HAVE YOU LOOKED OUTSIDE

Well hey, this is the big one.
This is the one  that they will remember us by.
For all of the people not paying attention, the fire has leapt to the sky.
 
This is our war.
This is our time.
Lift up your head.
The heart has bled,
baby open your eyes.
 
Have you looked outside.
(It’s time)
Have you looked outside.
(And these feet of stone will move)
Have you looked outside. 
It’s time
Have you looked outside.
(I know I will walk that unmade road with you)
 
There’s a corporate heart beating,
a corrupted cancer that has spread far and wide.
And the revolution will sort things together,
the first shots been fired alright.
 
Contract the score,
loosen the ties.
Tremble ye trends,
the brass will bend,
the baby opens its eyes.
 
Have you looked outside.
(It’s time)
Have you looked outside.
(And these feet of stone will move)
Have you looked outside. 
It’s time
Have you looked outside.
(I know I will walk that long way home with you)
 
And now, the choir is empty,
the church is exploding,
the volume is blasting inside.
And believe in the danger,
this machine kills fascists from “That’s alright momma” till now.
 
All things will end.
And then begin,
New if you stand up my friend I say right now is the time.
 
Have you looked outside.
(It’s time)
Have you looked outside.
(And these feet of stone will move)
Have you looked outside. 
It’s time
Have you looked outside.
(I know I will walk that unnamed road with you)

THE HOUSE YOU HAUNT
 
Go through the night.
Go through the night.
With dreams of you. 
Put up a fight.
I put up a fight and lost it too. 
 
What if it’s true.
We can’t all get home. 
What if it’s true.
We can’t all get home. 
                
Here it is.
The house that you haunt.                  
Here it is.
The house that you haunt.
 
We’ll meet in a life.
Meet in a life where it all came true.
Heart like a knife.
My heart like a knife to cut to you.
 
What if it’s true.
We can’t all get home. 
What if it’s true.
We can’t all get home.
 
Here it is.
The house that you haunt.  
Here it is.
The house that you haunt.
 
Summers gone. 
And young is gone. 
Open up your eyes.
Open up your eyes.
Open your eyes.
And wake up.
Open your eyes. 
 
It’s too late tonight to care what's true.
All that felt right.
All that felt right felt close to you.
 
What if it’s true.
We can’t all get home. 
What if it’s true.
We can’t all get home.
 
Here it is.
The house that you haunt.  
Here it is.
The house that you haunt.
 
Summers gone. 
And young is gone.
Open up your eyes.
Open up your eyes.
Open your eyes.
And wake up.
Open your eyes.   
And these eyes.
And these words.
Are the ruins that we cross.                           
And the house.
This is the house.
I’m only the house that you haunt.
I’m only the house that you haunt.

RAISE THE MOON
 
Please don’t go down the road.
Please don’t go down the road.
Please don’t go down the road, love me.
 
Fading slow, does it show.
Fading slow does it show.
Please don’t go down the road, love me.
 
And I will raise the moon.
And I will raise the moon.
And I will raise the moon if you love me.
 
Pain won’t go.
All I know.
And the pain won’t go, all I know.
Please don’t go down the road, love me.
 
And I will raise the moon.
And I will raise the moon.
And I will raise the moon if you love me.
If you love me.
 
So please don’t go.                   
And baby stay.   
I'll raise the moon.
I'll raise the moon.                           
 
So maybe you got away from me this time girl, and maybe you're standing behind me.
 
I got what you needed, I got what you came for. I’ll raise the moon.
 
All I know, burning slow.
All I know is burning slow.
Please don’t go down the road, love me.
 
And I will raise the moon.
And I will raise the moon.
And I will raise the moon if you love me.
If you love me.
 
So please don’t go.                   
And baby stay.                             
I'll raise the moon.
I'll raise the moon. 

So maybe you got away from me this time girl, and maybe you're standing behind me.
                             
I got what you needed, I got what you came for. I’ll raise the moon.
 
Mmmmmmmmm.  
Mmmmmmmmmm.                                      
 
In the wind and the rain.
You came walking down and the sun shone.
So nobody.
Nobody.
Is gonna stop me from loving you baby.
 
Dry your eyes.
Dry your eyes.

In the wind and the rain,
in the wind and the rain,
you came you came you came the sun shone.
So nobody. 
No no nobody will stop me from loving you.

In the wind and the rain.
In the wind and the rain,
I will raise the moon.
I will raise the moon.
I will raise the moon.
I will raise the moon.

THE UNIVERSE IS BIGGER

It always takes someone to know one.
Thereʼs no one waiting in the sky.
All of us are in the gutter but some are looking in your eyes.
Whatever gets you through the summer wonʼt get you through it quick as time.
Long ago they turned the rudder.
Iʼm glad I met you on the ride.
 
And begin with this the ending is a blinking of an eye.
 
The universe is bigger but baby youʼre much more kind.
 
Eternity was an illusion.
We never did receive a sign.
A speck of blue in the confusion is Earth in space and certain eyes.
 
When the ending is wonʼt change that this will be too short a ride.

The universe is bigger but baby youʼre much more kind.
 
And the drift of it all.
Awake in the drift of it all.
Scan the clocks darling.
Scan the black darling. 
 
My dreams a long way off.
My dreams a long way off.
My dreams a long way but listen listen.
 
Listen.
All my dreams are a long way off.
And that is all baby.
That is all baby.

BRAND NEW PARTY
 
Against the dying of the day, a little raging.
Grab your party face.
The poets here and chomping at the bait. 
Nobody’s walking on the waves.
We’re just waiting for the tide to break.
The final pull.
To rise that swinging state. 
 
So here’s your brand new party.
So drink up soldiers as we storm the gate. 
Put your dancing shoes on.    
Maybe they got guns. 
We’ve got thunder in our hearts.  
Fit to burn their cage.     
  
And you can see them walk away.
A generation that has lost a faith.
We had a dream but now we rise awake. 
In every corner, every state.
Sons and daughters of the storm to break.
We’re diamonds full and busting at the safe.
 
So here’s your brand new party.
So drink up soldiers as we storm the gate. 
Get your dancing shoes on.    
Maybe they got guns.             
We’ve got thunder in our hearts.  
Fit to burn their cage.     
                             
So head home now.              
Another year stronger.                      
Let it blow away. 
 
And with a whisper and a shake.
All you bosses feel your fortunes break.
So beat that drum and someone play the bass.
As we go.
We’re getting stronger every day.
Always voices of the youth are raised, we want it all and not the crumbs you saved.
 
So here’s your brand new party.
So drink up soldiers as we storm the gate. 
Put your dancing shoes on.    
Maybe they got guns.             
We’ve got thunder in our hearts.  
Fit to burn their cage.    
 
So here’s your brand new party.
So drink up soldiers as we storm the gate. 
Put your dancing shoes on.    
Maybe they got guns.             
We’ve got thunder in our hearts.  
Fit to burn their cage.     
 
SIGNS OF LIFE
 
They blind us and beat us.
We gave them more signs of life.
May time run to meet us.
May graves record signs of life.
 
We are washed in the chords of the shot off the main bow.
 
A curse on another idle spring bangs the night.
And we come.
You’re failing me brother if you don’t bring signs of life.
 
At night I walk the same streets that you did.
We are breathing the air just like you did.
 
Oh if you get there first, don’t assume the worst.
Just look at the wasted time and know we keep moving through this.
 
Our timing is ruthless, where pains ignored and songs are trite.
Seek fame where your youth is, strain the chord, signs of life.
 
At night I walk the same streets that you did.
I breathe the air like I’m breathing in church.
The same as you did.
The same as you did.
You’re not alone.
You’re not alone.
You’re not alone.

MINSTREL SHOW
 
If I ever get the notion to shuck for money and jive emotion.
Thin boys on a mission to feel that fame rock vision.
Hey boys don’t you know,
you’re putting on a minstrel show.
 
Stagnating, you say no more now.
A whole art form caught and sold down.
It’s hard to make a living.
But it’s hard to be forgiven.
 
Hey boys don’t you know,
the whole thing is a minstrel show.
 
And I can see them at your side.
Your corporate fathers.
And they dress you up like men to sell to their bright daughters.
 
A big burning funeral pyre.
The greedy frauds and liars.
Unchecked capitalism is not good for the system.
Hey boys don’t you know,
you’re caught up in a minstrel show. 
Hey boys don’t you know, the whole thing is a minstrel show.

NO PLAN B
 
Like a fever while it’s thick on the vine.
Once it’s picked off, the juice is like wine.
 
The soul’s one record plays “no cause like mine”.
The walls and shutters shake. That boy is tied.
 
So what could I do but cut down the cherry tree.
There is no plan B.
 
Listen close and you can make out the wine of the signal from the stars to his spine.
Born and a toll to pay. One name to sign.
Grip hard and make it plain or scratch and sigh.
 
So what could I do but cut down the cherry tree.
There is no plan B.
 
Let him bring forth what is inside,
what he brings forth will save his life.
If he does not, what he won’t bring will rot and destroy everything.
 
Burning bridges to give me some light.
All around me, ones who failed in the fight.
 
The friends you’ve thrown away.
The bonds untied.
The chant “stars start always with selfish guys”
 
So what could I do but cut down the cherry tree.
There is no plan B.

TRAITOR'S WAY
 
Where does your loyalty lie.
To the human race or the brand of an empire.
And there’s a time when silence is the same as to hide.
And there’s a time when a traitor’s way is not taking a side.
 
So tell me who you love with the flags waving high. 
The banner that you hung or the hand holding fire.
 
Where does your loyalty lie.
To the human race or the brand of an empire.
And there’s a time when silence is the same as to hide.
There’s a time when a traitor’s way is not taking a side.
 
It’s either them or us. Say your name, pick a side.
We crawled out of the mud and we remain. Judas died.
 
Where does your loyalty lie.
To the human race or the brand of an empire. 
And there’s a time when silence is the same as to hide.  
There’s a time when a traitor’s way is not taking a side.
 
Where does your loyalty lie.
Where does your loyalty lie.

ALAMO
 
See the white flags flying on the dead and dying.
An endless line of cowards duck. 
In the surrender they take you under and take their bows in ash and dust.
 
Baby brace, we’ll show them dangers face.
 
I don’t know about forever.
But the lines in the sand tonight. 
Nothing ever lasts forever.
But for one last holding tough.
Hey tonight is long enough.
 
There’s an ocean sighing.
There’s no denying.
Seagulls sing, the currents suck.
Baby just keep the faith in the big beat to clear the crowds and call the bluffs. 
 
Here come taste a lonely dying race.
 
I don’t know about forever.
But the lines in the sand tonight. 
Nothing ever lasts forever.
But for one last holding tough.
Hey tonight is long enough.
 
I don’t know about forever.
But the lines in the sand tonight. 
Nothing ever lasts forever.
But for one last holding tough.
Hey tonight is long enough.
Yeah. Tonight is long enough.

 


 
 
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