Edge of Everything

 

Desert Home

Heart weathered heavy hands on the wheel

Searing Mojave as lonely as I feel

I never intended to be gone this long

And I never pretended to be involved

Now the road is burning as you did for me

My chrome heart is yearning to be

Home

Abandoned family through this desert lens 

Looking the way that I left them

The intention was there though I'd never follow through

This attempted return is my gift to you

Now the gauge is empty, I resign my fate

I roll to the shoulder and make my way

Home

 

Ghosts in the Water

Long way down, to sacred ground

We wade and wake, push through the cane break

Our sins and songs, the weak and strong

We feel their search, from our pagan perch

 

The mouth of the river groans 

While the tongues of the people roll

We watch from the highway bridge

Those ghosts in the water

Summoning their father

Echo down the hollow ridge

 

This ancient scene, flows through us like a dream

Prayers and gowns, washed a muddy brown 

A heavy load, now weightless like their robes

 

The depths of the river stole

The burden of their soul

We watch from the highway bridge

Those ghosts in the water

Summoning their father

Echo down the hollow ridge

 

Those ghosts in the water

Sons and the daughters

Summoning their father

Echo down the hollow ridge

 

Trainwreck

You're a trainwreck 

Piling on the tracks

Every last box car

No one can relax

In the rail yard you took it hard

On the turntable you weren't able to roll

Are you gonna hit that note

I didn't think so

I didn't think so

 

You wore your load 

Like a tortoise shell

No one could get a word in edgewise

Could you even tell?

That you shut me out

Shot me down

But if I'm on the wrong track

I'm willing to turn around

Are you gonna hit that note

I didn't think so

I didn't think so 

 

I'm running out of patience 

You're running out of steam

If we make it to the station 

Please come clean

All my life

I yielded to you

 

Wolf

The moon has shown me I'm ready

My womb is pulled like the tide

And the path lit, it is selfless

And all my friends are bathing in it's light

 

But I'm a wolf without pups

And I'm barking, baying and bleeding

But it's you and my freedom 

That keep me full

 

My teeth are shone quartz, white hard bone

I'm defensive

To protect our love 

as selfish as it may seem

 

So let's run and hunt something bigger

And I'll lose my mind in our rhythm 

But in my wild head do I really have a choice

 

I'll choose freedom

For now I choose our freedom 

And this love to keep me full

 

Fools Gold

Give me something woman child

A hand or a foothold for my pride

Where ever you go all I know is I

want you to know all my life you're mine

 

Oh, fools gold we were told

 you can't be sold but that's a lie

 

A heart as a handful of sunflower seeds

Pecked by black crows dispersed in the weeds

Now I know I didn't have to be

Left in limbo took all this time to see

 

Oh, fools gold we were told

 you can't be sold but that's a lie

 

Give me 

something 

Wherever you go

Give me 

Now you know

Now I know

Give me 

Everywhere you go

Wherever you go

Give me

Now you know

 

Detroit

Drink all you strangers

Laugh lift your city up

Do you remember 

While you try to forget

Let us play you our southern songs loose and loud

 

City stripped to the chassis

Bare bones and hard living

Moon lonesome headlight

Shine your pride

'Cause half the lights are burned out on the bridge to Canada

 

We lay in the cold

Lake St. Clair and her boats

And in our haunted sleep 

We dream of home

 

Edgewood

You've been gone for so long now your babies are all grown

I live in this old house all alone

And those babies of yours they've had babies of their own

Just faces on paper in a past you call home

 

Call home

Don't you miss us?

Do you wonder what we've become?

 

Letters from your father say he's doing good

He's leaving Washington headed eastward

He wants to know how far it is from Chicago to Edgewood

Still considers us family don't know if he should

 

Edgewood 

Is it too hard to remember what you'd done?

Should I thank you for taking your darkness far away?

And leaving us wondering about if you'd stayed

 

Catastrophe

You were the dam and I was the river, your many attempts to divert me

All in all they just made me bigger, even if they hurt me

The heart's a Catastrophe between a budding girl and a boy like me

My head's full of hot air, desire and cotton candy

 

I'm all in 

When it began 

Your higher ground 

You thinned me out like a delta fan

 

You stood your ground submerged in a fever, your eyes try to avert me

I'm getting in deep and you're getting weaker, it's a matter of time 'til it's over

Flown in a blind rage down the new born river through the barn red clay

I tore at every part of you and clung to what I could take away

 

I'm all in 

When it began 

Your higher ground 

You thinned me out like a delta fan

 

You were the dam and I was the river, your many attempts to divert me

All in all they just made me bigger, even if they hurt me

The heart's a Catastrophe between a budding girl and a boy like me

My head's full of hot air, desire and cotton candy

 

I'm all in 

When it began 

Your higher ground 

You thinned me out like a deltafan

 

Edge of Everything

Well the trees get as tall as time will allow

If time will allow them to be

And I'm feeling awful small as space becomes a crime

And space is getting harder to find

 

But in the sky in the sky where the stars hang up high

I long for that lonely dust

Where the world is flying by in the cold endless sky

As black as the darkest night

 

But, when I'm down here on the ground there are things that hold me down

The weight of this world pulls me down

But we've found a place to be somewhere in the trees

We turn down our bed of leaves

 

In the woods, in the woods we can hide from everything 

Like kids who ran away

Let the world fly on by 'cause we slowed down the time

We stalled out the time

 

No ground control 'cause we're too far away

We've shut all devices down

And we'll stay in the cabin at the edge of the woods

At the edge of everything