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Staking Flags in the Valley

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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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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 Back to Top 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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The Resolution EP

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