l'église saint martin
chartres
scourge of war
find another way
tragedy of beauty
orphan

pier 40
the past is not a sin
lobotomy
lookin' at your phone
unrequited
wash somebody's feet


SCOURGE OF WAR

with malice toward none
and charity for all
with firmness in the right
let us strive on
to finish the work
to bind up the wounds
to care for those who have borne the battle
and for their widows and orphans too

fondly do we hope and fervently we pray
that this mighty scourge of war
may speedily pass away

they read different bibles
pray to the same god
and both invoke his name against the other
but both of the prays
cannot be answered
and neither can be answered fully
while they're asking forgiveness
for killing each other

fondly do we hope and fervently we pray
that this mighty scourge of war
may speedily pass away

oh we hope
oh we pray

fondly do we hope and fervently we pray
that this mighty scourge of war
may speedily pass away


FIND ANOTHER WAY

the light in this bar, it suits you well
a woman who can kiss and tell
and turn away just like she never knew me
this time i'll turn the other cheek
but honey that don't make me weak
i'm just holding back the fire that's inside me

when did love become another beer to drink and throw away
when did this become a wicked game that i'm not fit to play
who is in the wrong and who is in the right i cannot say
if this ain't working out then maybe we should find another way

remember those times when life was good
i feel like we both understood
the stuff it takes to stick with one another
now it's like we're boxers in the corner of the ring
waiting for the moment, for the bell to ding
then we're left throwing punches at each other

when did love become another beer to drink and throw away
when did this become a wicked game that i'm not fit to play
who is in the wrong and who is in the right i cannot say
if this ain't working out then maybe we should find another way

i hate to say
we've got to find another way

when did love become another beer to drink and throw away
when did this become a wicked game that i'm not fit to play
who is in the wrong and who is in the right i cannot say
if this ain't working out then maybe we should find another way


TRAGEDY OF BEAUTY

over-analyzed a life
she never had the chance to live
the controversy and the strife
were hiding underneath her skin
the tragedy of beauty
is they'll take all that you give
and cast unto the swine
a pearl who's only just a kid

looking for a teacher
or a mentor or a guide
someone to replace the father
never by her side
every ounce of trust has been
scoured and destroyed
the photographs the lights that flash
the bombs have been deployed

happy when intoxicated
liquor fantasy
dreaming and imagining
a world beyond the sea
nobody can hurt her now
she's drifting in a dream
nobody can wake her now
she's living in my dreams


ORPHAN

it's a twelve mile trip to the orphanage
in a horse drawn carriage ride
and the wagon wheels on the cobblestone
remind me that i'm all alone

where did you go?
i'm stuck here by myself
with a name i don't know
where did you go?
i'm standing in the rain
i'm naked in the snow
where did you go?

the walls around this place are tall
there's no way out of here at all
i write a note and throw it over
if you love me won't you come back over

why did you leave me?
to save me from myself
or to haunt me in my dreams
what made you think
i'd be better off alone
too much for you to keep
where did you go

i don't know where it is
but i'm going home
i'm going home
going home


THE PAST IS NOT A SIN

let me back into your life and i’ll take back the things i said
i swear that i was tired, i was broken, i was dead
but i’ll swallow up my pride because it doesn’t taste so bad
and make a funny face to see that smile that you had

when we were laughing for our lives and we were conjuring the sun
kept us warm on those winter nights when the days were done
you’re the one who brings me life when i am six feet underground
and the dirt can’t keep me down when i’ve got you around

forgive me for the man i was before
a lot of broken promises just laying on the floor
i’m here again to take back all the awful things i’ve been
no
the past is not a sin

i’ll play the martyr and take on the fire
that’s burnin’ up brighter and brighter and brighter
and it’s worth all the scars if you can love me again
i’ll lick all the wounds that we made back then

forgive me for the man i was before
a lot of broken promises just laying on the floor
i’m here again to take back all the awful things I’ve been
no
the past is not a sin

i cannot tell the future and i cannot change the past
but i will live each moment just like it is my last
i almost lost you once and i won’t lose you again
i won’t lose you again

forgive me for the man i was before
a lot of broken promises just laying on the floor
i’m here again to take back all the awful things I’ve been
no
the past is not a sin


LOBOTOMY

lobotomy
set me free
help me forget
what it means to be me

lobotomy
can't get these thoughts ouuta me
lobotomy
sing me to sleep

i'm trying to take control
of this beast inside my soul
what other way do I know
lobotomy

lobotomy
so alluring to me
lobotomy
you tricky little Mephistopholes

i'm trying to save my soul
but this demon won't let me go
there's one place I won't go
no no no

i want you
but god damn you
why won't you leave me be
oh lord help please me
save me from
lobotomy


LOOKIN' AT YOUR PHONE

why you looking at your phone
if you're reaching out and wanting be known
then why don't you look into my eyes
your invisible friends do not hear your cries

why you looking at that screen
it seems like you just wanna be seen
so why don't you look at those around
that cyberspace is no place to be found

who are you posting all that stuff for
does anyone know anyone anymore
the loneliness is no surprise
sometimes it's tough to get out and socialize

technology advances at a rapid pace
and i am growing weary with this social race
i fall behind and maybe miss a thing or two
slowing down helps me take in the view


UNREQUITED

what mask are you wearing today
how long can I stand this charade
you're building a wall
a defense for your heart
i’m trying to climb
but I’m falling apart

i know and empty kiss
and i can feel it when you lie
you're in love with someone else
i can see it in your eye
you play us like a game
like you're the queen and i'm the pawn
i know your move before you strike
but i still play along

when did you break away from me
how can we mend this tragedy
when i...
i know you don't
i know you don't
i know you don't love me
you don't love me

you booked a one-way coach class
to a city called pretend
my heart's on the tracks
comin round the next bend
wild west story
train full speed ahead
we're headed for a cliff
i'm holding on till the end

when did you break away from me
how can we mend this tragedy
when i...
i know you don't
i know you don't
i know you don't love me
you don't love me


WHEN YOU WASH SOMEBODY'S FEET

hey there mr-lawyer-politician man in suits and your cigars
you try to take advantage of the system like you're holdin all the cards
but i've got an ace up my sleeve you've never known
and you'd never guess and you'll never feel
when you wash somebody's feet
you gotta get down on the ground and kneel

what you doin with your gavel smashin in the head of reason
why the hat
when you reach across the aisle with a fist
you're hurtin all us in the states
you don't represent the people
when your wallet's spillin oil on the floor
when you wash somebody's feet
you use the holy water to cleanse away the war
when you wash somebody's feet
you use the holy water to cleanse away the war

as a kid i had a dream to run for office
maybe save the world someday
politics whose cornerstone is called a filibuster
what a shame
so instead i try as best i can to help all those in need
just look around
when you wash somebody's feet
you're makin history
you change the one you change the crowd
when you wash somebody's feet
you're makin history
you change the one you change the crowd