The Darkness

to take the light into the dark is to know the dark
to know the dark, go into the dark

you can lock the door, yeah you know how
you can stay alone, you’re so proud but
you can’t keep the darkness out

you’re probably the strongest one i know
you’ve got the thickest skin,
you’ve got weight to throw but
you can’t keep the darkness out

whatever hurt you, what keeps you mad
wants you to let it go, let it pass
when memories turn to doubt
you can’t keep the darkness out

the dark is a river
though it may divide
if you wade into it, with your arms open wide l
et it take you with it, you don’t have to fight
it will provide

there’s nothing wrong with the heart in your chest
it might be heavy but it’s innocent
it can’t keep the darkness out


The Shell

What is it you want from me
Is there something that I can’t see
All my words are broken on the ground

It gets so hard to talk to you
You’re covered in this shell you grew
It’s like you do and don’t want me around

You stand by a castle moat
Reading everything I wrote
Looking for the sharks to pull you in

I sit on the banks and call
Reading how to kill them all
Looking for the way to talk you down

Maybe it’d be easier
If you felt the same for her
Then your heart could rest and want no more

I want someone to hold me near
And it will not be you my dear
Do you think you can ever let me go

It gets so hard to talk to you
You’re covered in this shell you grew
It’s like you do and don’t want me around


One Way

I break where you bend
I take what you send
We both pretend
But I start where you end

When I say, you know
When I fall, you go
I row this boat
Too fast or too slow

You’ve got one way
I’ve got one way

I break where you bend
I take what you send
We both pretend
But I start where you end


What I See

When you went south for sun and inspiration
Did you find that string of hearts in a star formation
Did you write words that you could sing, but barely stand on

You can fly as high as you ever wanted
Be as you may, fearless, and slightly haunted
Show them baby, this is your time to flaunt it

They can’t see what I see
They can’t see what I see
But they can be what you want them to be

Your heart will never not be
in constant motion
Did you ever sense the whisper
of a distant devotion

It’s right about now I lose my urge for waiting
Loving you alone yeah it takes some debating
You draw me out but I still need some shading
I still need some shading

You can’t see what I see
You can’t be what I want you to be


All The Stars

All the stars through the trees
Do you look at these like I look to you
To be the one for me, do you see
All the stars through the trees

Fly the birds by and by
The reasons why, do you listen for
The pull of the wind as they swoop and soar
Do you want more, do you want more

so many shine
how do you find
me in all those lights

All the madness that you feel
Does it tire your heart like it tears at mine
Every time the horse and cart
All the madness

All the stars through the trees
Do you look at these like I look to you
To be the one for me, do you see
All the stars through the trees


Go First

I want you to go first
It’s only getting worse
Either way it’s gonna hurt
But I want you to go first

I want you to leave
I’m not the one to make you happy
There’s no room to breathe
I need you to leave

I could hold you all night
And it wouldn’t make it right
I have held you all day
And it doesn’t go away
It’s when I hold you close
That’s when it hurts the most

I have stayed too long
Everything I do is wrong
I am not that strong
I have stayed too long

I could hold you all night
And it wouldn’t make it right
I have held you all day
And it doesn’t go away
It’s when I hold you close
That’s when it hurts the most

I want you to go first
Let memory disperse
Either way it’s gonna hurt
But I want you to go first


For The Best

Take me off the table
Put me away
I’ve been to pieces
I’ve been astray
You take the right
And I’ll take what’s left
Even just for tonight
It’s for the best

You’re a tall tree tower
I’m warm beside
We’re almost on the dance floor
But not quite
Let’s be right here
And let the rest go
This will be the flower
We’ll never know


This Light

You in this light
I give up my fight
In the deepest of the night
I give up my fight

I wanted to say
That though time gets in the way
I want you to stay
I want to stay

Here in this dark
We have made a spark
It has made a mark
Oh my heart


If I Should Fall Behind
by Bruce Springsteen

We said we’d walk together baby come what may
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we’re walking a hand should slip free
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me

We swore we’d travel darlin’ side by side
We’d help each other stay in stride
But each lover’s steps fall so differently
But I’ll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for me

Now everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So let’s make our steps clear that the other may see
And I’ll wait for you
If I should fall behind
Wait for me

Now there’s a beautiful river in the valley ahead
There ‘neath the oak’s bough soon we will be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me
Darlin’ I’ll wait for you
Should I fall behind
Wait for me


All the Time It Takes to Wait

You and your whiskey
Me and my heart undone
You say that you miss me
I wanna hear that from the sober one

I know you get lonely
I get lonely too
You’ve got this sadness
You’ve been holding onto

All the time it takes to wait
All the time

I get so tired
Of trying to save you
Your love wrapped with barbed wire
Buried in all you’ve been through

But you’ve got
You and your whiskey
The captain and his first mate
You say that you’re sorry
Oh the time it takes to wait


White Daisies

You sent me a pencil drawing
In the likeness of yourself
From a picture I had taken
In the time before hell

But you don’t have to remind me
Of when we were so brand new
As I lie here tired and quiet
Empty of the love I had for you

You sent me flowers when you were strong
You were my baby, a whole year long
All you could tell me is how I’d done wrong
Now I’ve got white daisies and a lonesome song

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