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Staking Flags in the Valley (2014)
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1. One Wish Left
2. Crooked Teeth
3. Black Highway
4. Send Me a Dove
5. Songs Fall
6. Borrowed Man
7. Colored Glass
8. Arizona
9. Arkansas
10. Starve the Dog
11. Laundromat
12. Go Now
13. What Do I Know?

1. One Wish Left

I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind
I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind

When you go, you go, when you stay, you stay
It’s a long way to heaven even if you pray
Keep the rocks on your left side, keep the sea on your right
There’s a cliff out in the dark wants to show you how to fly

I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind
I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind

There’s a blanket on my brain and it makes it hard to think
I can see you on my eyelids every time I blink
I was lost in the desert when I found you in your lamp
Now I’m at the bottom of the ocean and I got one wish left

I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind
I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind

When it goes it always goes too far
Every fire, every fire
Every fire starts with a spark

Speak, speak to me
I’m the woman at the well; you’re the only one I can believe
Speak, speak to me
I will draw this water up for thee
For thee
For thee
It’ll never ever let me be
It’ll never ever let me be

I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind
I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind
I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind
I don’t know why I’ve got you on my mind
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2. Crooked Teeth

I’ve been thinking about your crooked teeth
I’ve been picturing my hand in between
That damn dog won’t let go
Yeah that dog, she don’t know the meaning of no

If there’s fire down on three
And we are stuck on floor nineteen
Well tell me how you wanna spend your last thirty minutes with me

I’ve been thinking that life is much too short
We make our mark in the sand, we draw it out so sweet
That damn wind wants to blow
Yeah that wind, she don’t know the meaning of no

But if there’s fire down on three
And we are stuck on floor nineteen
Well tell me how you wanna spend your last thirty minutes with me

You keep your lips locked so damn tight
So scared of that truth, it cuts like a knife
Like a knife

So hypothetically speaking
If there’s fire down on three
And we are stuck on floor nineteen
If there’s fire down on three
And we are stuck on floor nineteen
Well tell me how you wanna spend your last thirty minutes with me
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3. Black Highway

Hey, my daddy drove all through the night
He crossed into Texas with the morning light
If you wanna say goodbye to me or your boy, you better come quick

Daddy knows I did all that I could
Heaven knows I did more than any woman should
I can’t make you love me; trying’s only breaking my back

There's a black on that highway
Like the black in your heart
And I have spent my last day
Trying to change what I can’t change

I’m just trying to raise the best kid I can
And I know the boy may never understand
How I took him from his father so he could learn to be a man

There's a black on that highway
Like the black in your heart
And I have spent my last day
Explaining all the careless things you say

So my daddy packed the car
And your son wore his cowboy boots
Crying in the kitchen with brown eyes he got from you
He packed his GI Joes and his Batman cape
The one you got him for his birthday
Three days late
And I will do my best to speak well of you

Love is soft you can't shoot it from a gun
Love is loose, it won't be forced on anyone
There's supper in the fridge
Is there anything you wanna tell your son?

‘Cause there's a black on this highway
Like the black in your heart
And I have spent my last day
Lying, saying I was okay
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4. Send Me A Dove

Old car moans up the side of the mountain
We dive down to the fire of the other side
Orange, yellow, red of the autumn hugs the highway
If the grey sky breaks she might swallow us whole

When you feel like you’re running, what are you running from?
When you feel like you’re falling, why do you get back up?
When you can’t stop from thinking that you’re not enough
Send me a dove
Send me a dove

Clouds come down like hands; “the sky is falling, the sky is falling”
The little chicken says; your brain is your body’s worst enemy

When you feel like you’re running, what are you running from?
When you feel like you’re falling, why do you get back up?
When you can’t stop from thinking that you’re not enough
Send me a dove
Send me a dove

Oh, you saw the sky break open
Oh, how did you bear the sound?
Now I will leave you where I found you
Staking flags in the valley where you stand your ground

There’s nothing so safe as a night in West Virginia
Where you can’t call home but at least you know where home is
Tonight I feel like God in the middle of Creation
Like the whole world might be what I wanted it to be

When I feel like I’m a running, what am I running from?
When I feel like I’m falling, why do I get back up?
When I can’t stop thinking that I’m not enough
I’ll send you a dove
I’ll send you a dove
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5. Songs Fall

Songs fall out of the sky, land on your lips, you lick ‘em up quick
Some days you bite your tongue, leave ‘em unsung, you regret it

I know, I know, I know
You listen or you don’t
It’s all, it’s all, it’s all
It’s all a matter of if you will and if you won’t
Please please please please

Midnight awake with a start, grabbing your heart, catching your dream
Some nights you let ‘em have air, you say a prayer, you set ‘em free

I know, I know, I know
You listen or you don’t
It’s all, it’s all, it’s all
It’s all a matter of if you will and if you won’t
Please please please please

Why do we swallow the words we need?
Why, when we know it leaves us hungry?
Oh please please please please

Songs fall dripping with love, gifts from above, we lick ‘em up quick
Please try not to forget the way nothing fit, the work that you did

I know, I know, I know
You listen or you don’t
It’s all, it’s all, it’s all
It’s all a matter of what you’re willing to tell the ghost
Please please please please
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6. Borrowed Man

You’re on the edge of your seat
Pulled up to perfect posture by invisible strings

He meant nothing to me
I was alone, we’re both grown, I’m not about to say I’m sorry

‘Cause how could I know?
No ring on his hand
Something old, something new
And I borrowed your man

He never mentioned your name
And you may find it hard to hear but it’s true all the same

And I got nothing to prove
I don’t need your approval
I am no thief in the night
I come here with no disguises

‘Cause how could I know?
No ring on his hand
Something old, something new
And I borrowed your man

You’re on the edge of your seat
Hands clenched at your knees, but your eyes show defeat

He meant nothing to me
He was your everything
You didn’t hear it from me
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7. Colored Glass
for the nonagenarians

He used to reach out for you
Through your colored glass
You're always looking back

And the peach trees will not bear their fruit
We're losing honeybees
It's got us on our knees

There's a cold war
In your bedroom
There's no score
So everybody's out for blood

Day turns to night turns to day
Another month gone by
You wonder when you'll fly

Bless you baby sparrow
Bathing in the dust you will become
Bless you baby sparrow
Bathing in the dust you will become

There's a cold war
In your bedroom
There’s no score
So everybody's out for blood

He used to reach out for you
Through your colored glass
You're always looking back
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8. Arizona

Arizona took these swollen feet
Held together by needle and string
If you said one thing to me,
I don’t remember it now

All the canyons can’t
All the canyons can’t
All the canyons can’t
Hold my love for you

Arizona took those broken birds
A wingspan away from the end of their world
Now they ride that thermal wind
And we watch with open mouths
Look at us, so hungry now

All the canyons can’t
All the canyons can’t
All the canyons can’t
Hold my love for you

Did you think you’d have to choose?
That red rock walls might leave you bruised?
That all that beauty’s not for you?
It’s not for you

Arizona I’ve got poison blood
I’ve got limestone in my gut
Standing on this side of the wall
You say you built for me
Oh, land of the free

All the canyons can’t
All the canyons can’t
All the canyons can’t
Keep my love from you
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9. Arkansas

Well the flags are all at half-mast, we don’t have to ask
We’ve all got our own reasons why these days
And the men in the vinyl diner seats, they got their hands clasped so tightly
Sending their prayers up to the Father Above

I used to know that Father well, and then some say that I fell
And I guess I’ve got the scars to prove ‘em right
There’s a sign at the end of that road, says it’s as far as cars can go
And if you wanna go any further you are gonna have to walk

Some people walk and some people ride
Some people carpool to heaven, carpool to heaven
The stars fall heavy over Arkansas tonight
And I can’t carpool to heaven, but I’d like to get there alright

There’s a billboard from Jesus on the way to New Orleans
And the billboard from Jesus says that it’s for lease
Well, he might just be bones and dust and the thing that saved my life
I got a brother lookin’ out for me on the angels’ side

Some people walk and some people ride
Some people carpool to heaven, carpool to heaven
The stars fall heavy over Arkansas tonight
And I can’t carpool to heaven, but I’d like to get there alright

Today we learned the truth too late, we reminded ourselves not to hesitate
Held on a little tighter to the ones that we’ve still got
And I held my guitar like a life raft, holding me up in the mine shaft
Digging up a dream I still believe

Oh, I think it’s gonna be alright, alright, alright
Oh, I think it’s gonna be alright, alright, alright
Some people walk and some people ride
Some people carpool to heaven, carpool to heaven
The stars fall heavy over Arkansas tonight
And I can’t carpool to heaven, but I’d like to get there alright
Some people walk and some people ride
Some people carpool to heaven, carpool to heaven
The stars fall heavy over Arkansas tonight
And I can’t carpool to heaven, but I’m gonna get there alright
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10. Starve the Dog

Starve the dog
Pulling at his chain
He’ll bare his teeth at you if you look his way
Leave him there
Don't you dare set him free
Just ‘cause you think that you remember how sweet he used to be

Know your blood to know yourself
Put what you want on the farthest shelf
Pull your hand back, you can walk away
Hey please don't forget to starve the dog today

I saw your dad
When he fed the same beast
You swore and swore “that’ll never be me”
I saw your hands
And the way they would shake
And all of my love couldn't hold that chain

Know your blood to know yourself
Put what you want on the farthest shelf
Pull your hand back, you can walk away
Hey please don't forget to starve the dog today

Oh it seems so easy
Like it’s just a taste or something
Like you won't destroy your family
Like you can feed him oh so casually this time
This time

Day by day
As you hold back the chain
There are three things I will pray
That you’ll see yourself more clearly
That I’ll forgive you more dearly
That I might know the very same blood we share

Know your blood to know yourself
Put what you want on the farthest shelf
Pull your hand back, you can walk away
Hey please don't forget to starve the dog today
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11. Laundromat

Let’s go down to the laundromat and play the arcade games
When we run out of quarters then we’ll sit and watch the world and the dirt
Spin away

And the old lady folding her underwear’s gonna make you smile
You were holed up with an awful loneliness and that took a while
Well that took a while

So I’m wearing your favorite shirt and you’ve got on my ring
I’m jumping into that lake, so big all the kids think it might be
The sea

And Lake Michigan water will wash us over and it’ll make you smile
You were thinking of leaving but you kept believing and now it’s been a while
Well it’s been a while

And the sun is out today
And the whole blue sky seems to say
Stay
Just stay

Lately I get so caught up in all this mess
Stained and worn with second guesses
But I think it’s as easy as what we choose
And I think I said it already, but I
I do

‘Cause the old lady folding her underwear’s gonna make you smile
You were thinking of leaving but you kept believing and now it’s been a while
Well it’s been a while
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12. Go Now
chorus lyrics by spoken word artist Michael Garvey

I saw it all at my brother’s grave
Brown dead grass on a sunny day
Tiptoeing out between the plots
Making peace with something ain’t never gonna be okay

Go now
Fill up the doorway
No matter how big the doorway or how small you
Go now
Fill up the doorway
No matter how big the doorway or how small you are now

‘Cause once I thought it should have been me
Cover me in lilies and let me rest in peace
‘Cause I know I’ve wasted a thousand days
I always fall short of what this world needs

Go now
Fill up the doorway
No matter how big the doorway or how small you
Go now
Fill up the doorway
No matter how big the doorway or how small you are now

Of all these roads I’ve worn
Every stone I’ve turned
I’ve turned

Of all the excuses you tell yourself
You can’t do it today, you’ll leave it to somebody else
‘Cause they’ve got the looks or their parents got money
This wasn’t your year, but next year, oh

Go now
Fill up the doorway
No matter how big the doorway or how small you
Go now
Fill up the doorway
No matter how big the doorway or how small you
Go now
No matter the voices that keep calling you back
Go now
Go now
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13. What Do I Know?

Would you come if I call
For no reason at all
Don’t tell me I was wrong
Don’t tell me I was wrong

Are you lying awake
Am I the thought you can’t shake
Don’t tell me I was wrong
Don’t tell me I was wrong about you

There are things that you will never know
You have your body and I have my own
What do I know
What do I know

Am I the story you tell
Am I your wish in a well
Don’t tell me I was wrong
Don’t tell me I was wrong

Am I the song that you sing
When you’re too tired to sing
Don’t tell me I was wrong
Don’t tell me I was wrong about you

There are things that you will never know
You have your body and I have my own
What do I know
What do I know

Would you run down the stairs
If you thought I was there
Don’t tell me I was wrong
Don’t tell me I was wrong

When the pendulum swings
Do I make you feel free
Don’t tell me I was wrong
Don’t tell me I was wrong about you

There are things that you will never know
You have your body and I have my own
What do I know
What do I know?
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