SUN GANGS

 

 

SIT DOWN BY THE FIRE

 

Born from the night and the roaring wind

Cast out of the shadows by an unknown hand

Warmed by the light of its falling limbs

Drunk on the sadness of a universe unmanned

 

Across the water she clings to me

And in the rising calm I feel her at my side

My father’s singing in the falling leaves

About the complicated beauty of a river run dry

 

Sit down by the fire

Sit down by the fire.

 

I know it’s hard to say but I think you’d better

Just say you don’t love me anymore

I’ve been waiting in line and now I know I’ll never

Overcome this madness if I don’t know for sure

 

Across the water she clings to me

And in the light of dawn I see her at my side

My father’s singing in the falling leaves

“There’s no way out of this old world even if you try.”

 

So just sit down by the fire

Love, sit down by the fire

There ain’t no way to get what I want.

 

Some day a little rain is bound to fall.

 

Over my head, my heart and my feet

I am drawn insane -

You know I need you now

 

Over my head, my heart and my feet

I am drawn insane

 

Sit down by the fire 

Sit down by the fire

 

There ain’t no way to get what I want.

 

 

SUN GANGS

 

Some say you’ll never be gone forever

Some say there’s music where you go

 

I’ve no faith in my heart to tell two apart

Ocean above from sky below

 

Where I am going you can’t save me.

 

Don’t wake me, honey

For love nor money

I have no more I can repay

 

Til we’re here alone

And the seed has been sewn

And night returns to break the day

 

Where I am going you can’t save me.

 

A sea to dream in

And a box to scream in

A world to love and a right to know

 

Now I hear violins

Out from the silence

Don’t want me love

Then let me go

 

Where I am going you can’t save me. 

 

 

THE LETTER

 

All the night 

Her dream passes by my bed

Undeniable in all she said -

She wrote the letter.

 

Hard to find love

Since you arrived here

Harder to file the lock

Than pull your body near

 

She wrote the letter down

She wrote the letter down.

 

I know, I know, I know

You’ve felt a change in my heart

I know, I know, I know

The planets ripped you apart

 

I know, I know, I know

When this ends I’ll know no better

I know, I know, I know.

 

All that I’ve lost

Was bound to pass

Dying to know

But too afraid to ask -

She wrote the letter.

 

Hard to find love

When you’re all walking blind in here

Go wash your heart in the river

Til the water runs clear

 

She wrote the letter down

She wrote the letter down.

 

I know, I know, I know

You’ve felt a change in my heart

I know, I know, I know

The planets ripped you apart

 

I know, I know, I know

When this ends I’ll know no better

I know, I know, I know.

 

Love, I just want to say it right…

 

Goodbye.

 

 

KILLED BY THE BOOM

 

He stared at the skyline with a look of avarice

He smelled the diesel of a passing train

He fell with both hands still in his pockets -

Killed by the boom and washed away.

 

Oh no what a tragedy

Say what you want about him

I’ll say GODDAMN.

 

He wasn’t no drug dealer, mamma

No, he was a dancer

With the dull eyes of a steer and a lion’s mane

And man you know public opinion, it never answers

Whatever intuition cannot explain.

 

Oh no what a tragedy

Say what you want about him

I’ll say GODDAMN.

 

No recognition by the state nor senate

No epitaph to sing aloud his sweet name

No fourteen stations and no nineteenth sonnet

He weren’t a wealthy man but he was a man all the same.

 

Oh no what a tragedy

Say what you want about him -

Oh no what a fucking tragedy

Say what you want about him

I’ll say GODDAMN.

 

It weren’t the rain that killed him

and it weren’t his money ills

It weren’t the rain that killed him

No he was killed by the boom.

 

 

IT HITS DEEP

 

Hope there’s someone

Cause I’ll be gone for awhile

I begged you let me

Let me come for a ride

 

Hope there’s someone

Cause I’ve been down so low

All for something

Good for nothing at all.

 

It hits deep

But it does me no harm. 

 

On and on and on I’ll fall. 

 

 

THREE SISTERS

 

I saw tonight three sister’s burning

And muddied by the riverside

Who led my love to that burning building

Three sisters were my mother’s pride

 

Oh my God

All this for nothing

Oh my God

Left three sisters burning.

 

I saw tonight my mother’s angel

In the backseat by the riverside

Who led my love to that burning building

Three sisters on the other side

 

Oh my God

All this for nothing

Oh my God

Left three sisters burning.

 

 

THE HOUSE SHE LIVED IN

 

The house she lived in

Is now all we’re left with

It’ll take a lifetime to pay for this

 

All the nuns were singing

And the crowds were immense

All the papers wrote it a different way

 

Those known desirers -

Her first admirers 

All claimed that they were her favourite

 

But I know that it was

Me alone that she loved

Though I still have nothing to show for it.

 

Ain’t no calling you back, I just want you to know

I’ve your voice in my head and your frame on the wall

It all went wrong, I just wish you could stay with me

Love, stay with me.

 

Her brother John says

He ain’t sure if she’s dead

Or just hiding somewhere away from him

 

But we all still remember

That cold December

With your lawn ablaze and you razor blade drawn.

 

Ain’t no calling you back, I just want you to know

I’ve your voice in my head and your frame on the wall

It all went wrong, I just wish you could stay with me

Love, stay with me.

 

Oh love

When it’s cold, love

That’s when I know, love

That’s when I know

Uh, uh, uh, oh. 

 

Now it’s all gone

I can see you in the flowers

Now it’s all done

Yeah I’ll lay down there for hours

 

Now it’s all gone

I can see you in the flowers

Oh, honey won’t you come home?

 

I’d offer my soul

If I thought it might help at all

And I’d follow you down that road

If I thought it might help at all.

 

 

SCARECROW

 

Hung by the old field

The night in his eyes and the road by his side.

 

He’s trying to show me

It was a lightening bolt that set his body on fire. 

 

Scarecrow

Caught in my mind

Scarecrow - not made for these times.

 

Clear as a diamond

The light reads plain in the back of his eyes

 

We’d never know

He still dreams of a bird of a terrifying size.

 

Scarecrow

Caught in my mind

Scarecrow - not made for these times.

 

Cruel moon

Trying to weight him down

Too soon

I’m glad to have him with me now

 

Death coat pecked bare

Red collar bled white

No black heart there

No bark and no bite

 

Just this scarecrow

Caught in my mind

Scarecrow - not made for these times. 

 

 

LARKSPUR

 

I pulled its hand from the earth. 

 

Always a larkspur

No rest for my heart.

 

 

BEGIN AGAIN

 

It’s the road you laid

That made you blind

And just a hollow name

We’ll all leave behind

 

Well to coin a phrase

Is just a waste of time

With all that disgrace

Playing in your mind

 

We’re all just following the light of long dead stars.

 

It’s the acid rain

Sent from above

And it’s the joy and pain

You’ll grow to love

 

It’s the sweetest thing

You’ll never know

And the truth will sting

And so it goes.

 

So hard just following the light of long dead stars.

 

Oh to begin again

But to feel it all

But to feel no pain

When I do fall

 

And see the face of God

In the roaring flames

And know that death from above

Is still death all the same.

 

We’re all just following the light of long dead stars.