Flags

I wear a demeanour made of bright pretty things
what she wears, what she wears, what she wears
birds singing on my shoulder in harmony it seems
how they sing, how they sing, how they sing

give me nights of solitude, red wine just a glass or two,
reclined in a hammock on a balmy evening
I'll pretend that it's no thing
the skip in my heart when I think
of you thinking of me, babe I'm crazy over you

ah there's something in the water, something in the water
ah, there's something in the water, that makes me love you like

I got halos made of summer and ribbons made of spring
what she wears, what she wears, what she wears
I got crowns of words a-woven
each one a song to sing
oh I sing, oh I sing, oh I sing

give me long days in the sun,
preludes to the nights to come
previews of the mornings laying in all lazy
give me something fun to do
like a life of lovin' you
kiss me quick now baby
I'm still crazy over you

ah there's something in the water, something in the water
ah there's something in the water that makes me love you like I do

give me nights of solitude
red wine just a glass or two
give me something fun to do

ah there's something in the water, something in the water
ah there's something in the water that makes me love you like I do

You've got a quick snap lock on your cold, cold heart
you've got your YSL kicks and a red birthmark
in the shape of canada that you try to keep a secret

you've got a click clack walk and a cold hard stare
and if your eyes could talk they'd say they just don't care
before they wander off to hide inside their sockets

you've got your scars and you've got your birthmarks
you've got toronto hiding on your hip honey
you've got your secrets
you've got your regrets
darling we all do

you've got a fool proof plan for a lonely life
you won't be no one's daughter and a drunk man's wife
if a wife at all
it's a silly institution
or so you keep insisting

you've got your scars and you've got your birthmarks
you've got toronto hiding on your hip honey
you've got your secrets
you've got your regrets
darling we all do

you're cool coy 'bout your strawberry hip
it's you that's hidden by the expectations
we wanna see you, won't you show us where to start
you're talking trash with your replica lips
it's you that's echoing the conversation
sweet betty won't you show us who you are

you've got your scars and you've got your birthmarks
you've got toronto hiding on your hip honey
you've got your secrets
you've got your regrets
darling we all do

you've got a quick snap lock on your cold, cold heart

In me, in you
orphans, kingdoms
wide eyes and paper crowns
time will hold us, time erode us
we're wrinkling children now

we are wandering where the wild wind blows
we are happy here 'cause the wild wind knows what we are
orphans, kingdoms
in me, in you

fiends explorers
babes with coats of arms
a world inside us
a feast, a harvest
each soul a son, a star

we are wandering where the wild wind blows
we are happy here 'cause the wild wind knows what we are
orphans, kingdoms
orphans, kingdoms

eat and drink for tomorrow we die
we will look our maker in the eye
raise a flagon and drink to your health
who is he that can conquer himself

we are wandering where the wild wind blows
we are happy here 'cause the wild wind knows what we are
orphans, kingdoms
orphans, kingdoms

So we're back here again
tiptoeing 'round the edge of the world
wondering who will be last to admit
that we're finally over

turned twenty one on the day that we met
terrible shoes, implausible dress
it's funny how sad the funny things get as you grow older

better or worse but what else can we do
when better or worse I am tethered to you
if it's not either of us tell me who we are fooling

I learnt the art of biting my tongue
I tired of trying to guess what was wrong
both agreed on where we should go
but not how to get there

we tried and tried to loosen the knots
thinking once we're untangled we'll be better off
but it's these failures and faults that hold us together


better or worse but what else can we do
when better or worse I am tethered to you
if it's not either of us tell me who are we fooling

this beautiful tangle that's bruising us blue
is the beautiful knot that we just can't undo
together we're one but apart tell me who are we fooling

real love is hard love
it's all we have
it's a break neck
train wreck
it's all we have
so we're back here again
turning away from the edge of the end
arm in arm

better or worse but what else can we do
when better or worse I am tethered to you
if it's not either of us tell me who are we fooling

this beautiful tangle that's bruising us blue
is the beautiful knot that we just can't undo
if it's not either of us tell me who are we fooling
together we're one but apart tell me who are we fooling

A lone woman stands in the turning december
she's got ice on her lashes, white on her winter coat
the trees stand like soldiers around her
dutiful wooden guards
and the heart she feared frozen
still beats and still marches on

oh annie I will think of you each time I see the sun
didn't want a day without you
but somehow I've lived through another one

a gentleman waits on a platform in a haze of gray and grief
now he's sold up his assets
starting over at seventy
the steam blasts like trumpets around him
salutes on the colonnade
as he thinks to himself
"we're all waiting for our train to come"

oh annie I will think of you each time I see the sun
didn't want a year without you
but somehow I've lived through another one

did you find it hard to breathe at first
were you winded and in disbelief at how much it hurt
now that ache's still burning
but the world's still turning isn't it

oh annie I will think of you each time I see the sun
didn't want a life without you but here I am living one

the 'fornian last light and I'm right beside you
the fire and motion
the fire and motion

the desert sun sinking sleepy and low
but we're just waking we are waking
river time is a mountain tonight
before tomorrow she flows on
carving valleys in the skin on our faces

I am bright as the sun, you are high as a kite
we are daughters, sons, brothers, and sisters tonight at coachella

come on now darlin' let's shake off these blues
I'll let my hair out, you'll slip off your shoes
I feel like a baby, new born in the spring
I'm setting down this sadness and I won't remember it


when I'm bright as the sun and you're high as a kite
and we're daughters, sons, brothers and sisters tonight at coachella
coachella

I'm a warm bleeding heart
you're a generous soul
and I love you though I never met you before 'til coachella

we are standing on the shore in the smoke and the starlight
on the edge of a human sea and the tide is in

He got the droop of a fatherless child
almost imperceptible, one can't see it with the naked eye
oh but I can

that cardboard lady in the corner store
her sparkle is all painted on
six no-good men took all her shine and more
left her youth near sausalito

oh it's humourless and comical at once
always being a stranger wearing the last town's dust
oh it's humourless, it's humourless

they look me over, one up and one down
I can tell they're wondering who my people are
I say I'm new in town
I know it's gonna take a while

oh it's humourless and comical at once
always being a stranger waring the last town's dust
oh it's humourless, it's humourless

I speculate and browse the duraflame
winter in the west coast cool
out by the sea where no one knows my name
I'm on the road like jack, jack kerouac
like jack, jack kerouac
like jack, jack kerouac
like jack, jack kerouac

We're adrift on a sailboat
my love is the sea
yours is the horizon
constant and steady

you set my landlocked heart afloat
lifted my lonesome sails
the tide is out, the moon is high
we're sailing

darling your love is healing
it makes the bitter sweet
warms the winter to spring again
secures the cold's defeat

we're cutting anchor, casting out
into the glorious deep
the tide is out, the moon is high
we're sailing

when we've succumbed to decrepitude
still our love will remain in its youth
the tide is out, the moon is high
we're sailing, we're sailing
we're sailing

It was the year the crows and the locusts came
the fields drank dry the rain
the fields are bleeding
daddy don't cry, it'll be alright
she puts some water on the wound
and hums a little tune while her courage puddles on the ground
pooling, pooling

see the murder the swarm descend
and the night is getting thick
the moon turning her tricks
she'll betray you every time

it was the year the crows and the locusts came
the fields drank dry the rain
the fields are bleeding
it was the age the foxes came for the fields
we were bleeding as we bowed to kneel and pray for mercy, pray for mercy

the rumble is low and the heat is high
got a feeling that there's rain out in the oil black sky
gonna chase away the devil when that song does rise
gonna plead the blood, gonna plead the blood

it was the year the crows and locusts came
the fields drank dry the rain
the fields are bleeding
it was the age the foxes came for the fields
we were bleeding as we bowed to kneel and pray for mercy, pray for mercy

she limps on up to the top of a mound
looks at the faltered harvest
feels her sweat in the ground and the burn in her nose
and the knowing in her guts, something's still gonna grow
she ain't leavin' 'til it does

Cheers to the furrows on our brow
to each hard won victory
cheers to the losses that grew us up
killed our pride, and filled our cup

cheers to the friendships well worn in
that time nor distance alter
here's to the sleepers we'll see again
fine company in memoriam

open your mouth and sing out your song
life is short as the day is long
I can't leave you my body but I'll leave you a tune
this is my legacy
cheers to you

cheers to the passing of our youth
and the death of lust not wonder
a toast to the lessons not yet learned
and to the trials that will teach them

open your mouth and sing out your song
life is short as the day is long
I can't leave you my body
but I'll leave you a tune
this is my legacy
cheers to you

Come, tell me your trouble
I'm not your answer but I'm a listening ear

reality has left you reeling
all facts and no feeling
no faith and all fear

I don't know why a good man will fall
while a wicked one stands
and our lives blow about like flags on the land

who's at fault is not important
good intentions lie dormant and we're all to blame
while apathy acts like an ally
my enemy and I are one and the same

I don't know why the innocents fall
while the monsters still stand
and our lives blow about like flags on the land

I don't know why our words are so proud
yet their promise so thin
and our lives blow about like flags in the wind

you who mourn will be comforted
you who hunger will hunger no more
oh the last shall be first, of this I am sure

you who weep now will laugh again
all you lonely be lonely no more
yes the last shall be first, of this I am sure

I don't know why the innocents fall
while the monsters stand
I don't know why the little ones thirst
but I know the last shall be first
I know the last shall be first
I know the last shall be first