(2014)

Life on Fire

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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

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