Beings

In the bar tonight, filling hollow veins
He said, "Well, come here love, this world is a funny place
And the best of us are just riding fate
In a slow, swollen, chronic, decided way"
When they called for me through the crumbling spires
He said, "Tell me, are you coming back?"
I said, "Darling, if the creeks don't rise"

If the creeks don't rise you'll see me again, I'm sure

Now I'm sleeping with the dogs at night
Bleeding sonnets on the carpet
And he's chasing all the crows in flight
Down the back lanes of a mining town
He was living in a free fall state, at a cost
While most of us make do
In a raw, raging, discarded and silent way

As I sink tonight, filling hollow veins
He said, "Stick around, if the fates allow”
I said, "Darling, if my senses will"

All the curled up Beings
All the side-stepped Beings
The dressed-up, uninvited, felt something but it's unrequited Beings

All the peak time Beings
All the red-bricked Beings
The “please stop turn the video off I need a second” Beings

And all the crumpled Beings
The tea-time life Beings
The swallowed up, misguided, underclass, not too excited Beings

And they called for me through the crumbling spires
He said, "Tell me, are you coming back?"
I said, "Darling, if the creeks don't rise"

If the creeks don't rise, you'll see me again

 

Of Dust & Matter

I'm spitting out the dust
For all of us
But I keep the best inside
And I swear on the North
It was the Devil I saw
Where matter matters most
In my greatness I vowed
To destroy all I am
It brings out the best in me

Last night I passed out on the kitchen floor
With a drink in my hand
And a song in my heart
And I didn't want for more
No, I didn't want for more
When last night I passed out on the kitchen floor

It's creatures like us
Who cut through the dust
In a town void of life
And they’re sewing us notes
In the hem of our clothes
But I’ll keep the subject light

 So, last night I passed out on the kitchen floor
With a drink in my hand
And a song in my heart
And I didn't want for more
No, I didn't want for more
When last night I passed out on the kitchen floor

Last week I woke up in the road
The street was calm
And the air was still
And it felt like home
Just like last night when I passed out on the kitchen floor

 

 

I’ll Stall Them

This city is a dog fight, late night, at the weekend
A broken arrow with my eyes down and my head bent, I was walking
In a world of plastic souls, where money rules, give me meaning
Say the scars on my back are a constellation map, I need meaning

Didn’t I warn you of this world of ours?
Now they’re crawling out the woodwork and spoiling all the flowers
And all my time, picking out the bones for you
But I’ll stall them

I wanna walk with the brave, give me a good day, I wanna feel human
I wanna sing in a crowd, I wanna live now, I wanna feel human
I wanna crawl up the classroom walls and free fall from the ceiling
I don’t wanna live in a cartoon war zone, I wanna feel human

Didn’t I warn you of this world of ours?
Now they’re crawling out the woodwork and spoiling all the flowers
And all my time, picking out the bones for you
But I’ll stall them

 

 

Faultlines

Full-blooded, words like knives
But it’s not the same since the old girl died
You know, I used to see the city’s white glow from up here

Oh my, look at all that rain
Money’s tighter now and they keep us tame
But you know you’re done when the TV’s watching you

It’s not what it seems like where we are
But I’m loyal to the cause
If you are

Fractured lives like fault lines
Unto the breach my friends, if you will
But it’s rude to stare at the ceiling while I beg you

Sweet sleep don’t call my name
I’ve got miles to go and wars to wage
When this thing is done I’ll crawl back into your womb

It’s not what it seems like where we are
But I’m loyal to the cause
If you are

If you are...

 

 

The Crawl

Crawl deep, you know I’ll walk you through this
We can leave the pain outside
Prise my ribs apart
And we can watch the blood drip dry

In another lifetime I thought I saw you
Peering through the cracks of age
I was on a battlefield
Smiling in the pouring rain

Crawl deep into a life I’ve seen
He says I’m one of those
I need another drink to sink the skin I’m in
I guess I’m one of those

Last week I read that they thought they’d caught us
Rushing through the ballroom light
But we were in the city vaults
Just trying to find peace that night

Crawl deep into a life I’ve seen
He says I’m one of those
I need another drink to sink the skin I’m in
I guess I’m one of those

I’m not the only one to have pieces gone
I’m not the only one
I’m not the only one to have pieces gone
I’m not the only one

 

 

Send Me Home

Be a dear, help me pull my shoes on
Send me packing
I’m a joke
So send me home
The stubborn side of me always has something to say
So send me home

The grind is such a stagnant thing
I fell out of line
I was only dipping in
But the weak-willed greed in me always wants something to take
So send me home

I’m a write-off
Say you’ve already heard my song
Because the wide-eyed in me always has something to sing
So send me home

 

 

Through The Cellar Door

So, are we heading outside?
It’s a victory dance
Are you coming now?
Now the start is in sight
Now history sides with the common man Are you one of us?
Are you one of us?

I’m done with the creatures online There’s more to this life
If you’re honest now
Are you coming untied?
Are you one of us?

There’s a baying crowd
And it’s a call to account
It’s a crying shame if you don’t come And it’s a call to account
And it’s a crying shame if you don’t come Are you with me?
Are you with me?

 

 

Stepping Down

I’m done, with the damage done
And the light won’t find me, whatever you say

I swam into this vacuum just to find some colour
It seems my soul is tired and it’s overgrown
I used to want the good life but it’s overblown
I’m stepping down

I’m done, with the damage done
And the light won’t find me, whatever you say

I swam into this vacuum just to find some colour
It seems my soul is tired and it’s overgrown
I used to want the good life but it’s overblown
I’m stepping down

 

 

Stuck for An Outline

All seeds grow in the right light
Even with my edges torn he sees my good side
I’m trying to get a message home to tell them I’m holding on
And that I’m going to prove them wrong this time tomorrow

I won’t be begging on my knees by the road side now
You can keep it all from me, oh I don’t mind
When I’m coloured in and you’re stuck for an outline
Then you can take it all from me
I’ll just start again

All things flow in the grace of life
As me and my sweetheart learned in the car tonight
You know I’m going to give it all on wild whim
It’s better with the headlights out, you can feel the night pulling

I won’t be begging on my knees by the road side now
You can do your worst to me,I really don’t mind
And when I’m coloured in and you’re stuck for an outline
Then you can take it all from me
I’ll just start again

 

Green & Gold

I saw a play of your life today oh you'd never believe me
The lines that you spoke were graceful and cut to the core
You had everyone gripped at the part where you wanted the answers
You see violent times but you get out alive in the end
You learn fear is just a fleeting thing
You learn fear is just a fleeting thing

You meet the love of your life one night in early December
Hands gripped to her hips as all eyes fix to the stage
And if ever I saw hope in all of it's glory
Well this was the part where you picked up and started again
You learn love is not a fleeting thing
You learn love is not a fleeting thing

Give my love to the one that I'll miss and I'll always remember
Tell him I've changed in ways that I wish he could see
That I live alone but I'm still doing the music
And I still think of the time that he stood up to me
I think that was my favourite scene
Yes, I think that was my favourite scene
Yes, I think that was my favourite scene

 

 

Elodie

Forget the barricades, we're four years too late
And all your mothers words - strength's not in numbers

Elodie, we're not leaving now
My body's weak, the bombs are coming down

Our friends have headed home
We're bound for kingdom come
They say your sweetheart waits
And all you're days are replayed.

Elodie, we're not leaving now
My body's weak, the bombs are coming down.

Stay warm for me
My sinking bones are knee deep
My tired eyes yearn to see
Your sinking bones looking back at me.

Elodie, we're not leaving now
My body's weak, the bombs are coming down

 

 

The Buffalo Days

When this started I was living like an animal
And I didn't have a hope in hell
I searched for signs on every channel I could find
Just to see if there was someone else
And in you came as I was tearing all the ribbon down
Yes it's funny what you don't forget
We spent days watching all the buffalo
Wondering if they felt the same things

Now I can see that you're torn
But I'm only asking you
To be kind and be bold and show a little heart

In the yard, we were sitting in a rowing boat
We were drinking all the wine we had
And making plans, we could sell the television rights
Then we could buy a bigger boat

Now that I'm out in the cold and you're on the inside
Tearing the paintings apart
You could show a little heart
You could show a little heart...

When this started, I was living like an animal
And I didn't have a hope in hell

 

The Ghost That Sleeps In Me

Is this a dying trade?
The end of a real thing?
A life-long crusade to be known

If only our old friend could see
If only you could wake the ghost that sleeps in me

Are we a dying breed?
The last of the real thing?
Servants dressed in gold saying "we're owed".

If only our old friend could see
If only you could wake the ghost that sleeps in me

 

Until The Colours Run

The great crime of our times could be silence or closing eyes
This could be our revolution or our downfall
In a seedy part of town where Vermeer tracked me down
He said it's yours for the taking or yours to burn
And soon the world will know all the secrets of your soul
You can run to the forrest or face your fate

There's a corpse of a prince on the front line
Where the colours run, where the colours bleed
So we'll drink and we'll sing on the bread line
Until the colours run, until the colours bleed

The great crime of our lives was the silence and closing eyes
It could me ours for the making but we'd sooner fold

There's a corpse of a prince on the front line
Where the colours run, where the colours bleed
So we'll drink and we'll sing on the bread line
Until the colours run, until the colours bleed

 

 

You Soon Learn

In the howling rain we called out in vain to be counted
In a farewell bid we raised our fists in the night
But if you act like that you'll be torn by the pack in this town
'Cause it's feet to the clouds and backs to the wall in this town

You soon learn
You soon learn

This vision we've had, we've been biding our time for too long
A marching band waits at the cemetery gates in the fog
If we leave about now we'll be in Europe by 9 tonight
Oh Paris, you've always had a hold on me

You soon learn
You soon learn

 

 

Picture Show

I've been all over the island in search of signs of life
I marked a tree with a black cross for the things that I'm haunted by

Oh, my skull, is glowing like a bulb
And I'll never sleep sleep again
Oh, my friends, I am heading for the rocks
And I'll never get straight again

My brain is a picture show, flashing scenes that I used to know
Coat buttons and fireworks, my senses are a circus

Oh, my skull, is glowing like a bulb
And I'll never sleep sleep again
Oh, my friends, I am heading for the rocks
And I'll never get straight again

 

 

Another Tale From Another English Town

They're not fit to breathe our air, to breathe our air
They've been warned a thousand times this year
We were sold on a sweet young lie, a sweet young lie
Another tale from another English town, another English town

It's getting hard to breathe 'round here to think 'round here
We've been sold a thousand lies this year
We just wanted the quiet life, the quiet life
But they won't stop 'til they see us in the ground, 'til they see us in the ground

We don't want to fight, we want the quiet life
We wish our lives away, we wish our lives away

We don't want to fight, we want the quiet life
We wish our lives away, we wish our lives away

They're coming any day, they'll be here any day

 

 

 

Our Cool Decay

In a suite of armour we rust
Like the cool decay of both of us
In the flesh of another love
In the veins of a lost cause

Through the walls of an ancient town
I heard the sigh of a broken man
Like the flesh of another love
Or the veins of a lost cause

Through hunger, death and high waters
Through carnivals of thunder
Through glory and all that they warned me
Through the days when the cannon fire rained
And the lost friends
And the money we spent
The songs that we sang and words that we meant
I watched our cool decay

 

 

Sapsorrow

Leave me in the lost and found
I'll be a good girl there, I make a promise out loud
You say that I'm cold and I'm hard to know, but it ain't so..

I've been climbing trees on my favourite street
I get a good crowd there, there's a real belief in me
You say that I'm a liar and I'm too old for this, but it ain't so..

So tell me if you want me to crawl
I've been a wicked girl and I've lost all control
You say that I'm a sorry state and I should be ashamed, well that's true
I guess that's true

 

 

 

Ships In The Rain

My body's an anchor, I'm lost to the sea
I look to the stars as the waves cover me
It's a beautiful night to behold
The most beautiful I've ever known


Ships in the rain, I'll see you again
Ships in the rain, I'll see you again

Their whistles are blowing, they're looking for me
Like an orchestra playing as I sink to the deep
But this cold black ocean will know
That this sailor will never come home

Ships in the rain, I'll see you again
Ships in the rain, I'll see you again

 

 

A Kingdom

Leave me to write my last letter home
My kingdom for one last dance to my favourite song

Oh come through, if you are a friend of mine
Or take my sword and leave me now

I heard the call, a city fall
A ship sailed through the last breath off the dawn

Oh come through, if you are a friend of mine
Or take my sword and leave me now

Oh come through, if you are a friend of mine
Or take my sword, Or take me sword...

 

 

I Will Lay You Down

You’ve got to trust yourself
You are your only hope
There is no guiding light
There is no holy force
Do what you’ve got to do
Be all you can
There is no calling or divine plan

I don’t need a prophet
To tell me their lies
All hail to the one
That I’ll love til I die
At least he’s here
And knows how to dance when you’re afraid

I will lay you down
I will bring you flowers
I will lay you down
I will bring you flowers

So you’re tired
Your heart beats
In ways you can’t explain
Take all you need
Give all you have
I know you’ve been too far between

We don’t need a prophet
Or a saint from above
Just be all you can
You’ve got to do what you love
At least it’s real
And you’ll know
How to dance when you’re afraid

I will lay you down
I will bring you flowers
I will lay you down
I will bring you flowers

Say what you like
I’m only the life that I lead
And say what you like
I’m only the songs that I breathe

You’ve got to trust yourself
You’ve got to trust yourself

I will bring you flowers

 

 

 

 

Lyrics by HW