Track Name: Considerations for Bed Making, Pts I-IV
its alright mother dear
i can find my way, i'll smile at the sun
and sing as your second son

in the hazy morning
of this hazel day i made my makeshift bed
even though i'm feeling dead
cause you told me, baby
open your eyes and know its not only to wake
but to move in the day you make

on on and on it goes
this sphere submerged in glass
sunrise and sunset are long lost lovers at last

oh brother, your body
is in fleshly form a lovely still life of the land
with the melt held within your hands
you haven't let habits
take the time of day to hold hostage the man that you've made
it's a sturdy foundation you've laid

on on and on it goes
this sphere submerged in glass
long gone is our time at home
but brother i've got this feeling we'll never be alone
we'll never be alone
Track Name: The Shepardess (A Layman's Pastorela)
i am here before you conquered
totally, honestly
by a body so fair and a face so clear
well formed she is, yes, everywhere
i rarely see her, oh woe is me

but she's always right her with me, justly
because i sing all these words about her
right here on my shoulder she pulls my collar
and beckons
to see her physically
and forget about this figure sitting on my shirt

oh i miss you shepardess
but this is my offering best
that in the court i confess
that i would like to court you, miss

when my mind no longer wanders
fair and free, aimlessly
happily i'll stop in on your family
and if love and luck are truly existing
i'll touch you physically
and i can finally
stop talking tot his figure sitting on my shirt

oh i miss you shepardess
but this is my offering best
that in the court i confess
that i would like to court you, miss
Track Name: Harvest
when the season was right for me
to be harvested so as to share my body
you were there under the sky
with a stomach bigger than your bright blue eyes
but the rain never came and the harvest was lost
you didn't want to leave
but you eventually grew tired of being starved
you can't make it far with hands that are dried out to the bone
no you can't make it home on bread and water alone

its been so dry i've to see
anything green west of the mississippi
oh and i know when you were laid lateral
i could flee the fires in the skin above your clavical
but the safety you gave went when you stood to walk away
now that you're vertical
i know that the heat will be worse
when you tell me that i can't stay
but i can't make it far with these hands dried out to the bone
no i can't make it home on bread and water alone
i can't make it far with these dried to the bone
no i already left you once on bread and water alone

i don't believe half of what people tell me
but when you say that you see
too much age in my eyes for the passage of time
since you silently loved me
i believe
Track Name: The Sentry's Cry for Intermission
while the mockingbird sings
both night and day
i am with my beautiful
beneath the flowers
until our sentry from the tower cries
"lovers get up
for i clearly see the sunrise and the day
you must get away
you must get away
for i clearly see the sunrise and the day"
Track Name: Dutchesses Daughter
its been light long enough to see all the sites and all this time
ive heard the twisting of your tounge in my sleep each night
its been so bright here on this hill
perfect for still life photographs taken through window sills
of ships as theyre sailing
our new friends flaling thier arms
but behind this glass
our time is passing so fast

all the houses on those city streets
hold all the people in the world i'd like to meet
but life does not provide the time before you die
so every hand i hold is multiplied
by a hundred lives in an attempt to assuage my mind
and feel at ease because at least i know i tried

these dreams of mine
flash in the night a fleeting moment lost in time
a dancing princess stops and calmly holds her eyes
it was enthralling up until
the sun set slowly now the only thing thats left to fill
our eyes are white diamonds
and veins of red lightning that say
it will never be as easy
as "how do you do, i love you but now its time to leave"

but all the houses on those city streets
ive yet to see hold all those people still to meet
it tears your heart apart if you truly try
cause every hand i hold is a love of mine
with a handshake that unfolds into a wave goodbye
you see so many by the time you die

so every hand i hold is multiplied
by a hundred lives in an attempt to assuage my mind
and feel at ease becasue i least i know i tried
Track Name: Golden Maidens and the Art of Being Lost
between four eyes i've lost my life
outside their view is obscure light
they look like they're cast from some shimmering sand
oh god, come calm my trembling hands

if two paths diverged from a road in wood
and each led to a maidens body bathed in gold
i should not waiver empty as my pockets stand
oh god, come calm these trembling hands

steady feet urge me forward, keep forging ahead
but my shaky hands prefer the path i've led
i should not linger lost as i am
oh god, come calm these trembling hands

so is it, i ask, for the love a girl
worth it to give up what you do in the world
that makes it momentous to be called a man
oh god come calm these trembling hands

but can i call this courtly cherade real love
when its not what i'm lost in but its just enough
for me for a spell to forget where i am
oh god, come calm these trembling hands
Track Name: A Lament
these trembling hands had lightning
under their skin
blue veins of bubbling blood left stains
that haven't faded since
i left you on that day
like birds we flew away

if i just exist for the next ten minutes
that will be fine
then i'll return to an empty room
once again resigned
to rest my weary head
and hope i will see you again

i wrote you a letter i can recite it from memory
i accomplished what i tried
to tell you everything but now theres nothing
left for me inside
it said ive sent you all of my clothes in a box
and i will come one day
when we fall in time to reclaim whats mine
you can wear them while i'm away
and when it gets terribly cold
would you wear my sweater with all of the holes?

i know how it feels, and it haunts me
and it must feel the same
as when our bench stays after we've walked away
and leave it there to age
but if it splinters all its skin
by the time we talk again
we may not know just which one ours is
and ill never see you again
i fear ill never see you again
i fear ill never see you again
Track Name: Empty Pockets for Full Sails
welcome to new york in the wintertime
the sadness on the streets is all but inside
still the desperate ask for smokes with their frozen hands
its best just not to think there was a mother for each man

i'll roll a cigarette for a fairy tale
and pick my pockets clean for some hot air in my sail
like "what we'll be is not determined by who we were"
and that "we're not all meant for the modern world"

if you decide to stay we'll be flesh and bone
you'll start being alive and i'll stop living alone
i want to know does feeling old lighten up with age
as we lose the strength to shoulder all the blame

you say that age is just a number we can't escape
but i prepare each night to wake and die after the dawn breaks
you say that we should ride the fuck out of here
and i know that you're right but i'll stay for just one more year
Track Name: The Greatest Gravity
oh the worlds a stage
and i swear im always being watched
so please direct my drifting stare
and cue me when this conversation stops

on all those strange streets
i lost and forgot what excited me
oh i jumped into the sea
and left the universe on your ceiling

oh this old life just ain't what it used to be
and now the greatest gravity
has pulled all of my fake stars to the ground

i got one foot on my bus
and one on your front stair
its just too much or not enough
and talking is just spitting in the air

i haven't slept since i started dreaming memories
of a dancer on the street
but i haven't danced since i got these cold feet

and oh this old life just ain't what it used to be
and now the greatest gravity
has pulled all our high notes to the ground

if i came to you
one day maybe someday would you marry me
but as i'm packing darling please
don't fall in love with everyone you see
because sometimes you can be a bit like

and oh this old life just ain't what it used to be
and now the greatest gravity
has pulled all of my high hopes to the ground
Track Name: Jeux-Partis (A Dispute)
for so long i've been away from home
how wonderful its been
to drain my dreamy head here
and know i'll never come again
ill leave you in the morning light
for there are empty ears to fill
to you it seems im always moving
but i'm travelling standing still

my father was a farmer
i the second of two sons
sometimes i guess what he was thinking
as the last breath left his lungs
i write them in a pad of paper
and then burn them into ash
so he can read them too
and write 'too bad, i'm never coming back'

i feel pity for this city
as it crumbles into dust
but all you pretty little girls
find your way here to get lost
i make my way through the perfume parade
and to the duchess i confess
that the smell i miss the most
is of an honest shepardess

anything you try to tell me
i will only close my ears
because you change the meaning of a word
and its solely for a sneer
when i mistake what you say
which makes me much lesser a man
in the hole behind your mirror eyes
and the folds of your soft hands

there's more of you inside of me than i care for there to be

don't you feel worse when you feel better
than a brother, but whos the best
here where gossip is a gospel
and time spent talking's just a test
of who can confuse the most
of us plain dressed modest men
i hold my holy humble heart here for you to halve in two
Track Name: My Last First Dream
in my first dream i was in a house i've never seen
it was mine, it was mine
i tried so hard to
but i couldn't find you

in my first dream i was in a house i've never seen
i was lost, i was lost
why were you hiding
i almost gave up trying

we can see our souls with an idiots mind so empty
and so free, so free
from their illusions
from our abuses

sometimes i only see the sky so i watch the fluid in my eyes
as it moves, it moves
but when i see the ground again
i'm still nowhere you have ever been

in my first dream i was in a house i've never seen
i was alone, alone
i know what happened
you went off dancing
i can see you from my window
and i know why had you to go