Welcoming the Flood

Winter is coming
Winter is long
That cold breeze may be numbing
But frozen hearts are strong

You’ve got to run like a river
Dance like the wind
Act like a woman who had never sinned
Shout to the heavens, baby
Don’t say when
Tell the lord above that you ain’t never going back again
Never going back again

Steel that can remember
Welcoming the flood
One night in late December
A masterpiece in blood

You’ve got to run like a river
Dance like the wind
Act like a woman who had never sinned
Shout to the heavens, baby
Don’t say when
Tell the lord above that you ain’t never going back again
Never going back again

Every whispered cursing
Every broken plan
All that dark rehearsing
To kill that evil man

You’ve got to run like a river
Dance like the wind
Act like a woman who had never sinned
Shout to the heavens, baby
Don’t say when
Tell the lord above that you ain’t never going back again
Never going back again

And the band plays on
As the ship that’s all around us starts to sink
Let us sing along
As if choruses could pull us from the brink

Ever blind to harm standing arm in arm
Let our voices cry as we wait to die
As the restless sea begins to swell
Sing it loud enough, can anyone tell

And the band plays on
As the ship that’s all around us starts to sink
Let us sing along
As if choruses could pull us from the brink

If we scream and shout we’ll erase all doubt
That the course we’d drawn is the one we’re on
As the swirling sea pulls us down
Who will notice when we all start to drown

And the band plays on
As the ship that’s all around us starts to sink
Let us sing along
As if choruses could pull us from the brink
Yes the band plays on
Close your eyes so you won’t see you’re in the drink
Let us all sing while the band plays on

She’s an unloved daughter
Across the water
And looking out I feel as if I can see her
She lives life very loud
Underneath a dark cloud
When I close my eyes I think I can almost remember

She tells me a story
A time of lost glory
And I might have been there too
She said that she loved me
Or was that just fantasy
Cause nothing happened if it all were true

She’s an unloved sister
Only I ever missed her
Well, she might go away, but she never was here
And I think you would find
That she was one of a kind
If you ever took the time, now but no one comes near

She tells me a story
A time of lost glory
And I might have been there too
She said that she loved me
Or was that just fantasy
Cause nothing happened if it all were true

She’s an unloved daughter
Like a lamb to the slaughter
They’re going to raise her up and suck her bone dry
And it must confuse her
The fact that I don’t use her
When she is happy I am, if she’s sad I die

She tells me a story
A time of lost glory
And I might have been there too
She said that she loved me
Or was that just fantasy
Cause nothing happened if it all were true

So long
Going under
So long
They swim
So long
Going under
The rest of us
The rest of us
And him

What do you say, Johnny Gray
We were wondering tonight
What the hell is left
To make it all go right
Johnny don’t go
No don’t go
Johnny Gray

Farewell
Shallow places
Farewell
Hollow friends
Farewell
Shallow places
He’s sinking now
He’s sinking now
The bends

What do you say, Johnny Gray
We were wondering tonight
What the hell is left
To make it all go right
Johnny don’t go
No don’t go
Johnny Gray

Waves across the shore
They say much more
Than time of day
Where did they all go
And do they know
He’s gone away

What do you say, Johnny Gray
We were wondering tonight
What the hell is left
To make it all go right
Johnny don’t go
No don’t go
Johnny Gray

Can I be the invisible man
An almost was, an also-ran
Everyone does what they can
Not to see me
Oh, no

Here we win transparent skin
By slowly wearing away
There you lose alternate views
Fading every day

Well it’s sure been tragically tough
When you find your best’s not good enough
And everyone is harsh and rough
And broke me
Yes, they did

Here we win transparent skin
By slowly wearing away
There you lose alternate views
Fading every day

This is me, the invisible man
Forged by fate
And not by plan
Do you help do what you can
To make me
Disappear
Oh

There were times when I thought
Even I could be someone too
Now I know that it’s just
Something everybody goes through

And now my head’s started to spin
Looking at this place that I’m in
It’s a wonder where I have been
On Avalon

Now young boys tend to fight
On that score, I’ve had me a few
You don’t have to look hard
After a while they tend to find you

And now my head’s started to spin
Looking at this place that I’m in
It’s a wonder where I have been
On Avalon

Sometimes you’re too busy looking ahead to see where you are
By the time that you start to notice you see you’ve gone too far
And the shore is on the horizon
But the wound is looking deep
And the waves out on the ocean
Rocking motion makes you sleep
And you’re too far away

This is where I was born
And where I am coming to die
Some say I’ll fight again
But this is where all my bones will lie

And now my head’s started to spin
Looking at this place that I’m in
It’s a wonder where I have been
On Avalon

Sara lived in a hole in the ground
Never making a sound
When folks walked by
All the years living upright she found
Everybody was bound
To make her cry

Oh, Sara did you wonder
What to do with this bag of bones
When did you choose to go under
Sheltering mud and stones

Sara heard all the elegant moans
Of the zombies and clones
That own the night
When she talked in her whispering tones
They responded with groans
She hid from sight

Oh, Sara did you wonder
What to do with this bag of bones
When did you choose to go under
Sheltering mud and stones

Sara thought of how everyone dies
In a clever disguise
That’s all their own
So she thought she was terribly wise
And as tears filled her eyes
She laughed alone

Oh, Sara did you wonder
What to do with this bag of bones
When did you choose to go under
Sheltering mud and stones
Oh, Sara

Poor Juliet, she saunters by
Every falling leaf in flight will catch her eye
There was never any question why
We can’t go home again, oh no
We can’t go home again

This cemetery’s dark and still
There’s a gravestone evicted by a hill
There was never any hoping will
We ever go home again, oh no
We can’t go home again

There’s a quiet when you’re buried six feet down
Look with eyes that do not see
Only knowing that you can not turn around
Makes you free
Don’t wait for me

Poor Juliet, forever brave
Every day she puts one more stone on my grave
She knows not everyone can be saved
Some don’t come home again, oh no
We can’t go home again

There’s a quiet when you’re buried six feet down
Look with eyes that do not see
Only knowing that you can not turn around
Makes you free
Don’t wait for me

Poor Juliet, nowhere to go
There’s a grave marker for everyone you know
Somehow, you always knew it’s so
You’ll never be home again, oh no
We can’t go home again, oh no
We can’t go home again

Every day I’d seem to find
That these pills fog up my mind
And I’m losing who I used to be
And I know it sends me reeling
Every feeling
Wears me out

But not you
Not you
I breathe when I’m with you

Well I find in every way
Every second, every day
Even the good times seem to let me down
But you know it’s not at all strange
Any small change
Wears me out

But not you
Not you
I breathe when I’m with you

And I’m not going nowhere
And I’m not going back

When it fills me up with fright
All my muscles getting tight
Everyone else seems to wonder why
And we know my violent waking
Comes from not taking
What’s in store

But not you
Not you
I breathe when I’m with you

That was life and a day
And we wanted it that way
There’s not a soul around to bring us down

It was what we were taught
It seems everyone forgot
And now we’re left escaping this old town

The human race will be gone, no need to grieve
You and I can be our own Adam and Eve
We’ll be starting at the ending of the world

There is peace to be found
When there’s no one else around
And time enough for us to start again

Though things might be quite rough
Having you will be enough
Remember what we’ve lost every now and then

The human race will be gone, no need to grieve
You and I can be our own Adam and Eve
We’ll be starting at the ending of the world

Well it may not work out
But there’s no more room for doubt
We can’t repeat the actions of the past

So remember everyone
And the terrible things done
So maybe this time we can make it last

The human race will be gone, no need to grieve
You and I can be our own Adam and Eve
We’ll be starting at the ending of the world

Not a soul around me
Half a world away
Stars abound yet dying
Night so strong still gives in to the day

Me on other planets
Streaking through the sky
Me on other planets
As you alone go orbiting by

We are merely matter
Atoms joined then split
Continents left drifting
Edges show where once they might have fit

Me on other planets
Streaking through the sky
Me on other planets
As you alone go orbiting by

It makes me wonder
Why so far from home
It drags me under
It’s a single path I roam

Me on other planets
Streaking through the sky
Me on other planets
As you alone go orbiting by
Me on other planets
Watch me as I fly
Me on other planets
Missing you as you go orbiting by

Tall tall ships
And taller whips
Chains dividing one by one

Drinking brine
As if it were wine
And flesh that’s burning in the sun

We will all die together
Drowned as one we shall fall
We will all die together
As we sink down to the bottom of it all

One ill wind
Broken spine and skinned
Holding on to what we find

What we know
Ain’t worse than what’s below
But forward
Is worse than what’s behind

We will all die together
Drowned as one we shall fall
We will all die together
As we sink down to the bottom of it all

Take us please
Vengeful seas
In a storm that’s all our own
Out of breath
Still fighting to the death
We may be broken but we are not alone

We will all die together
Drowned as one we shall fall
We will all die together
As we sink down to the bottom of it all
As we sink down to the bottom of it all
As we sink down to the bottom of it all

Life on Fire

Go ahead, now
Kick me when I’m down
I was born broken
And you can’t break me again

I’m shattered like a window
Cracks may show and the wind may blow
But at least I’ve still got something in my frame

Go ahead, now
Kick me when I’m down
I was born broken
And you can’t break me again

I’m thick like a memory
Part foggy and hard to see
Everlasting, I’m a stain you can’t remove

Go ahead, now
Kick me when I’m down
I was born broken
And you can’t break me again
No, you can’t break me again
Oh, no
You can’t break me again

In a cab through this town
To a conference by the sea
The world through a window
The backseat and me

And while everyone hurries
It seems I’m standing still
No eyes ever catch mine
And none ever will

Well the world may be turning
But it’s making me late
And the folks at the beachside
Well they’ll just have to wait

The tide’s coming in
The tide’s coming in
The tide’s coming in
But it will just go out again

In a cab through this town
To a conference by the sea
The car may break down
Like the backseat and me

If I stumble and I fall
Will you remember anything else at all
And if I’m holding out my hand
Will you reach out to me when things don’t go as planned

There are times it hurts to walk, so we crawl
And our legs may ache from the baggage we haul
But the pain is in your head, it lies instead
In the memory of a fall

If I seem to lose my way
Will you just leave me, or do you think you’d stay
And if the path leaves me in doubt
Will you be there for me to show me the way out

There are times it hurts to walk, so we crawl
And our legs may ache from the baggage we haul
But the pain is in your head, it lies instead
In the memory of a fall

If I could no longer speak
Whenever you saw me would you think I was weak
And if I could no longer see
Will you be my eyes and describe the world to me

There are times it hurts to walk, so we crawl
And our legs may ache from the baggage we haul
But the pain is in your head, it lies instead
In the memory of a fall

If I stumble and I fall
Will you remember anything else at all

Billy Wonder rapes and plunders
But he does it in G-d’s name
He’s mistreated those defeated
And won’t accept the blame

What’s wrong with Billy Wonder?
Protects the big against the small
It’s so divine to take what’s yours and mine
Billy Wonder is just answering the call

Billy Wonder talks like thunder
Is lightening when he acts
He’s redacted or distracted
When covering his tracks

What’s wrong with Billy Wonder?
Protects the big against the small
It’s so divine to take what’s yours and mine
Billy Wonder is just answering the call

Billy Wonder won’t go under
‘Cause G-d is on his side
And the people in his steeple
Don’t want to know he’s lied

What’s wrong with Billy Wonder?
Protects the big against the small
It’s so divine to take what’s yours and mine
Billy Wonder is just answering the call

Hope is a four-letter word
A divinely absurd notion
When you live in this town
Fear is a familiar place
Can you ever embrace motion
When it’s dragging you down

Do you believe in me
When there is nothing to it
Do you believe in me
I’m falling, falling
Do you believe in me
When I don’t give you reason
There’s nothing stopping me from
Falling, falling down

Love is a means to an end
Every time you depend on it
It’s like standing on smoke
Hate is the end of a dream
When you finally scream I quit
You’ll be glad you awoke

Do you believe in me
When there is nothing to it
Do you believe in me
I’m falling, falling
Do you believe in me
When I don’t give you reason
There’s nothing stopping me from
Falling, falling down

Life is a four-letter word
A strange little bird that flies
Because it can’t swim

Do you believe in me
When there is nothing to it
Do you believe in me
I’m falling, falling
Do you believe in me
When I don’t give you reason
There’s nothing stopping me from
Falling, falling

Do you believe in me
When there is nothing to it
Do you believe in me
I’m falling, falling
Do you believe in me
When I don’t give you reason
There’s nothing stopping me from
Falling, falling down

1972
What did you think you’d do
When someone set your life on fire?
And
Where did you think you’d be
In 1973
As the flames all around grew higher

Laughing at the joke
As your lungs fill up with smoke
Do you think that it occurred to you?

In 1972
1972

Back in ‘71
Were you still having fun
As the world started crashing ‘round your head?
Had you sensed it before
1974
Or had you missed the signs there instead

Laughing at the sound
As it all smashed on the ground
Looking back did you enjoy the view?

In 1972
1972

Did you think you would survive
To see 1975?
Did you think that you could fix
Everything by ‘76
Would it be too late
By 1978
Back then, did you know what you’d go through?

In 1972
1972

1972
What did you think you’d do
When someone set your life on fire?

When I was drained I said
I should have just played dead
Skin color fades, washing out and lightening shades
From all of the blood loss

My heart will never work again
I should have left it just pretend
My heart will never work again

Placing all the traffic cones
Battered, bruised, with broken bones
Run a chalkline around this body of mine
I know who called the cops

My heart will never work again
I should have left it just pretend
My heart will never work again

Oh
I hadn’t even heard her
Intimating murder
Or maybe I didn’t want
To know

I should have seen that she
Would be the death of me
Crimson red, stop light flashing as I bled
You know she’s on the run

My heart will never work again
I should have left it just pretend
My heart will never work again

It’s a perfect day
At the Apocalypse Café
The waitresses are spitting in a glass
Behind the door
The cook picks food up off the floor
And the clientele has very little class

What you say
I can’t seem to stay away
What you say, say, say, say, say, say
What you say
I know I will be okay
Close your eyes and it’s a perfect day

And to my right
An older couple starts to fight
And a drunk girl trips and sits down on the floor
And in a booth
A crazy man is spitting truth
While the lady back behind me starts to snore

What you say
I can’t seem to stay away
What you say, say, say, say, say, say
What you say
I know I will be okay
Close your eyes and it’s a perfect day

Against the wall
As if he can’t be seen at all
A young poet tries his best to disappear
And I’m a joke
Now, because even though I’m broke
I flag the waitress down to bring another beer

What you say
I can’t seem to stay away
What you say, say, say, say, say, say
What you say
I know I will be okay
Close your eyes and it’s a perfect day

It’s a perfect day
At the Apocalypse Café
Close your eyes and it’s a very perfect day

Loved a mermaid from Brooklyn
Fell in love with her song
Went to the sea but she didn’t love me
She just strung me along

We’d first met when we were children
And she broke my heart then
The hurt was greater twenty years later
When she’d broken it again

So don’t love mermaids from Brooklyn
They’re going to be who they must be
Those Brooklyn mermaids may say that they love you
But they won’t love you the way they love the sea

So I went to the water
Peering out what did I see
Only rejection in that reflection
Just me staring back at me

Darling mermaid from Brooklyn
Don’t know what else to say
I’d share my life, asked you to be my wife
But instead you swam away

So don’t love mermaids from Brooklyn
They’re going to be who they must be
Those Brooklyn mermaids may say that they love you
But they won’t love you the way they love the sea
No they won’t love you the way they love the sea
And that’s the way it’s always going to be

He used to sit beside his mother
Tracing footsteps on the floor
She could break him like no other
He doesn’t draw much anymore

And it’s one, two, three
Looking back what do you see
And it’s four, five, six
There are cracks no one can fix
And it’s seven, eight, nine
Pick a side and draw a line
Then it’s ten, start over again

She should not have been a mother
But it was what young ladies do
Soon she found she’d had another
And began to break him too

And it’s one, two, three
Looking back what do you see
And it’s four, five, six
There are cracks no one can fix
And it’s seven, eight, nine
Pick a side and draw a line
Then it’s ten, start over again

Empty pages in a sketchbook
Dusty paintings on the wall
Both boys found a high relief look
But she can’t see they’re real at all

And it’s one, two, three
Looking back what do you see
And it’s four, five, six
There are cracks no one can fix
And it’s seven, eight, nine
Pick a side and draw a line
Then it’s ten, start over again
When it’s ten, start over again

Everybody knows that even stray dogs find a home
And you see that old bones tend to rest while young bones roam
While some people think that it’s a crime
That your edges smooth in time
Everybody knows that even stray dogs find a home

There’s no use even denying
It’s a fact no matter how terrifying it is
You won’t even realize it ‘til you see the other side

Everybody knows that even stray dogs find a home
And you see that old bones tend to rest while young bones roam
While some people think that it’s a crime
That your edges smooth in time
Everybody knows that even stray dogs find a home

I was born forever wild
But even I can see that I’m not a child anymore
Is it really giving up the moment you give in

Everybody knows that even stray dogs find a home
And you see that old bones tend to rest while young bones roam
While some people think that it’s a crime
That your edges smooth in time
Everybody knows that even stray dogs find a home
Though it may not be what you prefer
You can’t hold on to what you were
Everybody knows that even stray dogs find a home

Out of time
Last coin in my pocket, I’m fine
I’ll be home on a river of gold
Churchbells chime
In the middle of a graveyard timeline
I’ll be there before the body is cold

She said
Gravity sinned
And you are the wind around me
Then I said
Where you see scars
I see the stars above me
In my head
One hand free
For all the world to see
The other grasping onto that last coin

Stop and stare
Fall into an empty coal mine
In the dark leaving nothing to chance
Whisky air
Naked sunlight and an outlaw skyline
All the trees do a dizzying dance

She said
Gravity sinned
And you are the wind around me
Then I said
Where you see scars
I see the stars above me
In my head
One hand free
For all the world to see
The other grasping onto that last coin

Here we dine
Cold, broke, and bone tired outside
They may break but they never will bend
Whisper wine
Chocolate promises, a chest that’s too wide
Every heart beats for two in the end

She said
Gravity sinned
And you are the wind around me
Then I said
Where you see scars
I see the stars above me
In my head
One hand free
For all the world to see
The other grasping onto that last coin