Love Wounds & Mars


nowhere road
blind man
leora brown
bordertown
peaceful when you sleep
colorado
like a haze
mexico
dont look down
diamond mask  

 

nowhere road

i know it’s late
i know your indecision
you suffer your fate
you suffer your inhibitions

you once used to know
what you wanted it all to be
but now it’s too late, too dark to see

don’t you wanna come waltz with me?
don’t you wanna come talk with me?
out where the stars collide tonight

the city’s on fire
the streets all are gassed with media
any talk of revolution
these days, well it seems so remedial

but we’re still alive
adrift, existing– hope for no answers
i’ll be a dancer
can we just transcend these circumstances tonight?
the days run away
wild horses over the hills
& it feel so alone sometimes
it just makes sense

nothing is safe
i’ve seen my love turn to rage
& i’ve been like a drowning man
just clutching onto a razor blade
tonight….

heaven’s shaking out on nowhere road tonight
heaven’s shaking out on nowhere road tonight
way down on last chance farm
i’ll keep you away so far from harm
heaven’s shaking out on nowhere road tonight

 

blind man

blind man…

the world has gone wrong
and there’s nowhere i belong
i ask myself how much more i can stand

blind man
watching the world come tumbling
blind man
watching it all fall down
blind man
watching the world come tumbling
blind man
watching it all fall down

yeah the world it has gone wrong
and there’s nowhere i belong
i ask myself how much more i can stand

blind man
watching the world come tumbling
blind man
watching it all fall down
blind man
you’re given all creation
blind man
you’re selling it no money down

drill baby drill
 

leora brown

dont the river roll rocky?
dont the days they grow strange?
you know crazy came knocking
at my windowpane

where the houses are rundown
where the neighbors talk loud
brothers hanging in doorways
hooded, smoking, and proud

stepping out of the shadows
like angel lights in the clouds
high-water booty from knoxville
miss leora brown

miss leora brown
she let her hair hang down
miss leora brown

i went to church on sunday
just to try & contain
these evil urges inside me
they’re leading me down the drain

but baby moved like a dancer
through those shadows of meth
saying she could smell cancer
somewhere on my breath

miss leora brown….

in another lifetime
she roamed the battlefields
she’s laying hands on the wounded
she’s closing eyes of the skilled

bodies piled up & bleeding
amputated & bound
the morphine it was fleeting
to miss leora brown

 

bordertown

bordertown
my baby’s living in a border town
there’s lots of music when the sun goes down
and you’re living in a border town

big city lights
come from laredo on a hot summer night
aint no one stopping when they hit a red light
down in a border town

the kids are sweet
they’re selling chicklets down there on the street
flip a peso to the ones you meet
down in a border town

she’s got the night in those dark brown eyes
a soulful rhythm, you could lay down and die

drug cartels
some federales and the local mayor
split the profits and the public’s scared
we’re living in a border town

one of these days
i’ll bring her with me to the usa
they say they want to have all my pay
just to free her from a border town

border town
my baby’s living in a bordertown
there’s lots of music when the sun goes down
and you’re living in a border town

 

peaceful when you sleep

he was appointed firekeeper
the night the plague slipped out of town
and he became a light sleeper
in case he ever came back round

he’s got all this confusion
words he dare not ever speak
darling you’re so peaceful
peaceful when you sleep

and he learned the golden rule
at the blunt end of a fist
hiding scars in middle school
no the lessons were not missed

on the outskirts of cleveland
he grew up and just shut down
now there’s nothing left burning
except that hole dug in the ground
burning throes & inculcations
watch the hickory as it seeps
darling you’re so peaceful
peaceful when you sleep

i know i ain’t no grand exception
to the kind of life he’s known
these things chart their own direction
and i suppose we find our own

i go outside at night
what i see i can not speak
darling you’re so peaceful
peaceful when you sleep

 

colorado

i can hear my sad father calling
reaching out for his last remaining breaths
the shadow’s coming down
and it stretches out over this town
set him free from this heartache and this dread

breeze in the fall, i still recall colorado
breeze in the fall, i still recall those days
while tripping through leadville
the aspens made me feel
reborn, renewed, remade

i’m still holding on
though the golden dawn
has long since come and gone
& i linger in its wake
i still keep it near
like a whisper clearly
guiding me onward though i’m frozen in this space

they talk of love so certain
but the only love i sense is love of self
i have come to believe
these things you claim to see
well, they’re all some vain projection of yourself

i read all your crazy mystic ravings
from carlos castaneda to william blake
but you’ll never glimpse the divine
you’ve got a worried and a cluttered mind
the highlands drown the hours in the wake

i’m still holding on
though the golden dawn
has long since come and gone
& i linger in its wake
i still keep it near
like a whisper clearly
guiding me onward though i’m frozen in this space

no words can reach it
no religion teach it
nor can a string of thought wind its way around the source

and i pray that my dear
father is free of fear
one night in the strange stillness,
he’ll awake to find a realness, transformed

 

like a haze

i aint saying i dont wanta be
all alone with you
all I’m saying is the power is too strong
for me to be all alone with you

now go on, take a few of those back
we got more, we can just slide on by
i was supposed to tell you bout the third ring of coincidence
but I’ve learned just to shut down.

like a haze over my eyes

 

mexico

things are getting weird
weirder all the time
another week like this and i’ll lose my mind

people are strange
strangers on the line
might think you know them but you’re flying blind

i been thinking of flying, somewhere outta sight
be down in mexico by sunday night
in that taqueria where cerveza flows
watch him flip the pineapple and catch it down below

mexico
we could be there down in mexico by sunday night

it started fine but it’s ended gory
if i can’t speak the language
i don’t to have to hear no more stories

it’s like i’m in a dream
where it all returns
the faces change
but the nightmare burns

 

dont look down

i like you baby ’cause you’re strung out like me
i like you baby ’cause you’re strung out like me
there aint no obstacles I can’t see
i like you baby ’cause you’re strung out like me
don’t look down, no don’t look down
get your back off the wall

the night blows cold and the ghost winds call
nobody knows when the hammer falls
the summer freezes, the wintertime thaws
come on baby get your back off the wall
don’t look down, no don’t look down
get your back off the wall

i hit my numbers and i’m out of control
cruising the butcher shop for bitches and ho’s
the sky up above & the devil down below
between the pride and the fall, that’s a long way to go
don’t look down, no don’t look down
get your back off the wall

 

diamond mask

i want to make you a diamond mask
i want to make you my own
i need to hear a railroad song
straight for two miles long

i come from many sins in the west
you comfort me when i’m gone
I need to hear a railroad song
I need to hear

kate just stood there on my back
we laughed right through the dawn
I need to hear a railroad song
straight for two miles long