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ATLAS: YEAR TWO

© 2015 
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1   LIFE
it began with a whisper in my ear, “I think it's time.”
suddenly all we held dear was on the line
as your heart, measured in mountains, fell and climbed.
“you're okay, you're okay, you're okay. we’re okay.”
amen.

we were changed in an instant,
we became so much more.
our definition of perfect
was written when she was born.

as she drew her first breath,
i learned what love meant
and my heart reconciled
all the darkness and light
inside my chest.

as her hands held tight
and her eyes met mine,
i saw the future unfold
in silver and gold.
and i’m already proud.

beautiful like your mother,
you are grace. you are light.
a better version of our best
from your starting line.

we will learn from each other,
as you grow up, we will too.
in our reflections of one another,
we will start something new.
we were changed in an instant,
we became so much more.
our definition of perfect
was written when you were born.

there is so much to tell you.
there is so much to see.
we will show you the oceans
and everything in between.

what a privilege to love you,
to teach you all that we know,
to watch you build a collection
of dreams that you can call your own.

you are beautiful like your mother,
you are grace. you are light.
a better version of our best
from your starting line.
we were changed in an instant,
we became so much more.
our definition of perfect
was written when you were born.
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2   SON
show me who i am and who i could be.
initiate the heart within me
until it opens properly.

slow down, start again from the beginning.
i can’t keep my head from spinning out of control.
is this what being vulnerable feels like?

i swear i'll try, try, try to breathe
’til it turns to muscle memory.
i'm only steady on my knees;
one day i'll stand up on my own two feet.

i’ll run the risk
of being intimate with brokenness.
through this magnifying glass,
i see a thousand finger prints
on the surfaces of who i am.

show me where to find the silver lining
as the mercury keeps rising,
’til the glass or my fever breaks.

show me how to struggle gracefully.
let the scaffolding inside of me be strong enough
to hold this tired body up once more.

and i will try, try, try to breathe
’til it turns to muscle memory.
i feel the pressure in my blood
building up and liberating me.
so i will try, try, try to breathe
’til it turns to muscle memory.
i'm only steady on my knees.
but one day, i'll stand on my own two feet.

i'll run the risk
of being intimate with brokenness.
through this magnifying glass,
i see a thousand finger prints

that ran the risk
of being intimate with my brokenness.
i was given a gift of hope
in a thousand finger prints
on the surface of who i am.
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3   DAUGHTER
if only you knew-
the sunlight shines a little brighter,
the weight of the world's a little lighter,
the stars lean in a little closer
all because of you.

i want to see
you lift your chin a little higher,
open your eyes a little wider,
speak your mind a little louder,
'cause you are royalty.

this is your kingdom,
this is your crown,
this is your story.
this is your moment,
don't look down..

you're ready, born ready.
and all you gotta do
is put one foot in front of you.
our ceiling is your floor,
and all you gotta do
is put one foot in front of you,
if only you knew.

if only you knew-
the forests grew a little greener,
the roots reach in little deeper,
the birds all sing a little sweeter,
all to welcome you.

I want to see
your happily ever after,
that you know in your heart that you matter,
that you are royalty.

this is your kingdom,
this is your crown,
this is your story.
this is your moment,
don't look down.

you're ready. born ready,
and all you gotta do
is put one foot in front of you.
our ceiling is your floor,
and all you gotta do
is put one foot in front of you.

you're ready. born ready,
and all you gotta do
is put one foot in front of you.
our ceiling is your floor,
and all you gotta do
is put one foot in front of you.
if only you knew

this is your kingdom,
this is your crown,
this is your story.
this is your moment,
don't look down.
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4   TOUCH
when will i feel this
as vivid as it truly is,
fall in love in a single touch,
and fall apart when it hurts too much?

can we skip past near-death clichés
where my heart restarts, as my life replays?
all i want is to flip a switch
before something breaks that cannot be fixed.

i know, i know- the sirens sound
just before the walls come down.
pain is a well-intentioned weatherman
predicting God as best he can,
but God i want to feel again.

rain or shine, i don’t feel a thing,
just some information upon my skin.
i miss the subtle aches when the weather changed,
the barometric pressure we always blamed.

all i want is to flip a switch
before something breaks that cannot be fixed.

invisible machinery,
these moving parts inside of me
well, they’ve been shutting down for quite some time,
leaving only rust behind.

well i know, i know- the sirens sound
just before the walls come down.
pain is a well-intentioned weatherman
predicting God as best he can,
but God i want to feel again,
oh God i want to feel again.

down my arms, a thousand satellites
suddenly discover signs of life.
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5   TASTE
i am alive. i am awake.
i am aware of what light tastes like.
the curtains drawn, the table set;
i want to be. i want to be at my best.

it’s bittersweet, it’s poetry.
a careful pruning of my dead leaves.
it’s holy ground, a treasure chest.
i’m on my knees and only scratch the surface.

like fists unraveling,
like glass unshattering.
we’re breaking all the rules,
we’re breaking bread again.
we’re swallowing light
’til we’re fixed from the inside

out of the woods, out of the dark,
i’m well aware of the shadows in my heart.
i want to feel tectonic shifts.
i want to be. i want to be astonished.
i want to be astonished.
so i propose a toast:

to fists unraveling,
to glass unshattering.
to breaking all the rules,
to breaking bread again.
we’re swallowing light,
we’re swallowing our pride.
we’re raising our glass
’til we’re fixed from the inside.
’til we’re fixed from the inside.

we’re nothing less than a work in progress,
sacred text on post it notes.
we only speak of a world in pieces,
let’s make a map of what matters most,
where every fracture is a running river
leading us back to our golden coasts.
here’s to showing up:

to fists unraveling,
to glass unshattering.
to breaking all the rules,
to breaking bread again.
we’re swallowing light,
we’re swallowing our pride.
we’re raising our glass
’til we’re fixed from the inside.
’til we’re fixed from the inside.
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6   SMELL
is this the part where the brain scan shows where memories reside,
some ambiguous shape in me, suddenly producing light.
triggered like a trip wire every time i breathe it in,
isn’t it strange that a lilac tree is what unlocks where i’ve been.

like a time machine rebuilds the past, my memories return.
like remembering the ashes before they burned.

it is the friction that lights a match,
desperate attempts that make it last.
so i hold my breath for as long as i can.

but before long, the wind swells in.
i started a that fight i could never win,
but i will hold on as long as i can.

it vanishes against my will,
the light goes out, my heart goes still,
and just like that, i believe in ghosts.

time and space are at my back
performing disappearing acts,
but now i can’t escape the smell of smoke.

the research says that the only way to keep memories in tact
is to lock them away and to close the door until countless years have passed.
i guess that explains why the strangest things can conjure up the past,
and forgotten time will find its long way back.

as thin as air, as light as snow
some combination of the unknown,
but it doesn’t matter, i just know i need more.

‘cause i feel like i’ve been sleeping through the better part of this,
laying dormant through an endless winter that doesn’t even exist.

it’s gravity in an hourglass
responsible for the avalanche
and the loudest silence that i’ve ever heard.

a memory clear as a bell,
a story i will try to tell
but maybe this time, without words.
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7   HEARING
love is an echo.
love is an echo.
love is an echo.
love is an echo.
love is an echo.
love is an echo.
love is an echo.
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8   SIGHT
i see God in symmetry.
i see God in our make-believe.
i see God in our grand attempts
to make something beautiful
before life ends.

i see God in irony,
in fragile heirlooms within children’s reach.
i see God in our damaged good,
but you see God in ways i wish i could.
you see God in ways i wish i could

without instruction
without obstruction,
you believe.
without container,
or dualistic framework,
you see the Holy Ghost in broad daylight
and i see the reflection in your eyes.

i see God in healing bones,
in the sanctuary of our homes.
i see God in the wilderness,
in our magnetism to recklessness.

black or white or vivid color,
after a while, it all runs together.
our stained-glass means nothing without light.

i see God in our damaged good,
but you see God in ways i wish i could.
you see God in ways i wish i could

without assurance,
without insurance,
you believe.
without condition
or the promise of heaven,
you see the Holy Ghost in broad daylight.
and i see the reflection in your eyes.
i see the reflection in your eyes.
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9   JOY
it is the calm water
in the middle of an anxious sea.
where heavy clouds part and the sunrise starts
a fire in the deepest part of me.
so i let go and in this moment, I can breathe.

the clumsy start of adolescence,
the glue that mends our broken remnants,
an overwhelming sense of reverence,
it’s a glimpse of light in a mine of gold.

a silver lining spilling over,
the rumor of buried treasure,
the starting line of an adventure,
it’s a glimpse of light in a mine of gold.

it’s an afterglow, it’s an echo
still ringing out in spite of me.
it’s the faint outline of the divine
in the hiding place of my periphery.
so i let go and in this moment, i can breathe.
i can breathe.

the setting sun through open windows,
the honoring of every shadow,
a gratitude for all that follows,
it’s a glimpse of light in a mine of gold.

the countless stars we’re sleeping under,
it’s the brightest sparks that we remember.
when our eyes are closed, we still see embers,
a glimpse of light in a mine of gold.
it’s a glimpse of light in a mine of gold.
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10   SORROW
it feels like falling.
it feels like rain.
like losing my balance
again and again.
it once was so easy;
breathe in. breathe out.
but at the foot of this mountain,
i only see clouds.

i feel out of focus,
or at least indisposed
as this strange weather pattern
inside me takes hold.
each brave step forward,
i take three steps behind
it's mind over matter -
matter over mind.

slowly,
then all at once.
a single loose thread
and it all comes undone.

where there is light,
a shadow appears.
the cause and effect
when life interferes.
the same rule applies
to goodness and grief;
for in our great sorrow,
we learn what joy means.

i don’t want to fight,
i don’t want to fight it.
but i will learn to fight,
i will learn fight
’til this pendulum finds equilibrium.

slowly,
then all at once.
the dark clouds depart,
and the damage is done.

so pardon the dust
while this all settles in.
with a broken heart,
transformation begins.
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11   ANGER
ANGER

like wildfire
it starts in my chest
the silence grows louder
ringing out in my head
i feel the earth shaking under my feet
i feel the pressure building until i can’t breathe
and it takes everything
it all spills out
reckless but honest words leave my mouth
like kerosene on the flame of doubt
i couldn’t make it right
alarms will sound
but it’s too late for holy water now
sooner or later the fire dies down
then i’ll open up my eyes
and i’ll try to find the image of God
in mountains made of ash and clouds of smoke
it’s fight or flight buried in my bones
it’s flight or flight that keeps my body whole
but i feel it break
with just one misstep down the fire escape
and suddenly i am someone that prays
a last minute man of faith
but i leave behind
miles and miles of jagged lines
upon the surface of the divine
i wish i could set them straight
til it all spills out
reckless but honest words leave my mouth
like kerosene on the flame of doubt
i just couldn’t make it right
alarms will sound
but it’s too late for holy water now
sooner or later the fire dies down
then i’ll open my eyes again
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12   BODY
a feather is a ton of bricks,
or maybe i’m too sensitive...
i don’t know.
all i can say is this,
from now on
i’ll try to listen to intuition.

there’s magic in our bones,
a north star in our soul
that remembers our way home.
there’s magic in our bones.

no, i don’t have a script for this.
but i know the right words exist
somewhere,
and i just need more time.
i know, i know, i’m asking for the moon,
but i must listen to intuition
believe me, i only want what’s right.

there’s magic in our bones,
a north star in our soul
that remembers our way home.
God, it’s easy to forget
there’s magic in all of this.

it’s so easy to forget,
it’s so easy to forget
that there’s magic in all of this.

there’s magic in our bones,
a north star in our soul
that remembers our way home.
God, it’s easy to forget
there’s magic in all of this.

there’s magic in all of this.
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13   HEART
i am short of breath
standing next to you.
i am out of my depth
at this altitude.

like the world makes sense
from a window seat,
you are beautiful
like i've never seen.

go ahead and laugh,
even if it hurts,
go ahead and pull the pin.
what if we could risk
everything we have,
and just let our walls cave in?

i am short of breath
standing next to you.
i'll be the dangerous ledge
you be the parachute.

the blue and green below
is a masterpiece,
but you are beautiful
like i've never seen.

go ahead and laugh,
even if it hurts,
go ahead and pull the pin.
what if we could risk
everything we have,
and just let our walls cave in?
go ahead and laugh,
even if it hurts,
go ahead and pull the pin.
what if we could risk
everything we have,
and just let our walls cave in?

let our walls cave in.
let our walls cave in.

COUNTDOWNS - SINGLE

© 2015 
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1   COUNTDOWNS
“i am happy, i am thankful and i am proud”
said with a smile for the cameras at the countdown.
but if i’m honest, i am seconds from breaking down.
as you orbit, gravity throws me to the ground.

but i’ll be starry eyed,
i’ll be starry eyed,
i’ll be starry eyed for you.

i brush the dust off, gain composure for another round.
when did my life become a series of countdowns?
i curse the heavens for pulling you away from me.
at the same time, i pray that you’ll find everything you seek.

and i’ll be starry eyed,
i’ll be starry eyed,
i’ll be starry eyed for you.
i’ll be starry eyed for you.

the whole world stares up in wonder at the night sky.
oh what a marvel to see our dreams so realized.
but all these bright lights run together after a while
and our blaze of glory turns ordinary over night.
our blaze of glory turns ordinary over night.

but i’ll be starry eyed,
i’ll be starry eyed,
i’ll be starry eyed for you.
i’ll be starry eyed for you.

“i am happy, i am thankful and i am proud”
said with a smile for the cameras at the countdown.
but all these bright lights run together after a while
and our blaze of glory turns ordinary over night.

LAND EP

© 2014 
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1   NORTH
we will call this place our home,
the dirt in which our roots may grow.
though the storms will push and pull,
we will call this place our home.

we’ll tell our stories on these walls.
every year, measure how tall.
and just like a work of art,
we’ll tell our stories on these walls.

let the years we’re here be kind, be kind.
let our hearts, like doors, open wide, open wide.
settle our bones like wood over time, over time.
give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.

a little broken, a little new.
we are the impact and the glue.
capable of more than we know,
we call this fixer upper home.

with each year, our color fades.
slowly, our paint chips away.
but we will find the strength
and the nerve it takes
to repaint and repaint and repaint every day.

let the years we’re here be kind, be kind.
let our hearts, like doors, open wide, open wide.
settle our bones like wood over time, over time.
give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.
let the years we’re here be kind, be kind.
let our hearts, like doors, open wide, open wide.
settle our bones like wood over time, over time.
give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.
give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.

smaller than dust on this map
lies the greatest thing we have:
the dirt in which our roots may grow
and the right to call it home.
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2   SOUTH
some truths, over time, can learn to play nice.
some truths are sharper than knives.
some truths we only see in the corners of our eyes.
some truths we wish we could hide.

some truths can save us,
some take our lives.
some truths are fire
and some truths are ice.

no matter what category you fit into,
truth’s got its sight set on you.

if truth is north
then i am true south.
i can’t figure it out-
God knows.
always looking up
’til my eyes give up.
that’s how i lost touch
of who i am and who i was.

some truths were sewn into our DNA.
some truths unravel and fray.
some truths keep growing taller than giants.
some truths take our breath away.
some truths get tired
the longer we wait.
well, some truths get tired
the longer we wait.

if truth is north
then i am true south.
i can’t figure it out-
God knows
i’m always looking up
’til my eyes give up.
that’s how i lost touch
of who i was.
if truth is north
then i am true south.
i can’t figure it out-
God knows i’ve tried
always looking up
’til my eyes give up.
that’s how i lost touch
of who i am and who i was.

some truths are gentle, forgiving and kind.
some truths are hard to define.
some truths are crooked, with rough edges too,
but some truths wear like comfortable shoes.

some truths are loyal
as the shadows we lead.
some truths are stubborn as gravity.

no matter what category you fit into,
truth’s got its sight set on you.
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3   EAST
i set out to rule the world
with only a paper shield and a wooden sword.
no mountain dare stand in my way,
even the oceans tremble in my wake.

the tide is brave, but always retreats.
even the sand, it cowers under my feet.
my kingdom towers above it all,
while i sleep safe and sound in my cardboard walls.

now i bear little resemblance to the king i once was.
i bear little resemblance to the king i could become.
maybe paper is paper, maybe kids will be kids-
Lord, i want to remember how to feel like i did.

so i draw my sword with the morning sun,
i summon the moon as soon as the day is done.
the clouds march on, on my command.
even the rain, it falls according to plan.
the trees bow down and give their leaves.
i humbly accept their offerings of peace.

the years wore on and changed my heart,
the leading role for a smaller part.

now i bear little resemblance to the king i once was.
i bear little resemblance to the king i could become.
maybe paper is paper, maybe kids will be kids.
but Lord, i want to remember how to feel like i did.
’cause i bear little resemblance to the king i once was.
i bear little resemblance to the king i could become.
maybe paper is paper, maybe kids will be kids.
but Lord, i want to remember how to feel like i did.

i set out to rule the world
with only a paper shield and a wooden sword.
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4   WEST
maps stretched out-
too many miles to count.
let’s just say we’re inches apart,
even closer at heart,
and we’ll be just fine.

another pin pushed in
to remind us where we’ve been.
and every mile adds up
and leaves a mark on us.
and sometimes our compass breaks
and our steady true north fades.
we’ll be just fine.

we’ll be just fine.
we’ll be just fine.
we’ll be just fine,
i know that we will.
i just know we will.

time moves slow
when half of your heart has yet to come home.
every minute’s adding up
and leaving a mark on us.
i can’t get you out of my mind.
i can’t get you out of my mind.
i can’t get you out of my mind.
i solemnly swear,
i swear that i’ll never try.

we’ll be just fine.
we’ll be just fine.
we’ll be just fine,
i know that we will.

we’ll be just fine.
we’ll be just fine.
it’s a matter of time
’til our compass stands still,
’til our compass stands still.

SPACE II EP

© 2013 
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1   JUPITER
i wrote it down in the winter of 1610.
just a secret under lock and key until then.
while collecting the stars, i connected the dots.
i don’t know who i am, but now i know who i’m not.
i’m just a curious speck that got caught up in orbit.
like a magnet it beckoned my metals toward it.

make my messes matter.
make this chaos count.
let every little fracture in me
shatter out loud.

make my messes matter.
make this chaos count.
let every little fracture in me
shatter out loud.
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2   SATURN
you taught me the courage of stars before you left.
how light carries on endlessly, even after death.
with shortness of breath, you explained the infinite.
how rare and beautiful it is to even exist.

i couldn’t help but ask
for you to say it all again.
i tried to write it down
but i could never find a pen.
i’d give anything to hear
you say it one more time,
that the universe was made
just to be seen by my eyes.

i couldn’t help but ask
for you to say it all again.
i tried to write it down
but i could never find a pen.
i’d give anything to hear
you say it one more time,
that the universe was made
just to be seen by my eyes.

with shortness of breath, i’ll explain the infinite-
how rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist.
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3   NEPTUNE
pitch black, pale blue,
it was a stained glass
variation of the truth
and i felt empty handed.

you let me set sail
with cheap wood.
so i patched up
every leak that i could,
’til the blame grew too heavy.

stitch by stitch i tear apart.
if brokenness is a form of art,
i must be a poster child prodigy.
thread by thread i come apart.
if brokenness is a work of art,
surely this must be my masterpiece.

i’m only honest when it rains.
if i time it right, the thunder breaks
when i open my mouth.
i want to tell you but i don’t know how.

i’m only honest when it rains,
an open book with a torn out page,
and my ink’s run out.
i want to love you but i don’t know how.

i don’t know how,
no i don’t know how.
i don’t know how.
i want to love you but i don’t know how.

i want to love you…

pitch black, pale blue,
these wild oceans
shake what’s left of me loose
just to hear me cry mercy.

a strong wind at my back,
so i lift up the only sail that i have,
this tired white flag.

i’m only honest when it rains.
if i time it right, the thunder breaks
when i open my mouth.
i want to tell you but i don’t know how.

i’m only honest when it rains,
an open book with a torn out page,
and my ink’s run out.
i want to love you but i don’t know how.

i don’t know how, know how, know how,
i want to love you but i don’t know how.

i want to love you…
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4   PLUTO
i woke up from the same dream:
falling backwards, falling backwards
’til it turned me inside out.

now i live a waking life
of looking backwards, looking backwards;
a model citizen of doubt.

until one day i had enough
of this exercise of trust.
i leaned in and let it hurt,
and let my body feel the dirt.
when i break pattern, i break ground.
i rebuild when i break down.
i wake up more awake than i’ve ever been before.

still i’m pinned under the weight
of what i believed would keep me safe.
so show me where my armor ends,
show me where my skin begins.
like a final puzzle piece
it all makes perfect sense to me…
the heaviness that i hold in my heart belongs to gravity.
the heaviness that i hold in my heart’s been crushing me.

i’ve been worried all my life,
a nervous wreck most of the time.
i’ve always been afraid of heights,
of falling backwards, falling backwards.
i’ve been worried all my life.

’til one day i had enough
of this exercise of trust.
i leaned in and let it hurt,
let my body feel the dirt.
when i break pattern, i break ground.
i rebuild when i break down.
i wake up more awake than i’ve ever been before.

still i’m pinned under the weight
of what i believed would keep me safe.
so show me where my armor ends,
show me where my skin begins.
like a final puzzle piece,
it all makes perfect sense to me…
the heaviness that i hold in my heart belongs to gravity.
the heaviness in my heart belongs to gravity.

SPACE I EP

© 2013 
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1   SUN
with golden string
our universe was clothed in light.
pulling at the seams,
our once barren world now brims with life,
that we may fall in love
every time we open up our eyes.
i guess space, and time,
takes violent things, angry things
and makes them kind.

“we are the dust of dust.”
“we are the apple of God’s eye.”
“we are infinite as the universe we hold inside.”

“infinity times infinity.”
“infinity times infinity times infinity.”
“Infinity times infinity times infinity times infinity.”
“let there be light, let there be light, let me be right…”

the dust of dust.
we are the apple of God’s eye.
we are infinite as the universe we hold inside.

“let there be light, let there be light, let me be right.”

with golden string
our universe was brought to life,
that we may fall in love
every time we open up our eyes.
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2   MERCURY
rows of houses,
sound asleep.
only street lights
notice me.

i am desperate,
if nothing else,
in a holding pattern
to find myself.

i talk in circles,
i talk in circles,
i watch for signals,
for a clue.

how to feel different.
how to feel new.
like science fiction
bending truth.

no one can unring this bell,
unsound this alarm, unbreak my heart new.
God knows, i am dissonance
waiting to be swiftly pulled into tune.

i’ll go anywhere you want,
anywhere you want,
anywhere you want me.

i know the further i go,
the harder i try, only keeps my eyes closed.
and somehow i’ve fallen in love
with this middle ground at the cost of my soul.

yet i know, if i stepped aside,
released the controls, you would open my eyes.
that somehow, all of this mess
is just an attempt to know the worth of my life…

…made of precious metals,
precious metals,
precious metals inside.

i’ll go anywhere you want me.
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3   VENUS
the night sky once ruled my imagination.
now i turn the dials with careful calculation.
after a while, i thought i’d never find you.
i convinced myself that i would never find you,
when suddenly i saw you.

at first i thought you were a constellation.
i made a map of your stars, then i had a revelation:
you’re as beautiful as endless,
you’re the universe i’m helpless in.
an astronomer at my best
when i throw away the measurements.

like a telescope,
i will pull you so close
’til no space lies in between.

and suddenly i see you.
suddenly i see you.

i was a billion little pieces
’til you pulled me into focus.
astronomy in reverse,
it was me who was discovered.

(i thought i’d never find you,
when suddenly i saw you.)

like a telescope,
i will pull you so close,
’til no space lies in between.

then suddenly i see you.
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4   EARTH
i dig ’til my shovel tells a secret,
swear to the earth that i will keep it,
brush off the dirt
and let my change of heart occur.

sold soon after the appraisal,
the hammer struck the auction table
louder than anything i’ve ever heard.

fault lines tremble underneath my glass house.
but I put it out of my mind
long enough to call it courage
to live without a lifeline.
i bend the definition
of faith to exonerate my blind eye.
“’til the sirens sound, i’m safe.”

meanwhile, my family’s taking shelter.
the sparks send the fire down the wire,
a countdown begins,
until the dynamite gives in.

the echo, as wide as the equator,
travels through a world of built up anger-
too late to pull itself together now.

fault lines tremble underneath our glass house.
but i put it out of my mind
long enough to call it courage
to live without a lifeline.
i bend the definition
of faith to exonerate my blind eye.
“’til the sirens sound, i’m safe.”

there was an earthquake.
there was an avalanche of change.
we were so afraid,
we cried ourselves a hurricane.
there were floods,
tidal waves over us,
so we folded our hands and prayed.
like a domino,
these wildfires grow and grow
until a brand new world takes shape.

fault lines tremble underneath our glass house.
but i put it out of my mind
long enough to call it courage
to live without a lifeline.
i bend the definition
of faith to exonerate my blind eye.
“’til the sirens sound, i’m safe.”
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5   MARS
we laid our names to rest
along the dotted line.
we left our date of birth
and our history behind.

we were full of life,
we could barely hold it in.
we were amateurs at war,
strangers to suffering.

we made our families proud
but scared at the same time.
we promised we’d be safe,
another lie from the front lines.

our backs against the wall,
we’re surrounded and afraid.
our lives now in the hands
of the soldiers taking aim.

our questions ricochet
like broken satellites:
how our bodies, born to heal,
become so prone to die?

though time is ruthless,
it showed us kindness in the end,
by slowing down enough,
a second chance to make amends.
as life replayed, we heard a voice proclaim:

“lay your weapons down!
they’re calling off the war
on account of losing track
of what we’re fighting for.”

so we found our way back home,
let our cuts and bruises heal.
while a brand-new war began,
one that no one else could feel.

our nights have grown so long.
now we beg for sound advice.
“let the brokenness be felt
’til you reach the other side.
there is goodness in the heart
of every broken man
who comes right up to the edge
of losing everything he has.”

we were young enough to sign
along the dotted line.

now we’re young enough to try
to build a better life.
to build a better life.

LIGHT EP

© 2013 
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1   LIGHT
may these words be the first
to find your ears.

the world is brighter than the sun
now that you’re here.

though your eyes will need some time to adjust
to the overwhelming light surrounding us,

i’ll give you everything i have.
i’ll teach you everything i know.
i promise i’ll do better.
i will always hold you close,
but i will learn to let you go.
i promise i’ll do better.
i will soften every edge,
i’ll hold the world to its best,
and i’ll do better.
with every heartbeat i have left
i will defend your every breath,
and i’ll do better.

’cause you are loved.
you are loved more than you know.

i hereby pledge all of my days
to prove it so.

though your heart is far too young to realize
the unimaginable light you hold inside,

i’ll give you everything i have.
i’ll teach you everything i know.
i promise i’ll do better.
i will always hold you close,
but i will learn to let you go.
i promise i’ll do better.
i will rearrange the stars,
pull ‘em down to where you are.
i promise, i’ll do better.
with every heartbeat i have left,
i’ll defend your every breath.
i promise i’ll do better.
i will soften every edge,
hold the world to its best.
i promise i’ll do better.
with every heartbeat i have left,
i’ll defend your every breath,
(i’ll do better.)
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2   YOU ARE ENOUGH
when we woke up
the world was figured out
beyond the beauty we’ve dreamt about.
this brilliant light is brighter than we’ve known,
without our darkness to prove it so.
still, we can’t help but to examine it,
to add our question marks to periods.
at the foot of our bed, we found an envelope…

“you are enough.”
these little words, somehow they’re changing us.
“you are enough.”
so we let our shadows fall away like dust.

when we grew up,
our shadows grew up too.
but they’re just old ghosts
that we grow attached to.
the tragic flaw is that they hide the truth

that you’re enough.
i promise you’re enough.
i promise you’re enough, i promise you.

“you are enough.”
these little words, somehow they’re changing us.
“you are enough,”
so we let our shadows fall away like dust.
“you are enough.”
these little words, somehow they’re changing us.
let it go, let it go, “you are enough.”
so we let our shadows fall away like dust.
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3   HEIRLOOM
you try your hardest to leave the past alone.
this crooked posture is all you’ve ever known.
it is the consequence of living in between
the weight of family and the pull of gravity.

you are so much more than your father’s son.
you are so much more than what i’ve become.

long before you were born there was light
hidden deep in these young, unfamiliar eyes.
a million choices, though little on their own,
become the heirloom of the heaviness you’ve known.

you are so much more than your father’s son.
you are so much more than what i’ve become,
what i’ve become,
what i’ve become.

you pressed rewind
for the thousandth time
when the tapes wore through.
so you memorized
those unscripted lines,
desperate for some kind of clue:
when the scale tipped,
when you inherited
a fight that you were born to lose.
it’s not your fault,
no, it’s not your fault,
i put this heavy heart in you.
i put this heavy heart in you.

you remind me of who i could have been,
had i been stronger and braver way back then.
a million choices, though little on their own,
became the heirloom of the heaviness we’ve known.

you are so much more than your father’s son.
you are so much more than the wars you’ve won.
you are so much more than your father’s son.
you are so much more than what i’ve become.
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4   THE PROJECTIONIST
when i was young i fell in love with story,
with the eleventh hour, with the blaze of glory.

the theater lights dim and all goes quiet.
in the darkest of rooms, light shines the brightest.

when hands are tied and clocks are ticking,
an audience convinced: we’re leaning in,
holding our breath again.

just when we thought the game was over
the music lifts and our dying solider lives!
and we breathe a sigh of relief.

we’re leaving, we’re leaving our shadows behind us now.
we’re leaving, we’re leaving it all behind for now.

but even dust was made to settle
and if we’re made of dust, then what makes us any different?
i guess we give what we’ve been given:
a family tree so very good at giving up
when we’ve had enough.
though truth is heavier than fiction,
gravity lifts as the projectionist rolls tape.
and it makes us brave again
and it makes us brave again
and it makes us brave.

so we’re leaving, we’re leaving our shadows behind us now.
we’re leaving, we’re leaving it all behind for now.
and it makes us brave again
and it makes us brave.
we’re leaving, we’re leaving ‘em all behind for now.
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5   IN THE EMBERS
we live and we die
like fireworks.
our legacies hide
in the embers.
may our stories catch fire
and burn bright enough to catch God’s eye.
we live and we die

like fireworks we pull apart the dark,
compete against the stars with all of our hearts.
’til our temporary brilliance turns to ash,
we pull apart the darkness while we can.

may we live and die
a valorous life.
may we write it all down
in cursive light.
so we pray we were made
in the image of a figure eight.
may we live and die

like fireworks we pull apart the dark,
compete against the stars with all of our hearts.
’til our temporary brilliance turns to ash,
we pull apart the darkness while we can.

like fireworks we pull apart the dark,
compete against the stars with all of our hearts.
’til our temporary brilliance turns to ash,
we pull apart the darkness while we can.

DARKNESS EP

© 2013 
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1   OVERTURE
it starts with our eyes well acquainted with the dark.
then the mind was made to illuminate the heart.
and when every constellation suddenly appeared,
through telescopes and calculations,
the far was pulled so near.

but even after everything we’ve seen
we’ve barely caught a glimpse of what it means.
in the architecture of the soul
the universe began with our eyes closed.

we claim our lands,
we tame our seas,
we carve our names
on the surface of history,
’til our hands get tied
by the stubborn will of gravity.

but even after everything we’ve seen
we’ve barely caught a glimpse of what it means.
in the architecture of the soul
the universe began with our eyes closed.

in the rise and fall
of a newborn’s chest,
like the ocean swells,
we inhale, exhale and reset.
every living thing
is in this constant state of unrest.

but even after all our history
we’ve barely caught a glimpse of what it means.
in the architecture of the soul
the universe began.
even after everything we’ve seen
we’ve barely caught a glimpse of what it means.
in the architecture of the soul
the universe began with our eyes closed.
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2   WOODWORK
i hear your heart
as it beats beneath
the sound of crashing cars.
as the sirens pour
into every street
surrounding us,
our world caves in on us
and makes us new.

all our love came out of the woodwork.
all our strength came out of the woodwork.
we only notice light
when darkness crashes against it.
we only notice light
deep in the woodwork.

i still hear the song
as it rings beneath the sound
of shattered glass.
in the aftermath,
the melody, it carries on
while we come undone,
and makes us new.

all our love came out of the woodwork.
all our strength came out of the woodwork.
we only notice light
when darkness crashes against it.
we only notice light
deep in the woodwork.

it’s a cruel, cruel trick
how we find ourselves
when we lose everything else.
like a train wreck,
the sound of your breathing hits my ears.
our world reappears
and it breaks us new.

all our love came out of the woodwork.
all our strength came out of the woodwork.
all our trust came out of the woodwork.
we only notice light deep in the woodwork.
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3   I'LL KEEP YOU SAFE
i’ll keep you safe.
try hard to concentrate.
hold out your hand,
can you feel the weight of it?
the whole world at your fingertips-

don’t be, don’t be afraid.
our mistakes, they were bound to be made.
but i promise you i’ll keep you safe.

you’ll be an architect,
so pull up your sleeves
and build a new silhouette
in the skylines up ahead.

don’t be, don’t be afraid.
our mistakes, they were bound to be made.
but i promise you i’ll keep you safe.
i’ll keep you safe.

your darkness will be rewritten
into a work of fiction, you’ll see.
as you pull on every ribbon
you’ll find every secret it keeps.

your darkness will be rewritten
into a work of fiction, you’ll see.
as you pull on every ribbon
you’ll find every secret it keeps.

the sound of the branches
breaking under your feet,
the smell of the falling
and burning of leaves,
the bitterness of winter
or the sweetness of spring,
you are an artist
but your heart is your masterpiece.

and i’ll keep it safe.

dismiss the invisible
by giving it shape,
like a clockmaker fixes time
by keeping the gears in line.

don’t be, no don’t be afraid.
God knows, our mistakes will be made.
but i promise you i’ll keep you safe.

as you build up your collection
of pearls that you pulled from the deep,
a landscape more beautiful
than anything that i’ve ever seen.

the sound of the branches
breaking under your feet,
the smell of the falling
and burning of leaves,
the bitterness of winter
or the sweetness of spring,
you are an artist,
but your heart is your masterpiece.

and i’ll keep it safe.
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4   BAD BLOOD
you fixed your eyes on us,
your flesh and blood,
a sculpture of water
and unsettled dust.

when there was bad blood in us,
we learned our lesson:
genesis to the last generation.

so we wrestle with it all-
the concept of grace
and the faithful concrete
as it breaks our fall.

our questions are all the same.
identical words; how they feel brand new against different time frames.
identical words against different time frames.

we know it all by heart-
the whole is greater
than the sum of its parts.

we’ve heard it all before-
in beauty there echoes a speck of our source.
in beauty there echoes a speck of our source.

like firewood,
burning bright
in the dead of winter,
by only a flicker
we cling to this life.

so we huddle over maps;
is it faith or prediction,
will or tradition
until we collapse?
we argue our bearings
until we collapse.

we study our story arcs-
inherently good,
or were we broken right from the start?

our hesitant fingerprints
trace every mountain,
lace every valley
until we’re convinced…

that we know it all by heart-
every blade of grass
bears our mark.

in the name of being brave,
though it’s just another word for being afraid.

we know it all by heart-
the whole is so much greater
than the sum of these parts.
we’ve heard the truth before,
for in beauty there echoes a speck of our source.
in beauty there echoes a speck of our source.
in beauty there echoes a speck of our source.
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5   UNEVEN ODDS
i once knew your father well.
he fought tears as he spoke
of your mother’s health.

i guess a part of him just couldn’t return.
forgiveness is the lesson
he cursed you to learn.

as your guardian, I was instructed well
to make sense of God’s love in these fires of hell.

now i don’t expect you to understand,
just to live what little life
your broken heart can.

maybe your light is a seed,
and the darkness, the dirt.
in spite of the uneven odds
beauty lifts from the earth.

as the years move on
these questions take shape.
are you getting stronger
or is time shifting weight?

no one expects you to understand,
just to live what little life
your mended heart can.

you’ll always remember
the moment God took her away,
for the weight of the world
was placed on your shoulders that day.

maybe your light is a seed,
and the darkness, the dirt.
in spite of the uneven odds
beauty lifts from the earth.

you’re much too young now
so i’ll write these words down:
darkness exists
to make light truly count.

MASQUERADE

© 2012 
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1   MASQUERADE
there’s a full moon
hanging over us tonight.
the city, now restless
underneath disguise.
fake blood and fangs,
feathers and paper wings,
in this masquerade
we could be anything -

but all i want to be
is whatever you want me to be this halloween.
all i want to be is whoever you want me to be this halloween.

i’ll be your knight in shining (fake) armor.
or maybe you prefer
something a bit more sinister?
a mask and a cape,
with a vampire’s taste for blood;
i could be the ghost
that haunts only to win your love…

‘cause all i want to be is whoever you want me to be
this halloween.
all i want to be is whoever you need me to be
this halloween.
‘cause everything you are is better than make-believe.
this halloween
all i want to be is everything you want me to be
this halloween.

there’s a full moon
hanging over us tonight.
the city lies helpless
underneath its light,
this halloween.

WE'RE STILL HERE

© 2012 
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1   WE'RE STILL HERE
all of a sudden,
you changed my mind.
pulled back the curtains
a little at a time.

you were on a frequency,
the perfect opposite of me
though i never needed any proof
to trust the heart that beats inside of you.

only one thing really matters:
we’re still here. we’re still here.
against all odds, we’re still here. still here.

there is color deep within your eyes,
a history that only you and i could write.
there is pigment in your memory,
the origins of our family tree.
though i never needed any proof
to know the heart that beats inside of you.

only one thing really matters:
we’re still here. we’re still here.

through the static,
through the ashes
we were brave.
through the perils
of endless narrow escapes,
we’re still here. we’re still here.

TURNING PAGE

© 2011 
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1   TURNING PAGE
i’ve waited a hundred years.
but i’d wait a million more for you.
nothing prepared me for
what the privilege of being yours would do.

if i had only felt the warmth within your touch,
if i had only seen how you smile when you blush,
or how you curl your lip when you concentrate enough,
i would have known what i was living for all along.
what i’ve been living for.

your love is my turning page,
where only the sweetest words remain.
every kiss is a cursive line,
every touch is a redefining phrase.

i surrender who i’ve been for who you are,
for nothing makes me stronger than your fragile heart.
if i had only felt how it feels to be yours,
well, i would have known what I’ve been living for all along.
what i’ve been living for.

though we’re tethered to the story we must tell,
when i saw you, well, i knew we’d tell it well.
with a whisper, we will tame the vicious seas.
like a feather bringing kingdoms to their knees.

YEARBOOK

© 2011 
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1   HOMESICK
you spend your whole life
just to remember the sound
when the world was brighter,
before we learned to dim it down.

call it survival,
call it the freedom of wills;
where breath is borrowed
our compass needle stands still.

our resignation only comes on beaten paths.

when the world was flat,
we dreamt of its edges…

if love’s elastic, then were we born to test its reach?
is it buried treasure
or just a single puzzle piece?

it’s poison ivy
beneath our brave and trusting feet…
but all revelations come to us in recovery.

cry wolf, cry mercy,
cry the name of the one you were raised to believe;
cry hard, cry yourself to sleep, cry a storm of tears,
if it helps you breathe.
if it helps you,
if it helps you breathe.
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2   NEXT TO ME
our futures were written with crayons in coloring books.
it was misspelled and outside the lines,
and we loved how it looked.

like the crooked hem of your favorite childhood dress
and the holes in my jeans from years of carelessness.

i know that since we’ve grown, we ache for those memories.
but honestly, nothing’s even compared
‘til you were next to me. nexttome.

when words came to you
for the first time, you knew you were hooked,
like the pride that you felt at the last page of your first book.

the bravery i forced when i sang to an audience of three:
it took a million wrong notes
just to find a single melody in key.

i know that since we’ve grown, we plead for clarity.
but honestly, nothing’s ever made sense
’til you were next to me. nexttome.

if time is money,
then i’ll spend it all for you.
i will buy you flowers
with the minutes we outgrew.
i’ll turn hours into gardens,
planted just for us to tame.
i’ll be reckless with my days,
building castles in your name…

since we’ve grown, we long for concrete things.
but honestly, nothing’s felt more sure
than when you are next to me. nexttome.

let’s cut down the red tape
and gather up the pieces of our youth.
‘cause there’s nothing in this world we can’t fix
with some scissors and glue.
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3   WATERMARK
you were carved out of the sea,
watermarked by our ancestry.
in a tug of war
between the tide and me,
what felt like loss was a victory,
as you were swept ashore
like bottles holding prayers.

where you were carved out of the earth,
safe and sound in your second birth,
gravity has tied your anchor to the shore,
as a lighthouse tames the endless ocean roar.

against the calming light,
our silhouettes are changing shape.
the stories you’ve been told
have made you brave.

such inheritance
was formed within the sand,
like the shells you gather
in the safety of your hands.

dive in, with your eyes closed,
for the life you were born to claim.
the water will be paralyzed
by the courage you contain.
the flutter of your earnest heart,
it will fill the silent seas
and all will be restored in your melody.
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4   BRIGHT & EARLY
bright and early,
through the curtains,
the sun comes pouring in.
filling glasses up with diamonds,
stirring where i’ve been

but it’s all trigger and effect.
dominoes at their best.

in the end i’m told
it taught me everything i know.
that the wreckage left behind,
will somehow make me grow.

but why couldn’t i have been safe from the start?
soundly asleep.

the warmth of blankets
makes me nervous.
i’d rather catch a cold.

like sparks in matches,
blink, you’ll miss it,
the future’s up in smoke.

though dust has settled,
I still smell the ashes
buried in my clothes.

it’s all trigger and effect, i know…
dominoes at their best.

in the end i’m told
it taught me everything i know.
but when the fire took our home,
i lost part of my soul.

from the ground up
i’ll keep building
houses into homes.

’cause if trust is ribbon,
then patience ties it
in a perfect bow.
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5   EMPHASIS
death is promised to the bee
who’s sting protects the colony.
was its life worth nothing more
than honey for the queen?

life is a branch and it is a dove,
handcrafted by confusing love.
sign language is our reply,
when church bells make no sound.

in hollow towers and empty hives,
we craved sweetness with a fear of heights.
was it all just a grain of sand
in an hourglass?

the smartest thing i’ve ever learned
is that i don’t have all the answers,
just a little light to call my own.

though it pales in comparison
to the overarching shadows,
a speck of light can reignite the sun
and swallow darkness whole.

death is a cold, blindfolded kiss.
it is the finger pressed upon our lips.
it puts an unwanted emphasis
on how we should have lived.

life is a gorgeous, broken gift.
six billion+ pieces waiting to be fixed.
love letters that were never signed,
sent to where we live.

but the sweetest thing i’ve ever heard
is that i don’t have to have the answers,
just a little light to call my own.

though it pales in comparison
to the overarching shadows,
a speck of light can reignite the sun
and swallow darkness whole.
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6   101010
hold your breath and count to 28.
change is slow but i feel it taking shape.
folding over us like waves
on origami ocean tides, we sway

like blueprints constantly being rearranged.
over microscopes we plan and strain.

the finest print in the whitest ink,
before it dries, there’s no time to think.
it feels like everything we’ve known is sink or swim

but grey is not a compromise -
it is the bridge between two sides.
i would even argue that it is the color
that most represents God’s eyes.

hold your breath and count to 29.
connect the dots and cherish every line.

paper cuts and trails aside,
make a wish and hold it tight,
this time, we’ll try our very hardest not to try.

‘cause grey is not a compromise -
it is the bridge between two sides.
the shores on which our stubborn land
and restless seas collide.
grey is not just middle ground,
it is a truce that waits to be signed.
i would even argue that, from where we stand,
it most represents the color of God’s eyes.

so, let’s fold our atlas into paper planes.
change is slow, but i feel it taking shape.
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7   ACCIDENTAL LIGHT
on your mark, get set…
a million miles past the finish line
my heels lift
at this imaginary starting line.
the trigger slips;
my heart was racing well before it’s time.
time’s running out, it’s always running out on me,
as the road up ahead disappears.

though it’s all been said,
and this empty dictionary is all that’s left,
i’ll try to change the world in a single word.
my hands are shaking, ready or not.
invisible ink well it’s all i’ve got.
so i’ll concentrate and pick from these barren trees.

time’s running out, it’s always running out on me,
and every road i discover disappears under my feet -

some call it reckless, some call it breathing.

have i said too much or not enough?
is it overkill or is it giving up,
to measure out the distance of an echo’s reach?

if it’s all broken mirrors and a chance roll of the dice,
then i’ll risk everything for a glimpse of accidental light.

time’s running out, it’s always running out on me,
and every road i’ve discovered disappears under my feet -

some call it reckless, i call it breathing.
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8   FROM THE GROUND UP
one by one the knots we’ve tied will come undone.
like picking locks, we’ll sow our seeds beneath the sun.
our accomplice is the rain,
with patience, that of saints

it grows and grows,
our home sweet home.

it took me 27 years to wrap my head around this-
to brush the ashes off of everything i love.
where courage was contagious, confidence was key.

right as rain, soft as snow,
it grows and grows and grows,
our home sweet home.

we’ll try to document this light,
with cameras to our eyes,
in an effort to remember
what being mended feels like.

we’re home sweet home.
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9   SNOW
the branches have traded their leaves for white sleeves
all warm-blooded creatures make ghosts as they breathe
scarves are wrapped tightly like gifts under trees
christmas lights tangle in knots annually

our families huddle closely
betting warmth against the cold
but our bruises seem to surface
like mud beneath the snow

so we sing carols softly, as sweet as we know
a prayer that our burdens will lift as we go
like young love still waiting under mistletoe
we’ll welcome december with tireless hope

let our bells keep on ringing
making angels in the snow
may the melody disarm us
when the cracks begin to show

like the petals in our pockets
may we remember who we are
unconditionally cared for
by those who share our broken hearts

the table is set and our glasses are full
though pieces go missing, may we still feel whole
we’ll build new traditions in place of the old
‘cause life without revision will silence our souls

so let the bells keep on ringing
making angels in the snow
may the melody surround us
when the cracks begin to show

like the petals in our pockets
may we remember who we are
unconditionally cared for
by those who share our broken hearts

as gentle as feathers, the snow piles high
our world gets rewritten and retraced every time
like fresh plates and clean slates, our future is white
new year’s resolutions will reset tonight
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10   JANUARY WHITE
so let’s press undo.
rearrange the old and call it new-
january white.

every calendar is playing the same old trick:
a year will disappear, replaced with counterfeit
but we’ll never really mind.

‘cause if nothing else, we’re given a little time
to change the game, a chance to redefine
everything we are,
in our january white.

this year is a sealed envelope,
a culmination of hopes,
the lottery result that we’ve been crossing fingers for.

we could paint our walls a lighter shade of blue,
or we could pack our bags and change the entire view
to january white.

if nothing else, we’re given a little time
to change the heart in which we change our minds;
our hourglasses turn.

this year is a sealed envelope;
with apprehensive hope
we brace for anything.
i swear, i understand that nothing changes that,
the past will be the past,
but the future is brighter than any flashback.

well, we could let our guards down a little easier this time,
we could trust that when there’s joy, there’s nothing dark behind.
in spite of history,
hope is january white.

this year, we’re starting over again
letter openers in hand,
a chance to take a chance.
i swear, i understand that the past will be the past,
and nothing changes that,
but the future is brighter than any flashback.
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11   THE ASH IS IN OUR CLOTHES
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12   WIRES
carefully cut the wire and wait.
life is a series of narrow escapes.

a chain reaction,
a loose thread that we must pull.

the birth of religion
in the challenge of the unknown.

but all desperation
leads to a fork in the road-
we live for understanding
or for control.

so very carefully we’ll cut the wire and wait.

with one eye closed,
we’ll draw back,
catch our breath and let go…
time is the string in between
the arrow and the bow.
if there’s one thing we’ve learned
as our pulse returns-
timing is everything.

if life is a series of narrow escapes,
we’re shifting our weight
in this tightrope ballet.

we’re down to the wire.
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13   DEAR TRUE LOVE
dear true love,
i’m a writer without any words,
i’m a story that nobody heard
when i’m without you.

i am a voice,
i am a voice without any sound.
i’m a treasure map that nobody found
when i’m without you.

dear true love,
i’m a lantern without any light,
i’m a boxer much too afraid to fight
when i’m without you.

so with this ring
may you always know one thing:
what little that i have to give,
i will give it all to you.
you’re my one true love.

i am a memory,
i’m a memory bent out of shape,
a childhood already bruised with age
when i’m without you.

dear true love,
i’m an artist without any paint,
i’m the deal that everyone breaks
when i’m without you.

so with this ring,
may you always know one thing:
what little that i have to give,
i will give it all to you.

you’re my one true love.

i am a whisper,
i’m a secret that nobody keeps.
i’m a dreamer of someone else’s dreams
when i’m without you.

dear true love,
i’m a farewell that came all too soon.
i’m a hand-me-down that dreams of being new
when i’m without you.
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14   LAND OR SEA
one day we’ll wake up and realize-
to make any difference one must simply try.
try to use words less than our hands,
for change is a direct result of our plans.

we’ve got no stakes in the ground.
we’ve got no anchors tied down.
land or sea, there are no guarantees here, we know,
there is nothing but our fears of being free.

it feels deeper than any ocean floor,
our lungs no longer believe in any shore.

so let’s dry out our clothes and catch our breath.
our process implies our progress.

we’ve got no stakes in the ground.
we’ve got no anchors tied down.
land or sea, there are no guarantees here, God knows,
there is nothing but our fears of being free.

finally, there’s a mountain beneath us.
but up here our lungs fight against us.
land or sea, there are no guarantees here.
God knows there is nothing but our fears.
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15   LEARNING CURVE
i had a good dream-
we built a home.
it was far from perfect,
but we made it our own.

we lived a good life,
we gave and we borrowed.
it was far from perfect,
but we made it our own.

when everything around us changed, we felt okay.
no learning curve could ever bend us too far out of shape.

when we took one step forward, and five steps behind,
we were still more than able to walk a straight line.

we had a white picket fence in the front yard,
where our grass was plenty green.
every window in our house
welcomed in the sun’s company.

we had hardwood floors and unlocked doors,
our glass was plenty full.
though our bills were only barely met,
our hearts were plenty whole.

when everything around us changed, we felt okay.
no learning curve could ever bend us too far out of shape.
when darkness was the price of light, we weren’t afraid.
for the time we’ve spent was more than worth
any interest that we’ve paid.

we lived a good life, a good life,
when my eyes were closed.
though the question marks were all the same
and the burdens never left,
we gambled everything we loved,
as though there was some kind of safety net.

when everything around us changed, we felt okay.
no learning curve could ever bend us too far out of shape.
when darkness was the price of light, we weren’t afraid.
for the time we’ve spent was more than worth
any interest that we’ve paid.

and when my good dream
came to an end,
i woke up more than ready to bend.
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16   PACIFIC
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17   OUTLINES
hidden in plain sight,
the world is an outline
of shapes i used to know.

like pulling ribbon,
all of a sudden
the curtains draw back slow.

though i’ve been distracted,
i am caught up in static
no more.

garden of eden,
lower your branches
for another year.

i’m dust, unsettled
until they reappear.

though my hands are prone
to trial and error,
i’m crossing my fingers
for something to hold.

i can’t help but hope for brighter,
here in the shadows of letting go.

God, may these good intentions
be the outline of so much more.

when i breathe, from now on,
i’ll mean it more than ever i did before.
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18   BIRTHRIGHT
she was raised by wolves,
in the warmth of their fur.
surrounded by fangs,
she knew that she was secure.

language barriers
made no difference at all.
when you’re truly cared for,
there’s no purpose for walls.

his fences stood tall
as the shoulders of old.
but he dreamt that one day
maybe he’d break the mold.

but time shyly stands still
when you watch it unfold.
from these ivory towers
freedom is only a ghost.

privilege and pain
when compared look the same.
comprehension begins
when we pull back the lens.

right or wrong,
tension makes us stronger
by making us weak
when we needed to be.

they made her their queen
on the day she was born.
they placed on her a crown
she wasn’t ready for.

but all impossible odds
foreshadow our means,
like paving a road
to kingdoms we’ve never seen.

he woke up one day,
written out of the will.
they swore he’d be okay,
with lesser shoes to fill.

“what doesn’t kill us
makes us stronger,” they say.
our only birthright in this life
is the breath that we take.

privilege and pain
when compared look the same.
comprehension begins
when we pull back the lens.

right or wrong,
tension makes us stronger
by making us weak
when we needed to be.

our fables tell our truths.
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19   TETHERED
we were married by the ocean.
we were tethered by the sea.
we tied string around our fingers
to remember our ideals.

i’ll be brave when you are frightened.
you’ll be strong when i am weak in the knees.
i’ll be calm when you have had enough of these rushing waves.
you’ll be the oxygen i need.

we’ll take turns to untangle the knots,
though our hands may be tied,
it’s all a part of the plot.
cat’s cradle etiquette, we oblige,
as we learn to enlace for the rest of our lives.

you’ll be balance when i waver.
i’ll be warmth when you are shivering cold.
you’ll be patience when i’ve had enough of this waiting game.
i’ll be the anchor cast below.

we’ll take turns to untangle the knots,
though our hands may be tied,
it’s all a part of the plot.
cat’s cradle etiquette, we oblige,
as we learn to enlace for the rest of our lives.
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20   INTERMISSION
i’m so tired but i can’t sleep.
my mind is full but i can’t speak.
among the dust of the hard-to-reach, i’m stuck
right here, somewhere between side a and side b.

i could call it compromise
or just an intermission.
some kind of consolation prize
for the race i never finished.

i want to turn these tired gears.
i want to feel the follow-through,
some kind of equilibrium…
something to set my watch to.

i’m here, somewhere between
victory and a white flag.
caught in this purgatory dream, i’m stuck.

but i want to set the record straight,
i want to retrace my every step.
if i could just rewind all the tapes
then maybe i’d find my loose thread.

call it a compromise
or just an intermission.
some kind of consolation prize,
so close, but never finished.

i want to turn these tired gears.
i want to feel the follow-through,
some kind of equilibrium…
something to set my watch to.
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21   IN THE MEANTIME
maybe there’s no answer here,
at least one we’re ready to hear.
no string of words will satisfy.
no simple equation to edify us

here, in the meantime,
may questioning nurture life.

fear is illogical math-
an impractical skill to have.
still, we talk of our future ’til we have no voice;
we’ll try to outsmart it with noise.

but here, in the meantime,
may the unknown harvest life.

we’re conditioned to mourn our empty glass
long before it ever poured out our past.
though our patience is always in short supply,
we’ll leave our farsighted worries behind.

here, in the meantime,
in the gospel of nearsight,
may we learn to live a nourished life.
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22   PACIFIC BLUES
if i could rearrange my words,
i’d say what i mean.
if i could learn to count the cards,
i’d risk everything.
imagine how brave i’d be
if i knew i’d be safe.
if i could only know the end,
i’d be a prodigy of faith.

if i had a treasure map, oh the answers i’d find.
i’d dust off the artifacts ’til i made ‘em all shine.

everything i know is borrowed, broken or blind,
and what i’ve seen of beautiful feels merely implied.
is it the treatment of symptoms or a touch of divine?
i guess the truth is that the truth is of complex design.

how i ache to know.

God knows that i know we’re little boats in the great big sea.
setting sail after sail in the hopes of finding a breeze.

every compass i have followed i’ve trusted and denied.
so it goes with an ever-changing definition of right.
is it the treatment of symptoms or a touch of divine?
i guess the truth is that the truth is of complex design.

if ignorance is bliss, then i guess i’m in heaven.
but this hesitant kiss sends me back to the grasp of the sea.

setting sail after sail in the hopes of finding a breeze.
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23   SEGUE
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24   SILHOUETTES
you wrote your name in invisible ink,
for you were so afraid of what they might think.
but the scars they left, they were loud and clear,
weren’t they? weren’t they?

when it’s too much to bare, memories erase.
a disappearing act, deserving of our thanks.
when it surfaces, just hold your breath
and swim. just swim.

you begged and begged for some kind of change:
maybe they’d wake up tomorrow and regret the pain
that they’ve passed down to you like DNA,
but no luck, no luck.

it seems only by the hand of God or death,
will they truly change their silhouettes.
for a miracle or a consequence,
you wait and wait…

… maybe distance is the only cure?
far away from hurt is where healing occurs.
but all you really want to do is make them proud,
don’t you? don’t you?

it must be so hard, in the mess you’re always cleaning up,
to believe in the ghost of unbroken love.
but i promise you,
the truth is that you’re loved. so loved.
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25   ATLANTIC
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26   THE SEA OF ATLAS
through wires and waves, our voices carry.
such careful words that we can barely speak out loud.
we found an ocean when we needed land.
we drowned in words when we needed a hand.
so we plead for night, and the sun keeps on spilling light.

there’s a fine line, a fine line in between
our progress and our instability.
we can’t help ourselves but hunt for more.
a design flaw? or the olive branch that proves the shore-
the catalyst we’ve waited for.

we live and die under the thumb of fear,
as though the finish line will merely disappear
if we take one less step, even to catch our breath.

we once felt safe, like no cure was needed.
our vocabularies had no room for “defeated,”
but we grew up quick and became connoisseurs of it.

there’s a fine line, a fine line in between
our progress and our instability.
we can’t help ourselves but hunt for more.
a design flaw? or the olive branch that proves the shore-
the catalyst we’ve waited for.
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27   HOURGLASS
we’re taking turns
at shattering apart.
at least we’re taking turns.

how did we get so good
at dismantling these hearts?
how did we ever get so good?

we dress our best
to receive their sympathy.
at our worst, we dress our best?

“time heals all”
according to these greeting cards.
oh how we’d rather time resets.

if we could turn the hourglass, we would.
if we could move a grain of sand, we would.
if we could find our way back, we would.

our minds keep spinning webs
of question marks and of regrets.
will our minds keep spinning webs?

i once heard honest words:
“though nothing may ever be the same,
the heart keeps widening for change.”
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28   WILDERNESS
dear wilderness, be at your best.
her armor is thin as the fabric of her dress.
i know the rules: the weaker trees bend.
but make her immune
when your temper storms in.

when she gains her balance,
be as still as you can be.
when she’s climbing branches,
be the feathers underneath.

when she regains her balance,
be as steady as she needs.
when she trusts you blindly,
be her worthy lock and key.

though it goes against
every grain of your sand,
like turning wolves
into lambs,
be your best for her,
your best for her.

when she holds her balance,
be as gentle as she needs.
when she shines her brightest,
let no dark cloud intervene.
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29   HIT OR MISS
hurry, hurry up and wait
is how the waiting game is played.
a thousand moving parts keep score
inside the watch we can’t ignore.

so let’s hurry, let’s hurry up and wait.

much too tired to try,
much too stubborn to quit,
on an island in between
the coasts of hit or miss.
are we settlers or are we natives of this land?
only time will tell
on which pedestal we were meant to stand.

so let’s hurry, let’s hurry up and wait.
so let’s hurry, let’s hurry, hurry up and wait.

every cloud above’s full of splattered paint,
every seed below lies patiently in wait.
but a watched kettle never boils,
a watched tree never grows.
may we have our tea in the forest,
may we reap all that we sow.

so let’s hurry, so let’s hurry, hurry up, hurry up and wait.
so let’s hurry, hurry up, hurry up, hurry up and wait.
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30   APERTURE
happiness is somewhere i have been before-
a blurry photograph that i have since ignored.
i’ll carefully adjust the aperture once more,
until i set the record straight.

i’ll brush aside the dim, make room for the bright.
i’ll be an editor, no, a curator of light.
i’ll let my better angels always set me right,
until i even out the score.
until i even out the score.

God, it has been quite a year-
i’ve lived a little bit and i’ve died a little more.
i know that i’ve asked it before,
but please let the scale tip here in my favor.

what was once the sweetest melody i’ve heard
is now a memory reduced to little words.
i’ll tune the orchestra and play the overture,
until i pinpoint every note.

give me the heart of an archeologist,
that i may dig until i prove that i exist.
a subterranean cathedral in my midst,
where echos come to rest.
where echos come to rest.
is this where echos come to rest?

God, it has been quite a year-
i’ve lived a little bit and i’ve died a little more.
i know that i’ve asked it before,
but please let the scale tip here in my favor.

until i set the record straight,
until i set the record straight,
until i can set the record straight.
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31   PAGE 28
have you read the script?
could you picture it?
… is it worth the risk?

everything i love
is on the line,
on these neon signs.

but i need to know- when you looked away,
was it something that i said? was it something that i said?
well okay, okay, i need you more than i did before.
now that the concrete is nearly set.

here in the second act i’m living in repair.
strange how the heart adapts when its pieces disappear.
and there, on page 28, i’m so tired of drying glue,
i begin my grand attempt at building something new.

though i tend to write
the epiphany more immediately,
i guess i’m trusting that there’s such a thing
as elegance in dissonance.

God, i’m skeptical of pulling scenes.
was it something that i said? was it something that i did?
please don’t get me wrong- i still need your help
as history repeats itself

here in the aftermath, i’m pulling at the seams.
strange how the heart adapts in the absence of routine.
and there, on page 29, i find “new” and make it mine.
but i can’t help casting shadows on all i leave behind.

maybe i could afford to change a bit…
even let go of the reigns?
every torn out page was worth the risk
now that the stakes have been raised.

so here in the final draft, i’ve given all i have.
strange how the heart expands in the absence of a plan.
there’s nothing left on the page, but i’m okay with that,
for i found my resolution
was designed for stronger hands.
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32   NO ARGUMENT
like starting war,
like spilling ink.
like the empty street
you swore you saw
before you blinked.

there’s no second thought,
there’s no turning back.
there’s no calling off
this avalanche.

every day, now spent
underneath white flags.
every intention, eclipsed
by every stain of the past.

there’s no argument-
fairness is a ghost.
there’s no argument-
it is a rare bird at the most.

but every sighting is proof.
and every heart-beat proves it too:
that only love can change the shape
of such permanent truths.
of such permanent truths.
such permanent truth.
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33   HOUSEHOLDS
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34   NOBLE AIM
chances are we are the same;
against the odds, against the grain
we lean, like gardens toward light,
but we wait, like evening for night,
don’t we?

chances are we are alike;
against what better judgement writes
we ache like children for love,
for a purpose worthy of
such a noble aim,
such a noble aim,
such a noble aim as love.

chances are we bruise the same;
a family tree desperate for rain.
a thirst only deserts know best.
a hurt so at home in our chests.
call it stubbornness or bravery,
to let our branches continue to reach,
with such a noble aim,
with such a noble aim,
with such a noble aim as love.

every broken branch and loosened leaf
that we’ve grown to ignore,
is now a part of something greater than before.
every nest that rests upon our limbs,
seeking shelter from the storms,
is a purpose worth being broken for.

chances are we are the same;
against the odds, against the grain
we lean, like gardens toward light.
we reach with all of our might
for such a noble aim as love.
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35   GOES ON AND ON
every day you wake,
evermore aware
than you ever were before.
the smallest sound
is ringing in your ears,
like a grand piano
slowly falling down a million stairs.
but the sounds it makes
are the growing pains of repair

and it goes on and on.
it goes on and on.

’til the day you wake up
miles away from here,
where all of a sudden
dissonance disappears…

and like a wrecking ball in reverse,
every wrong will be made right.
what was adamant, even permanent,
will have a change of heart and mind.
in your disbelief, you’ll clear your eyes
as if you’re seeing light
for the very first time.

it goes on and on.
it goes on and on.
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36   RESOLVE
generations wait
like the river sways,
for a father’s blood,
for a mother’s love.

though not the promised land,
nor any perfect plan,
along our neutral path
there was a single lowered branch.

what was flawless canvas-white,
what was kindness in our eyes
is now a blemished masterpiece,
an astigmatism life.
but let’s cut right to the chase,
to when the best of us was on display,

before we tipped the scale from confidence to doubt.
i would hold you now, if only i knew how.

concentration breaks
under frivolous weight.
if the right words exist,
may they find our lips.

let’s stay the course
and let the tension make us new.
i don’t know if it’s virtue,
i don’t know if it’s just dumb luck.
would it matter if it was?
what if we welcomed change in
or opened up just enough
to let it begin?

“the doors will open wide for you.”
it was said just like it was the truth,
if we walk right through…

STORYBOARDS

© 2009 
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1   PORCELAIN
The door broke when you slammed it shut,
and the cracks kept reaching long after you left.
through the floorboards, branching towards the hall,
like vines that never rest...
climbing like fire through the walls.
a single spark that claims the whole forest -
I know, I know... it's all for the best.
but honestly, I would rather be
safe from a distance than here...

when I fell to my knees
to sew the damage shut,
I couldn't believe...
a bright, staggering light
came flooding into me
from out of the seams.

so I reached deeper in
and pulled my whole world wide open,
and for each broken mile, a billion
miracles happen at once
in everything... in everything.

but I'm safe from a distance, right here.

everything I love
was made of porcelain,
ready to break.
but the bright, staggering light,
it anxiously waits inside.
like nesting dolls, the secret hides.
and like every birth,
it was a necessary pain...
I know, I know...
it's all worth the wait, worth the weight.
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2   CHANDELIERS
When all of the pieces align,
when the balance is clearly defined,
we'll sigh and we'll settle down
for the first time.

but held in museum display,
time pulls us further away.
and when we rebuild it,
all of the details fade.

into the tide,
where the sun fills our eyes,
only silhouettes
will remain in the place
where our rare bird of grace appeared.

in our pale imperfect light,
our palms will stabilize,
and your brightness
will close our heavy eyes,
and we'll dream with you.
we'll dream with you.

when we awake, we are left
with the eggshells inside of the nest
and the promise that one day soon,
it will come back to us...
when we reach into the night,
where the water will rise,
your wings will unbend.
in your brilliant display
all our worries will wash away.

on pale, imperfect eyes,
chandeliers rely...
and the brightness will
weave lace out of light
when we dream of you.

in our pale, imperfect light,
our palms will stabilize,
and the brightness
will close our heavy eyes,
when we dream of you.
we'll dream with you.
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3   NAIVE
Religion is a breeding ground
where the devil's work is deeply found,
with teeth as sharp as cathedral spires,
slowly sinking in.

God knows that I've been naive
but i think it makes him proud of me.
now it's so hard to separate
my disappointments from his name.

because shadows stretch behind the truth,
where stained glass offers broken clues
and fear ties knots and pulls them tight.
it leaves us paralyzed.

but in the end such tired words will rest.
the truth will reroute the narrow things they've said.
the marionette strings will lower and untie
and out of the ashes, love will be realized.

God knows that we've been naive
and a bit
nearsighted to say the least.
it's broken glass at children's feet
that gets swept aside unexpectedly.
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4   SIDE BY SIDE
a single voice
in an ocean of constant noise,
but somehow our ears were trained
to recognize when we hear you call our name.

side by side,
every movement was memorized,
choreographed before
the schools of fish were born.
their patterns and plans align,
all in a glorious effort to survive.

there is no language for what we’ve seen,
only the sweetness that bends us to our knees,
and all of these fumbling words to explain what it means,
but our hearts were buried deep in the sand.

the sea unlocks
like the lid of a music box,
it shivers with foreign sound
as long as the gears stay wound,
the whales will sing their song
all in a glorious effort to be strong.

there’s no need to be afraid,
overwhelming love cascades.
the melody will rise and swell,
as it finds it’s way inside the shell.

the mouth is a mirror,
the mouth is a mirror,
the mouth is a mirror
we must watch what we say

there is no language for what we’ve seen,
only the sweetness that bends us to our knees,
and all of these fumbling words to explain what it means,
but our hearts were buried deep in the sand.
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5   SLOW & STEADY
You carved our initials
into these family trees.
but when the branches are bare and broken,
love is so hard to reach.

we've learned to brace for the worst
and to read the last pages first,
surrender feels safe.

maybe the soul is the soil that holds the fallen seed,
or the light pouring down in between the rain clouds,
daring life to reach;
or maybe it's the rings in the trunk of the tree,
a birthmark time will leave
to measure the past.

but we can't dream when we're wide awake
or fall in love with a heart too strong to break.

faith is expensive to taste,
and time is borrowed loose change
that's already been spent.

maybe the soul is the tone of voice
that unearthed the words that we needed...

maybe the soul is a suitcase that holds the backup plan -
a collection of keys and the patience we need
to start again.

maybe it's the thresholds that swallow us whole
as we learn to let go,
in spite of the dirt on our clothes.
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6   CLOCKWORK
There is glass between our touch,
phantom limbs of former love...
and the truth is that I am so terrified

that the callous is deeper
than the surface of our skin.
and it takes us twice as long,
it takes us twice as long to heal.

we'll lift up the ground to see
the system of roots beneath.
gears turn, endlessly,
to bring the world back to life
like clockwork, when it dies.

the cadence of beating hearts,
the click of its moving parts
grows louder and louder
from this restless earth...

future gardens wait patiently below
and somehow we smell them blossom
through the snow.

still unsatisfied,
we chase what we're denied.
as generations wait,
we can't resist the taste of possibility.
gears turn, endlessly,
to bring us back to life again.
like clockwork, we begin.
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7   UNMADE
When we were young
our words were innocent -
whiter than snow,
awkward and slow.
now when we speak,
we risk an avalanche.
but that's not enough now
to reroute our plans.

I believe that we've got it wrong, got it wrong.
we'll realize when it's said and done, said and done,
that in our words we've lost so much more
than we've ever won.

the aftermath
is cracked wood where fences stood
and the broken bones of our childhood.

in our trembling fear,
we put words inside God's mouth.
we cover our tracks
and get so proud of ourselves,
we get so proud of ourselves,
we get so proud of ourselves
when we get away.

I believe that we've got it wrong, got it wrong.
we'll realize when it's said and done, said and done,
that in our words we've lost so much more
than we've ever won.

it's in our nature to complicate,
but in the end it's the casualties
that carry all the weight.
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8   TIMELAPSE
Only the eyes of owls can be seen here;
they are the stars, they radiate.

and every constellation
is a fraction of God's DNA
that we were made to notice and navigate.

as the moon commands the tide
to balance the weight of change,
we must learn to follow all the same.

when the northern lights were born,
the color poured into our eyes,
like tipping a glass with the ocean inside.

into the darkness,
we will send our symphonies -
a shorthand of existence,
a slowly turning key,
the voyager will leave us
with this modest memory of home.

when the sunlight wakes the earth
from its deep sleep,
all creatures bloom.
and through lifted lashes, all is new.

as a newborn recognizes
its mother's voice from inside the womb,
may we remember the warmth of our youth.

the overture was written,
like the calm before a storm.
with hummingbird precision,
we must follow every chord...

time-lapse reveals a slight of hand,
it unties the rules of time and plan.
stillness is only a state of mind,
a blind spot that brightness has left behind.
wet paint is a privilege that we will find.

as the wrist of an artist
pulls the foreground into the frame,
we must learn to focus, all the same.

all these restless conversations
have tied a string to every living thing,
and our illustrations will draw them near.
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9   BIRDCAGE RELIGION
So slowly I'm losing
who I've sworn to be.
a promise in pencil
that years have made so hard to read.
I've spent my life building walls
brick by brick and bruise by bruise...
a birdcage religion that whispered me to sleep.

but time is spinning silk
that coils ruthlessly;
with the devil's patience,
it binds my hands so quietly
that soon it becomes a part of me.

so soften these edges and straighten out my tie.
and help me remember
the hope that I have compromised.

please be a broken record for me.
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10   GREEN SCREENS
This could take some time.
everything waits on assembly lines - but not here.
in the emergence of plan,
we'll be surrounded by hands.

the storyboard outlines our escape
and second guesses will be erased;
on the cutting room floor
everything falls into place.

if only our futures could be tamed,
suddenly our past would have no say.
and in the emergence of film, pouring overhead,
our bodies relearn how to feel.
and somehow the screen embodies every ideal
as the orchestra so sweetly reveals,
and the background artist carries us there...
the conflict compliments repair.

we're all on the edge of our seats,
we're all on the edge of our seats
until the end.
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11   ALL THIS TO SAY
All this to say,
our future is a blank page
that we chose to pour ourselves into
when God pressed play.

and we'll drag our pens
into these parallel lines
to record and to articulate
everything we find.

as decades unlace,
we'll pause and carefully trace;
our shadows are puddles of ink
that our memory saves.

layer by layer, the framework was formed
on an epic of paper:
we breathe to explore.
fast-forward motion
will gracefully show
the flickering story
that all of our sketches unfold.

before we were born
God gently told us the truth,
but understanding is something that stops
as our bodies bruise.

so we'll concentrate,
constantly rewinding tapes.
was the ghost just a glare on the lens
that our minds create?
our minds create...
when God pressed play.

layer by layer, the framework was formed
on an epic of paper:
we breathe to explore.
fast-forward motion
will gracefully show
the flickering story
that all of our sketches unfold.

before we were born
God gently told us the truth,
but understanding is something that stops
as our bodies bruise.

so we'll concentrate,
constantly rewinding tapes.
was the ghost just a glare on the lens
that our minds create?
our minds create...
when God pressed play.

layer by layer, the framework was formed
on an epic of paper:
we breathe to explore.
and fast-forward motion
will gracefully show
the flickering story
that all of our sketches unfold.

KEEP NO SCORE

© 2006 
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1   TENSION & THRILL
The headlines talk
Of sadness and new risk.
Life is deadly,
My finger's to your lips.
We'll send the world in reverse.

Love is tension and thrill
That begs to be ours.

We are diamonds waiting to be found,
Catching light in the corners of our eyes.
We are diamonds waiting to be found.

We are the hunted,
We are the shining northern lights.
We are the nervous,
We feel our hands becoming vines.
We'll dream in color tonight.

Love is tension and thrill
That begs to be ours.
There are cities inside of everyone:
Life within life,
The trembling in our voice.

When I look into your eyes
I see the tip of an iceberg.
When I look into your eyes
I see that love is an iceberg
That throws us into the sea.

We're walking on the ocean floor,
Feeding sharks out of our hands.

We are diamonds waiting to be found,
Catching light in the corners of our eyes.
We are diamonds waiting to be found.
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2   CAREFUL HANDS
Put your coat on, this city trembles.
Keep your chin up, as you untangle God
From cold blood and bruises.

We are X-rays of something broken.
Cursive bloodlines write every forecast:
An orchestration Of dissonance and innocent surrender.

When our color dies,
We will bury the ashes of time,
And we will earn new eyes.

Wrists get tired rewriting futures.
Our bodies beg us to be creatures of habit.
We are creatures of habit.

Only with careful hands
We'll turn their fangs into feathers and cures.
Only with careful hands
We'll divide the prisoner
From the pioneer.

Clever beauty,
Umbrellas folding.
In architecture, our lines will measure
A map to find us.
Blue ink will guide us home.

Cranes are creeping, lifting metal,
We will find new ways to settle,
Tipping scales from the killer to its prey.

I can feel the weight around us,
Climbing every rib inside us,
A sanctuary in a lion's mouth
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3   NEEDLE & THREAD
When the world welcomes us in,
We’re closer to Heaven than we’ll ever know.
They say this place has changed,
But strip away all of the technology
And you will see
That we all are hunters,
Hunting for something that will make us okay.

Here we lay alone in hospital beds,
Tracing life in our heads;
But all that is left
Is that this was our entrance and now it’s our exit,
As we find our way home.

All the blood and all the sweat
That we invested to be loved
Follows us into our end,
Where we begin to understand

That we are made of love,
And all the beauty stemming from it.
We are made of love,
And every fracture caused by the lack of it.

“You were a million years of work,”
Said God and His angels, with needle and thread.
They kissed your head and said,
“You’re a good kid and you make us proud.
So just give your best and the rest will come,
And we’ll see you soon.”

All the blood and all the sweat
That we invested to be loved
Follows us into our end,
Where we begin to understand

That maybe Hollywood was right:
When the credits have rolled and the tears have dried,
The answers that we have been dying to find
Are all pieced together and, somehow,
Made perfectly mine.

We are made of love,
And all the beauty stemming from it.
We are made of love,
And every fracture caused by the lack of love.
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4   ENVELOPES
On tree branches
There are birds instead of leaves.
All at once, they lift through trees
To reveal the unseen.

A blindfold of wings
Held us from perfect sight,
While saving unready eyes.

All will be lost, all will be well.
All will be loved when living is hell.
We'll cry dead leaves to grow.

In broken English,
Arguments igniting fires,
We'll sing in off-key choirs
Of an ageless rebirth.

After feathers disappear,
Our bodies will heal and repair.

Sent down in envelopes,
A white sea of dangerous hope.
Arms overflow with the weightless flood of words,
Perfect ears let truth be heard,
And we will learn to let go.
We will learn to let go.

We'll pull each letter one by one,
Every ribbon comes undone.
Our little eyes and little souls
Will now be strong enough to hold

The divorce of need.
Explanations breathe for us.

On paper waves we sway.
Our bodies get lifted away, outside of space.
We'll send down the envelopes,
The forest resets in hope.
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5   HOLD STILL
Why is it impossible now
To trace every echo
Back to its birth?
Why is it impossible now
To kiss every fever away?

There is truth that's hiding
Behind every wall that surrounds us.
It takes a lifetime
To pull the bricks away.

Why is it impossible now to know?
(Is this the way to understand?)

With the weakest of ears
We'll try only to hear
The sound of our voice,
Louder than fear of waking up
Alone.

Let conversations carry
The unraveling of skin.
The ink will pour an answer
In children's handwriting.

If all words are cameras,
Hold still.
Shutters slide to unveil
Fingerprints of angels
And a language made of film.

With surgical precision,
We'll cut every piece into order.
And beneath soft faces,
We'll climb halfway to God.

Why is it impossible now to know?
(Is this the way to understand?)
Why is it impossible now
To trace every echo
Back to it's birth?
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6   HEAVEN BREAKS
It always starts like this,
A harmless and simple thing to fix.
Contagious and spreading quick…
Like cracks in ice,
Wholly claiming our lives
While we sleep.

We'll pray for Heaven's floor to break,
Pour the brightest white on blackest space,
Come bleeding gloriously through
The clouds and the blue.
Forcing one place from two,
Killing formulaic views,
Only love proves to be the truth.

When heaven meets the earth,
We will have no use for numbers
To measure who we are and what we're worth.

When Heaven meets the earth,
We will have no need for mirrors
To tell us who to be
And where we fit into this awkward point of view.

When angels meet the earth, may our bodies be light.
When angels meet the earth, may our heavy hearts untie.
When angels meet the earth, may our bodies be light.
May our bodies be light for you.
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7   LEVELS OF LIGHT
We are volcanoes, making new land,
Transcending borders with seeds in our hands.
Natural killers perfectly planned,
All is entirely out of our hands.
It's out of our mouths, into the ground.

Wake up, wake up
I think the worst is through...
We are surrounded by color and life
We don't even know it.

We are volcanoes, making new land,
Transcending borders with seeds in our hands.
Natural killers perfectly planned,
All is entirely out of our hands.

Death is the only thing that makes us alive,
Forcing focus on light that we hold inside.

We are volcanoes, levels of light.
Bleeding an ocean of permanent life.
The blush of our anger could bury the sun,
The pulse of untamable progress has begun.

Death is the only thing that makes us alive,
That brings us to life.

Wake up, wake up.
I think the worst is through…
The light that we hold must be buried -
Buried to bloom.
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8   QUICKSAND
There are wires in between
Human heart and machine.
I will wait for mountains
To tell me you're okay…

On paper my future will lay.
I'll fold every failure into a crane.

Trust is quicksand,
Claiming everything I have,
All to give me life, all to give me life.

Slow down, hide your eyes!
The sun is setting fire
Through glass, branches deep.
I cough only to breathe.

Trust is quicksand,
Claiming everything I have,
All to give me life, all to give me life.
One thousand more to go,
I'll send every prayer from below.
I was swallowed by a whale.

Slow down, you're all words
And love is made of yarn.
Scissors,
A slip of the hand, a slip of the tongue;
God knows I meant no harm, I meant no harm.

In between every promise and lie there is a kiss.
In between tempers and suitcases there is a kiss.

In between medicine and the sick there is a kiss.
In between arrows, aim, and release, there is a kiss.

(Anchors in reverse
Lead us back to birth.)
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9   UMBRELLAS
I'll make you mine.
I'll make you mine if you would have me.
With a silver ring that will hug you tight,
Our life begins.
Our life begins with this.

I'll prove my love.
I'll prove my love if you would let me.
Over and over and over again.

We'll bring a child.
We'll bring a child into this world
We'll say the one thing
Everyone should hear:

You were meant for amazing things.

Give me your hand.
Give me your hand, it's time.
It's time to show new eyes their home.

Oh, When fences divide,
Fences divide our land,
I would catch bullets with my bare hands.

'Cause you were meant for,
you were meant for,
you were meant for amazing things.
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10   SING TO ME
Sing to me a prayer of hope and strength.
I will sing to you
As if my chest is glass.

As we build, please give us solid ground.

When the rain becomes a flood,
I believe that we will find
Tree branches to climb.
Far, far, far from here.

Sing to me a prayer of hope and strength.
I will sing to you
As if my chest is glass.

When the weather settles down,
We will search through this mess,
Where I believe that we will find,
Through things left behind,
The place where we began.

Sing to me, please sing to me
Always through these times,
And we'll begin again
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11   DREAMLIFE
As our hearts lay sleeping,
As our bodies rest,
The Heavens open up for us.
Put down your weapon, child,
And close your eyes,
Because you and your enemies
Are innocent tonight.

I never wanted you,
I never wanted you to go.

There's a voice inside your soul
That resonates through your skin and bone,
Up through the blades of grass,
Underneath the feet of God's only son.
The war that you're fighting
Has already been won.

I just want to survive with you by my side.
With you by my side, I just want to survive.

Crooked mouth, quiet down.
Let your fists come undone.
Miscarried love will be reborn.
When we sleep,
The devil's arms are tied.

The war that we're fighting
Has already been won

I never wanted this,
I never wanted this to go away.
I never wanted this,
I never asked for it,
I never meant to let it go.

I just want to survive with you by my side.
With you by my side, I just want to survive
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12   KEEP NO SCORE
God, let her listen
With ears to the ground.
Let voiceless approval
Turn into sound.

In death there are hidden, invisible keys
That only when swallowed
Reveal where they lead.

Life is a mess
We wake up to,
A single thread of a deeper truth.

Is this a graveyard
To bury her heart?
Or is it a garden,
Where new life will start.

'Cause God, when life here ends,
We'll beg you for more.
In temper we'll hate you,
But please keep no score.

Life, it is a mess we wake up to,
A single thread of a deeper truth

GHOSTS

© 2003 
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1   SAY
Say what you really want to say
and the truest of forms will show
finally you'll find your soul

they impose the endless fight
to always be perfect
it seems they have been chosen
to be above the rest
but the contradiction stands
between these perfect lives
and the words that they've misread
there was no reading

say all the things that you really want to say
the truest of forms will show
finally you'll find your soul
say all the things that you really want to say
the truest of forms will show
and finally you'll find your soul

the landscape of being
are endlessly competing, back and forth
for an answer to existance
that we can never find
in all of the places that we've searched out
in all of the pulses that we've taken
there was no reading

say all the things that you really want to say
the truest of forms will show
finally you'll find your soul
say all the things that you really want to say
then you'll find the truest of forms will show
and finally well find our souls

give us the answers
and give the ability to hear

the landscape of being
are endlessly competing, back and forth
for an answer to existance
that we can understand

perhaps were looking far too closely
we cant see
all the evidence in its entirety
the air in our lungs
the complexity of our love

say all the things that you really want to say
then you'll find the truest of forms will show
and finally you'll find your soul
say all the things that you really want to say

say what you really want to say
and the truest of forms will show
finally youll find your soul
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2   CURRENTS
In this sea of change, understanding is our shore
I disappear....with no control
The current is strong, my arms are weak
But you are the branch within my reach
Though I cannot catch my breath....

Pull me back to shore
I'll never reach my place
Pull me back to shore
I'll never reach my place, I'll never reach my place

The current is strong, my arms are weak
But you are the branch within my reach
In this sea of change, understanding was swept away

Pull me back to shore
I'll never reach my place, I'll never reach my place
Pull me back to shore
I'll never reach my place, I'll never reach my place

With everything I have, I reach out my hands
There's nothing to give
I seem to have no direction, I have no control
No way to know where currents pull
All the weight of my intentions
Are making it so hard to breathe the air at all
I see in you, coastlines reaching out
When there's nothing left to reach....

Pull me back to shore
I'll never reach my place, I'll never reach my place
Pull me back to shore
I'll never reach my place, I'll never reach my place
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3   ALL THAT IS BEAUTIFUL
All that is beautiful
will not be beautiful to me
unless its perfect
ourside of these walls is an awful place
as far as I can tell

we are not the enemy we are not the enemy inside

we were victims of a constant loss
we were not the enemy

I am afraid
that opinions are contagious
I am afraid

that my plans will lose their place
we are not the enemy

we could hold our breath forever
or maybe for a while
the best will surely come
until then you'll feel nothing
until then well feel nothing at all

all that is beautiful
will not be beautiful to me
unless its perfect
all that is beautiful
will not be beautiful to me
in all harmony in all of our disord
can we really know all tha is pure

we are not the enemy we are not the enemy
we were not the enemy
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4   GHOSTS
If you listen just right, you can almost hear it
The symphony of secrecy, life, and fear
(the search for love, but finding fear)

Like a moth to the flame we become helpless
To the beautiful ghost
That true love sheds.

We all are running our very own races,
Set upon the most dangerous of places.
Are through it all,
We are left with a void in our chests,
We're aching to fill

The doves come to gather our every need,
They lift them up to Heaven
Through the mouths from which we speak.

God will you help us understand the meaning of it all?
Will you send your angels down to us at our every call?
Sometimes it seems the world is passing us
Faster than my eyes can adjust.

I can't decide if I'm living or I'm dying,
So I test your love and I test your love,
I test your love.

The doves come to gather our every need,
They lift them up to Heaven
Through us now....
The doves come to gather our every need,
They lift them up to Heaven
Through the mouths from which we speak.

Like a moth to the flame we become helpless
To the beautiful ghosts
That true love sheds.
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5   A SKELETON OF SOMETHING MORE
In the darkest of nights,
The city of lights
Will pour unto us.
Creeping inside
Through our sleepy eyes,
Contagiously bright

Like sunlight and rain
Flooding through the veins
Of wilted vines.

But love travels like a rumor here,
Losing form with every ear,
A skeleton of something more.

But waking seems an awful dream.

We'll be waiting for the night,
Waiting for the night
To come and rescue us,
Feet off the ground.

Beaides, we're living in this house of cards
That pulls and pushes with the air.
Fearing a feather to the earth
Could destroy it and us,
Inside unaware!

All we want is something more
To dream about and to adore.
All we need is a little place
To close our eyes, to end this chase.
The living are moving,
Gracefully
And painfully rushing ahead,
While unraveling the most essential thread
Of the fabric that covers us.

We'll be waiting for the night,
Waiting for the night
To always come and rescue us,
Feet off the ground,
Our hearts become magnetized.

The warmth of the sun
Is melting the snowflakes
Before they hit the ground
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6   HURRY
Hurry, hurry
Come quickly
And leave all logic aside
Don't say a word
Just listen carefully to me...

"The world is ours if we could only let it be"

Every move we make
Will trigger another
And every small mistake
Will be a messenger...

"The world is ours if we could only let it be
The world is ours if we would only let it be."

Our lives are weaving like a thread
Within each other, faithfully
Sharing in our joys and miseries
And all that the world can give

Always, always

In the depths of our souls
flickers of hope will show so clear
like a pearl in the sea
a pearl in the sea

(the smiles on faces born in familiar places
we'll build ourselves islands upon the deepest oceans)

For the last time
This could be the last time
To pull it from the water
To wear around our necks

"The world is ours if we could only let it be
The world is ours if we would only let it be"

hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
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7   EVERYONE
What have you seen?
What have you felt?
Your lips are closed, the curtain's shut
All that we can see is on your sleeve
All that we can see is on your sleeve

I know from time to time
That hope seems but a foreign land
A distance that we cannot reach
A language we cannot speak

Your life is hidden in your skin
Though not entirely so
Some things can't be kept
And through all the things we'll find out
We will hold on tighter to the surface life

I know from time to time
That hope seems but a foreign land
A distance that we cannot reach
A language we cannot speak

In your words the movement of your eyes
The expressions on your face
The rush of your walking

And through all the things we'll find out
We will hold on tighter to the surface life

With our closed fists we will feel like
we've suceeded again

What have you seen?
What have you felt?
Your lips are closed, the curtain's shut
All that we can see is on your sleeve
All that you can see is on my sleeve

I know from time to time
Hope seems but a foreign land
A distance what we cannot reach
A language we cannot speak
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8   BRIGHTLY
So close,
yet barely breathing,
My responses are weak.

Though my eyes are shut tightly.
May I see you brightly.

Handshakes and fake smiles
Always make me nervous...
Close the door,
Please, close the door.

We rise and fall
From you.
Climb, climb, climb...
We fall.

may w learn from
The signals of our past,
The sharpest words we cast
And begin again.

I can hear their voices
Through the walls of this place...
This cold, cold place
We rise and fall from you,
We rise and fall far from you.

So close, Yet barely breathing,
My responses are weak.

Trace these fingerprints, closely now
And they will form what you're looking for.
We'll make new prints once more.
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9   SLOWLY, NOW
Just when we think
There is a chance...
There is never quite enough time left
To prove our beliefs,
To prove we are strong.

We just need some sleep.
We just need some time to clear our crowded minds.

But the curse of opinions and their views
Are promising defeat,
Replacing love with doubt and helplessness.

We just need some sleep.
We just need some time (to catch our breath)

The fear that we feel In our troubled hearts...
Is told to be what will make us last.

We'll prove that we are strong,
Though our lines are bleeding through.
We are becoming whole, slowly now.

We just need some sleep
To dream away these fears.
We just need some time
To clear our crowded minds.
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10   NIGHT MUST END
I feel the light upon my skin,
Like finger-tips
Reminding me that night must end.

Be brave
Like bridges underwater,
Keeping strong beyond their time.
I feel the light upon my skin,
Reminding me that night must end.

There's something about sadness
that leaves us wanting more
A sickness that breathes...
From holding on to letting go,
The change is like dying.

Be brave
Like bridges underwater,
Keeping strong beyond their time.
Feel the light upon your skin,
Reminding you that night must end.

Teach me to create
A beautiful past
That makes you proud.
That makes you proud.

Teach me what I need to know
To be strong enough to let go...

Teach me what I need to know
To be strong enough to let go.
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11   TREES (HALLWAY OF LEAVES)
It's just beyond those trees...
The place I've been dreaming of.
Will you follow me?

Trust me, I know where I'm going.

It's somewhere here within the leaves...
There must be some mistake...

Trust me, I know where I'm going

We'll cut a path out for us
Through the green seas,
We'll make hallways of leaves.

I know it seems it was just some crazy dream
And I know my eyes were closed
But this dream feels more real to me
Than life itself.

My ear is pressed upon this wall.
For behind it is that place.

The door is locked...
I'll do whatever it takes

(you have to) Trust me, I know where I'm going.

Will you follow me?
Will you follow me, still?

In the moments that I feel
We're closer than ever before
The world drops out from under our feet.
But I believe the darkest of fights
Prove we're almost there.

There is always something there
to take our hearts like thieves
There is always something there
to take our hearts (But nothing matters.)
There is always something there to take

When we arrive
We will hear
Voices sing.

Nothing matters.
Nothing matters anymore
Nothing matters anymore, anymore, anymore.

It's beginning to get dark.
But don't worry,
I know where we are,
I know where we are.
Will you follow me, still?