Paroles


Textes écrits par Anna-Lynne Williams
Lotte Kestner - China Mountain

YOUR FACE (Impossible Cures – Single)
love when you go
i’ll try to change slow
but my blood will still flow
without you there to warm it
it won’ t be my
decision this time
i’m holding the line
until you let go of it
you’d have me still as stone
and i’d just as soon you’d not gone
in the first place
you’d have me on my own
and i’d rather be there with you
holding your face
how i love your face.
just as i thought
though pretty it was
we stretch the love out
til we don’t even want it
but it won’t be me
who up and leaves
leaving a note and the keys on the hardwood
you’d have me set in stone
i’d just as soon you’d not gone
in the first place
you’d have me on my own
but i’m doing what i need to forget your face
how i loved your face.
one day you’ll write
and i will not mind
telling me ’bout something you think i’d like
and how it gets me
what you used to be
time’s changed us both
my love don’t really know me
did it change your face
cuz i loved your face.

PIANO SONG (All That You Start – B-Side Album)
it is too late to feel
like a numb skin
say that you’ve harpooned me
am i a prize then
i am lost as the sea
you tell me what i see
love was supposed to save me
love was supposed to save me
it is too dim to read
and there’s no moon
our love always rhymes
like a poem
this mirror seems wrong
you decide what i am
love was supposed to save me
love was supposed to save me
you chose the rose with the thorn
you chose the sky with the storm
i’ll take the lover that lies
my piece of divine til everything dies
love was supposed to save me
love was supposed to save me

FROSTBITE (Delerium – Music Box Opera)
the truth is seeps
it’s clear to me
that i’d make you happy
feels like frostbite
combined with hope
if your last words would
make you and me back in one piece
lean forward, i’ve waited for it.
feels like frosbite
or something beneath the lid that flies
took three of what you gave me
and now it’s clear to me
it’s clear to me
that i’d make you happy
face you to me
lean forward, i’ve waited for it.
make you and me back in one piece
lean forward, i’ve waited for it.

 

Impossible Cures & B-Sides

IMPOSSIBLE CURES
you say it’s my fault
to need impossible cures
but i swear i’ve been happier before
lately i’m finding
that i need winding
and you say you can’t fix
all the plates i’ve thrown
or keep your hands over
my broken bones
but i call you darling
i think that means something
don’t know how long it takes
to heal this bad an ache
but i think it must
and that the time will come
and i bet that you’ll love what i have become
you say it’s my fault
to need impossible cures
but i swear i’ve been happier before

TRUE
listen up
all the bells are gonna ring
i’m sorry
that for now they’re sleeping
would’ve been the fireworks i promised
if you had waited just a moment
cuz my love is true
just buried
and if you would trust me
why don’t you

A WAY
i’m sorry
but my heart
doesn’t know well enough to leave you alone
and my hands won’t stay where they are
feels like you’ve been gone ten times as long
it feels like fate holds us apart
but wait
don’t let your heart yet break
there’s still a way
a way?
didn’t i say that i found it
already
ready or not
this is what we have got
no need to fall apart,
push it away
away down there
where i don’t have to care
seemed like the perfect pair
so far away.
love, i may be wrong
it seems that you say this to string me along
still, my heart
and the place where you are
shouldn’t be far
i’ll make sure
it feels like fate holds us apart
but wait
don’t let your heart yet break
there’s still a way
a way?
didn’t i say that i found it
already
ready or not
this is what we have got
no need to fall apart,
push it away
away down there
where i don’t have to care
seemed like the perfect pair
so far away

ALL THAT YOU START
my love lit a fire
i’ll stand in it
and i’ll breathe the smoke
all that you make
whatever you start, i love
whatever you start, i love
you start to cry
you start a flood
all that you make, i love
all that you start, i love
whatever you start, i love

NATURE STOPPED LISTENING
shiver, the night deals a blow
nature stopped listening a long time ago
made my request for a painless death
would’ve been better off holding my breath
i know the body wants to live
damn the heart that keeps jumping again
however bad where i’ve been
i got my feet wet again
feet wet
feet wet…

APPOINTMENTS
i want you
and everything else is so complicated, compared
i missed my train
and if you miss yours
we could lose a whole day
to hell with our appointments
we might’ve kept
to hell with separate apartments
the grass grows here

NOW IT’S ON FIRE
what if we never
tangle together
do you know i want it so much
and die without knowing
if we had something
i can tell you now it’s on fire
put me down
if you’re not ready for all nine rounds
comin atcha
loosen me on you
no telling what would be left
in the morning
put me down
if you’re not ready for all nine rounds
comin atcha

 

Poetry

SLIP
to the objects i kept
and the people i dreamed
to all of the places
i have ever fallen asleep,
the pillows with flowers
all muted and small
and patterns like forests
on each of the walls,
each room has a scent
like the curve of a neck
how i died in yours
where the honey collects,
like the smallest insect
who with one little slip
became part of the fossil
and was buried with it.

BIRD (Paroles d’Anna-Lynne Williams, chanté par Caleb Ian Campbell)
sometimes i want to call you
just to ask
if you could feel me thinking about you
thinking of places i want to take you
how i think of you
like a bird in a cage
and i am waiting to trip the lock
like i have heard you singing
but i haven’t seen your wings
like you are blue and beautiful
but you need me for some things
i just want to know
if you know what i’m thinking
if the feathers along your neck
have somehow been sensing

BLIND ACCIDENTS (Paroles d’Anna-Lynne Williams, chanté par Damien Jurado)
i’m sorry, if i hover near you
have you figured out, that my hand never falls anywhere
that it’s where i have put it
that in love there are no blind accidents
if you knew
if you knew
count the times we’ve bump our shoes
the way my dreams make me fall into you
but what then, am i to make of your tracing your fingers?
that i forgot for a moment, that i was beneath them
the way you sent me your scent, past all of the whiskey
the way you would tell other people my story
my love, my love, my love
you have a beautiful man, but if you do,
then you must remember that i was falling in love with you

TIME LAPSE (Paroles d’Anna-Lynne Williams, chanté par Kevin Long)
i want to watch a time lapse film
of you and i asleep
to watch the pattern of the
light and the leaves
pin point when the bpm
of you, of me
is just one number
just one creature, sleeping.
when i wake i feel
my lips have been pressed
to you somehow
and my fingernail is torn
i think i must have
broken down some door
play back the film
to when i must have stirred
and torn something
from its hinges
while the night was black
play back to find
when you did it,
when you stole into my chest
and whispered
that you wouldn’t give my heart back

YOU MUST HAVE
you must have sent the wind
to touch me
because air isn’t supposed to
feel like this
and the rain is warm
and the clouds are low
and the water that falls
keeps on touching my lips
and when i say i miss you
i mean that i felt you
in all of the unconscious things
that i did
like braiding my hair
or watching the moon
like falling asleep
without any blankets

FLOORBOARDS (Paroles d’Anna-Lynne Williams, chanté par Scarlet Season)
not to hurt you
but i want right in
to your chest
i have held my hand upon it
but it does not sink
i can hear your heart
like it’s under some floorboards
somewhere where you
never let me in
i will hardly sleep
while you steadily beat
i want your colors
i have swum right out to sea
where your wave might break.
i do find myself dreaming
in the early morning
that i am leaning against the wall
while little beaks of birds
are dismantling your ribs
while they sing
and like a slash of light
beneath a door
or some trickle of water
down a mountain,
a dozen birds
have uncovered your heart for me
to throw myself upon.

GRENADES (Paroles d’Anna-Lynne Williams, lu par Sadistik)
i have been here long enough
to know how to weigh sentences
as they fall from the mouth
like invisible powder.
some things we say with our eyes down
or our cheeks warm
some things we whisper
like a secret we were supposed to guard
some things we shout down a hallway
or up a staircase
over cables
and lightning bolts;
no one collects them
or translates them
and i have been speking long enough
to know that they all weigh
just the same
whatever the color
or sweetness
they had on our tongue.
i have found myself dropping grenades like
« i was starting to love you »
but the grenade never goes off
it doesn’t even tick
just falls like the same powder
that tell from my lips
when i woke up and said
« i wonder if it’s warm outside. »

 

Until

CONFESSION
words are my weakness
how they pierce me through
you wield your silver tongue
don’t you
a bottle of wine
your voice and mine
i knew
a part of my heart
already belongs to you
the swell of a tide
and all the boats rise
sharing the lines
dimming the lights
we might not have felt this til tonight
i wasn’t expecting to feel anything
sometimes the moment gets it right
i like the things you say when you drink
when is it just a kiss?
don’t let me try
keep it closed
nets around our butterflies
a part of my heart
already belongs to you
a bottle of wine
your voice and mine
i knew
the swell of a tide
and all the boats rise
dimming the lights
sharing the lines
i like the things you say when you drink

FLAP
am i dreaming
cuz i can’t wake up
you ready?
if you’re ready or not
« do you know me »
« i don’t know what you want »
were you waiting on the stairs
breathing softly while i slept
with my heart up in my mouth
and the wings i flap don’t move
when the morning’s light and cold
will this moment feel as true
it’s a form
all lit up in the dark
her feet fall
i can’t curl up, curl up
if you’re ready or not
was i dreaming
cuz i can’t wake up
you ready?
if you’re ready or not
was i dreaming
cuz i can’t wake up

BELL UNDER WATER
no i don’t expect you
to decode what i left you
fingers dipped in lemon juice
handwriting in the water
like a bell under water
handwriting in the water
like a bell under water
in a room we slept in
five senses collecting
like we’re fingerprinting
handwriting in the water
like a bell under water

DAYDREAM
you make me creak
my bones they speak out loud
to answer you
is it enough to drown
in daydreaming
it’s the only place i can stay with you
it’s the only way i can stay
good thing you’re far
don’t tell me where you are
cuz it’s enough to just think of
your heart
i’m daydreaming
it’s the only place i can stay with you
it’s the only way i can stay
and i want to
and i want to

YOU’RE IN MY HEAD
if your needle is near
you can take my blood
oh i saved it for you
hundreds of drops
running red, yes i know
though i can’t see it
put your hands on my chest
i think you can feel it
that beat oh
so fast oh
you’re in my head
sometimes the only thing
we would sit on your bed
and both of us would sing
and when it was right
i’d get water in my eyes
don’t say it was nice
don’t say it was nice
i know oh
so fast oh

UNTIL
what feels good as
love you’ve walked on glass for
if the clock is right or if it’s wrong
i will lose mine if you lose yours
until…
catching rain in your hat
grass as high as my head
and the light is caught up in your beard
like my fingers wandering to rest in it
until…
make believe, play along
that we’re not in love
i will lie for my love
i’ll forget later on

BRIGHT TO BE TRUE
if i’m on trial for my type of love
then i know better than to show
the patterns i’m cutting by
sentences in the dark to identify
i rhyme mine with yours
and we speak the perfect lines
if i am honest with you
i am afraid that my love burns
too bright to be true
comet in the sky
i feel like for now i’m here
to let your shoulders rest
i can’t stand the thought
of not loving you the best
the thought stops my blood
so love, for i should
if i am honest with you
i am afraid that my love burns
too bright to be true
comet in the sky
close all the curtains
seems i could never
breathe any air but this
but like a dreamer
gone for a lifetime
wakes in only minutes
love me, don’t count on me
love me

TO STAND IN
when i paint you
i forget how you like to stare at the floor
so often
your love and calm nerves
don’t seem to add up
forgive me
i know my way
and you know yours
just the same
this weight that we take because
there’s things that you bear
to love
and you’re loved if you’re lucky
you’re loved if you’re lucky
you are loved
when will i feel i’m answered
it feels like another language you made
for with me
for escape
should this be, then
less deep to stand in
i make you love what i love
so we love twice as much
this weight that we take because
there’s things that you bear
to love
and you’re loved if you’re lucky
you’re loved if you’re lucky
you are loved

 

the bluebird of happiness

STRINGS
love, if
love, if you love me
why do you make me miss you so
must be something you can give me
something you could tell me…
if we decide to stay silent
i’ll be a lightbulb burning low
i couldn’t tell you
why saying nothing hurts me so
missing
it feels like i swallowed a string
that goes on forever
missing
it feels like i swallowed a string
that goes on forever

WRESTLER
it turns out i have a book of matches
right here in my pocket
and you had climbed down a well
you must’ve been waiting there for me
but i want to light it
will you let me light it
i can see right across
i’m sure that i know where you’re sleeping
my heart is the color it makes
when buildings reflect on the water
my heart is a building
and you are the ceiling
i like it when
there is hardly any light
and the morning
is fighting in my eyes
i’ll wrestle you in
i’ll wrestle you in every thought
it turns out water is clear
as soon as you stop to catch it
it turns out i do not fly
because my wings are elastic
and they bring me back here
back across the water
they bring me back here across the water
i like it when there are hardly any lights
and the morning
is fighting in my eyes
i’ll wrestle you in
i’ll wrestle you into every thought

THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS
i’m thinking i am going to get up
in the second act if i don’t laugh enough
the tidal waves don’t want to carry us
but if i can catch one i’ll whisper…
bury me at sea
bury me at sea
i’m gonna need what i forgot to pack
and make a scene of rifling for it
we were something and i’ll remember it
i can conjure you if i want to
but why would i do that
bury me at sea
bury me at sea

TURN THE WOLVES
you would turn the wolves on the one you love
if they needed blood and you couldn’t run fast enough
and it’s something that i guessed about you, love
it’s not new
just you how you are
one day you’ll spell it out
you’re spooling thread for now
i’ll choose my way instead
i said it before i meant it
i’ve been feeling things that i cannot fight
and in the dark i forget how to lie
now i’m turning on the hook you have me by
i got in and you left the other side
one day we’ll have it out
i’ll let you off for now
’cause i’d do it again
i said it because i meant it
i love you
i want you

PAIRS
my veins are full of poison
from staying up so long
but tonight i won’t sleep
i promise
it is my watch, my love
my pockets full of breadcrumbs
we watch the ducks in pairs
and this time we won’t say
« we forgot again
to bring something for them »
it hardly seems important
to keep my dreams from you
but what language was that
and all the names we had
that i’d not heard before
afraid i’m going to lose you
’cause that’s the way it works
when’s the last time you said
« everything’s just so perfect
the way it is,
everything’s so perfect »

INVENTION
your face it leaps to the top again
at least i’m starting to write again
missing, too familiar a feeling
now
my lips are chapped from thinking of your mouth
i think i’ll wear the good dreaming right out
you are my favorite shoes
you know when you have such a feeling
you feel like you invented the whole thing
love, i invented love, i think
now
my lips are chapped from thinking of your mouth
i think i’ll wear the good dreaming right out
you are my favorite shoes
now, thinking of your…

SWEETHEART
you’re so blank
like something that’s never been
you’re not showing
the ghost of anything
but if you’d not been mine
then how would i know
when you go to sleep
you bite down so your teeth make sounds
as you start to dream
and the names we give each other
just don’t last
but the one who loves the most
gets to keep the past
right here

WHEN IT’S TIME
there’s nothing to put back oh
like a tree
like a headstone with our words on
the seasons
they changed but i didn’t know
all the stars never stepped from their posts
the way i didn’t
you and i
we’re froze in the same night
and when it’s time
then it’s time
when it’s time

EGGSHELL
baby want your hands so tight they leave a mark
burn you on my eyes then see you in the dark
love, it’s so hard to love
guess that’s what makes it worth so much
how it’s so hard to love
guess that’s what makes it worth so much
don’t touch me like snow falls
don’t touch me like snow falls
baby let me down so hard you break the shell
if you’re not in the same dream i’m in just as well
don’t touch me like snowfall
don’t touch me like snowfall
oh it’s so hard to love
guess that’s what makes it worth so much

CLIFF
as soon as you want the kiss
oh how impossible it is to bridge
i wish that we were kids
i’d cross the floor and i would ask you to dance
i was never afraid of that
i had the upper hand
smooth as a stone
that’d worn away in the sea
but i like it even more
climbing too high
where the air is thin
i’m on a cliff
can you keep me away from it

LITTLE THINGS
last night in your sleep
did you dream you were trapped in a room
’cause i confess in all of mine
that i draw walls around you
your arms are a circle i step in
when i’m allowed to
and fight just to slow down the heart
that is all about you
but what do intentions amount to
subtlety escapes me around you
i’m not about to hold in anything
i’m gonna give myself away in little things
you know how staring will make
somebody turn
does that mean my thinking of you’s
gonna make your skin burn
’cause i don’t want to hurt you
it’s the last thing that i would do
but what do intentions amount to
subtlety escapes me around you
i’m gonna give myself away in little things
i’m not about to hold in anything
so what do intentions amount to
what’s the last thing that i would do
i’m gonna give myself away in little things
i’m not about to hold it in

 

LOW POINT
i’ve been scared
not like this
you lose things, i lost it
just please reach from somewhere
my heart is done
it’s too scared
i’ve never wished this before now
if i said i did i take it all back
you have to go all the way
to know where it is
all the way down
you know what you’d stop for
when you’re running from your worst fear
that you need it
now i’m fading
this is what i’d like to lay in
i’ve never wished this before now
now i know all the long steps down
this time my eyes close like this
i know my last thoughts
i know my last wish
to not be wishing
to not have broke this
to feel what i’m missing
somehow i broke it
i only know breaking
and what i want to lie in

MORE PAST
after you go
after you go
i won’t expect to hear your voice again
do not leave footprints
to carve out your weight
in the snow
more and more past
nothing will last
if you forget watch the sun set so far
you held my hand but
i don’t think you will remember that
With all your veils raised up
Who’s to expect the same love
With all your veils raised up
Who’s to expect the same love

RIGHT YOU ARE
you should drain of color
like an insect on a leaf
you should taste of nothing
how much water would you be
shows how right you are
when i’m crying and you’re not
i’m not one of those
to say that hurting is better
than not knowing
fill the nights with water
or something promising to fill
never mind the waiting
beautiful something bewitch will
shows how strong you are
when i’m trying and you’re not
on you doesn’t show
i would fall for that face again after all
stop telling my heart…
just stop tugging my heart

THOUSAND
it’s not supposed to feel right
and broken at the same time
a thousand lights that dance
out of my heart to you each time
what do you have to ask me
maybe then you don’t feel
the thousand pins and needles
that i feel near you each time
it’s just my mouth
it’s just a word
and what is that
how does it hurt
how does it hurt
i’m not supposed to need what
i’ve never had to know it
a thousand thoughts that crawl
out of the dark to lie with me
i’m not supposed to say it
the way my head replays it
a thousand words and none of them
that i can say out loud
but out loud is how i feels
is what you hide
just as real
just as real

CATCH NOT BREAK
once in the while
i’d like to catch, not break, what i hold
and once when you’re close
i’d like to speak my beautiful thoughts
and then i can melt like i will.
when i took my kiss somewhere else
i broke -i know-
the natural order of things
and i know it doesn’t go.

THE LIDS
only now that i’m alone
i see the night as what it is. wasted.
i can only close my eyes
with one thing behind the lids
so it is.
maybe you’ll wake me
waking to ringing
maybe i’ll wake to you.
confessing that this isn’t
quite what i had in mind
but i lied. i’ll wait.
feel my love is all too much
real as things you touch
and know in all the ways.
maybe you’ll wake me
waking to ringing
maybe i’ll wake to you.
mmaaybe you’ll wake me
waking to your warm
maybe i’ll wake to you

 

China Mountain B-Sides

NURSE
i am left nursing things
he held your bags for you
things that don’t nurse back
remember
alone nothing sings
nothing answers
i don’t think you remember
when will we
daylight
daylight
i am left nursing things
things that don’t nurse back
i am left nursing things
things that don’t nurse back

NEVER ONE
the sun by my side
i’m glad that he left
never one to forget
i was never one to forget
does it look like rain
does it look like rain
does it look like rain

LIVES & DIES
what kind of love’s like
something you’re born with
that lives and dies with you
but still startles every time
in the morning we’ll make-believe
like cold water over you
oh i could live and die with you
i know it’s too much
i want to live and die with you
i know it’s too much
what kind of love’s like
something beside you
that lives and dies
your bread and water
don’t look at me
i couldn’t take much more
oh I could live and die with you
i know it’s too much
i want to live and die with you
i know it’s too much
don’t look at me
don’t look at me
to live and die with you
i know it’s
live and die with you
i know it’s
live and die with you
what kind of love’s like

APPLES
a knife and your love
apples you carved into small browning doves
a knife and your love
apples you carved into small browning doves
i’m ready for
however long i’m doomed to miss you for
i said « leave it alone »
and let you get lost in the air if i’d known
i knew it would be me
i’ve felt life without you before
i’ve practiced how it feels
saying « i had him, but not anymore »
must’ve been good
we put up with so much bad just to have it
must’ve been good
we put up with so much bad just to have it
i’m ready for
remembering all of these things on my own
i always knew
being alone would feel like being with you
i knew it would be me
i’ve felt life without you before
you’d not have done for me
the mourning and everything that i’m good for
why’d it fool me
why’d it take my lover, my lover
why’d it fall
and why’d it break my lover, my lover

THE MOON IS HIGH
i have your name written under my palm
touches everything i touch
i’m tired
i have your hand watching over my skin
and when i’m asleep
i’m over
what you’re not in
it’s so old
the sun is bright
but i’m inside
the moon is high
but i’m inside
i have your name written under my palm
touches everything i touch
i have your ink pulsing under my skin
and into the night

THE SAME QUIET
it’s the shape of your face
not the words you choose
i think that i cried
but i lied to you
said « i need you right here
to see what i love »
but when you disappear oh it’s
still sharp enough
sand you do not stand in
in your right mind
face out to the rain
wait for bright lights
eyes closed but your hands out
and spun round
it all ends with the same quiet
and comedown
when my eyes turned all
watery blue
it wasn’t the moment
we’d stepped into
my heart is as fixed as the walls around
this up is up always
never comes down
sand you do not stand
in your right mind
face out to the rain
wait for bright lights
eyes closed but your hands out
and spun round
it all ends with the same quiet
and flight down

BEE
gentleness
is not how i have loved a thing
i’m sharp and sure
if you need someone who’s able
to stand in ruins
saying « it’s all right »
someone you’ll never get cut on
i am more like a knife
it’s not my fault
i want to light it brighter
than the others might
if you want love you can feel
you know it’s going to ache some times
anything else isn’t worth
living days, sleeping nights

BRING YOU
oh i waited
but time did not bring you to me
when you know what
the piece is that you need
what i spoke was
just words i wrote down first
was i careful
or did i just show you my worst
i’ve done that before

 

China Mountain

CRUSH THE BIRD
if i make allowaces
i’m fine with separate, and see-how-it-is
understood
if you think it’s good
do they make flowers for this
what color means you don’t care how she lives
i’d expect just a little bit.
me, i wouldn’t trade
me, i wouldn’t trade for what you’re made of
lover becomes secretive
« don’t ask
i won’t tell
we’ll see how it is »
understood
if you say it’s good
do they make flowers for this
what color means you don’t care how she is
i’d expect just a little bit.
me, i wouldn’t trade
me, i wouldn’t trade for what you’re made of
did i try too hard loving
crush the bird you’re holding
me, i wouldn’t trade
me, i wouldn’t trade for what you’re made of

COMPASSES
what i want sometimes is a roof somewhere
the same one each time, like a real woman
home, to be home
to be home
like a black sea turtle swimming back
sailors who sail without compasses
right, to be right
to be right
if the stars stick why can’t i

FAINTING SPELLS
earth to you
earth to you, love
please don’t rain on all my plans
darling, i call you that
for i’d like to believe
in what’s not anymore
at least i know i didn’t waste you
at least i didn’t act like you did
there’s always that
always that
love sleeps where it’s not wanted
in your bed, in your bed
fainted
fainted twice
once like butterflies
once like butterflies and once like ice
love sleeps where it’s not wanted
in your bed, in your bed

FINELINE
i don’t like wolves
or wide open doors
woke in the night alone
my fine line, crossed
standing in my place
looking for my place
i will wait throught the night for only you

TEMPERATURE
you like me hopeful
’cause hopeful is quiet
sleeps through the night,
dreams of white boats
we could spin possiblies into a life
and what it feels like when we dance
i will sing tra la la la with you
i will sing la da da da with you
but it’s not like the sea
to leave you with me.
if i don’t spin you
the dizziness stops
the bedroom’s a box
and i’m a girl who wants a promise.
what everyone wants
love, did you once
before we met?
i will sing tra la la la with you
i will sing la da da da with you
but it’s not like the sea
to leave you with me.
la la la la da da da da da
i will sing tra la la la.

FACE SHAPE
it’s the shape of your face
not the words you choose
i think that i cried
but i lied to you
said i need you right here
to see what i love
but when you disappear
it’s still sharp enough.
lover, you know what i thought we’d be
the truth doesn’t stop me at all
at all.
when my eyes turned all watery blue
it wasn’t the moment we’d stepped into
my heart is a fixed as the walls around
this up is up always
never comes down.
lover, you know what i thought we’d be
lover, you know what i thought we’d be
the truth doesn’t stop me at all
at all.

CATTLEYA
this drink doesn’t make me sleep
didn’t think it would
the numbers on the clock are green
the rest of this is mud
we let off the heavy chains
but i’m not free
til you say this life is worse without me
you must say the right thing some time.
and you know that i’ll wait up
as if though for my true love
and you know that i’ll wait up.
one for getting through the dark
the hours that it stays
never saw the box before
our shoulders filled the space
we let off the heavy chains
but i’m not free
til you say this life is worse without me
you must say the right thing some time.
and you know that i’ll wait up
as if though for my true love
and you know that i’ll wait up
did your heart get cold right away.

BEFORE YOU ARE
lover, never tire of me
my hands, my eyes, my worrying
looking at you you’re all that i need
if i could be that for you
you know i’d be.
i believe in something sweet
in spite of things you’ve told me
planted all the seeds i had
underneath a tree
turned all the sad songs right off
just as i heard them start
youre like the night
i feared it before i loved it, love.
we flinch like this
when touches are soft
too light, don’t lie
you know they are
if you want constant and ready for war
i will be ready for it
before you are.
i’ve forgotten before you
in spite of things you’ve told me
i planted all the seeds i had
underneath a tree
blanketed before it did get dark
when the shadows were small
you’re like the night
i feared it before i loved it, love
you’re like the night i feared.

LULA BOAT
what about the hours i spent
devising the tales i told
my fiction just to balance our
the way that your arms can pull.
if my love was a sailor
he’d use his boat for ill
to sail beyond the reach
of the one who loves him still.
what of the control it takes
to hold it behind my eyes
to stop the rushing water
when the river’s too weak to try.
if my love was a sailor
he’d use his boat for ill
to sail beyond the reach
of the one who loves him still.

FAINTED TWICE
fainted twice
once like butterflies
and once like the ice.



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