Seeds & Thorns

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released November 1, 2013

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Track Name: Seasick Sailors
all the seasick sailors are all heading home
to find some stable ground there that they’ve once known
reset the idle
find the floor
start again off from the shore
all this talk as a fix to ignore what’s true
all the big ideas that just won’t be used
but inching toes we can afford
we’re slowly creeping off the shore

and all the ideas that we here but are gone
all of the time spent lingering on
all of the love that you claim to be for
can be yours

take the classroom walls to that big blue bin
trade them for some clues to the place we’re in
the winter’s freeze and summer’s melt
can teach you how to teach yourself

and all the ideas that were here but are gone…

and like a garden seems to know
you can’t help growing where you grow
and if ever love has a mind to unfold
say hello

hello
Track Name: Tire Track
crazy as I come
let me out
let me see the sun
let these words fall on anyone
who may be near
just get us through the day
let me in
teach me to stay
cut the sails of my getaway
that claims it’s here

I’m not falling back
but I’m alone on this tire track
but all these homes that have come to pass
are still in gear

just like the oceans and the breeze
and the fortunes and the needs
and the love among
all the friends I hope to see

I’m not falling back…

I’m not falling back
not with soil for my soul to grab
lighter grips on the fading past
stuck on my wheels

crazy as I come
let me out and on the run
let these words fall on anyone
who may be near
Track Name: Same Story
it’s the same old story again
our eyes are way too big for our hands
desire seems like a wanderer’s friend
but she’ll get you in trouble
it’s the same old lingering tale
we’re living up ahead of ourselves
we’re missing on the cards that are dealt
right here on the table

oh it seems
the water is changing scenes
circling everything it sees

and a notion to pretend
loses steam and dies again
tries to surface just right when
the guard went a wandering
and it only goes to show
that we know not what we know
we just keep on moving slow
low to the grindstone

oh it seems…

and the moments that we’re facing
come in every other size
and the endless options trying
pulling wool over our eyes

it’s the same old story again
our eyes are way too big for our hands
desire seems like a wanderer’s friend
but she’ll get you in trouble
Track Name: Take Me Talking
your past is pounding at your door
all the effort you cannot afford
maybe you can take me talking
and we can tidy up the load
but I got my troubles in my suitcase
I got the dangers I cannot escape
maybe you can take me talking
and we can lay them all to waste

Cupid don’t lay down your weary bow
the fighter is getting off the ground
there are more rounds left to go

Paul started painting after 30 years
to show the colors just as they appear
so has our buried seed the future hold
with only room to grow
and all the reasons for us not to find
whatever happens when we cross the line
let’s take them out on the Thursday street
so we never see

Cupid don’t lay down your weary bow…

and if love may be near
the obligation is clear

Cupid don’t lay down your weary bow…

Cupid don’t lay down your weary bow
there might be fire in this fight
and we’d sure like to know

so let your history lessons hit the ground
I won’t go running where I can’t be found
maybe you can take me talking
we can try to work it out
Track Name: A Ground
hearts of scattered bones
sucked by currents
crashed out on the stones
you hung me out to dry
with a phosphorescent twinkle in your eyes

this love it needs a ground
there’s no way standing on a cloud
there’s no way when the lines are down

like a hound dog chases prey
you were moved to run away
I just hope you’re not too far
and I pray that in your heart

that you know love it needs a ground
and you can’t stand up on a cloud
and you can’t hold on to a sound

when it comes back around
with the credit page
on the cutting room ground
we’ll be better off to see
the hope inside this old mystery

and we’ll know love it needs a ground
the reasons and the answers found
and love knows to be true
and all of mine is for you
all of mine is for you
Track Name: The Horse's Course
I was fine when I was shown
that hearts will surely grow with the light
with the passengers in tow
the caravan is holding to its stride
you take away what you pay for
we’re spending all that we got
to put the cart behind the horse
to have the horse run through its course in time
however barren be the road
however tied or overgrown be the vines
you’re still gonna run with your arms down
you still find quarters in trees

tied at the hands we wrestle the wind
and we circle the answers but they don’t let us in
and we’re holding our court in a quieter town
with the food from the garden
and the feet from the ground

and then a motor came along
with a motorcade of songs for you to write
but the oil is a ticking bomb
and the soil is a balance beam we must stand on
you take away what you pay for
we’re spending all that we got

tied at the hands…

I was fine when I was shown
that hearts will surely grow with the light
Track Name: Something New
an open post in the marketplace
to get on board
there’s a diner on the train
we spend our days here sifting through
some memories and some things yet left to do

and if it’s ever to be something new
we’d like to see what it can do

and all of the simple words appear
to posture is not but mud inside the gears
and as the tumbling river flows
lies everything we’d ever need to know

but if you hear it and you can’t approve
step aside and let it move

cause there’s a time for paying dues
and there’s a time for peeking through

and if it’s ever to be something new
we’ll stick around and see it through
Track Name: For to Give Away
stuck inside a twist of fading plans
dreaming for a cure
and the love light lacking in a man
is but traffic and a thorn

for to give away
is to let it stay
to give away

you came by my door with a basket of words
every day for six weeks more
and the sounds they made were maybe heard
but the feeling wasn’t sure

for to give away

I know your rainbow is black and white
I know you save yours out of sight

for to give away…
Track Name: No Sweeter Sound
wait with me baby if we lose the way
for the haul is long and steep
if ever plans could be made
it’s these that I’d save
but there just aint no telling the sea
we’ll hunker down through the storm
as our strides retake form
the sky always turns back to blue
and upon a clean slate
we will carve out the phrase
“forever each other renew”

I could go for days having only but a clue
looking for this love I’d found
and if it’s coming back my way
tried, tested and true
there just aint no sweeter sound

we’re bound to get up and roll
with a sieve for a soul
hanging on the good parts to save
stick it out to the end and to come back again
just to see all the progress we made
and as these seasons change
lights strengthen and fade
and in all of our chapters through
with each break or bend
and in each subtle blend
forever each other renew

I could go for days having only but a clue…
Track Name: Everything We Have
do not greet the postman
if the box is made of gold
share a smile and cup of tea
if on a weathered wooden pole
everything we have is gonna go

in a lifetime more like lightening
just a flicker in the clouds
from a scale to see relations
don’t go let it bring you down
cause everything we have we have it now

and now all the kings study the spade
as he’s staring into outer space
even with the books they read
they cannot understand the things he sees
and misunderstanding they throw him away
intimidated they throw him away

and now slowly lodging in your brain
the only way they’ll say to play this game
but as long as birds recreate
we’ll always have a clue out of this place
which is changing but will always be this way
it’s changing but the roles remain the same
the walls rearrange but it’s still a maze

and now you and I are like the tides
we’re down and waves rise and collide
then it’s up and so are we
we finally get up on our feet and ride
and never have we felt so alive
never have we felt so alive
Track Name: Names of Ghosts
in the later hours you call the names of ghosts
to bring you back to days of old
just a little scared to move forward
tree to branch and limb to limb
eyes closed
pray to fall upon a foothold
you can find one here you know

it’s past the time for you to turn again
at least you have a season’s end
to help you on your way
to let your feelings change