Nights Worth Living EP

The Sex Offenders

There’s a bunch of sex offenders living down the street from me
But I guess if they’ve found forgiveness in the law
Then there’s probably some hope for me

I’ve always known my right from wrong
I just was born with a busted key
And every time I tried to pick that lock, it seemed
The devil was the only friend who would help me

I wished I may, I wished I might
But all my wishing only brought me grief
‘Cause no matter how hard I’d fight it, my poor heart
Only wants the things that are worst for me

But everywhere I go
You shake my hand like you don’t know
Everywhere I go

Oh, I wish someone would light a candle that could
Burn bright enough for me
Oh, I wish someone would hold my shoulders
‘Cause my knees keep locking up
Each time I start praying

Sometimes I think about the sex offenders
And I wonder what they think of me
I wonder if they stare at me and wonder
If I truly am as good as I sure do seem to be

But maybe there’s a certain type of darkness
All the dark ones have the power to see
So maybe they all lock their doors at night
Because they’re living down the street from me

Oh, they’re living down the street from me

 

Karaoke Freight Train

Ethan, when’d you get so beautiful?
Your brother was a friend of mine
I knew him back before he ever joined the army
You have his blue eyes

This was back in 1998
The only thing we knew was time
We’d hit up every bar from here to Chula Vista
He only drank wine

He used to sing karaoke like a freight train
You should’ve seen him hit those highs
One time he got real drunk and sang “Surrender”
Cross my heart, he made the whole bar cry
And every girl wished that he would want to dance
But he never seemed to know he had the chance
That was part of what made him such a hero
See, he never knew he was

Do you believe that I’d ever lie to you?
His voice was a kind of smile, he could shake it and move rooms
I know that the last day of his life is known as his finest
But the truth is the greatest thing he did
Were all the times he stopped and shook his head, and said:

“I’m gonna marry that girl”

Let’s sing “Surrender”
I’ll take the low parts
If you promise me that you will take the highs

 

Rabbit Rabbit

I don’t know if I’ll ever remember to say
“Rabbit, rabbit” on the first of May
I don’t know
Try as I might
I can’t cross my fingers or knock on wood for my life

I know that you want me to carry clovers
And thrice I have sheltered on a July night
‘Cause you said
Try as I might
I can’t snap my fingers and keep those stars in the sky

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to say
“God bless us and keep us safe”
I don’t know
Try as I might
I can’t lick my fingers and be testing directions all night

I know that you want me to be a sphinx you can hire
Here’s a riddle that will never tire:
“What glows, and knows what I know?”
If you’re lucky you’ll forget it ’cause I never give clues once fired

I don’t know if I’ll ever remember to say
“Rabbit, rabbit” on the first of May…

 

Did Your Heart Shake Like This Song?

Mother and father, tell me true
When you first held each other’s hands and knew
That the hand you were holding was for you
Did your heart shake like this song?

When I spoke to my sister, she was wise
Said she trusted my heart but not my mind
So I put all my faith in blood and cried
And my heart shook like this song
Yes, my heart shook like this song

Oh, how am I ever gonna love you
If I do all of my living without giving it to you?

Look at my hands, they’re the hands of a preacher
Sure his sermon’s gonna change today
Look at my lips, they’re the lips of a dreamer
Free at last to say the words they’ve saved

I told her
“Come closer”

We stepped inside a memory
Flickering and old
We stepped inside an old room
We’d always known
Our parents on the left side
Brother on the right
My sister in the center saying, “Be bold”

And all of our nights will be nights worth living
And all of our songs will be songs worth singing
And all of our hopes will be hopes worth dreaming
And all of our lives I’ll be right there living

Let’s take our cue from truth
It’s hot in here
It’s hotter than an angel
Once we leave this room
It’s you and me
Let’s sing because we’re able to

Mother and father, tell me true
When you first held each other’s hands and knew
That the hand you were holding was for you
Did your heart shake like this song?

One day I’ll hold you
We’ll be old
All our years stretched behind us, full and bold
And we’ll speak of the night our song got told
Oh, we’ll hold each other long
While we both shake like our song

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