my head
Seems that I've got nothing left
Watch my back and I'll watch yours and try not to let you down

Keep me guessing
So the blood keeps pumping
Let's go tonight
Let's go one more time
You know we're alright
Let's go tonight

My head is spinning like the wheels that pound these open roads
And I can't shake these memories I guess that's how it goes
Slowing down welcomes death
Or something far more worse than it
Piece together anything to salvage this old soul

Keep me guessing
So the blood keeps pumping

(Chorus)

10. Stowaway

My my
If they could only see us now
We'd be kings
We'd be kings under the ground
But hold on boy
Don't you know this world is cold
It'll shake you to the earth or so I'm told
But as those weeping willows sing their lonesome songs
I'll be on the rivers edge
Slowly wandering on

I can hear those lonely voices wandering through the pines
Taking me away to another place and time
Holding my attention until they disappear
Something grabbed me by the hand and showed me where to go

No one will ever find you
No one will ever know

And you will be a memory
A whisper soft and low
But as those weeping willows sing their lonesome songs
I'll be on the rivers edge
Slowly wandering on

No one will ever find you
No one will ever know

My my
If they could only see us now
We'd be kings
We'd be kings under the ground
But hold on boy
Don't you know this world is cold
It'll shake you to the earth or so I'm told
But as those weeping willows sing their lonesome songs
I'll be on the rivers edge
Slowly wandering on

(Chorus)

11. Mariposa

You know this world has got me crazy
I need to get away
So I walk on up that hillside
To the house where I feel safe

I know I can't change
The troubles that I made
I'll see you all at home
We can sip on something strong
And lighten up the load
This I know

This is where I last saw my grandpa
Have a catch in the backyard
This is where I still see my grandma
When I need a heart to heart

(Chorus)

Don't you worry momma we'll get em next year
I can feel it deep inside my bones
Let me in that room where I first heard the music play
Silly girl, seein red and sailin on and kerosene

You know this world has got me crazy
I need to get away
I need to get away

12. Something More Than This

I was a mountain
A wild river
I was something more than this
I was danger I was warning
I was something more than this
I was something more than this

I shouted from above
I found my everlasting love
She puts my mind at ease
When I wake up in the night
And she's no longer by my side
The fear well it brings me to my knees
And so a shallow prayer said in the dark now
Someone please take me away
So I can say

That I'm gone
Like a feather in the wind
And I'm gone
You won't be seeing me again
Lord I'm gone
Pardon me of all my sins
I'm out the door I'm gone

I look back to the past and the only thing I find
Regret and misery
I left too much behind
And with my memory so blind
This road is all I see
And so

A shallow prayer said in the dark now
Someone please take me away
So I can say

(Chorus)

Well the past is a ghost and the future is cold
All that is left is your own precious soul
Bleed out the words that you write on the page
And give it all away

And if I must do this on my own
I'll do this till my blood runs cold
Shake the dust off of these bones
One step towards the great unknown

Miles To Go Before We Sleep

 

Dance Through the Days

 

Night was upon us with no end in sight

In front and behind there was no sign of light

Our Graves had been dug and the scene had been set

To bury a dream that we all would forget

The spirit was strong and life has one chance

To live to the fullest with grace and romance

I’ll be damned if I sit here and watch it fly by

This is our journey to battle we cry

 

And in these passing days

The question stays the same

How Far are you willing to go

We’ll go to the ends of the earth

For freedom and all that its worth

Embracing the greatest unknown

 

Time is a number that need not apply

When chasing the wind you must never say die

Raise up the stakes and bury regret

We dance through the days as sun slowly sets

 

And in these passing days

The question stays the same

How Far are you willing to go

We’ll go to the ends of the earth

For freedom and all that its worth

Embracing the greatest unknown

 

Setting sail ready to go

 

Gordie Lachance

 

He looked them in the eyes and he knew that they were gone

Just a gang of restless hearts and the beat of one good song

The train tracks ran through the middle of the earth

Chase them to the river’s edge just to see what they were worth

A few messages a day to see if they were still alive

Counting down the minutes to the bell that sounded right on time

And he said to his friend man I’m walking out the door

I keep spinning my wheels I know that we were meant for more

 

What do you say

We chase our dreams and run

There’s nothing left here for us now

Skin it man forget the past somehow

What’s done is done

We can’t get it back

So follow me across these tracks

We’ll live like thieves who fight the setting sun

Let’s move along

 

We’re burning through the scenes like a film we used to know

And we’re living in a dream hoping we don’t have to go

No I won’t stop now dodging trains that come our way

The devil in the night will lead us to a brand new day

 

What do you say

We chase our dreams and run

There’s nothing left here for us now

Skin it man forget the past somehow

What’s done is done

We can’t get it back

So follow me across these tracks

We’ll live like thieves who fight the setting sun

Let’s move along

 

And I’m wondering where this all will lead

If I’m fighting this alone

Then I turn and see these kids stand right by me

And I know we’re walking down that same old road

Not letting go

 

What do you say

We chase our dreams and run

There’s nothing left here for us now

Skin it man forget the past somehow

What’s done is done

We can’t get it back

So follow me across these tracks

We’ll live like thieves who fight the setting sun

Let’s move along

Oh I’m too deep into this so I’m long gone

Let’s move along

 

The Curse of Blackbeard Lavoie

 

How I long for you now as the church steeple rings

In the square of the town where the orphans now sing

I’m far and away in a place so unknown

So cold and so grey, so far from my home

The boatman has come to collect his fair toll

In exchange to be free, I gave up my soul

The devil is calling, calling my name

Down to the place of the lost and insane

 

And we sing

Oh into the ground we go

God rest these weary souls

 

I am a nomad I drift with the breeze

I flow from the rivers down to the great sea

My heart is a vessel that takes me away

Away from the madness, away from this place

There once was a time where I longed for your shore

A taste of your lips I’d want nothing more

The devil is calling, calling my name

Down to the place of the lost and insane

 

And we sing

Oh into the ground we go

God rest these weary souls

 

 

Atwood

I saw her standing there in  a yellow dress

She shot that arrow straight into my chest

She came from Kansas City or was it New Orleans

And she left her home when she was just 16

 

I said I’ll marry you and quit my wicked ways

Build you a simple home where we can spend our days

Oh this prairie wide will be our paradise

We’ll grow old and grow wise under an open sky

 

The road to Hell is only paved with best intentions

But so’s the road to grace

And while you’re lying awake thinking of past mistakes

Have a little faith

 

But the sky went black and not a drop of rain

And the wind howled up across the plain

So I left my love in a time of need

Oh I left my love with a mouth to feed

 

The road to Hell is only paved with best intentions

But so’s the road to grace

And while you’re lying awake thinking of past mistakes

Have a little faith

 

Darling if I could, I’d rope these stars

But I’m stuck in Atwood and Heaven’s just too far

So I’ll take this road and a broken heart

And I’ll come back for you no matter where you are

 

 

Shackles and Chains

 

He sits in a room all alone in the dark

So quiet except for the beat of his heart

A single flame burns solitary and still

The light is enough to ignite his own will

 

So into the night he stole off like a thief

With the clothes on his back and his only belief

That a soul feels it’s worth when it learns how to fly

Life is a song that you sing till you die

He knows if he stays he’ll be brought to his knees

Now in this moment he’s finally free

 

We’re finally free

 

He heard all the naysayers spit their distain

These shackles and chains they just won’t go away

A fool just to think up a plan of escape

But deep in his heart there is now other way

He laughs and he says you want to see to believe

Now in this moment he’s finally free

 

We’re finally free

 

A single flame burns solitary and still

The light is enough to ignite his own will

He knows if he stays he’ll be brought to his knees

Now in this moment he’s finally free

 

We’re finally free

 

 

Signs and Symbols

 

Wasn’t looking for a symbol wasn’t looking for a sign

The summer rain so sudden came and washed the ink right from the page

Isn’t it just fitting darling isn’t it just right

The time erased we obliterate the book of you and I

Your eyes were premonitions your expressions couldn’t lie

Took a long hard look while you walked away

 

I built shrines in my mind to your memory

All I got back was misery

In this ocean of a city I was oh so out to sea

So I’ll die a drunkards death

Tried to forget but I haven’t yet

The solitude and empty rooms

Is all that I’ve got left

Take a long hard look while I fade away

 

I took the train at dawn just to slip into your arms

Nothing was the same and everything had changed

and I left in defeat all alone in these streets thinking of you

 

I built shrines in my mind to your memory

All I got back was misery

In this ocean of a city I was oh so out to sea

So I’ll die a drunkards death

Tried to forget but I haven’t yet

The solitude and empty rooms

Is all that I’ve got left

Take a long hard look while I walk away

 

You came around the corner oh a vision in that dress

The years between us disappeared the pain it filled my chest

I kissed you good bye softly and I wished you all the best

The burden slipped from of the yoke and then the pain it left

 

I built shrines in my mind to your memory

All I got back was misery

In this ocean of a city I was oh so out to sea

Maybe we’ll look back and laugh and wonder how it went so fast

The past aint dead it aint even past

Take a long hard look

While I walk away

 

 

Gold

 

Everything we

Everything we’ve worked for is gone

Except for this love

And all we chose to

All we chose to believe is all gone

Except for this love

Words are ringing in my ears

You failures and your fears

Will see the light of day

But tonight we wash them away

 

In desperation we all sing

And I would not change a thing

This was our road

And we paved it in gold

 

In these waters

In these waters clean and cool

We found this love

Across these oceans

Across these oceans I give to you

This undying love

We face a frightening road

With dangers nobody knows

But never alone

Yeah never alone

 

The earth could shake and slowly die

And I’d never question why

I’d just take hold of your hand

I’d just take hold of your hand

In desperation we all sing

And I would not change a thing

Yeah this is our road

And we paved it in Gold

 

We gave all we had

Through sunshine and rain

Through laughter and pain

We gave all we had

And if I should fall

If time slips away

When we’re old and grey

Oh my heart still beats true

I’m glad I fell with you

 

 

Silence & Loss

 

Silence and loss don’t you know they go hand in hand

No sense in protecting yourself in a house built on sand

Foundations shift almost every night

So hold your ground it’s gonna be alright

 

Fighting so hard that your knuckles are swollen and dry

Back’s feeling broken and you just might be losing your mind

Ten deep breaths and it starts again

So face this world, to struggle can’t be a sin

 

No days won’t stop and wait

They’ll leave you on a whim

Your boat’s gonna sail away

It’s time to sink or swim

Sink or swim

We’ll all be caught dead or alive

 

Let’s take the world tonight

Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright

 

 

No days won’t stop and wait

They’ll leave you on a whim

Your boat’s gonna sail away

It’s time to sink or swim

Sink or swim

We’ll all be caught dead or alive

 

The damage is done but there’s no sense in wondering how

You lost your own way in the end you’ve got to be here right now

Slowly get up and get back on your feet

And face this world if you want to be free

You know you want to be free

 

Let’s take the world tonight

Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright

 

 

Sail on Sweet Soul

 

Down beside these rocks where waves crash like giants

Sits a man with his thoughts and a smile

Just a song in his heart and a ghost in his mind

A lifetime of memories on trial

 

Well the blue of his eyes matches that of the sea

Where he knew he always belonged

And he faces the wind that is whipping like sin

Like a king he takes his crown

 

And he says let these squalls please carry me away

Let my life be that of a hurricane

Oh I’m stepping out of line

Just to leave it all behind

So say a prayer for me as I drift out to sea

I’m leaving here tonight

 

Well if I should find your good graces in time

If I could right what I’ve done wrong

I’d change all your days in so many ways

To feel like an old familiar song

But the past is the past and the tides they all change

We all must float along

So I’ll face the wind that is whipping like sin

Sail on sweet soul sail on

 

And he says let these squalls please carry me away

Let my life be that of a hurricane

Oh I’m stepping out of line

Just to leave it all behind

So say a prayer for me as I drift out to sea

I’m leaving here tonight

 

 

The Line On the Map

 

Resistance has gone and I’ve made up my mind

There’s no point in turning back from here

Life cant press rewind

We’re all blessed with a curse like a double edged sword

We knew the truth so early on in our youth

We could be happy and poor

 

And I don’t think that I would apply for a different life

A different dream

So now I’ll follow my heart, my childhood scheme

 

And you can’t live again so live now

And such questions of why, when and how

Are needless when chasing the wind

And you won’t get to do this again

 

We’ve stood by long enough, let’s make our move now

We’ll follow the road to wherever it goes

What the future allows

Let’s welcome the night like an oncoming storm

And laugh in the face of compliance and grace

Steer clear of the norm

 

And I don’t think that I would apply for a different life

A different dream

So now I’ll follow my heart, my childhood scheme

 

 

California

 

Out at the bar she’s the rooms brightest star

And the camera loves her to death

She swears like a sailor the boys try to make her

Don’t know she’s doomed by excess

She said come to the city my God it’s a pity

The distance between me and you

We’ll get lost and get found and we’ll shut down the town

We’ll live in a world built for two

 

Hold on

The sun also rises its true

Hold on

The sun it will rise just for you

 

But her days turned to nights

And those nights wouldn’t end

She said I’m strung out I’m struggling

I’m trying she must be she’s tired

And just can’t pretend

And across this great divide

She’s the one in whom I confide

Yeah I’m strung out I’m struggling

I’m trying but trust me this feeling

Something has died

 

Hold on

The sun also rises its true

Hold on

The sun it will rise just for you

Oh Come to California

Come leave that city behind

That New York sky it’ll eat you alive

Come leave that city behind

 

Last thing she told me my god it’s so lonely

I’m going away for awhile

She said she’d write me a letter so I won’t forget her

She’s going away for awhile

 

Oh Come to California

Come leave that city behind

That New York sky it’ll eat you alive

Come leave that city behind

 

 

Deuces Wild

 

You’re so scared to die

You keep forgetting you’re still alive

And the only reason is unbridled fear

The symptoms you keep feeling

The nightmares in your mind

There will come a time where everything seems clear

 

You can wait for your days to end

Or keep on running

 

You don’t need a reason to sing

You just need something to believe

Well search both day and night

Search high and low my friend

You don’t need a reason to sing

 

You’re so scared to die

You keep forgetting you’re still alive

And the only reason is unbridled fear

You drop your head in silence

The struggle never ends

There will come a time where everything seems clear

 

You can wait for your days to end

Or keep on running

 

You don’t need a reason to sing

You just need something to believe

Well search both day and night

Search high and low my friend

You don’t need a reason to sing

 

Yeah we’re waiting for you

Always waiting for you

 

You don’t need a reason to sing

You just need something to believe

Well search both day and night

Search high and low my friend

You don’t need a reason to sing

 

 

Simple Promise

 

Oh my love

Your face and your heart seem so far away

What can I do

To bring you back down from the clouds

Are you lost in a trance doing a dance from so long ago

So sweet and oh so slow

Let me get lost in your eyes

 

Oh my love

The days have grown short and the nights grow long

Is it just me

That feels the wintery air in our bones

Still we burn in the snow

Lanterns that glow in the darkest night

We face the morning light

The city awakes from its sleep

 

If I could build you an empire

I’d make you my queen

If I could bring down the sky

Id lay it right at your feet

But we’re all only human down on these streets

Where the cracks tell a tale

Of a battle we must defeat

Moving on to victory

 

Oh my love

Take my hand as we brace for another day

Don’t look back

That’s the city we’re leaving behind

See the lights up ahead

We’ll go there instead and I promise you

Under a sky of blue

We’ll live out our lives in the sun

If not there

We’ll continue to run

 

 

KCT

I’m not looking for an answer

I’ll let you float on with the breeze

I don’t want to count the stars in the sky

I just want to see you free

A million miles stand between us

A short lifetime of memories

And I’m left playing a song all alone

Still I feel you over me

 

Sorrys never seemed enough

Hope you found a little love

All the love that I could give

Skies they never looked so clear

All the clouds they disappeared

That’s the gift you had to give

And this is why we live

 

You have gone where I can’t follow

Still I see you in my dreams

I’ve been shaken to the core of my soul

That’s how it goes with family

A million miles stand between us

A short lifetime of memories

And I’m left playing a song all alone

Still I feel you over me

 

Sorrys never seemed enough

Hope you found a little love

All the love that I could give

Skies they never looked so clear

All the clouds they disappeared

That’s the gift you had to give

And this is why we live

 

And though you’re gone I’ll love you the same

Just as I did the day we played

And you outshone the sun

So Ill carry on