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Every Pulse (2005)
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1. River of Forgetfulness
2. Typical
3. My Brother and I
4. The CNN Song
5. Stranger's Hands
6. Sound of Right
7. Everything For This
8. We Heart Baseball 2003

1. River of Forgetfulness

i've got this dream that i just can't take
it's even hot when i'm awake
like a semiautomatic down my throat
and they keep saying this is gonna help somebody
they keep saying just shut up, close your eyes and join the army

if they come with guns and knives
i've got about a million reasons why
and i'm prepared to give my defense
to american counsels of ignorance

so there's this woman thousands of miles away
and she's crying because of my people today
well how do i shake this shame how do i shake this shame?
how could i ever know her pain?

so if they come with guns and knives
i've got about a million reasons why
and i'm prepared to give my defense
to american counsels of ignorance

so tell me who wins a war
what exactly are we fighting for?
yeah tell me who wins a war
i will tell you exactly what i'm not fighting for

so could you tell me God
how much would it cost
to get a new heart beating in my chest?
one that's not so used, one that's not so abused
'cause sometimes i think i could give this all up
for clean red blood and a river of forgetfulness. . .

'cause if they come with guns and knives
i've got about a million reasons why
and i'm prepared to give my defense
to american counsels of ignorance
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2. Typical

well i have said this won't be love
and that's alright
but i'm so tired this song just comes
and i don't know what to call it

so call it reflex, call it giving in
call it lonely with a hint of exhaustion
call me now just to say
you're on your way
into town

i washed my heart out with the sheets
i hung it on the line
but your rain came in so unexpectedly
you left me scrambling

so call it reflex, call it giving in
call it lonely with a hint of exhaustion
call me now just to say
you're on your way
into town

and i guess i'll see you in six hours
six days or months it's all the same
yeah me with my boundaries
and you with your smoking
you're so typical

your hands are stuck to the wheel
the sun is so demanding
200 miles and nothing left to say
what made us think this would be okay?

we called it reflex, called it giving in
we called it lonely with a hint of exhaustion
and call me now just to say
you're on your way
into town

and i guess i'll see you in six hours
six days or months it's all the same
yeah me with my boundaries
and you with your smoking
you're so typical

when this is all said and done
i hope we can at least say we had fun
i hope we never have to call this real
out here it's just whatever you feel like

well call it reflex, call it giving in
call it lonely with a hint of exhaustion
call me now just to say
you'll be okay
for now

and i guess i won't see you in six hours
six days or months it's all the same
you with your boundaries
and me with my smoking
we're so typical...
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3. My Brother and I

my brother and i grew up in a war
in a shell-shocked living room we knelt to the floor
and prayed for a savior who would keep us from the heat
as the bombs flew around with no sign of defeat

and he would tell me bedtime stories, i would sing him easter songs
and we both knew the truth and we both played along
our mother, she tried to keep us out of harm's way
but it's a hard thing when harm eats at your table everyday

we were the same
he had the cuts and i felt the shame
yeah we were the same
my brother and i

he learned to escape in any way that he could
and we both moved out of that neighborhood
but there are two sides to every story of growing up
and when he shielded me i was holding him up

there were two children who survived on that street
and his head dreamt my dreams, my heart pounded his beat
three years ago i thought nothing could save me
i buried half my memory and called myself crazy

cause we were the same
he had the cuts and i felt the shame
we were the same

so tell me a story of a family of four
and the mom loves the dad and the dad loves her more
yeah color it in with crayon make it beautiful and bright
and i swear i'll believe whatever you tell me tonight

'cause we were the same
he had the cuts and i felt the shame
yeah we were the same
my brother and i
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4. The CNN Song

i know i told you i don't love you
but that's something of a lie
'cause i love to watch your eyes
as they focus on the tv late at night
we're watching cnn 'cause i can't sleep again
and you've been drinking

and they say that it's worth it
just to be alive
but they don't know what it was like right after he died
and i've tried giving you everything or nothing at all
mostly i've tried not to fall

so when they said the world was changing
we thought we would change along
we marked the places they had hurt us
and told ourselves "move on"
and when i said that i was leaving
i thought you would wait
and i never had the courage
to just say stay, please stay

and they say that it's worth it
just to be alive
but they don't know what it was like right after he died
and i've tried giving you everything or nothing at all
mostly i've tried not to fall

and all of our friends
they think it's better this way
yeah they know i was wrong and they love me anyway, anyway. . .

i know my distance has you burning
i know my words have no sound
when i say i won't let you down
but the weight of these mistakes i have made
has me gagged and bound and i just,
i know i'll drown
without ever being found

and mostly i've tried not, not to fall. . .
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5. Stranger's Hands

if you walk alone you know how it goes
a man's looking hard and your stomach jumps to your throat
well everybody told you being ugly is a curse
but did anyone ever tell you baby beauty can be worse?

you've got a stranger's hands
you've got my lover's heart
you've got all this pain and guilt inside you and you just don't know where to start
so start here

we talk about rights to choose we talk about rights to lose
and i am losing mine in their eyes
it's the look of them like they own a piece of what you've got and i'm fighting for everything i stand for, for everything i'm not

you've got a stranger's hands
you've got my lover's heart
you've got all this pain and guilt inside you and you just don't know where to start
so start here

it's like in a dream when i try to scream and all i can hear is silence
it's a loss of something much bigger than my voice
it's a loss of my innocence

you've got a stranger's hands
you've got my lover's heart
you've got all this pain and guilt inside you and you just don't know where to start
so start here
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6. Sound of Right

it's a windy monday night and you've got every reason to cry
it's just that time of year when they leave you here
and i've been tripping through your memory
hoping you'd fall too and land right next to me
not fall like down, fall like floating up
so fast you can't breathe, only gasp
and grab my hand

it's a hollow kind of day when you dig up your past to try to bury your pain
'cause it'll still be ready to fight but you just aren't the same
and every time i hear her sing
i wanna crawl inside her strings
it's just that magic she brings
it's like every night when i see you in my dreams

and i'm sorry i wasn't wild enough
i wasn't old enough or cold enough to just let you leave
i'm sorry there can't be another way
yeah i'm sorry i wasn't tough enough
you didn't care enough or share enough to keep us alive
i'm sorry
yeah i'm sorry

so i've been writing you everyday all of the things i don't have the courage to say
my words are my only strength and your ghost pulls them from me
if i came knocking on your door tonight would you listen to me
would you be surprised
would you know the sound of right
would you smile and hold my hand
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7. Everything For This

i've been thinking it wasn't the distance, yeah
and if you picked me up tonight i'm not so sure that i would put up a fight
i've been thinking about that moment when everything between us eclipsed
yeah i've been thinking about your hands i've been thinking about your lips

well my life flashes so fast before my eyes
i just took one blink and you went right by
but when i think of live i think of everyone i miss
and i swear i live for this

everything for this

well so faithful is a hard word for me to use
yeah faithful is a word that consumes
but when i think of love i think of everyone i miss
and i swear, i swear i live for this

everything for this
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