Miles of Green (2016)

Miles of Green (2016)

Bless the Ones // bless the one who walks down the sidewalk while the wind blows all around/bless the one who crosses that bridge though the waters threaten to down/bless the one who hungers and thirsts for love though it’s nowhere to be found/bless the girls who walk through that door just looking for a softer sound/the ones you long to call daughters and sons are just outside my window/they’re lookin’ for love any way they can mostly going where the wind blows/bless the kids who stand on the corner with no father to be found/bless the mothers doing the best they can needing more love to spread around/chorus/bless me Lord who thinks I’m not needy got it all figured out/there are storms that rage in me and their floods will threaten to drown/the ones you long to call daughters and song are just inside my window/we’re looking for love any way we can mostly going where the wind blows/will we find out what the wind knows // 

Take Me With You // got my start in the northern parts place they call Midwest/adults who do not know they are, school-bound by morning/made my way through the prairie state before the sun arose/rocking lonely ones to sleep, still many hours to go, oh/I see gold fields dry from the August heat/where the delta and city meet/lonely houses sit atop those hills/And the playground where no children play/streets that once knew better days/before empty after empty building started falling down/I’ll find my end and begin again where we drop below the seas/and by this time you will not believe what I’ve already seen/empty bottles from Saturday night left down by the railroad tracks/old men lean in the shade of the trees who know they can’t look back/chorus/and every day I pass you I can hear/oh, every day I pass you I can hear you say/take me with you/but someone’s gotta stay/someone’s gotta stay/someone’s gotta stay/someone’s gotta stay/in those gold fields, dry from the August heat/that one day will remember green/and know new life again/know new life again //

Miles of Green // miles of green, at least miles it seems/more between you, between me/still I have come to see you grow up/and move on like we both know you should/and one day we’ll call them memories/but today they’re the wounds of what was/and you’ll go and cry into your pillow/but, baby, what else could I have done/at the edge of your bed, but you’ve long fled/to the mountains you’re so sure will give you life/in two months time this little note you’ll find/to remind you what I never did forget/chorus/and one day I hope you’ll be proud of me/and wipe away what I should not have done/and we’ll sing these songs as memories/and we’ll know this is the best we could have done/yeah we’ll know this is the best we could have done/miles of green, well at least it seems //

Little Robin // Little robin red breast why do you run/across the yard and up the hill/little robin red breast why do you chase/everyone so far away/from where you are it might be hard to not be afraid/of what other want to take from you/but from where I sit I must admit you look pretty lonely/and still afraid/little broken heart you set out on your own/and left behind the ones you love/desperate and a victim, it’s the part you love to play/it’s the part you love to hate/chorus/do you know what you’re afraid of/do you know what brings you pain/is it shouting from the silence/does it sound like your own name/from where I sit I must admit you look pretty lonely and still afraid/and from where you are it might be hard to not be afraid/of what other want to take from you/but from where I sit I must admit you look pretty lonely and so afraid, you look so afraid, but it doesn’t have to be that way //

I’m Gonna Lose You // I can’t stop staring at you/the rise and fall of your chest ‘neath the heavy white blanket and the years/sing from the little brown hymnal/words I am hoping you hear/through the beeping and crying I’m tryin to hide/I’m not naive I know how the ends/I’m gonna lose you/the memories have flooded but still can’t distract/I’m gonna lose you/I’m gonna lose you/good intentions say there’s still hope/written on little notes/but I know that you know the end has come/chorus/I know you wanna go home/I know you wanna go home/I know you wanna go home/I know you’re ready to go/I’m not naive/I know you wanna go home/I know how this is gonna end/I know you wanna go home //

Up From the Bottom // It must be hard to see your old friend’s face there/in the headlines of the news/another body on the bathroom tile/cold from years of overuse/there are things we do in the darkness/we wait until we’re all alone/it’s there that we convince ourselves we’re useless/and need this hit to pull us through/I am not the one to say I told you so/you know it by now/but I will be the one to tell you/you need people to love/people to hold your hand/people to walk you from the bottom of the bottom back up onto dry land/whether you’ve known the big lights of L.A./or the darkness of my street/you need something that can’t be found in the needle or the bottom of that drink/chorus/need is a powerful force tells us many a good lie/shut the door push them away/lands us back on the bathroom floor/it must be hard to see your own worn face there/looking back across the room/telling you that you’ve got two choices/and only one you’ll make alone/I am not the one to say I told you so you know it by now/I am not the one to say I told you so/chorus //

Sorrow’s Joy // how would we mark the seasons without life and death to send us on our way/well, I can think of 10 good reasons to keep you here to keep you here, oh/with every wedding I remember my vow/with every death my grief rises from the depths/this new life together begins as one long life ends/on the joy oh the pain/skies of piercing blue cover over us/I watch you walking toward your awestruck groom/and I wonder can I hold such joy in my heart/I can’t contain cannot contain/chorus/he’s sitting in a wheelchair off of highway 49/a tired soul with flesh just hanging on/and I wonder can I hold such sorrow in my heart/I can’t contain cannot contain/she was so beautiful in that 50s black and white/but now she’s gone and he cannot hold on/chorus/Luke and Kristin let me sing this to you/life is short whatever way you go/but I wish you full of the true and good/I wish you full of the true and good/I wish you full of the true and good/50 years to learn to love to learn to die/‘cause no now knows how to love until they lose their life //

Stairs // I remember climbing those stairs/but I don’t remember seeing you there/your dad so elusive your mother so shy/it’s enough to make the brothers cry/it’s enough to make the brothers cry/were you just there hiding out back/or out making up for things that they lack/is the grass really greener is everything fine/or did you lose your head in beer and wine/did you lose your head in beer and wine/you’ve got the grace to keep movin’ on past their mistakes/but maybe you’d rather stay maybe you’d rather stay/do you remember words that they said/or tell yourself it’s all in your head/now you’ve grown older picked up your own stones/‘cause they’re easier to throw at yourself/so much easier to throw at yourself/chorus //

Lonely Guy // I passed a prisoner driving into town/he was wearing those stripes that scream out so loud I’ve messed up/he was all alone I couldn’t figure out why/maybe they trusted him more than the other guys/still I wonder if he liked being alone/I put on my make-up and the clothes to play the part/of a girl who’s really done something with her life/and you might not see chains on me and I might not wear stripes/but I’m no different than that lonely guy/I don’t spend my days walking concrete floors/and my eyes see the sun rise just fine/and you might not see chains on me and I might not wear stripes/but I’m no different than that lonely guy/I’m no different than that lonely guy //

Rich Ones // more money than I’ll ever see/buying more house than I’d ever need/it’s a life that I can only imagine on a TV screen/but I guess that someone can believe/it's a life that we should think we need/but I know what it means to make your own way/well I said it before and I’ll say it again/we are the rich ones baby/we are the rich ones/the rich ones yeah/every now and then we think we should trade it in for something sleek and shiny/so we can show ‘em yeah we’re doing fine/but then the door flings open wide/and the table’s full and the wine is fine/and we remember this is the good life yeah/chorus/the cupboard's never seen empty/the dinner table’s never been alone/it’s a life that I cannot imagine not having for our own/chorus //

Leaving the Shadows (2012)

Leaving the Shadows (2012)

 

Freedom // sister stop your pacing feet/you'll wear a hole in the floor by morning/sister calm those voices loud/they've never done a thing but wear you out/kicking screaming all day long/but the reality keeps hanging on/that everything is falling through/what will they ever come to think of you/have you ever known such freedom/have you ever known the truth/that you are so much more than the flowers of the field/and he'll take care of you/ what in the world are you living for/is it to gain the world or something more/'cause Jesus came to set you free/from all the things that keep you company/chorus/sister what we need is freedom/sister what we need is truth/that we are so much more than the flowers of the field/you are so much more than the flowers of the field/and he'll take care of you //

Memphis Song // guilt hangs over my every move, worse when I try to sit still /‘cause you are so very hard to love, still I will try to love you/sounds of distress come through cell phones, help comes by way of your lies/I’ve never been very good at this, I’d like to give up before I try/(chorus 1) oh Memphis, you’re holding me closely/oh Memphis, you’re holding on tight/but tonight, I wish you would let go/down on your knees on the pavement; I just need a Colt 45/well, at least you are honest, at least you cut straight on through/but the hour is getting late, and you’re falling down, down, down/you’re falling down, down, down/(chorus 2) oh Memphis, you’re holding me closely/oh Memphis, you’re holding on tight/oh Memphis, why do you do this/oh Memphis, I can’t find your light/oh tonight, feels like driving away/we must find a way we can make it/we gotta find ways to speak true/we can’t run away to the next place that might end up looking just like you/(chorus 1)/somehow we will push through the darkness and look for light on the other side/somehow we will push through the darkness and look for light even here tonight //

Mr. Cooley // every year the summer knocks us down/we shut our blinds like there's a criminal in town/and fill our glasses full of the best sweet tea and spend the hours by the light of the TV/old man Cooley he rises with the dawn/sips his coffee while he waters down the garden/pick some okra, pull some weeds when the sun grows hot it's in the house to read and pray/do you pray for us Mr. Cooley/do you see the writing on the wall/where everyone knows everyone but no one knows a thing/is this what you always dreamed/oh Mr. Cooley/the university snatched me up with time/well I waved hello but never said goodbye/now the family's moved and the house is sold/but we don't look back no we don't look back/(chorus)/now I live 300 miles away/on the river where Elvis' body lay/and I wish I'd known you, I wish I'd known/oh I wish I'd known you, I wish I'd known/(chorus) //

Who I Am // I've been writing songs for many years now/some are sad, some are glad and everything there in between/I sit and sing them on the living room floor/or by the candlelight with friends all gathered 'round/oh, they don't break me, they don't break me anymore/no, they don't break me, they just make me/I remember that day back in college when I was sure the sun would never shine again/now we catch each other's eye across the table/just sure that there is no one else in sight/chorus/one day you'l understand just what I sing/and you will look back on that day/and you'll remember all the hurt and happiness/but you won't stay, 'cause you can't stay/you won't stay, 'cause you can't stay/I remember every name and every face/and every roadtrip that we ever made/and I count every single one as my blessing/'cause I know my life never went unlived/oh, they don't break me, they don't break me anymore/no they don't break me, they don't break me anymore/no they don't break me, they just make me... who I am... who I am //

Neha's Song // sister you've been broken/the pain it pours on you/though we cannot stop the rain/we will walk awhile with you/sister you will cry tonight/the tears they won't hide the pain/but we will gather by your side/and we will sit awhile with you//we are your family, your very flesh and blood/we'll carry your pain for you/so lay it on our backs, lay it on our backs//sister you'll reach high tonight/for God to hear your pleas/but when you can reach no more/we will send them high for you/oh, we will send them high for you/(chorus) //