From the Lamplight

by Between Liberties

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1.
Emily 04:22
“Every day is the same, I’m off to work again Is this how it’s gotta be? There’s nothing at all for me” She said, and then she switched the hand that held her chin “I don’t know where to begin, oh it never ends I’m paid to smile and I can’t even be myself No one calls me Emily, nobody wants to know my name And I am on my feet all day long The concrete floor they stand on is wearing down, it will be gone. Can’t nobody see? Everybody will be, they’ll be a little like me” Just too late for Emily “I wanna stand on the beach of a foreign land Oh one day, I’ll make it there I can make it anywhere, but I’m tied To a job that takes so much time from my life I wonder what I would choose With my time for my own use But no, no! No, we’re paid to put a smile on the bosses face Oh how come we can’t smile like them? Don’t we see this mess we’re in? No! No, no, I can’t see you tomorrow Like I said I’ve got to work everyday and everyday after that Can nobody see? That everybody will be, they’ll be a little like me” Just too late for Emily
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“This is it, gonna graduate soon, what’cha gonna do?” He said, “I don’t know, you?” She said “I’ll head out west towards mountain crests. I’ll chase my dream, my American Dream. I’ll hit the bars, play my guitar, I’ll raise hell & won’t ask for anything Cause I’ve got what I need – and that’s life The sun flies from the east, as will I And I’ll be singing… woohoo!” He said “Woah slow down, just you wait I won’t go to Californicate… just not my thing So come with me, babe, to the city Come with me, sound ok? Great” She said “Oh slow down, what’c-you gonna do?” “Me?” he asked “Well to tell you the truth I got this dream, yeah, I been thinking, I got this dream, my American Dream, and it goes like… I’m gonna be a suit – blue collar, white collar, anything to get that dollar I wanna be a suit – ball buster, get all flustered, yellin on my cellular phone I’ve gotta be a suit – advantage taker, money maker, see pure innocence, I’ll break her down… “For the money, the dough that you know, man, we know it’s about” So this girl saw his world, shook her curls, said “yo, man, I’m out” But I’ll be singing… Where are we, where are we going? Is it cash or true love that we’re growing? The green countryside that we’re mowing and throwing away Said, where are we, where are we going? Is it cash or green grass that we’re growing? The green countryside that we’re mowing and throwing away. He said, “It’s your loss babe, you just tossed away your chance to be truly happy” She said “No”. She said: I don’t have to be a suit – blue collar, white collar, I anything to get that dollar I don’t wanna be a suite – ball buster, get all flustered, yellin on my cellular phone I don’t have to be a suit – advantage taker, money maker, see pure innocence” You’ll break her down… but you can’t break me down Cause I’ll be singing.. Where are we, where are we going? (x3 to out)
3.
In the City 03:23
In the City – the lights are pretty And you see these shifty eyes on the street Walking home I hear a passerby Mumbling while shivering in the cold I pick up my pace, try to replace His face with something that will bring me Some comfort to ease my mind through Ignorance – I’ll forget about him and his pain My eyes in front of me, I don’t look, I don’t wanna think About that poor man’s family Starving at home Looking at me, he says “Hey, Mister Big Money Release your paradigm, come spare a dime for me Hey, Mister White Collar Would you be so kind? Buy me a bite to eat” At a stoplight, I pull up besides A woman with a sign: she’s had no food for three days She catches my eye, so she’s gonna try And in my mind I know that I have some change My eyes in front of me, I drive away, do not let her speak Pretend that she’s not happening Sorry, sorry! Looking at me, she says “Hey, Mister Big Money”…
4.
Before the fight begins, I know that I’m not gonna win But some things are worth fighting for After the fight ends, I’m disappointed but I knew that I wouldn’t win You don’t want me anymore When I see something that I can’t have I want it so bad Especially when it once was So tightly in my hands I think I could win you back The glass could be half full, it could be half empty But it don’t matter if you don’t want a drink They say that I’m half a fool, I know I’m half full of myself I know I could change how you feel CH I don’t want us to be, but at this moment you could have me Should I act like I can’t be touched? No, that won’t do any good. I couldn’t keep you away But if I could… well I won’t, cause I need your love CH
5.
Empty House 03:58
This corner is where our days have piled I’ve put hairs there which I pulled out by the follicle Are you alive? With dust on your eyes, I pull open your shirt just to see… But there is no breathing, there’s no heart beating I’d like to see you bleed, but I have nothing sharp to try I am an empty house on a Cliffside in a landslide and by now…. You’ve sank into the sky You froze in the snow fifteen years ago Now I slant out the window to watch you pile up below Sometimes as the chimney, I spew out hot air Lately I’m the bedspread and you are still up in here Eating at my skin like a termite And even my insides wouldn’t satiate your appetite I call to you to stop as my bones groan “Take your memories, and leave this hollow home” Still I have been loved like a child all of my life And you have given me nothing mild Is this the most that we could be? You left the garden while I waited on the balcony But I believe in ghosts with my faith innermost Safe and stable, at least they stay inside But you are the clouds I cannot own For that you have no value and I have no hands to hold You are above the atmosphere, If I go looking for you, will you be there? (Anywhere? And do I care?? Da de dumm…)
6.
Sleep Well 05:12
To say goodnight tonight is what I don’t want to do Leave from the lamplight on your doorstep with you? We both know it’s coming, try not to dwell on it I know you’re leaving, and I hope you sleep well Sleep well Pretty soon you’re leaving, we both know it’s true Though unbelieving there is not much to do I’m gonna write you, I’m gonna visit But nothing I do will fill those nights I miss you I miss you I, I won’t sleep well I, yes, I’ll just keep singing And you, you’ll just do your thing… Say you gotta get inside, gotta get well rested I know you need your sleep but I wish we would be Bohemian lovers, fly away in a moment of passion They’ll wonder what happened to us? What happened to us? I, I know we’d sleep well But I, well I’ll just keep singing And you, well you’ll just do your thing….
7.
Evergreen 04:25
It takes a while to wake up I just ate those words whole That’s all there was to know But that won’t be my reality There’s nothing saying it has to be Forget this forgotten story It’s for the people or it’s not for me What have we left to build? These things we’ve killed You look at me and say Balance will be centered All things do come together Sometimes you’ll have to come our way, so Lift me up with song if you find that I have fallen & if we sing in sorrow, I will never sing alone Sung through darkness, it will carry me through tomorrow & if you sing this song, we will never sing alone all the world I see - once evergreen Small pieces of debris where the mountains used to be It was all that I could see What about the waking world? I’d rather die by this torture Then live on torturers terms It’s not just about the weather, It just won’t give them pleasure To upturn progress we have made, so All the world, all I see - once evergreen Small pieces of debris where the mountains used to be It was all that I could see We are walking down the road The only one we’ve ever known And it’s a long way I know, but it will turn around Just one more time around CHORUS This little piece of Eden is my own humble garden And if we sing, we will never sing alone
8.
Afar 04:15
This is to you my love, you always were the one You only spoke the truth, You helped me find the words when I had none This is to you, my friend, you mostly knew it all You helped me write my book, you saw into the secrets of the world If you were the stars, I’d be your light If you were afar, I’d be in flight I come for you my dear, because you know the way You’ve shown these roads to me, & I know you by the gate you walk I hope that you can stay, but if you’ve gotta leave Let’s make the most of these days, let’s spend them all alone with everyone If you were the stars, I’d be your light If you were afar, I’d already be in flight It isn’t defined, but that is just fine for me (x_) This is to you my love, you always were the one You only spoke the truth, you helped me find the words when I had none.

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released February 22, 2009

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