Lyrics From the Album "New Moon Rising"

Track List:

1- What is it Like 2- Lazy Afternoon 3- New Moon 4- Skeptics of the Sun 5- Earth & Sky 6- Broken Pawn 7- High Wire 8- Give it Some Time 9- Take a Ride 10- Moonlight Meadow Song

1- What is it Like?

Here I am again, feeling so confused

There you go again, pulling off my shoes

What is it like to be alone?  What is it like to be afraid?

What is it like to cast a stone while you carry on a masquerade?

 

Here I am again, it’s the day after the storm

There you go again, you always kept me safe and warm

What is it like to lose the trust?  What is it like down on your knees?

What is it like to feel your own rust?  It’s like a silent soliloquy

 

There you go again, making rings around the sun

When the sun goes down those circles come undone

What is it like to fade away?  What is it like to lose desire?

What is it like to feel okay?  Laying low, not always aiming higher

and higher and higher...

 

2- Lazy Afternoon

Now once upon a time they handed down my wings.  I learned to fly

up above most anything.  Then came the wind, pushed me toward the

sun. Didn’t wanna burn, just wanna have some fun

 

Chorus:

I’m headin’ down on a lazy afternoon.  I can be found

by the green lagoon.  Please run with me & make love in the dune.

On a lazy afternoon

 

Late at night somewhere deep inside a dream

A fantasy ain’t always what it seems.  Sometimes you get shot down,

and left to die, just another fool who came falling  from the sky (chorus)

 

Stop...What’s that creepin’ in?  That smoke just lit us up again

The tiki torches are burning bright.  There are a million stars in sight

Let the music stir your soul and babe lose all control (chorus)

 

3- New Moon

There’s a new moon rising before your eyes

Gone with the fears and the alibis

Yesterday’s drying on the canvas, yes

Where tomorrow’s going is anyone’s guess

 

The snow’s falling and the heat don’t work

I thought I was passed acting like some kind of jerk

But I’m sitting here freezing drinking this wine

Wishing on music and lyrical rhymes

 

Outside there’s people crawling the streets

Each with a plan, each with a vision, each with a dream

Clinging to survival just to survive

It’s so easy sometimes to forget you’re alive

 

Now the puppets they dance in the crib of a child

While the world’s in a cage and promise runs wild

Where hope swallows fear and light smothers black

And everyone’s sailing with the wind at their back

 

I’ve been trying to reach it but I ain’t got there yet

And all the things that I know I sometimes forget

So it’s back at the start, more lines in my skin

I keep asking myself where to begin

 

So Heaven help me if I ever get it right

The trumpets will blow and I’ll reclaim my sight

You’ll be sure to know me with the smile on my face

Out of my head like the whole human race

 

There’s a new moon rising before your eyes

Gone with the fears and the alibis

Yesterday’s drying on the canvas, yes

Where tomorrow’s going is anyone’s guess

 

4- Skeptics of the Sun

Lying late one summer night I swore I heard the wind

Through the screen with a whisper it touched against my skin

It led me to the corridor to a festive street

A Mardi Gras of millions at my feet

We drank all night and danced all day and smoked some in between

“here’s some more, here’s some more” they said “the grass is always green”

Laughed along the countryside and sang out to the stars

We felt the spirits fly from the guitars

 

Chorus:

Come you skeptics of the sun

Come ‘fore the day is nearly gone

Come while hope is burning right before your eyes

Now it’s time we may shed our disguise

 

I don’t sleep with strangers and I never much liked to dance

“here’s some more, here’s some more” they said

“now you get your chance Do you know temptation ?”

I smiled and said “we met...we had some wild nights I don’t

want to forget” (chorus)

 

They tell you it ain’t easy and they’ll say that it ain’t right

Who’s that lonely soul hiding ‘neath the light

They tell you to surrender and when you don’t retreat

You’ll find them falling at your feet (chorus)

 

Lying late one summer night I swore I heard the wind

Through the screen with a whisper it touched against my skin

It led me to the corridor to a festive street

A Mardi Gras of millions at my feet (chorus)

 

5- Earth & Sky

The day was a memory of a slow moving storm

Now there’s a new lease on living

It’s your time to be born

The child was crying, you heard in your sleep

Some may grow stronger

Some may still weep

 

While down in the canyon

The sun will lay low

The peak of the mountain is all covered in snow

Bitter she stood, somewhere out of the fold

Here head was on fire

Her heart was so cold

 

Chorus:

I love you until the day that I die

There’s nothing between us

Except the earth and the sky

Sing me to sleep with a sweet lullaby

There’s nothing between us

Except the earth and the sky

 

Last night I heard singing

It sounded just like your song

The tune was so pretty but it didn’t play long

So I closed back my eyes

And laid alone in my bed

I sang it over and over

To keep your song in my head (chorus)

 

6- Broken Pawn

Wait, I’ve shown you all I can

You know I’m just a man

In this cold world of flesh and bone

Hear, the tired angels sigh

It’s on them we must rely

But mine’s asleep and your’s has flown

 

She, she left not long ago

Ten feet deep in snow

Called out her name but she was gone...

Gone, nothing that I could do

Will I get over you or just remain your broken pawn


Chorus:

Even as I close my eyes I can see your face

Even when those lights are turned down low

Even when I hold my ears I can hear your song

The song that played too long

 

So call when you’re losing face

The past we may erase

Although it’s filled with bitter, bittersweet

Believe, when you hear me say

Although the ties have frayed

I need you to be complete

(chorus)

 

7- High Wire

Over a cool northwestern sea

Flying high and free away from me

To where the cold winds never blow

Words would no more heal the pain and

If we did this all again, I’d ask for you to stay

Just one more night

 

Baby no matter how hard we tried

When the fire burns out and the rest of it dies

Up in smoke is where it all goes

And now all those hazy and drunken nights

and all the  useless & senseless fights have up and gone

I am alone feeling a little stoned

 

Chorus:

These feelings come’n go

Just like in a circus show

When your heart is on the High Wire

 

Up in the morning and out on the breeze

Left you crying down on your knees that day

What a day

You would write your poetry

To get you through the worst of me

While I hid inside my head so much unsaid

 

Chorus:

These feelings come and go

Just like in a circus show

When your heart is on the high wire

Bridge:

This show won’t go on

Until all those clowns are gone

And then you watch me stumble out upon

The high wire

 

Now  you’re over a cool northwestern sea

Flying high and free away from me

To where the cold winds will  never blow


8- Give It Some Time

Standing high on shaky ground

Listening for that deafening sound

As you watch the city tumble down

Yearning for that place in time

When you can see the moonlight shine

Silhouetting  knotty pines and vines


Chorus:

Give it some time, Give it some time

Time, time, time

Give it some time

 

She left you high and not so dry

The tears were drowning both your eyes

Shadows on the walls at your bedside

Fly away into the sun

The solo flight of a skeleton

Yearning for the unison (chorus)

 

Daybreak slips away from you

Another dog day afternoon

That cold, gray sky was once a shade of blue (chorus)

 

Standing high on shaky ground

Listening for that deafening sound

As you watch the city crumble down

 

9- Take a Ride

Steppin’ off your midnight train, smell the mountain air

Tired eyes, cotton tongue Do you have some change to spare?

Six months on this crazy ride, six months on your track

Five days on these achin’ feet and two on a broken back

 

Chorus:

Then you go stepping out

Leave me standing here wondering what this game is about

 

Took me in when I was down, A lonely boy to ride

Played me like a violin laughing as I cried

Fed me all my teeth would pass, prepared me for the least

Took me to that crooked hill and let the vultures feast

 

Chorus:

Then you go stepping out

Leave me standing here wondering what this game is about

Honey the river’s run dry

And the crops have all died

Guess it’s time to take a ride

 

Got the pedal to the floor gonna ride this engine until it blows

Watch me take the black highway anywhere it goes (chorus)

 

10- Moonlight Meadow Song

The leaves are dying fast ‘neath September’s cold skies

October winds blow, they cut loose and fly

We’re holding our breath with everything they say

On every t.v. and news stand at the start of the day

Seems like everybody’s changing or maybe it’s me

Most of who I knew ain’t who they used to be

There’s a loner alone at a table for one

He’s always bitching and complaining that he never has fun

 

Chorus

Some night when the stars are out

Meet me in the moonlit meadow

Free from all reality

Sing with me

That moonlight meadow song

 

There’s a child and he’s walking down a long dirt road

From the school house he carries all the things he’s been told

While the birds of prey circle above the old hill

There’s a drunkard in a tavern who brags of a kill

I’m knocking three times on the ceiling above

But you say you ain’t got time for casual love

Love got you once, love got you twice

Now love’s got your heart all crushed in a vise (Chorus)

 

One more enemy is circling over my head

If he cuts it any closer someone’s gonna be dead

But I ain’t got no heart, ain’t got no guts

I’m too busy trying to pull my ass out of a rut

They say a storm’s coming, one we’ll never forget

So keep pushing honey or you’re gonna get wet

I can’t say why, all the things I do

Don’t make me try and pull me closer to you (chorus)

 

I couldn’t possibly be moving at the speed they said

With all the busy thoughts I got running around in my head

And I don’t need you coming on to me if

If you don’t see me dying I don’t know what you see

Old Ed ain’t living down my road anymore

Last night they called his number up to heaven’s sweet door

He was the last of the old folks, last of a breed

And now there’s no one around togrow us the food that we need (chorus)