Be Here Still‘ 2006
© Copyright Two Mile Music. BMI

Tired eyes

There you go in summer heat
Shuffling through a New York street
With tired eyes

You’ve seen enough, you’ve been up and down
And there’s beauty walking in this town
I realize

We’re all trying to take it somewhere
We’re all looking for release
Me, I’m staying up ‘til sunrise
With tired eyes

Out of work, you’re into bed
You got to get some rest for days ahead
Me, I sympathize

Pick the pieces from the floor
Count the cost, we know the score
And you realize

We’re all trying to take it somewhere
We’re all looking for release
Me, I’m staying up ‘til sunrise
With tired eyes

Until this life ceases to be
Here we stand holding strong
We must let go to carry on

We’re all trying to take it somewhere
We’re all looking for release
Me, I’m staying up ‘til sunrise
With tired eyes

We’re all trying to take it somewhere
We’re all looking for release
Me, I’m staying up ‘til sunrise
With tired eyes

Voices

Voices
What can I say this time around
Words compose a silent sound
Voices lost I hear it
The underground I feel it, word is out believe it

Here’s to you and all your bringing
Fear and hope in a voice that’s singing
Voices found, nothin’s lost
Tears fall down, I am breakin
The underground is shaken
And time is all I am taken

This is not the sight of a holy man
This is not to fight off, who you can
It’s more than just a feeling
You smile, you cry
And I, I try
What can I say this time round,
Words compose a silent sound….

Halos (Song for Elliot)

Tired and scorn, since you’ve been born
Every vein in your body bleed
You had a notion, longing for care
If only so easy we could somehow prepare

Prepare for sorrow, prepare for a feast
Go to the places you go to the least
Love is a reason we are calling again

Strange and indifferent of who we’ve become
And the shadows have broken the sun
We speak within reason of heroes and places
The darkest mind sees light in traces

Prepare for sorrow, prepare for a feast
Go to the places you go to the least
Rise up to kindness, eliminate your pain
For love is the reason I’m calling again

Prepare for sorrow, prepare for a feast
Show me your witness and I’ll give you a thief
Rise up with kindness, eliminate your shame
For love is the reason I’m calling again

Still

Too soon the sun that’s in your eyes will burn us all
Too soon the light that’s in your eyes will heed the call
Too long the voice that we want to hear will echo from rooftops
And I hope we’ll be here
Hope we’ll be here still

Too soon the money that’s in your fist will turn to dust
Too soon the wars that we do enlist , we’ll be counting up the hours
Until she goes down, until the whole lot blows down
And I hope we’ll be here
Hope we’ll be here still

How sweet are all the lovers who have met
They’ve moved on but don’t forget when leaving
The devil lies in everybody’s eyes again

And I hope we’ll be here
Hope we’ll be here
Hope we’ll be here

Our place

Wish there was something we could say right now
Set it all straight, what’s here on our plate somehow
No more crying someone’s dying
We cover it up with beer

Say us a rosary, Mother lead us in
The fear we’re holding is fighting to win
Might be the winter
It’s never been as cold before
Might just be someone that don’t mean much to you no more

Wish there was somewhere we could leave to but be here still
Drink from one cup and pass it on when you get your fill

No more sighing, someone’s trying
Covered it up with years

Say us a rosary, Mother lead us in
The fear we’re holding, we can’t let it win
Might be the winter
It’s never been as cold before
Might just be someone that don’t much to you no more

If you can think of us
Some of the time
Poets turn on rhymes
Time, time, time
Time, time, time …

No mystery

If only they had told us, how it’s gonna be
The heart the mind that binds us
It’s no mystery
Something here has been calling
Tapping on your mind
The signals have been fading, to the East

It’s good to be driving with rain on my window
The sky’s been changing again
You are no stranger and there is no danger
I am coming to see you again

Come and tell me your secret girl
Something they should’nt know
And as the rain falls upon us
You are next to me

And we all shed tears
Some so far from hear
Confidence finds the best of me
It’s no mystery

It’s good to be driving with rain on my window
The sky’s been changing again
You are no stranger and there is no danger
I am coming to see you again

If only they had told us, how it’s going to be

Pull your socks up

It only takes as long as it takes
To pull your socks up
It only shakes when lovin breaks
Grow your own or be alone in it
It seems to fade an escapade
Your beds been made so sleep in it

oh oh …….

And when you call your voice your all
Completes me
I stagger home, I am all alone come meet me
It only takes as long as it takes to
Pull your socks up
Pull your socks up

ohhh….ohhhh…..

Smoke

Situations getting clearer
Between the half light and the dawn
I’m leaving all my windows open
And the curtains fully drawn

Where is this place we’re heading to
Feels like I’ve seen you there before
Where the silence spoke
And the healing broke once more

Have I misplaced you
Somehow disgraced you
Leave without a trace
What’s going on
This is fire, unattended
And smoke’s in my eyes

We are the wind that moves the storm
We are twilight, we are the dawn
There is no distance we’ve been seeking
Everybody’s here, nobody’s sleeping

Have I misplaced you
Somehow disgraced you
Leave without a trace
What’s going on
This is fire, unattended
And smoke’s in my eyes

Have I misplaced you
Somehow disgraced you
Leave without a trace
What’s going on
This is fire, unattended
And smoke’s in my eyes

Embers

You say you’ve chosen to somehow survive
Guilty with sorrow in which we delight
We put out fires
but there’s smoke rising still from the embers in my heart

We are angry, we are dangerous
We’re coming on so strong
We hold up the nighttime
Drink until we’re gone
Frame up my friends
We are in this for life
Where do we go from here

We go over and under
And all in between
Lovers come back for seconds
Of all they have seen
We put out fires
but there’s smoke rising still from the embers in my heart

I left you with something when I was so gone
Could you hold it much closer than you did all along
Kneel to a savior
Bow to a queen
How did they come so clean

We go over and under
And all in between
Lovers come back for seconds
Of all they have seen
We put out fires
but there’s smoke rising still from the embers in my heart

Are you willing to fall with me
Are you willing to risk it all with me
We could fall in love…

Next time thru

Everybody’s here to meet you
Show them what we’ve done
The winter’s cold, the winter’s bold
Waiting on some sun here a long time

Things, they have been changing
Change looks good on you
You found someone who makes you feel the way I used to
I’ll see you the next time thru

Maybe we can find the place
Where this did begin
Jumping from rocks into some water
Learning how to swim

I remember who was there
All my friends and you
I’ll see you the next time thru

Everybody’s here to greet you
Show them how far we have come
A little faith keeps some things straight
Too long on the run
We got to learn to slow down some…slow down

Surely you can remember
The fire and songs
Staying up late, we were counting stars
We were there until the break of dawn
I’d love to see you all again
Cos’ often I think of you

I’ll see you the next time thru
I’ll see you the next time thru

Broken

I heard the words you had said were
Lying on your deathbed
And I can’t sympathize with what you’re saying

You did wrong, you realize
You took the stars from his eyes
Left him growing up uneven

You been drinking, no surprise
And you dismissed all your alibis
Gave no thought or rhyme or reason

Where is your soul now?
Where is your soul now?
Where is your soul now?

And the wind it blows

Love comes – a silent sound
Those buried beneath the ground
Give and take a bitter kiss, deceiving
Clergy man behind church walls
Light comes through like a fireball
Give us a sermon to believe in

Where is your soul now?
Where is your soul now?
Where is your soul now?

And the wind it blows

Go to bed with dreams at night
The morning brings you in the light
Touch your own body just to feel skin
You been thinking about it all
Light comes through and burns us all
Ready now to begin

Where is your soul now?
Where is your soul now?
Where is your soul now?
And the wind, it blows
Wind it blows

Canada

Come from within
Wherever you’ve been
I know you’re not sleeping
Face what has to come
Challenge what you’ve done
Before the devil comes creeping
It’s never been like this before
And I can justify what for

When you were younger you filled up your hunger
With leaving
Innocent eyes full of surprise
You were gleaming
It’s never been like this before
I can justify what for

Canada…

Was it something that they said
That made you slow down?
Innocence taken, turned you around
You were misplaced in this town

Time will heal, time comes ‘round

Crosswind

You go the distance, the whole country down
Careless and fearless more
You’d say your prayers if only you could
Leaving the very first life

Would it be forward to ask for change?
Three thousand miles from the firing range
Here in the city, the lights are abound
Come up and see me if you’re in town

And when you were leaving
It was never for good
That’s what was said at the station
I saw out your sister and brother and sons
And all my friends and my relations

Some will adore you, others ignore you
The rest will do as they will
Visit your aunt by the ocean
Visit your aunt down by the ocean

There’s more to their deserts than the absence of rain
All kinds of madness I hear exclaimed
Here in the city lights are abound
Come up and see me if you’re in town
Come up and see me if you’re in town
Come up and see me if you’re in town

Do what you do

Ferry boats have sailed and I’m following your trail
Truth did arise, but the water’s too deep
Eyes upon a scale trying to keep a balance
Walking on shells this time

Cannonball has been let go
Still there’s fire in the hole now
Police captain and his crew
They’ve done the best that they can do
The rest is building up in my mind

When it all comes down
You do what you do to yourself
Most of the time

And I’m not trying to make a scene
Diggin’ deeper I’m coming clean
And it’s all mine
It’s all mine
This time

Lighthouse captain’s giving clear
The signal’s coming through
I’m waiting through the dark
And I am carried by blue
Eyes upon a scale finding a balance
Ringing on bells this time

Ringing on bells this time

When it all comes down
You do what you do to yourself
Most of the time
Most of the time

Most of the time
She comes creeping in

Hollow Moon

There’s a hole in the sky
With flames coming through
Dims my vision and the rains coming too
There’s a rainbow on the hill
Colours I have set aside for you now

Must be an angel, maybe it’s the devil too

Out at sea there’s a burning light
Been there all day now on comes the night
And there’s a hollow moon hanging there for you now

Must be an angel, maybe it’s the devil too

And there’s a calm to the night
Takes me by the hand
Dancing with seagulls upon the strand
And I’m pulling in the stars
There’s so much farther I can reach with you now

Must be angel, maybe it’s the devil too

And there’s a hole in the sky
With flames coming through
Dims my vision and the rain’s coming too
There’s a rainbow on the hill
With colours I have set aside for you now

Must be an angel, maybe it’s the devil too
Must be an angel, maybe it’s the devil too

Marjan

The winter is leaving
The rivers are grieving through the fields
The rain that’s falling
Is a ghost that has been calling for years

I wish for you the best
As you’re leaving your nest
You’re going over now

When will I see you again?
When will I see you again?

Spring comes through
And I think of you and there are flowers
Shadows from the sun have covered what we’ve done to each other
Time takes time…I give you mine ‘cause I love you

When will I see you again?
When will I see you again?
When will I see you again?

Dismantled

Lift your head from it’s weary state
See you rise and fall and hesitate
You’re gathering your pieces, ready to go now

Finish your drinks and here’s to them all
Shattered and broken by the pain of it all
Things you remember, the words you cannot recall

You’ve been uptown, downtown and everywhere in between
Seen your upside, downside, all you have been

And I see your picture frame on our mantelpiece
I sometimes I imagine you strolling down urban streets
But it’s over now

Who was there to remember? They carried you down
Did you fall on a friend or straight to the ground?
The message came over the presence of your sons
And time is a thief, time is a storm
Comes with you even when you’re alone
Here’s to the times I’ve spent in my mind with you

You’ve been uptown, downtown and everywhere in between
Seen your upside, downside all you have been
You been uptown, downtown and everywhere in between
See your upside, downside all you have been

And I see your picture frame on a mantelpiece
I sometimes imagine you strolling down urban streets
And I see your picture frame on a mantelpiece
But it’s over now
It’s over now

Lift your head from its weary state
Seen you rise and fall and hesitate
Gathering your pieces ready to go now
You’re ready to go

Old Clock

Is it the rain that gets you,
or that they won’t let you crawl out of your shell?
Pick up from where you fell
Look out on the road
The road you’re going down

Was it a cold hand that shook you,
or a storm that took you?
Did it turn your world around?
Were you lost or were you found?
Rise up like the wind
I can see that you’re coming down

And there’s a little more to lose
A little less to prove
To anyone
I know

Old clock
Tick tock
I can’t make you stop
I know
Oh yes, I know

And did you play on to Jesus
Believe all that they said?
Or did you hide your own ideas,
and crawl back into bed?

Were you staring at the ceiling?
Were you thinking only of her?

Or is it shame that breaks you?
That they could never make you
Crawl out from under a stone
So you’re never all alone
You gotta rise up on this day
I can see that you’re coming around

And there’s a little more to lose
A little less to prove
To anyone
I know

Old clock
Tick tock
I can’t make you stop
I know

And there’s a little more to lose
There’s a little less to prove
To anyone
that I know

Old clock
Tick tock
I can’t make you stop
I know

Oh yes how I know
Yes I know

All Fired up
You speak in silence harder than steel
Is this the way it’s gonna be?
Is your mind made up of exactly how you feel?
Are you looking to make a new deal?
Your friends have taken liberty
Telling me what’s been going on

And oh I’m all fired up
taking the last bus home

Old man’s been drinking
Mother’s in tears
Brother’s all fucked up and has been for years
First time I met you, you were cold as a stone
Coming down from the high to escape from your home

And oh I’m all fired up
taking the last bus home

Here you go again
saying you don’t need anybody
We’re all tired of you sitting still
Always looking over your shoulder
We’ve had our fill of your absentee skill
Is the blood in your veins getting colder?

Rosanna
Rosanna
Rosanna

Taking the last bus home
Taking the last bus home
Taking the last bus home

Oh I’m all fired up
Taking the last bus home

Center St.

Summer falls, winter crawls in darkness
Step inside, whatever keeps you warm
And it’s a long way back to the center
And you can’t stay here
You can’t stay here

Once you reached and stopped the stars from falling down
You put them back and then you stopped the star from shining on
And it’s a long road to the hills I’m climbing now
But you can’t stay here
No you can’t stay here, no no no

And angels they have no wings
And there’s no one singing in heaven
When you fall between the cracks
You see that hell is boiling over

So many times you packed your things
And you stored them in a lover
And now you’re falling true on someone else
And there is nowhere to take cover

But you can’t go there
No you can’t go there, no no no

SONGS FROM A TENEMENT 2011

BURNING IN THE FIRE

i said that i would walk away
you have heard it before today
broken hearted people dont wanna stay
burning in the fire ,burning in the fire
.
i know somethings it’s a matter of fact
when i can not speak ,when i fail to feel the pain.
behind the darkened door where u hide theres an opening
where broken hearted people find a friend
burning in the fire ,burning in the fire

we have something stronger from the start
a place to lay your head ,your wery heart,
in the days of difference , here i stand
when i come back thru , i hope you will take my hand
broken hearted people ,they feel shame
and the words they speak are rising like a flame
burning in the fire , burning in the fire

STEPS

Some say stop others go , you got to take the steps you know
change your cloths , change your hair ,
what you need to take you anywhere

it’s been going on long enough
i found my way in love
it’s been going on long enough
i see the truth in love
we will be comming down
” ” ” ” ”
we will be comming around

take my house , take my road ,
take what you need to lighten my load
all i have, is all i need
sitting in the pleasure of your company

it’s been going on long enough
i found my way in love
it’s been going on long enough
i found my truth in love
we will be comming round
” ” ” ” ”
we will be comming down repeat chorus

ONE STAR

the stars have made wishes well.
long before their shining
promise of a clear sky , full moon rising
promise of one star falling , down

words they fail me not too much ,
i walk with you and listen
a flower weakens at the slightest touch , many flowers you have been keeping ,
take my hand , we are falling , in

oh,oh,oh,

a promise is , one for keeping
here

THE WAY IT IS

its never been like this before
until you knocked upon my door
never left my friends in doubt
never had to go without

it’s just the way it is
it’s just the way it is

no more secrets on my mind
i learned to laugh with a friend of mine
she is a choir, a symphony a bright star shining

it’s just the way it is
it’s just the way it is
one more day in deep
the sun is in our eyes
one more night one more week
i am happy just being alive
it’s just the way it is
there is no dissapointment here ,
in anything you do
one more day for ever and again
one more night longing for
the best days comming in

it’s just the way it is
” ” ” ”’

WHO LOVES YOU NOW

come to my room,speak to me
i might open up easily
come as you are,it’s for the best
come to me here, we can rest
it has taken most of my life
find my way see the light

who loves you now
who loves you now
who loves you now

i grew up to belive in jesus
the brothers they said it so
there are many among us here
raised in a christian show
i belive in spirit,loved ones dead and gone
the power is with the people
the carriers the songs

who loves you now
who loves you now
who loves you now

when you have done ,all that you can do
and time is all thats left for you
who loves you now
who loves you now

a kiss that weakens the sweetest of lips
across an ocean of a thousand ships
fleeting thrills of broken men
i hear them call again

who loves you now
who loves you now
who loves you now

i have been thinking bout you and my family too
all of my friends
and all we do

SUNDAY SUMMER PARADE

yesterday was bright beautiful and clear

summer in the breeze soft upon my skin
i hear it in the fields,
i see it in the trees
rivers running wild
primroses on a hill

yesterday was bright ,we held it in our hands
dogs running on a beach,
children digging in the sand
gliders on the strand waiting for the wind
lovers in the dunnes
they are taken by the hand, and the sunshine

this i remember
sunday summer parade
this i remember
sunday summer parade

yesterday was bright , beautiful and clear
crashing thru the waves
so many miles from here
swallowing the sea
we were blinded for a moment
mothers reading news from a sunday magazine
sitting in the shade ,hideing from the sun
i’am collecting shells,at the turning of the tide

this i remember
sunday summer parade
this i remember
sunday summer parade

traffic standing still
windows rolling down
they come from out of town, from the whole world round
the stranger he speaks , how she’s beautiful and green
taken all he can of this place he’s never been
and the children they are sleeping
and the children they are sleeping

this i remember
sunday summer parade
this i remember
sunday summer parade

THIS TOWN

we stay up just talking
for hours white candle burning
in the morning ,she will be leaving
this town
this town

she gets up , i wake up early
to see her began the day
outside the clouds of rain are forming
in this town
in this town

as you go, take me with you when you can
when you are far away
from everything we do
remember me , and think of me now and again
when you are far away from everything

in this town
in this town
in this town
in this town

we stay up just talking
for hours white candle burning

WAITING ROOMS

it took all we have to bring us here
we have arrived, the coast is clear
happy days my love
the villan he has left in fear
angels come to keep us clear
alive in our moment

all’s not broken
we have woken up this year

all’s not broken
we have woken up my dear

police man tips his hat with thieves
the nurse she’s rolling up her sleeves
waiting rooms are for magazines
i have passed thru many common lands
your principals ,your demands
sometime traveling is just for sleeping

all’s not broken
we have woken up this time
all’s not broken we have woken up my dear

beauty has shown us to care
speak the truth you can go anywhere
and have a happy day ..
my love… my love my love….

BLOODSHOT

see the day comming in
aplace to hide wearing thin
a hopefull look a fadeing grin

we do the best ,best we can
keep the spirit of a man
who left no tracks upon the sand when leaving
a hopefull look a faithfull sin, bloody eyes, blood shot again

i believe in you
” ” ” ”
i believe in you
i believe , ibelive …in you

miles from home we are here at last
we hold the day that changes fast
bite the hand thats feeding
take the hand thats been stealing time
a new day for my love and i
sometimes i wonder why

i believe in you
ibelieve in you
ibeleive in you
i believe ..i belive …
in you

GRACE

she dresses up so beautiful
any man would want her
she moves gracefully
a bird rising higher
she dances when the moon is high
beneath the stars until the morning light

you are the one i have been waiting for
all of my life

she likes to know things
she likes to roam
only she could get it
far from her country, far from her home
never to forget it
she dances when the moon is right
wishing on stars until the morning light

you are the one ihave been waiting for
all of my life

what joy is in our life
with all the pain in our past
some of it’s behind us now
show us your hearts,show yourself fast
no one here can find us
dance with me when the moon is right
lets start something here tonight
dance with me when the moon is high
you are the one i have been waiting for
” ” ” ” ” ” ” ”
all of my life