The Long Goodbye

 There's a stranger in my mirror

and another in my bones

but I think I'm getting clearer now

I think I'm coming home

 

I'd like to drink a magic potion

or wave a magic wand

but I'm just going through the motions, here

slowly catching on

 

These are the days when your sentences trail off

these are the days when you just can't meet my eye

this is the long goodbye

 

There's a kettle full of water

screaming on the stove

but I'm just trying to make some order here

lining petals in a row

 

Another whispered conversation

another slowly closing door

but you resist the old temptation now

and count the tiles on the floor

 

These are the days when the ceiling paint peels down

these are the days when the radio's all lies

this is the long goodbye

 

These are the days of the furious blue skies

you take the long way home and don’t know why

this is the long goodbye

Water Water

 I bet you're feeling parched right around now baby

I bet you're feeling mighty dry

you've got a powerful thirst to quench now haven't you baby

you might pay heed the earth under your feet like’s dust

and the axis of the wheel is rust

I'd like to bring you water from the well baby

but the well is dry

 

You've been drinking too much water

baby say goodbye

to the water

water water

now the well is dry

 

There's an angry sun above our heads baby

feels like it's eating up the sky

who's got a powerful heat welling up in who baby

I tried to warn you when the well was full of water baby

I tried to tell you this day would arrive

I'd like to bring you water from the well baby

but the well is dry

 

You've been drinking too much water

baby dry your eyes

don't be spilling any water

when the well is dry

 

A dry branches snap cuts through the air

you turn around and nobody's there

 

I tried to shelter you from the burning sun now baby

towelled the sweat running down your spine

who's got a powerful thirst welling up in who baby

I'd like to give you love and affection baby

I'd like to cool your fevered skin

I'd like to bring you water from the well baby

but the well is dry

 

You've been drinking too much water

baby say goodbye

to the water

water water

now the well is dry

now the well is dry

The February Thaw

 Isn't this nice

the warm sun is melting the ice

hush now little baby

isn't this nice

 

Come on little baby

don't say maybe

we've been really crazy

haven't we

 

Isn't this sweet

the frozen earth yields to your feet

rock a bye my baby

isn't this sweet

 

Hold me little baby

we've been crazy

I’m warm with sun and lazy

come to me

 

What have we here

a thaw at this time of the year

hush a bye my baby

the warm sun is near

 

Hold me  little baby

I feel crazy

we were getting hazy

weren't we

 

Come on little baby

don't say maybe

we got really crazy

didn't we

The Last Days of Winter

 

 

The Last Days of Winter

 

It was a moment by the lake

it was an answer to a prayer

it was a path that didn't break

there was a newness in the air

 

It was a day you might forsake

if you can only see the grey

if you're too quick to turn away

from the newness in the day

 

There was an ebb in the chill of the swell of the last days of winter

there was an ebb in the chill of the swell of the last days of winter

 

The sun was amber on the grey

there was an ember in his eyes

but I can learn to turn away

there was a newness in the day

 

There was an ebb in the chill of the swell of the last days of winter

there was an ebb in the chill of the swell of the last days of winter

 

Winter will come and winter will go and every day's a way to another day

no one's alone and no one is not alone

every season will linger in your bones

every season will linger in your bones

 

It was a day that's deeply etched

and as I slowly turned away

from all the things he didn't say

there was a newness in the day

 

Winter will come and winter will go and every day's the way to another day

no one's alone and no one is not alone

every season will linger in your bones

every season will linger in your bones

 

There was an ebb in the chill of the swell of the last days of winter

there was an ebb in the chill of the swell of the last days of winter

Time to Say Goodbye

 

 

The band is set up by the forest

a blue light is cast on the pines

a symphony-sized cricket chorus

he would ask you to dance but he's out of his mind

 

And it's time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

 time

time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

 

This dome of stars would be home now

if Venus and you were aligned

the voice in your head's getting lonely

he could have heard every word but he never had time

 

And it's time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

time

time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

 

Who waves a sword to love and wouldn't surrender

and who's the fool in you that doesn't remember

 

The tires are grinding the gravel

they're all riding back into town

there's no mystery to unravel

you have to fly home on your own

cause his fear holds him down

 

And it's time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

time

time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

 

Who waves a sword to love and wouldn't surrender

and who's the fool in you that doesn't remember

It's time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

time

time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

time to say goodbye

Healing Hands

 One man's pain is like any other's

isn't it

sweet soft rain come home to mother

may it wash the tears down my face

may it fill me with healing grace and fall into my hands

 

Please give me healing hands

I want to lay them on an angry man

let sweet understanding come through these

healing hands healing hands

healing hands healing hands

healing hands

 

I love you baby but I'm tired of trouble

aren't you 

lightning came and I'm seeing double

may you lay on my breast and hear

a solution to all you fear and

change your angry plan

 

Please give me healing hands

I want to lay them on an angry man

let sweet understanding come through these

healing hands healing hands

healing hands healing hands

healing hands

 

I call to arms the mountains and rivers

don't you

I'll warm your bones if you start to shiver

may we lay like two children here and surrender the pain and fear and

twine our healing hands

 

Please give me healing hands

I want to lay them on an angry man

let sweet understanding come through these

 

healing hands healing hands

healing hands healing hands

healing hands

Two Birds

 Oh we're killing me baby we're killing you too

can't take one more night of what we gonna do

we're drinking this poison and breathing bad air

we turn around and around till there's nobody there

 

I'm breaking your heart and forsaking my soul

and leaving you here for one more night alone

now we're breaking our promises and wrecking our home

we're killing two birds with one stone

 

Oh we're drinking our spirits and drowning our gods

that voice on the phone was another horn in the fog

I don't dream of flying since the hurricane wind 

I went around and around and repented my sins

 

We held up the baker and broke window glass

I teased and I taunted till he was chasing my ass

then we danced on the jukebox till the speaker was blown

we're killing two birds with one stone

 

Well I talking to you now God I'm calling your name

I love my sweet baby but we're going insane 

we gotta have poison we're drowning in shame

when I reached for my baby he was doubled in pain

 

It's a fine-feathered storm it's a tragedy plain

we got our limbs intertwined on a runaway train

please take away my slingshot because I'm breaking his bones

I'm killing two birds with one stone

I'm killing two birds with one stone

I'm killing two birds with one stone

Every Now and Then

 Every now and then

it must be the light in the room

every now and then

everything changes

something you just said

the way you turned your head

every now and then

I see you for the first time again

 

Every now and then

strains of a changing melody

every now and then

everything's dreamlike

you turn and catch my eye

I'm quiet with surprise

every now and then

I see you for the first time again

 

I'm hypnotised or we must be moving through time

follow the dancer 

don't look behind

spinning lights form colored lines and the pleasure is mine

 

Every now and then

it must be some sweetness in the air

every now and then

everything's heaven

there must be angels in my head

cause time unweaved its web

every now and then

I see you for the first time again

every now and then

I see you for the first time again

Time Traveler

 Where were you and I've had time to wonder

I've thrown the stone as far as I can throw

and it goes back to earth not like a bird 

no wonder

so goes my imaginings

 

The last time that I saw you it was evening

And you were full of life full of youth and life

And now you come to me in dreams and visitations

you and your imaginary wings

 

Where are you

there you are 

or are you

 

So this is time and these are only lifetimes

a haunted life since you have flown away

but you are bending time to travel to these visions

I know 

or so goes my imaginings

Fall From Grace

 Tonight I'll say a prayer for you

I might just say a prayer for you

and send it drifting out into space

today I wasn't there for you

I mostly stood and stared through you

your fingers put a hole through my lace

oh you 

I know you know a lie when you hear her

look in my eyes they're a mirror

what you didn't kill is on your face

don't you remember who you're talking to

welcome how do you do

this is your fall from grace

 

The things you try to hide from me

they must be playing hide and seek

your quick tongue has a strange and bitter taste

today I wasn't here with you

my fingers disappeared in you

the ghosts of our seed have gone to waste

hey you 

I know you know a lie when you see one

look in your eyes there's your freedom

look who's going blind in their haste

don't you remember who you once called you

hey what you gonna do

about your fall from grace

 

Tonight I said a prayer for you

a brokenhearted prayer for you

and sent it drifting out into space

today I got the facts on you

your friends all turned their backs on you

the one’s you didn’t kill you just erased

don’t shoot 

I know you know a lie when you feel it

and this disguise did you steal it

in the middle of the night do you start to shake

don’t you remember who you once called you

hey what you going to do

about your fall from grace

By the Light of the Moon

 Motorcycle guns its engine in the street below

oh this open window's an invitation to the great unknown

I used to talk to you

you used to talk to me

now we're like nothing and nobody

I was just recording the distance of the great unknown

by the light of the moon

by the light of the moon

 

Footsteps like guns in the distance and they're moving close

I'm a crouching woman soldier

there's a war you know

I used to hear you and you used to talk to me

 now you just hit like a storm at sea

I was just recounting the story for the great unknown

by the light of the moon

by the light of the moon

 

I used to fight them when they used to talk about you

I was struck dumb

 I can't defend you now 

 

Motorcycle great guns and they tear off down the street below

oh this closed window's an indication of the world I've known

I used to hold you I know that will haunt me

but I am not nothing or nobody

I was just preparing a sister for the great unknown

by the light of the moon

by the light of the moon

When a Wild Thing Goes Free

When My Father Was Tall

Birdsong