Firestarter

 

I would like to build you a fire just to keep you warm

I would like to build you a fire, one to call your own

I would like to build you a house, a house to keep you warm

I would lke to build you a house, one to call your own

 

But deep down, your fire is burning low for your man at home

And deep down, you know you’re yearning for someone you can’t hold

 

I would like to build you a fire just to keep you warm

I would like to build you a fire one to call your own

I would like to build you a life a life to call your own

You’re beautiful dear, but I can’t but fear a love that I can’t show

 

But deep down your fire is burning low for your woman at home

And deep down you know you’re yearning for someone you don’t know

Deep down you know it’s not real, that we should have already left

Deep down there’s nothing but shit, you should have already left


Pulling Out My Hair

 

I’m pulling out my hair, I’m losing hours of sleep

Not to sleep next to you, but to sleep next to someone

 

The morning, it scares me, in the morning I weep

When dreams fight life, and life has always won

 

This pen’s my only ally, my friends are in my brain

I’ll die with them but I sleep without flesh or bone

I’ll die with them but when I sleep, oh yes I sleep alone

 

I’m pulling out my hair

 

It’s a new day for happy people, another step forward

But the rest of us who can’t see it have forgotten how to walk


When My Love is Empty

 

When my love is, when my love is empty

Give me something to feel

 

I’m in a chokehold of something that doesn’t exist

I’d like to pry its fingers off or claw at its wrists

I’m in a chokehold of something that doesn’t exist, no it doesn’t exist

 

You’d think after all this time, I could save myself

You’d think after all this thinking, I could carry my own

But I’m stuck in a chokehold


Demockracy

 

They didn't get shot down on the beaches

So we could hear your played out speeches

Speaking through 10,000 speakers

You're gonna make us foot the bill

And while we've heard all this a hundred times before

We're still stuck in shopping malls and clothing stores

Just tell us where we need to go to war

And the next folks we gotta kill

 

What contracts are you signing now? 

You just go where you want to, spend what you want to

Even though it's always from our wallets

As long as money's in the pockets of lobbyists, lobbyists, lobbyists!

 

But I can be what you want me to be, 

A docile citizen or a green young marine

To become a vet or a beggar on the streets,

Or end up in prison for an old plastic bag of weed.

 

I'm pretty sure we built this nation

To get away from coronations

But they're still in the senate waiting

For their chance at the throne

Still bowing at the feet of dynasties

Clintons, Kochs, Bushes, Kennedy's

While behind the scenes the oligarchy

Is burning and selling homes

 

What are you lying about now? 

You just go where you want to, say what you want to. 

You know that folks will eat up every stupid thing you mention, 

Ambassadors can meet our leader of misogyny. 

 

We're the great laughing stock of our world government

With our money in missiles and educators in the trench

My mothers a teacher, maybe you could flirt with her instead

A penny for you could feed the entire nation.

 

Both our families came on boats way back when

Even if across different oceans

And while they're sinking in the Mediterranean

All you're heading for is the hill

Instead of building walls around the country

I'd rather you insulate my sanity

One day you're gunna be the minority

Then we'll see if you're laughing still

 

You don't represent us

It's all a bad joke

You're not public servants

We fill your ranks and buy your bullshit like it's gold


Speaking Out

 

Speaking on my behalf, talking out of turn

Letters that I wrote and should have burned

(I tend to start off on the wrong foot)

Tearing apart my grace and sensibilities

Becoming the someone I would never want be

(I seem to always go to my head)

 

Push away, push away from my reach

Stand out, stand out and see

I get mixed up all the time with you and me and I

Just try to understand

 

Heart and minds can never coexist

I guess sometimes we have to give a shit

(Dancing round and round on the floor)

I should give myself a chance to think

But leaves fall and grow in a week

(Sometimes I just hold my breath)

 

One by one they confide and sleep and shout

Saints and demons exist without a doubt

Tell me my future and where I’ll go

Because without you I’ll never know


Check Me Out

 

Apathy is setting in faster

Than it ever has but she’s growing wiser

He’s a runner with no regard for traffic

But your car is pulling up behind him

 

And after you go she’ll be okay

She’ll be better off when you’re away

And as you walk with hope in your eyes

Keep your handkerchief close-by

She’ll let you down

 

Check me out, do me in

Or give me a reason to be content

It’s okay if we say goodnight

I’ll keep my promises and be awake

Despite my yearning for a great escape

It’s alright if you don’t want to try

 

Her past her to be attentive

Of her relentless words cutting in

And when she’s finally finished

Maybe you could get your last word in


Get Up

 

We’re all bored and lonely in this crowded house

We all found a way in, but we all need a way out

I didn’t come here to call you crazy

It’s just that I’m getting tired as each of these days leave

 

Stay with me

And I swear we’ll see the end of these

Sleepless nights won’t save the day

Every day we do the same thing is another day we throw away

So get up, let’s get back in the van

Play another show in a shitty town

Write another song and burn it down

 

Liquor bottle blues and ashtray love

If we know one thing, it’s how to get it done

Sure we’re late for work, I don’t see my dad

If we’re going to live forever then we’ll get to it then

(One day we’ll have to grow the fuck up)

But if you ask me tomorrow is better

We could hit the bar and then meet up back here

 

One day we will have to grow up
One day we will have to grow up
One day we will have to grow up

One day we will grow the fuck up


Empire

 

There’s an empire falling to the ground

No it couldn’t stand on this truth that I’ve found

The tales of freedom ring, of happiness it will bring

But I still can’t crack a smile

Because our flag has fallen, our sense of pride all along

Is being burnt up by the pile

 

There’s an empire falling to the ground

No it couldn’t stand on this truth that I’ve found

Blood and sweat it will take for the walls to break

And I still can’t crack a smile

The architecture was flawless, but the foundation lawless

We’ll watch it burn up in the pile

 

Rebuild from the ground again

The walls will be much stronger this time

But I can’t seem to let go of the rubble in my hands

Just tell me it won’t hurt so much this time


12

 

Oh dear God

You said your kingdom was coming

But see how it has found you

Streets of gold, coffee shops, and monuments

A new testament to how much we have lost you

Can you hear us?

Do we need to turn up our speakers and our voices?

And sing the hits even louder?

 

One false god to preach the old one

One more cause to fill the coffer

Thirteen stones on the path to a new life

Then twelve more on the road to get it right

 

Bend the knee, tilt your head towards the earth

So we can finally find him, the judges (sheriffs) will find him

Bend the knee, tilt your head towards the earth

So we can finally see him, the captains (counselors) will see him

 

Oh dear God

You said that you would save us

But we don’t really need you

Heaven waits and they say it will be worth our days

But we don’t hurt much anyway, not anymore

Can you see it?

We built it big enough for the heavens
I guess that we’re in charge now
 

One false day of being humble

Six more days of coming home to

Thirteen roads I’d like to go down

Twelve more stone and we’ll know how to

 

One statue we’ll kneel before

Twelve glass doors we’re running towards

Thirteen kingdoms we can’t ignore

Maybe this building will bring us home


Slow Down

 

This isn’t what I was looking for

This isn’t what you were looking for

Lonely hands and your eyes pointing to the floor

(This was done before it started)

This isn’t what I was looking for

This isn’t what you were looking for

We will always end up here

(Finished before it ever started)

Too fast to feel the road beneath us

I think we’ve lost the missing pieces

 

I need to slow down

Put my feet back on the ground

And get my head out of the clouds

You need to wake up

Take my burden off your shoulders

You’ve always had the worst luck

 

I think we’ve lost what we’re looking for

I think we’ve lost what we’re looking for


 

This isn’t what I was looking for

This isn’t what you were looking for

Played the game but the cards have spilled out on the floor

(This was done before it started)

This isn’t what I was looking for

This isn’t what you were looking for

Hope was lost before it was even there

 

Breaking our backs to fill a void inside

So much time we could avoid behind us

 

I think we’ve lost what we’re looking for

I think I’ve lost what I’m looking for


P.O.W.

 

Take a picture, take it now

Because my eyes are prettiest when it’s overcast

And when the rain starts to fall it’ll all melt

So take the photo, make it last

Capture me before beauty flees

Grab my hand when I walk away

The sun will rise and set the same with every day

Just make me stay

 

Don’t let my eyes turn away

Make your love known every day

When complacency takes the front seat

Drive until it falls asleep

 

I’m pressing buttons on the glass

You’re reading something or staring at the floor

Stop avoiding, it’s no fight

We’re not at war, we’re not at war

Capture me before beauty flees

Grab my hand when I walk away

The sun will rise and set the same with every day

Just make me stay


Habit

 

Burning all our memories

Telling me the truth

When was the last time you felt this way?

I know the answer too

 

This city where I came from is leading me to walk astray

Burnt dreams and toxic liars still tell me I have one more day

So life goes on for you

And grey clouds will rise again

Carry on, my friend

 

Spend me on your orchards

Rain and snow on the window

Life without being forward

Covered in pride from head to toe

 

(Burnt dreams and toxic liars)

(Carry on my friend)