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To the Hollow Night (lyrics)

Dance, Fall

Left our old strange homes
a little bit late
when we took off on the interstates unknown

swim out as far as you can
till i loose sight of you
and confront my fright of you
youll stay in the water
ill stay on the land

the porch is quiet now
there's still soap in the sink
and all of the flittering songs
grow loud

maybe we will meet again
in some distant places
and see our own faces and then

you are here
and so we all
despite our fear
we love

we love the dance
so we love the fall
we take the cup
and drink it all

This World Needs You

oh, when the lights
when the lights have left
where will you find your breath?
in all the times you thought you weren't worth it
in all the times that yr lungs were hurting
and longed to put words
to a prayer
but found only air.
we live in a world that is always giving
in a body that is always spilling
out and over into the howl
into the howling wind
this world needs you living

Light on the Hill

Hollow night
four weeks for
this drought we wrought
moon is a

frayed open hole
stayed up all night
we are waiting here
for him to come

oh light on the hill
i thought you were a star
or at least a flame
from a needy heart
as if only i could ever find firewood.

how do we keep warm?
what has burned for this?
this singing born
from a cage of ribs
as if only birds could know the thrill of flight.

wrap me in wings
throw me out into the light
where i'll get stuck in a branch
and woven into the night
where the lace of the trees is a thread at the seam of sight.

Woven

give it time
give it lots of good sunlight
give it a name and a proper burial
invite everyone to the funeral

dance like
a drunk little kid
give safe harbor in
the cove of your ribs
watch over the sleeping ships

for tomorrow
they go back out to sea
and who knows the next
cove where they will be
in what bed they will sleep

up to
the roof or the rise
of the hill or the battlements
give it sky
give it hope on high

collapse
in the dirt and the dew
we never know what
the dawn is gonna do
what the day will turn into

keep on the prowl
keep in good touch
we may touch too much
or sometimes not enough
may we all speak up.

Queen of Stones

Thought I saw it rise and curl up in your spine
Thought I heard the bells ring as you hung the wash to dry
Softly in the moonlight I saddled the horse to ride

Brother let me go. I have built a ship
The spirit of the rose is rising with it
Queen of stones I ask will you keep my fire
i've been ferried from my past on the waves of desire

I've taken all I need. It is all I ogt.
Bring me to the sea, for it has what I have not.
Queen of stones I ask will you keep my fire
For all my wood is wet and it's not getting any drier

Queen Of stones, I have flown.
I've made my way
I've come into your maze, Queen of Stones.

Goat Song

mother
don't be
so sad
hunger
lover
full moon
cover
bleeding
with you

laughter
streaking
all the
color
frightened
creatures
cackling
crazy nights
dark blue

when the day breaks
following the night song
illuminates but not for long
????

a little thing
silvery and splintering
light hits the lens and shatters in
picking pieces pluck the string
now left shuddering

there are
sometimes
that i
would hide
but you
have found
your way
inside
all me

secrets
filling
lamplit
willing
fingers
spindley
kindling
all lost
finding

Drought's End

in that old summer the sun
picked us off one by one
we were burning up and out

but when the cool night would rise
from the clover to the skies
we would cry this drought will drown

at times you are a torrent.
you would sweep my shelter off
and i would be left
with limbs and a will to live

i would be left without a purpose
other than knowing how to swim
oh to enter into a humbling flood of a friend
oh to get to witness the thunderous drought's end.

Nettles

i dreamt you had a pair of black wings
unfurling like fiddlehead ferns in the spring.
you hung suspended in the air
you were buyouant brimming and bare.
a hundred years couldn't wash us clean
so we wring our hands in the dried up stream
the stones rose slow like ghosts from the frost heaves
and the grey earth gives over to green.

we catch our breath and trap the wind
it's cold, but we let it in--all we know is
that the nettles sting and what the summer brings
is that the water comes, that the water comes out
rising like morning.

break the glass and sharpen prayer
hang the mirror o'er the chair.

hang the sun over the hill
as the dry stream slowly fills.

hang the hunger from the boughs.
burn the seeds and blunt the plows.

the hill the chair, the mirror the sun
all our stories come undone.

Breath Below (Hallelujia)

hallelujah hardly knew you
i will let you go.
your streets and my spine
once entwined now unwind
uncoiling in the snow

i will find my breath below
where the sun becomes shadow

limped away from here like a wounded deer
i was trailing all your ghosts.
wish me speed from these streets of defeat,
of bone and cobblestone.

leaving paths in the snow
weaving the past with the falling ash
and burning the road
i will find my breath below
where the sun becomes shadow.

hallelujah, hardly knew you
i will let you go.
i will find my breath below
where the sun becomes shadow.

Circling

(no text)

Who In the Night

Break Bread, Break Bread for the hungry.
We all survive just the same

If we make it through the morning
we will make it through the day

And our lives are all so confused and tired.
sometimes we feel we've lost the fire
We remember the orchard and the ladders we wrapped
in the cloth we cut from our backs

It was jus ttoo much to handle for us all
we stood naked and cold in the squall
When the harvest came we forgot
and the apples returned to rot

We Rise.

But we knew what the trees could provide
when we lay in that dappled light
We never knew hunger there
and now the orchard lies bare

Of course we all yearn to return
but some bridges don't get unburned
Our pockets are still full of seeds
they tremble with hope
In the evening

They Rise.

Who in the light in the harbour in your eyes,
who would survive?
Who in the night on these paths came before us
and filled the wine?
Who made this home so gently in the forrest
with no goodbye?

Dear Virginia

Dear virginia, you have been kind to me
here's me thanking you honestly
i've only got it in me to say it this one time
thank you do not worry i am going to be fine
i will leave you just as quickly as i came
i stayed long enough to learn your name.

some nights i wanna burn this whole country down
tonight i am grateful for this lonely patch of ground
treat me with some tenderness and some empathy
i'm a stranger in town.

I'm sorry we're not together
but the stars shine all the same
and if they're not so brightly now
i know that i'm to blame
dear Virginia--I have learned your name.

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