Your hands

December 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just getting everything ready for recording Aether on January 2nd, which means writing up the lyrics for Jack Byrne. I wrote a waltz while I was in Paris this summer. I think it’s become one of my favourites.

 

 

There’s a place that I know – you know, we could be

Like shades on a screen –

With you, whatever you’d need me to do

I could do – and could forget what I mean

 

With my hands in your hands I’d give up who I think that I am

And if you come as a stranger to me I could lose who I am

 

Do you feel it? Within and around us –

There’s nothing to hear, and nothing to see,

But here – just the flood of your hair to surround us,

Just you, where a message might be.

 

With your hands in my hands I’d give up who I think that I am

And if you come as a stranger to me I could lose who I am.

 

It’s a sad thing, a small thing to offer

Not quite what you deserve me to be –

This truth – I can’t need you so much as I need to

Desire your desire in me.

Sparks

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Another song from the upcoming album Aether – there are exciting things in the works for the video of this one…

 

No hold – mercurial bounds – which rules will we play?

A very good game – 

What was said, what was seen? Who gets hurt in between? 

What gets lost in the way?

 

 

And I don’t know what I know,where we are, what you want – 

You come and go – 

With these sparks like little blows.

 

 

Twin poles – an unshakeable round – and what will you do?

A slip of the hand.

A halt at the pass. I know nothing lasts – 

But didn’t want that with you.

 

 

And I don’t know what I know…

 

 

Left cold – unworkable ground – and what will it mean?

A very good game,

A slip of the hand – who to fold, who to stand?

Who got hurt in between?

 

 

And I don’t know what I know…

 

Aether

December 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

So, last night was pretty special – I got to try out some songs from the next alt. album for the first time. Thank you so much for listening – title track lyrics? Enjoy.

 

Be the message, not the man,

A murmur on the wind.

Desire, leave yourself behind – 

We’ll consist of infallible things.

 

Still my shaking.

 

If we could shift in endless space

And bypass every bar,

Let the message speak itself – 

An abstract’s all we are.

 

Still my shaking.

 

If I could lift through aether

And consist of abstract things,

Be the message, not the man,

A murmur on the wind – 

 

And still my shaking.

Fever

January 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

The last original song form Ashes. It was a memory of a beautiful night.

 

Travel out with me

A long, hard time

We could stay right here,

We could do it all tonight.

I see you through your smile – 

You slow me down to say:

“Weigh yourself down,

Dissolve away.”

 

Boundaries are simple

To slip through, this time.

Loneliness is welcome – 

I welcome it as mine.

A silence stilled my eyes,

A hollow falling near,

A tremor sounded out 

That no one’s here.

 

I’ve seen this once before – 

A fever made it clear.

A sweat can weigh you down – 

A dream can bring you near.

And stopper up my mouth

With everything to say:

“Speed time down – 

Dissolve away.”

 

Fractals

September 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

Another song from Ashes. Mostly about what being bipolar feels like to me. Also, the joy of creation.

 

 

Who to falter, who to last?

Which ‘I’ will ‘I’ invite today?

What rings hollow, what holds fast?

A trick of perspective – a paper play.

 

It keeps on splitting, it keeps on spinning.

I wouldn’t give up this pain  – No, No, No

No, No, No, Wait – and start again.

 

A splintered second, a shattered view – 

Leave them alone, let them multiply.

Who’s forgotten, and what holds true?

I am the ghost of my own lost lives.

 

It keeps on splitting, it keeps on spinning.

I wouldn’t give up this pain  – No, No, No

No, No, No, Wait – and start again.

 

‘I’ from ‘I’ and whole from part – 

The mouths we speak with are never ours.

Opposing mirrors, the chambered heart – 

A space this wide could swallow the stars.

 

It keeps on splitting, it keeps on spinning.

I wouldn’t give up this pain  – No, No, No

No, No, No, Wait – and start again.

 

 

Disappear

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Another one from Ashes. A song about bereavement…so, that was fun to write. Enjoy.

 

 

Broken things are hard to fathom – hard to say

Sometimes I’m broken, and sometimes I’m clouded by shades of grey.

Life untrammelled, arms flung wide – 

No guards, no limits, no one to hear.

No peace, no solace, no hope untried – 

Let’s split open, let’s disappear.

 

A formless wish flung from empty arms and an empty mind.

Rise up – rise out and leave this tired hide behind.

An invocation, a halting breath – 

To fracture outwards and scatter wide.

No sense of living, no fear of death,

No place of safety, no place to hide.

 

The past lies heavy, holds us close – no room for doubt

Something missing. Savage hands have touched us, marked us out.

Too much to fathom, too cruel to care – 

No rock, no anchor, and no one near.

An invocation to the open air – 

Let’s split open, let’s disappear.

 

Rise up. Rise out – broken things have no need to fear.

Arms flung wide – an empty wish – to shatter, to disappear.

 

Tongue

July 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Every song I write is personal, but this was the hardest to write to date. The lyrics to Tongue, from the forthcoming album Ashes.

 

 

The skin recalls what the mind shuts out

To taste, to shudder – I let you in.

To beg, to tremble, to fear for love – 

– Your tongue taught me so many things.

Sweet to sweetness – could I recall

What was tender, and what was best?

A dream, a vision. The rot crept in – 

Those final phrases eclipsed the rest.

 

 

{A bridge/a password/an anchor for insubstantial fantasy – nothing more}

The failure of your tongue spears me through.

 

 

A bruise, a thumbprint – the mark endures,

Thought to muscle, lips to skin.

A call to memory cannot mask

A sickly smell where the rot crept in.

An open archway, the bars brought down – 

No thought to struggle, no will to run.

Softness conquered what strength found strong – 

Too late, too sudden – the hurt was done.

 

 

The skin recalls what the mind shuts out

And echo alters what’s been and gone.

A gaping hole where your lips met mine and

Empty jaws where our love had hung.

Bitter relics – the mark endures – 

Sweet to sweetness – stroke to stroke – 

My body trembles – the skin recalls – 

My tongue remembers the words you spoke.


Shiver

February 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

The lyrics for Shiver – yet another one for the album Ashes. God, I’m having fun arranging this one for recording. Bonus points: it’s in my favourite key of all time.

 

He’s got a stop to his fury –

Waiting for the blow to come down.

He’s got a weight and he moves it –

Weighting with a weight in his hand.

 

Teeter, a shake, with a shiver –

A noticeable shake to the hands.

Could we strike up a bargain?

How much would you give just to give it an end?

 

He’s drawn in the ruts of a circle,

Each minute he prays for the blow to come down.

How have we struck up this bargain?

How do we hold it, within and around?

 

There’s nothing left him to bargain.

There’s nothing left in him with which to conspire.

He’s got a weight and it moves him.

Teeter on the edge of a wire.

 

 

Ashes

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Another set of lyrics – this time for Ashes, title track of the eponymous album set for release later this year.

 

Stay small –

It’s only nothing from nothing.

Stay small –

We’re watching ashes as they fade.

Call out –

Go on and bellow for something –

Look round –

We’re rushing, rushing as it fades.

 

Call out for a quiet sound.

 

Fall down.

A blur in a concave ring.

Washed out.

We’re holding tight to what we’ve saved.

Deep bow

And sleep into nothing.

Press down –

(still a hollowed core can feel afraid).

 

Call out for a quiet sound.

 

Stop, now

We can’t tell nothing from nothing.

Look round –

There’s not a single mark of what we’ve made.

Call out –

Why waste ourselves in this rushing?

Come down –

We’re only watching ashes as they fade.

 


Lullaby

February 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

I have been nagged at recently about my forgetfulness regarding lyrics. Namely – I really ought to put them somewhere. So I’m going to put them here. When I remember. I’m not very keen on the idea of breaking them down – I think the whole point of a song lyric is to be a lean and lateral meditation on a subject, not something that unfolds as a logical argument.

So, the first in a sporadic series – Lullaby


Slipped scales, high to low,
A worn-out glove, an empty cell.
When we think of all we know
It’s strange the force of it’s so still.
And I know
That I don’t know
How you faded,
How I felt you go.
Stuttered out in common time,
It’s strange the force of it’s so still.
Some things we never think to know –
The sad sight of unbalanced scales.
And I know
That I don’t know
How you faded,
How I felt you go.
A worn-out glove, an empty cell
You fade away in common time.
Did we choose with our tongues stilled?
Did I choose to stay behind?
And I know
That I don’t know
How you faded,
How I felt you go.
And I know
That I don’t know
How it goes on
When I felt you go.

 

 

Performance recorded in 2010 – a new recording of this song will be included in the forthcoming album Ashes.

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