Summer Skin

Sun bleached white, like a shooting star, We cut a fresh clean line in your brother’s car Going on and on... Heat beat down in a summer snow And there’s nothing in our hearts that our mothers know Going on and on... And it’s fine I’m never coming down this time The bodies won’t move so we’re sneaking aside And the stomping in our gut’s the only keeping of time And we go on and on... I’m counting on my digits all the devilish nerves Til I hear the crack in mine and feel the curl of yours And we go on and on... And it’s time Cuz heaven’s on the other side We cut a left, right, left, right, left, right, standing still Flirt a fresh cool taste in the chase of a summer’s kill The sun is high and the sky’s caving in tonight, but I don’t mind Got a head start racing all the ghost kids down the hill Get quick, kid ­ go as fast as you can They’re only pulling punches for your summer skin So go on and on... We recognize the body in the failure of words Well, I never liked mine, so can I use yours? And go on and on... And it’s time Cuz heaven’s on the other side We cut a left, right, left, right, left, right, standing still Flirt a fresh cool taste in the chase of a summer’s kill The sun is high and the sky’s caving in tonight, but I don’t mind Got a head start racing all the ghost kids down the hill Well I cut my lip on the summer’s teeth And everything she’s buzzing’s like she’s singing to me It goes on and on... I wave my rights to a delicate touch I’m never coming down til they drag me up I’ll go on and on... And it’s time, cuz heaven’s on the other side Yeah it’s fine, I never remember my line And it’s too high to call it right We cut a left, right, left, right, left, right, standing still Flirt a fresh cool taste in the chase of a summer’s kill The sun is high and the sky’s caving in tonight, but I don’t mind Got a head start racing all the ghost kids down the hill

It's On

You can stay awake, if you wanna You can stay awake, if you wanna go If you wanna go We can steal a night, if we’re honest We can steal a night, if we wanna go If we wanna go And we’ll each go weaving in the shadows Sidewalk creeping, silent windows Past the fences, they can’t hold us For long. C’mon, c’mon, c’mon. We can chase the dark, if we wanna We can kick up sparks at every obstacle We go where we wanna go You can count on me, if you wanna You can count on me, I’m gonna count on you Like I want you to And we’ll each go walking in the moon’s eye Sideways stalking in the lamp light And there’s no caution, you at my side It’s on. C’mon, c’mon, c’mon. We’ll go speeding in the shadows Sidewalk creeping, silent windows Past the fences, they can’t hold us For long. C’mon, c’mon, c’mon.

New Age

No light – set and send me home. Bright eyes – search these city bones. Wild fires – warm with what we know: You’re never alone when in need – you got a sister and It’s all right. It’s alright if you need a home, Cuz the city’s home. Nothing could shake us from our time. If it’s somewhere, something, We wanna get it right, tonight. I believe, yes, I believe It’s right. I believe, yes, I believe ­ Gonna get it right. Dreamer – wake and come alive Everyone’s calling your name, they want your heat – it’s like a Fever – a new age every night. You’re never alone when in need – you got a sister And it’s so hard to get it right. And we know, love, but we’ll get it right, Tonight. I believe, yes, I believe We’re right. I believe, yes, I believe ­ Gonna get it right. We’re gonna get it right.

Hear Boys Talk

High country side won’t you lie in the summer with me? Sleep with the sting of rocks they sling in heat They think they’re wild but not like I And each dull smile is all it hides My mother caught me laying so Lord has got a saying for me Boy the country fields will do you ill To the sister city chapel, get your proper fill, he say Dark lost trip, but my bags inside And I’m out the door, then I realize, that You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk The saints got an eye, say you never can hide from they But I’m sweeping pews beneath their view all day And they never pay a thing to say Bout who I talk to, anyway- If they did it was hid with a smirk and a showing of faith And all my family and all my friends Must think I’m some sort of alien to stay Well, I’m homesick and I tell ‘em so But God’s got work for an adventurous boy and You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk Hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk The summer’s hot but it’s getting dark What you say about Central Park? Smells like home in just about a hundred ways. Well, I’m homesick and I tell ‘em so But God’s got work for an adventurous boy and You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk Hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk Hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk Hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk

Faith

What you saw? What’s the sign? What you say? What is ‘Faith?’ It’s all the mind. It’s all excited, What you saw. Hope, called astray. And, oh, if all you see is a sign, It’s only night. It’s a trick of the light. What’s the con? What’s the pride? Knowing all, Though you never find. If I’m blind What’s to say World behind ­ Doubt is weight. And, oh, if all you see is a sign, Return the light, Make an oath to the night: I won't be coming back. No more.

Ghost Coast

Washed blank, and the sun, it burns My tongue‘s blind dumb, sick thick with curses, you’re Sticky sweet in the summer heat Wanna catch that fire, wanna buy you things, wanna Say I’m sorry, wanna touch your hair But I can’t think when it’s complicated, gonna Follow you follow you follow you home I got it bad bad bad bad bad bad BAD My heart is a burning car for you And my ghosts wander coasts shouting dreams You could never imagine; carousing and hollering You’re: “please stop grabbing at the air for more” And I’m: “happy to be broken on these shores of yours” I’m sure it looks a waste, no foolin’; But how it burns away! My heart is a burning car for you Slow slow slow slow me from the race I’m running, wagging and stumbling Throw throw throw throw me from the place I’ve been hung up, waiting for something, and Away away away, away from the following, ‘rousing and hollering Away away away; I got it bad bad bad bad bad bad BAD My heart is a burning car for you

Light as a Feather

Merry meet and merry part Bright the cheeks and warm the heart Catch your eye by the old gravesite The night is dark and so am I When the wind comes from the South Love will kiss you on the mouth. And I’m never so bright and I’m never this true ‘Cept when I’m getting familiar with you... You get me wild When the moon rides at Her peak Then your heart's desire seek. And the truth of the wild is clear in the night; I could see you holding hands by the candles’ light Bide within the law you must, In perfect love and perfect trust I’ll warn you just once, you swore you’d be true Don’t alter your words; you know what you do... Don’t get me wild Be true in love; this you must do Unless your love is false to you You shouldn’t fool with alchemy The night is dark and so are we... You get me wild

Little Fur

oh, little fur, a little skin oh, little one, they want to take you home just a pet, just a kid just a pelt to warm some other bones and be aware of what you find cause they'll seem awful, awful nice a little prick, a little pin to hold you down, and get their fingers close little one, little hands a little heart, they're aching for a taste get away, get a friend get a clue ­ oh, girl, just get away and we can stalk the lonely streets just the moon and you and me oh, little fur, my little friend it isn't us, the ones who should be afraid Drink up for heaven's sake Aw, sing out Little sister With each howl You're getting bigger With each shout You're ten strong Aw, sing out I will not be undone The black heart of black night, black veins of black sky We're heading home, we're heading home Hot head, hot stuff, hot mouth, hot blood, Spent flesh and bones, and how they shone! And if they try to take our time It doesn't matter you or I Sharp wits, sharp eyes, sharp teeth, sharp bite, We ain't alone, and we're heading home! Aw, sing out Little sister With each howl You're getting bigger With each shout You're ten strong Aw, sing out I will not be undone

Your Kind

Rest your head before you give Catch your breath before you’re spent And in the end I’ll make your bed I’ll be the one to hold your hand All my sleep is static screened On the floor with you asleep And in the end I’ll make your bed I’ll be the one to hold your hand I never did more than you said I would But you need to stop drinking my blood Cuz oh I wanna get right! Right?? And love is a killer with forgiving eyes Watch you smothered; a disarming smile But oh I wanna get right! Don’t you wanna get right? And all the kids cheer old and deaf “Oh I wish I would known” And it sounds like I’m screaming every time I sing And I never go out, I only stay at home, safe inside Inside I’m singing for the light And no one is no one is no one is no one is right And we burn down the wires, send signals, black, into night “Come find your kind! Come and find your kind!” Pack your foolish things I won’t be getting late Let’s leave this place for now And save what can be saved There is no end Just another bed I’ll be the one to hold your hand I’ll hold your hand ­ Come inside Inside we’re signing for the light And no one is no one is no one is no one is right And we burn down the wires, send signals ­ black ­ into night “Come find your kind! Come and find your kind!"

Outside

Seems I was here before I’m never ever sure when I’ll return And every part of me Is, at the deepest heart of me, unsure But when I said I’d never rest I guess I kept my word We haunt the same damn rooms Our fathers haunted, fondly haunting us We wear our brothers’ suits In hopes the other ghosts won’t treat us rough Pretend we never knew ­ We know it’s not enough We saw the changes come I never felt them No no no... The timing’s everything I’ve never heard a lie so well rehearsed And when it’s all the same You never miss a thing so what’s the worth The second hand is always Thinking of itself first If there’s a difference, well I never feel it But I, I want to go outside I’ve never felt so tired I’ve needed to get right And I, I want to go outside I never found the time I never needed No no no... The ammunition’s here So why not put the fear of God in them? Like windows stand a chance ‘Gainst anything on which we lay our hands OUTSIDE OUTSIDE OUTSIDE TAKE ME TAKE ME But I, I want to go outside I’ve never felt so tired I’ve needed to get right And I, I want to go outside I never found the time I never needed No no no... I never needed