Lyrics

Guaranteed Broken Heart (2019)
The Narrow Place (2017)
The Names of Things (2014)
Ocean Born Mary (2012)

Guaranteed Broken Heart

Guaranteed Broken Heart

I dreamed about people in love
Running through the streets late at night
Looking at the stars up above
But it ain’t you and it ain’t me
They’re just some random people
That I saw on TV

‘Cause I won’t dream about you
I won’t let it go that far
‘Cause if I can’t live without you
It’s a guaranteed broken heart

Most things ain’t sure, most things change
What was whole comes apart
What was broke heals again
But one thing I know, one thing I trust
Is that you stay the same
And you don’t love me that much

So I won’t dream about you
I won’t let it go that far
‘Cause if I can’t live without you
It’s a guaranteed broken heart

Don’t touch my face
Don’t say my name
Don’t smile that smile
Don’t look at me that way

‘Cause I won’t dream about you
I won’t let it go that far
‘Cause if I can’t live without you
It’s a guaranteed broken heart

There You Are

Let these vines grow over me
Let these branches be my bones
Let this sun be all I need
Let this dirt become my home

But then
There you are
There you are, there you are, there you are

Take this salt and scrub me clean
No desire, don’t grasp, don’t cling
Let these waters cover me
Let there be a reckoning

But then
There you are
There you are, there you are, there you are

If you brought me pain
Then pain is what I needed
And if I can’t be saved
Then let me be defeated

Because
There you are
There you are, there you are, there you are

Jonah and the Whale

Draw my line in the sand
Then watch the waves wash it away
Say I’ll be my own man
But then I begged for you to stay

Sat on my hands
Like a child who can’t behave
And who can’t understand
Why I can’t just have my way

Don’t stop, don’t stop
Swallow me whole
Don’t stop, don’t stop
Body and soul
Don’t stop till I’m no more

Take me all the way down
The deepest deep, the darkest dark
Where I’ll never be found
And I can sleep beneath your heart

Here with my kin
Your belly full of all their bones
And your sweet medicine
Oh I finally found my home

Don’t stop, don’t stop
Swallow me whole
Don’t stop, don’t stop
Body and soul
Don’t stop till I’m no more

Jonah, don’t fight it
Jonah, just be guided
Jonah, just be broken
Jonah, smashed wide open

Don’t stop, don’t stop
Swallow me whole
Don’t stop, don’t stop
Body and soul
Don’t stop till I’m no more

Why Won’t You Come Back to Me

Cut my hair and clean my mess
Why won’t you come back to me?
Put on my best party dress
Why won’t you?

Say my prayers down on my knees
Why won’t you come back to me?
Be a good girl pretty please
Why won’t you?

Oh my darlin, what else can I do?
Drain the ocean for just one drop from you
Oh my darlin, I’m undone
Give me your kiss or let the end days come

Shave my head and burn my hair
Why won’t you come back to me?
Burn that dress I used to wear
Why won’t you?

Beg the witches for a spell
Why won’t you come back to me?
Don’t care if I go to hell
Why won’t you?

Oh my darlin, what else can I do?
Drain the ocean for just one drop from you
Oh my darlin, I’m undone
Give me your kiss or let the end days come

Oh my little angel
Kicked me out of heaven
Oh my little angel
Sent me back to hell

Your New Life Now

Will this be your new life now?
Darkness longer than the day
Darker than your dark, dark eyes
Let it fade away

Will this be your new life now?
All the leaves wet on the ground
Like you used to strip me down
Let it fade away

Watch the pavement I won’t fall
I don’t need the sky at all
I don’t need to see your face
Let it fade away

Everything you could not say
Every thread I picked and saved
Now the pines will keep them safe
Let it fade away

Will this be your new life now?
Will you float or will you drown
Or will the witches show you how
How to fly away?

Far Away

I know you were right
I know you had to go
I know the house was burning down
Even if it burnt slow

But that don’t make it easy
No baby no
Not with this fire
That swallowed me whole

Some people you can love up close
Some people from afar
And I guess the trick is knowing
Which kind they are

Of course I’m gonna love you
For all of my days
Heaven help me to do it
From far away

I know I was right
I know I had to leave
You were singing from a distant shore
Never standing beside me

But that don’t make it easy
No baby no
Not with your sweet song
In my blood and my bones

Some people you can love up close
Some people from afar
And I guess the trick is knowing
Which kind they are

Of course I’m gonna love you
For all of my days
Heaven help me to do it
From far away

Show me a map, a star, a sign
I’ll find my way
Let me come close enough to just
Touch your face

Some people you can love up close
Some people from afar
And I’m no damn good at knowing
Which kind they are

Of course I’m gonna love you
For all of my days
Heaven help me to do it
From far away

Third Time’s the Charm

Well the first time you broke my heart
It took me by surprise
I thought all those songs ’bout love at first sight
Were nothing but a pack of lies

But then I kissed you beneath the stars
I could have kissed you there for days
I said please don’t let this end
But you just walked away

Fool me once, shame on you
Fool me twice, shame on me
But I still ran back to your arms
‘Cause baby, third time’s the charm

Well the next time you broke my heart
I thought maybe you had changed
We were older now but still somehow
I felt exactly the same

I tried hard to be gentle
I tried hard to go slow
But like a frost in early spring
You turned cold, cold, cold

Fool me once, shame on you
Fool me twice, shame on me
But I still ran back to your arms
‘Cause baby, third time’s the charm

This time, oh this time
I knew how it would end
But this time, oh this time
I couldn’t wait to start again

Fool me once, shame on you
Fool me twice, shame on me
But I still ran back to your arms
‘Cause baby, third time’s the charm

Queen of Denial

You’re old enough to know it’s true this too shall pass
But your weary heart’s still fading fast
Wishing all day long like that might bring him back
But it won’t

You can fake a smile
Drown in sweet denial
Or cry along when George Jones sings
You can stare that phone down all night long
But you ain’t gonna make it ring
No, you ain’t gonna make it ring

Maybe you’ve been thinking you should wait
What if he finally sees it’s a mistake?
What if he still dreams about your open arms?
Well, he don’t

You can fake a smile
Drown in sweet denial
Or cry along when George Jones sings
You can stare that phone down all night long
But you ain’t gonna make it ring
No, you ain’t gonna make it ring

You don’t have to want him back
You don’t have to live here in the past
Go on, find somebody new

I know you’ve done this all before
So pick your heart up off that floor
And do it all
Once more

You can fake a smile
Drown in sweet denial
Or cry along when George Jones sings
You can stare that phone down all night long
But you ain’t gonna make it ring
No, you ain’t gonna make it ring

When People Show You Who They Are

I see it shining out of you
Something that’s whole and bright and true
You don’t see
What I see
You don’t see

You need to bury it down deep
What can you do with my belief?
I don’t see
What you see
I don’t see

When people show you who they are
Believe them

Who taught you who you have to be?
Who taught me to wait here on my knees?
You don’t need
What I need
You don’t need

When people show you who they are
Believe them

Let me keep my lie this one time
Let me close my eyes this one time
Let me keep my lie this one time

Oh, believe them
Believe them

It Ain’t Me

I held on as long as I could
I was hurting but I still believed our love was good
Now you’re off
Living your new life
And I want you to be happy
But sometimes late at night
I wonder

What if your heart will open up
Wider than it ever opened up before
And a new love comes rushin’ through that door?
It ain’t easy knowing
It won’t be me

I can’t complain, it’s been awhile
I see you kiss her at the bar and I practice my best smile
And I know
I don’t wanna know
But the question eats me up inside
And never lets me go

What if your heart will open up
Wider than it ever opened up before
And a new love comes rushin’ through that door?
It ain’t easy knowing
It won’t be me

Guess I’ll have to pack away all of this past
Like I had to pack away everything else
And I’ll keep all this love to myself

What if your heart will open up
Wider than it ever opened up before
And a new love comes rushin’ through that door?
It ain’t easy knowing
It won’t be me

Oh darling
It ain’t me

Something True

Count out all the days
Count out all the years
Now that you’re all alone
Who do you wish were here?

Did I waste all my love
to wind up with nothing true?
Or is there no wasted love
‘Cause any love is something true
Something true

What gets left behind?
What can you not say?
What if the end of time
Washes us all away?

Did I waste all my love
To wind up with nothing true?
Or is there no wasted love
‘Cause any love is something true
Something true

Oh, the fires will come
Oh, and their guns
There’s nothing they can’t do to us
So I guess I might as well keep lovin’ you

Did I waste all my love
to wind up with nothing true?
Or is there no wasted love
‘Cause any love is something true
Something true

You’re My Country Music

Back in school they taught me to tell it slant
Say something new, don’t bore us all with cheap romance
But then my bed was actually cold
And my heart actually broke
And I learned there was more than what’s new

You’re my
Rock, my spark, my candle in the darkness
Half my heart, my shining star, my only wish

And every
Tired old cliche that I dismissed
All it took was one damn kiss
It just took you
To make it true

I keep on learning every day
About what’s real behind every cliche
There’s nothing they haven’t seen
So just hold on to your dreams
And mean what you sing

You’re my
Rock, my spark, my candle in the darkness
Half my heart, my shining star, my only wish

And every
Tired old cliche that I dismissed
All it took was one damn kiss
It just took you
To make it true

What I lost, you lost too
What I found I see in you

You’re my
Rock, my spark, my candle in the darkness
Half my heart, my shining star, my only wish

And every
Tired old cliche that I dismissed
All it took was one damn kiss
It just took you
To make it true

The Narrow Place

Back Down to the Dirt

How many times did I
See the signs
But I told myself why
Not give it one more try

How many times with these
Same little plans
With these
Same little hands
Singing oh no, this is different

How many times
Must the bottom fall out?
How many times
Must the walls get torn down?

Till I make my roof the sky?

Build your house up
Oh you made it strong
Made it last the storm
But it ain’t over

Till the wolf comes
With his mighty curse
With his heart of hurt
And blows it
Back down to the dirt

Out with the straw
Out with the sticks
I started again
And I went with the bricks

Closer to you
Or just closer to hell?
Well, I bricked the windows
So it’s hard to tell

Bolt the boards
Still the bottom falls out
Shore the walls
Still it all gets torn down

Oh just make your roof the sky

Build your house up
Oh you made it strong
Made it last the storm
But it ain’t over

Till the wolf comes
With his mighty curse
With his heart of hurt
And blows it
Back down to the dirt

Now baby who’s afraid
Of that bad wolf?
I should have been afraid
Why weren’t we afraid?
Now baby be afraid
Of that bad wolf

Build your house up
Oh you made it strong
Made it last the storm
But it ain’t over

Till the wolf comes
With his mighty curse
With his heart of hurt
And blows it
Back down to the dirt

Can’t Miss What You Never Had

There’s the way things are
And the way that they could be
I got pretty good
At living in between

All those people on the tv screen
Playing out my favorite dream
Made it seem like something we could touch
A home, a family
Our own little magnolia tree
But it was just something we watched

And you say
Can’t miss what you never had
Can’t miss what you never had
But I do

I was living on fumes
But now I miss the smell
That oilcan shimmer of hope that says
You never can tell

Now you’re running as fast as you can
Away from this never-never land
Where no pixie dust ever made us fly

But I’m still on my window sill
Watching the night sky
Wishing I were wishing you’d arrive

And you say
Can’t miss what you never had
Can’t miss what you never had
But I do

All these what-ifs and wonderings
All my hoping that something
Could make this wish true

And you say
Can’t miss what you never had
Can’t miss what you never had
But I do

The Wire

Hold your breath beneath the reeds
Still the wire it will find you
See it clawing up the leaves
Its light burning through the trees

You will lose everything
You will lose everything

Will you make it through unseen?
Or become their precious thing?
Whisper wait into the wire
But it won’t wait, it won’t wait
It won’t wait

You will lose everything
You will lose everything

How long, how long
How long till it’s your turn?

Let me be
Not consumed but burn

How long, how long
How long till you learn?

That you will lose everything
You will lose everything
You will lose everything

Nowhere

How much further out can the outside be?
Nothing but this desert far as I can see
I remember how the Red Sea used to sing
I remember how it swallowed everything

Let the compass spin
Turn me round again
Doesn’t matter if it’s here
Doesn’t matter if it’s there
Any place without you is nowhere

I was split when I was known
Always one half in danger, one half home
Scarred my tongue to keep my secret safe
Now my secret’s all that I can taste

Let the compass spin
Turn me round again
Doesn’t matter if it’s here
Doesn’t matter if it’s there
Any place without you is nowhere

All these bones
On the other shore
How my sister sang
But I don’t sing no more

Let the compass spin
Turn me round again
Doesn’t matter if it’s here
Doesn’t matter if it’s there
Any place without you is nowhere

Take Me for a Ride

We can’t say we’ve just begun
No, this ain’t our first time
We can’t blame it on we’re young
I see those laugh lines

Why don’t you drive by tonight
Come take me for a ride

Let those clock hands spin round, round
Let that big sun fall down, down
Let me take you on the town
Don’t care what those folks say

I don’t even have one doubt
Wanna kiss that pretty mouth
And then keep on kissin’ south
‘Cause you’re still the girl I dream about

All these years and I’m not bored
Oh no, baby
‘Cause oh my lord, here comes my girl
In a flatbed Ford

Why don’t you drive by tonight
Come take me for a ride

Let those clock hands spin round, round
Let that big sun fall down, down
Let me take you on the town
Don’t care what those folks say

I don’t even have one doubt
Wanna kiss that pretty mouth
And then keep on kissin’ south
‘Cause you’re still the girl I dream about

Ride, ride, ride
C’mon, cowgirl
Ride, ride, ride
If we don’t then who will?
Ride, ride, ride

Let those clock hands spin round, round
Let that big sun fall down, down
Let me take you on the town
Don’t care what those folks say

I don’t even have one doubt
Wanna kiss that pretty mouth
And then keep on kissin’ south
‘Cause you’re still the girl I dream about

The Man Who Loves You

I know this world don’t treat you right
Day in, day out, it’s a fight
I know you dream of an escape
Some superman to kill the pain

I wish that I were born that strong
Wish I could wave some magic wand
But I can hold you all night long
Ain’t that enough?

I am just the man who loves you
I can’t grow no wings
Fly you away from things

I can’t clear the clouds above you
But I can stand this ground
Won’t be turned around
‘Cause baby, I’m the man who loves you

If I’m the rock and not the rain
If I’m the dirt, not the flame
If I’m the bass note underneath
Not some high, sweet melody

If all that glitters lets you down
If it can’t block the next day’s sun
Baby, I’ll still be around
Ain’t that enough?

I am just the man who loves you
I can’t grow no wings
Fly you away from things

I can’t clear the clouds above you
But I can stand this ground
Won’t be turned around
‘Cause baby, I’m the man who

When it’s dark, when everything
Falls apart
Still sees your pure, clear, perfect heart

I am just the man who loves you
I can’t grow no wings
Fly you away from things

I can’t clear the clouds above you
But I can stand this ground
Won’t be turned around
‘Cause baby, I’m the man who

The Price of the Ticket

“Later, in the midnight hour, the missing identity aches.”
– James Baldwin

Write your notes back to home
In an alphabet they can’t read
Save your change for the phone
But no line could ever reach back

To a person that you’ll never be
To a country that you’ll never see
To a language that you’ll never speak

La dai dai…

Did you fall so far?
Somewhere they never dreamed
Did they make you the star
Of a story that never rings true

About a person that you’ll never be
And a country that you’ll never see
In a language that you’ll never speak

La dai dai…

If they held us down, hold me up
Hold them down to hold us up
Did I hold you down to hold me up?
When will we just rise up?

La dai dai…

Walk Through the Desert

When they write what has happened here
It will seem so clear, like they knew
All that loss, all the haze and fear
It will disappear like the truth

I don’t know why but I
Walked through the desert all night
Walked through it all my life
And I don’t know why

There’s a fire on the mountaintop
But in my black heart only smoke
What I’d give for the flames to stop
For this god to turn back to ghost

I don’t know why but I
Walked through the desert all night
Walked through it all my life
And I don’t know why

Why throw it all away?
What if we could have stayed?
All that we’ve done is trade
A grave for grave
A plague for plague

I don’t know why but I
Walked through the desert all night
Walked through it all my life
And I don’t know why

Do It for Myself

You say don’t wait
We all make our own fate
Take what you gotta take
To get to what you need

Be your own girl
Captain of your own world
Show ‘em how you stay alive
All alone at sea

So if you won’t turn back and
Take me in your arms and
Say I was always the one

If you won’t listen to your heart
Pick up that guitar
And write me this song

Guess I’ll do it for myself

Why should I miss
Worrying and wondering?
Now I ain’t got nothing
To worry ‘bout but me

And all these dreams
I thought you dreamed too
Now it’s just me who
Has to believe

So don’t you turn back and
Take me in your arms and
Say I was always the one

Don’t you listen to your heart
Don’t pick up that guitar
Don’t write me this song

I’ll just do it for myself

And oh who needs this part?
Oh take me back to the start

You say don’t wait
We all make our own fate
Take what you gotta take
To get to what you need

I Was Just Your Fool

Every heart
Like every stage
Has the same stock parts
The one in distress
The hero to the rescue
And the villain lurking in the dark

I wasn’t sure
Which part you’d choose for me
If I wasn’t your star
I hoped I’d play a lead

But I was just your fool

Is this one of those plays
Where only the fool is
Free to tell the truth?
Why should I care?
If you don’t love me
Than what good does that truth do?

Someone rewrite this script
Turn its world upside down
Put a poor child on the throne
And make the queen love the clown

‘Cause I was just your fool

Tear up these rags I wore
Tear out the page
Tear down this sad, cheap set and
Burn down the stage

I won’t be your fool

Everything We Had

I was writing this song
For a long time before now
But I kept changing the words
Because I didn’t want to know them

I didn’t want to break your heart
I didn’t want you to break mine

But if you gave everything you had
And I gave everything I had
And it wasn’t enough
What could ever be enough?

If we’ve got nothing left but loss
Oh my darlin’, don’t you cry
Let the music stay with us
River deep and mountain high

I know I’ll always have your heart
And you’ll always have mine

But if you gave everything you had
And I gave everything I had
And it wasn’t enough
What could ever be enough?

All of our wrongs
All of our rights
All of our darkness
All of our light
Every star we couldn’t see in the cold, dark night
Everything we had

And if I broke your heart
And if you broke mine

It just wasn’t enough

The Names of Things

Around the Bend

Everyone wants you to say
That it was meant to be, that you’re better off this way
Cue the sun after the rain
And reveal the sweet surprise that was just gift-wrapped in your pain

I’m not tryin’ to poke a hole in your romantic fantasy
I’m sure that my misfortune has no bearing on your destiny
No, I wouldn’t mind to wind up as your proof of happy ends
But for now it’s looking dark around the bend

Everyone wants to believe
That there’s a purpose to the fall of every lonesome leaf
Cue the ledger in the clouds
Where it’s written down in stone how it all magically works out

I know that I’m supposed to say I think this life has got some weight
That it can’t just bust wide open till it’s all been blown away
And maybe there’s some cosmic scale that’s balanced in the end
But for now it’s looking dark around the bend

Is that a sliver of light up ahead?
Or just some desperate mirage?
Don’t make me get my hopes up yet
If it’s the headlights of some oncoming car

Everyone wants you to be
Even better than before, your wounds sewn up expertly
Like some Frankenstein of fate
Reanimated with the bits of all your best mistakes

If the future’s flying toward me on some cheerful bluebird’s wings
Why does it feel more like I woke the hive and all its angry stings?
I know you’d like me to confirm this sorrow turns into a friend
But for now it’s looking dark around the bend

Asleep at the Wheel

Well we gave it a hell of a fight
We screamed and we talked and we cried
Till we had to admit that calling it quits
Was the only thing we hadn’t tried

So you gave me one last farewell kiss
And I promised that I would be brave
That I’d do my best to go it alone
And I’d smile when I thought of your name

But last night I woke up in your headlights
And my heart was racing to go
So I snuck out like some teenaged girl after dark
And we sped off back out on the road

It’s time to wake up now
This isn’t real
Stop driving by my house
Asleep at the wheel

It’s hard to remember the exit
When it’s years of to have and to hold
When your foot is still on the pedal
But baby your arms have gone cold

And tonight I woke up in your headlights
And my heart was racing to go
But I know we ain’t got no business
Being back out on the road

It’s time to wake up now
This isn’t real
Stop driving by my house
Asleep at the wheel

Just a Little Heartbreak

My old friend, forgive me if I cross the line
If it’s not for me to say
But I fear we might be running out of time
And I’d rather risk you hating me if it might keep you safe

I know you don’t want me to know
But I’m begging you to finally let go

It’s just a little heartbreak
Nothing you can’t handle
So hold your head up and walk out that door
It’ll be lonesome
But you can manage
Your heart needs so much more
I know it’s love but this ain’t what love is for

You say you can’t just turn your back upon a vow
You remember how it used to be
But can’t you see that was then but it ain’t now
And the past you share don’t mean that you can’t leave

I know you’re scared to go
But you don’t have to do it all alone

It’s just a little heartbreak
Nothing we can’t handle
So hold your head up and walk out that door
It’ll be lonesome
But you can manage
Your heart needs so much more
I know it’s love but this ain’t what love is for

The Names of Things

You had a plan
And your plan was just to run
Simple as it seems
Turns out you’re the lucky one

While I circle around
I can’t land nowhere
I can’t bear to touch ground
But I can’t breathe in this air

Once the song and what you sang were still the same
And the words still stood by what they named
And the rain still called itself the rain

You burn the library down
And ride off into the sun
Leave it all behind
Just your horse and favorite gun

While I watch from the woods
I wonder what I would have saved
It don’t do no good
Better learn to love the flames

Once the song and what you sang were still the same
And the words still stood by what they named
And the rain still called itself the rain

One Hand in Debt

Are you gonna get what you need
Wrapped up in a bow just like you dreamed?
Are they here to lay the table
Or are they here to feed?

Sing it to the sky if you dare
Did you think the clouds would care
About your little box
About your little bow
About your little dream?

If you’ve got one hand in debt
And the other in vain
But you can’t turn back yet
This could be the only way
But they’re gonna make you pay

Here’s a little match for the dark
Here’s a pretty mask for your part
Hope you come out right
Hope you come out strong
Hope you come out clean

If you’ve got one hand in debt
And the other in vain
But you can’t turn back yet
This could be the only way
But they’re gonna make you pay

Watch your back, little darlin’
Look how the stars are falling
What will you do if your debts are all called in?

Black Box

I called off the search today
Packed my black box dreams away
There is not some missing piece
You are not some mystery

Rummaged through each word I knew
Wasn’t even one that made it through

You are just a stranger, I am just a ghost
There is no remainder, nothing left to know

There’s no book of why
No secret diary in the sky
Time to set your decoder down and let it slide
Just say good-bye

Where does all that’s unsaid live?
Can I go and visit it?

Somewhere on the moon? Somewhere undersea?
Somewhere up so high
The air’s too thin to breathe?

There’s no book of why
No secret diary in the sky
Time to set your decoder down and let it slide
Just say good-bye

The heart’s a brutal force
No set anchor, no set course
Mutinied and lost at sea
You’re not coming back for me

There’s no book of why
No secret diary in the sky
Time to set your decoder down and let it slide
Just say good-bye

Tender Buttons

I say it’s cold, you say it’s winter
I say are you lonesome, you say you don’t mind

But still, night after night
Maybe you will, maybe you’ll write
Until dawn
Asleep at your desk with some tangled-up mess
That I’m supposed to type

You say just bend
But everything broke
You say I’ll mend
But it goes so slow
And if you can’t stay
Why don’t you go?

You say it’s spring, but it feels like winter
And if I am lonesome, I pay it no mind

Because night after night
Maybe you will, maybe you’ll write
Until dawn
Asleep at your desk with some tangled-up mess
That I’m gonna type

You say just bend
But everything broke
You say I’ll mend
But how would you know?
And if you can’t stay
Why won’t you go?

You say just bend
But everything broke
You say I’ll mend
But it goes so slow
And if you can’t stay
Why don’t you go?
Baby, don’t go

Tami’s Broken Bones

Round and around and around and around we all go
Where this is ending oh baby I hope that you know
You say what more could you need than a horse of your own?
But if this is a carousel, how will we make it a home?

You take my heart
But you just keep the darkest part
So if you can’t shine for all to see
Please just burn for me

If I am clumsy, it’s only because I am lost
Burnt by the ash of a cigarette someone else tossed
And if all the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Still couldn’t do it then why would you dream that you can?

You take my heart
But you just keep the darkest part
So if you can’t shine for all to see
Please just burn for me

Oh darling, why?
You toss and turn
Oh darling I
Can’t seem to learn

You take my heart
But you just keep the darkest part
So if you can’t shine for all to see
Please just burn for me

Star

You could wait your whole life for what’s safe
Board the windows up and walk away
Or let the cards be played
Again

And if the dark is a given, so’s the light
I see them both there in your eyes tonight
But there is just one sky
One end

If I wander off too far
I’ll still know just where you are
The city lights are bright
But they can’t hide your star

If my ship gets washed away
I won’t even be afraid
The ocean’s black but I can
Map it by your star

What if this world doesn’t want us here?
Uses all its might to make us disappear?
My love shines just as strong
And clear

If I wander off too far
I’ll still know just where you are
The city lights are bright
But they can’t hide your star

If my ship gets washed away
I won’t even be afraid
The ocean’s black but I can
Map it by your star

Ocean Born Mary

Part I: Persephone

I was born upon the sea
On a ship bound for America
And though my mother fled a famine
Her hunger bled into my heart

It’s a birthright that I bear
Even in this life beyond the flesh
The pound and strum, the beat and hum
The hunger song of my heart

It’s calling, calling, calling
From the underground
Oh the sweetness of the falling
Darling, take me down

Was I spared or was I marked?
Was I called to haunt or called to grace?
No milk could chase that darkest taste
The hunger sown into my heart

It’s calling, calling, calling
From the underground
Oh the sweetness of the falling
Darling, take me down

Could it be this, could it be this
Could it be just one lonesome kiss
Will you take me down?

Could it be this, could it be this
A drop of poison for my lips
Will you take me down?

Part II: Caged Bird

How do I keep it safe?
Lock everything away
Keep it from the light

How do I make you stay?
Boarded and bricked away
Keep you in the night

Hold on to me
Hold on to me

If you might not come back to me
Why should I ever set you free?
If you don’t belong to me
You still should be mine

If my heart’s a cage
Then at least that keeps you safe
If I clip your wings
Don’t try to fly
Why don’t you sing?

Oh to be so adored
Isn’t that what we’re for?
What else could you need?

Everything here is yours
Everything but that door
That belongs to me

Hold on to me
Hold on to me
Hold on to me
Why won’t you hold on to me?

If you might not come back to me
Why should I ever set you free?
If you don’t belong to me
You still should be mine

If my heart’s a cage
Then at least that keeps you safe
If I clip your wings
Don’t try to fly
Why don’t you sing?

If I clip your wings
Baby, don’t cry
Just sing

Part III: A Plague on Your Houses

A simple rhyme to seal the new
Something borrowed, something blue
But the ending’s not as clean
Something hard and something mean

So tunnel down into the dirt
Or raze the city, salt the earth
Buried deep without a sound
Or ashes ashes on the ground

Doesn’t matter what you need
Choose the leaf or choose the seed
One is just a hard-shelled dream
One is broken by a breeze

So make a map of where it hurts
Make a list of which is worse
And let it all come tumbling down
Ashes ashes all around

No, no, no
If I don’t feel it I won’t go
If the sky is falling down
I’m still rooted to the ground
No one’s going home

No
My heart tells me so
Tied down to the mast
If this ain’t gonna last
Baby, you should know
I won’t go down alone

What you said
Take it back, take it back
I won’t hear it
Take it back, take it back
What you said
Take it back, take it back
I won’t hear it
Take it back, take it back

No, no, no
If I don’t feel it I won’t go
If the sky is falling down
I’m still rooted to the ground
No one’s going home

No
My heart tells me so
Tied down to the mast
If this ain’t gonna last
Baby, you should know
I won’t go down alone

Part IV: All the Oceans

Is there something I should say?
Should I wish my crime away?
I am not ashamed
I didn’t see another way

Am I left just holding bones?
Did I make this grave a home?
If it’s hell to haunt these walls
Well, at least I’m not alone

All the oceans
The deepest well, the longest rain
Couldn’t wash this need away
All the armies
The darkest cell, the longest chain
Couldn’t ever make you stay

They say let him rest in peace
How much can just one girl need?
But I don’t care how long you stay
If you’re only gonna leave

All the oceans
The deepest well, the longest rain
Couldn’t wash this need away
All the armies
The darkest cell, the longest chain
Couldn’t ever make you stay

Love is good but blood is better
Some things have to last forever

All songs written by Karen Pittelman
©Ocean Born Mary Music