The Reckoning

Telmavar Records Sony-Columbia // 2008

1. Maybe You Are

 

They met when he was in a hospital,

he whispered "I ain't got no heart" into the room.

 

She said "I'll make you smile again" and made an airplane

out of some pretty words put in a spoon.

 

He said "I'll never see again… 

my eyes are sorta twisted inwards, deep into my throat".

 

She said "don't worry babe I'll open up your jam, 

I'll open up my pretty self" and laid down on his road.

 

She said "how do you know? Maybe you are".

 

She peeled his skin away, so every day he'd cry

And in those tears he'd lie to find some peace.

 

She broke from all his words, but she was made of mercury,

She'd come together later piece by piece.

 

And it became a game they played, under the blankets,

In the bed, pretending she was small and he was big.

 

She became so small, he could lift her, body and heart and all, 

He held her naked, she was just his fig.

 

She said "how do you know? Maybe you are"

 

2. Hangwoman

 

Hangwoman, hangwoman

Sleeping in my bed

Got me a hangwoman, 

Hanging round my bed

Lord I dunno but I think she wants me dead

 

Hangwoman, hangwoman

Got me wearing my best clothes

I said this little hangwoman,

Got me wearing my best clothes

But if it's for a wedding or a funeral , only she knows

 

You can't stop a fly from flying

You can't stop a flood from flooding

You can't stop a man from lying

You can't stop this girl from tying

 

Hangwoman, hangwoman

Tie that noose around my neck

Hangwoman, hangwoman

Tie that noose around my neck

Hangwoman tie that noose, so our love will never break

 

 

3. Her Lies

 

She said baby, get down on your knees

I said babe, if you insist

She said why do you keep seeing things

You know that don’t exist

 

I said baby I love, now what can I do

I’ll probably love you to the day I die

She said well, pretty honey, if that’s true

Give me both them pretty eyes

 

I said baby you can have them – you can have my eyes

See, I was thinking if she took them I won't see her lies

But my baby – I can taste her lies

 

She said baby, get into this sack

I said baby, I don’t know what’s there

She said all I want to do with you

is take you with me everywhere

 

I said ok baby, take me everywhere

Take me through the day and night

She said oh silly babe don’t kid with me

You know I really don’t have the time

 

Still I said baby, you can take me – and I got right in

See I was thinking if she took me I could taste her skin

But my baby – all I taste is her lies

 

 

4. Weak

 

Speak baby speak

Tell me I'm weak

Tell me these promises are not mine to keep

Tell me I'm ugly

But tell me you love me

Tell me you cannot go through this world without me

 

Oh I'm just a tree

My roots are with her

But my leaves are with thee

 

Heal baby heal

Take all the time you will

I never thought I'd say this but I'm letting go of the bill

I don’t wanna see

Your face here no more

Still that doesn't mean that I'm shutting the door

 

Oh I'm just a tree

My leaves are with her

But my roots are with thee

 

I know these words are tearing you apart

But I told you right from the start

This is how are little song is gonna play out.

 

 

5. Reckoning Song

 

No more tears, my heart is dry

I don't laugh and I don’t cry

I don’t think about you all the time

But when I do, I wonder why

 

You had to go out of my door

And leave just like you did before

I know I said that I was sure

But rich men can't imagine poor

 

One day baby, we'll be old

Oh baby we'll be old

And think of all the stories that we coulda told

 

Little me and little you

Kept doing all the things they do

They never really think it through

Like I can never think you're true

 

Here I go again – the blame, 

the guilt, the pain, the hurt, the shame. 

The founding fathers of our plane

that's stuck in heavy clouds of rain. 

 

One day baby, we'll be old

oh baby we'll be old

and think of all the stories that we coulda told

 

6. Sweat & Tears

 

Glue me back, I'm fallen and broken on the floor

My small ceramic pieces are bleeding like the shore

My head says "no", my body says "go" 

my heart says "I don’t know, just flow"

and I am left there, standing, wearing my best smile

and you don’t say a word, instead we wait a while

 

you know how it goes from here

two sets of skin and lots of sweat and tears

 

Suddenly your tired hand is resting on my knee

and I can feel your warmth and I can't wait to be

clinging to your lower lip with my bare teeth

clinging to your love with my lost belief

 

you know how it goes from here

two sets of skin and lots of sweat and tears

 

ain't it fun when you ain't alone no more

ain't it fun when someone tickles your core

we're two vacant shells entangled in each other in the dark

we're two vacant cells imprisoning each other in the dark

 

7. Rubberband Girl

 

She got more than she can show

She got love for me to know

She got shadows on the floor

They’re waiting

 

I can never understand

She got a magic rubberband

That pulls me back into her hand

I’m never really free

 

All my fingers need to taste

Is just the skin around her waist

There’s war paint on that pretty face

But I’m ready

 

She thinks that she can define me

With a word, sort of refine me

Well, I’m really, really fine with

That.

 

I can be her evening laughter

I can be her morning after

I can be like me but tougher

If that’s what she needs

 

I got more than she believes

I got chlorophyll in my leaves

I let out the oxygen she breathes

But she don’t know

 

8. A Phoenix Is Born

 

9. Over You Blues

 

My baby, she's just a little puppy,

But she's acting like a full grown bitch.

 

My baby, she don't even know one card trick,

But she's acting like a full grown witch.

 

My baby, I'm so over you,

You got me singing the "Over You Blues".

 

 

10. Empty Handed Saturday Blues

Baby, I've got some news

You ain't gonna like

Baby I've gone and made you my muse

Believe me, I wasn't even trying.

 

Now I've got you on the run again

Now I've got you leaving on your train

Now I've got nothing in my hand

Now I've got you on the run again

 

Babe, you've got me on the ropes,

Babe, you've got me, only god knows

Disappearing with no cause.

 

Now I've got you on the run again

Now I've got you leaving on your train

Now I've got nothing in my hand

Now I've got you on the run again

 

11. A Ghost Before The Wall

 

She had them big thick lips like pillows underneath her cheeks

And when she spoke an avalanche rolled on them from behind her teeth

And suddenly the carpets were pulled from underneath my feet

And when I tried to get close she just laughed and got beneath the sheets

 

She said no no no – I got to prove you wrong

 

She had them big almond eyes that gave her away

And when she stared through them you could see the tornadoes play

She had them kind of dancing shoes that never let her stay

And I had the kind of hole that always made her pay

 

She said no no no – I got to prove you wrong

Suddenly she says – here I am, like a ghost before the wall

 

12. Growing Tall

 

I've grown up the last three months more than you can believe

And I won't let your tired thoughts bring me back home from sea

I won't let you take this monkey off his tree

And I won't let you roller coaster over me

 

Cause I'm growing

I'm growing tall this fall

 

Used to be a time when we were high just like them trees

Now the season's changed and we are falling with the leaves

Now you are a vine and you are hanging round my knees

Now you are a vine and you are begging honey please

 

But I'm growing

I'm growing tall this fall

 

13. Little More Time

 

He met her on the road

with her heavy, heavy load

she said oh my lord, you're beautiful

 

Its hard to do the pushin'

when you're a needle and she's a cushion

you know there ain't gonna be too much mushin' that way

 

He said she's just one more sheep

in a whole big, white heap

all they are is cotton for him to sleep on

 

Why do we have to die?

Give me just more time,

I'm gonna make it all right

 

All he had left in him was his pain

She was a sweet field of sugar cane

He was a walking hurricane , you do the math

 

He scratched his nails in the dirt

Still he couldn't undo all the hurt

It clang like sweat until his shirt, you know how it does

 

It's hard to teach a new dog old tricks

It's hard to break what you cannot fix

It's hard to let go cause it really sticks to you

 

Why do we have to die?

Give me just more time,

I'm gonna make it all right

 

All I need is time to get home to you

 

14. Devil's Dance

 

Lying on the road

Waiting to be crushed

That is how you used to

Hunger for my touch

 

Dance little devil - dance

 

Clinging to my flesh

Like hanging from a rope

That is how we used to

Give each other hope

 

Dance little devil – dance

 

15. Of Scorpions & Bells

 

I know that my grip was a little too tight

But from where I was coming you were the only thing right

I guess I'm sorry for that.

 

But if you think these bars of love you have forged

Will keep me here locked up, and waiting, and yours

Baby' you're wrong.

 

Baby I'm leaving.

 

Now, decide what you need, a guide or a thief

Someone to hold you or sharpen your teeth

I ain't waiting to find out

 

Cause I think you're blind and I think you're deaf

And touching is the only sense you've got left

Well, good luck with that.

 

Baby I'm leaving.