It begins in the arches of my feet And moves outward to the leather and the ties Smoke is rising, I am Dripping rubber to the tile underneath The room heady with my chemical perfume I'm the tinder I'm the kindling The heat you feel is mine I am visible for miles
Now it's clutching at the hemline of my skirt It seems desperate It seizes and it gasps It can't have me, I am The creator and the masterpiece in one And my passion may consume me where I stand At my knees now At my hips now It teases as it climbs I am visible for miles
You will feel my challenge in your ghostly heart You may fear the poker but I will not, I will not I will not, I will not. Stand aside! Your eyes are tearing up, your throat is closing up But you notice me don't you? Don't you...
I will braid it through the tendrils of my hair I feel reckless, I will never be contained It's all over, I am Spreading faster now, taking everything I see It's sweet chaos at the passing of my hand Cauterized Baptized My sentence is my trial...
I'll be your bonfire, baby I'll be your gunpowder girl Exploding only to die away Nothing left but the soot on your face
And when I rise up, they're gonna bleed in technicolor They're gonna scream like Sunday's choir They're gonna break in waves Said it's gonna be a lovely revolution, you'll see... What fun...
There's complications but you hope I'll understand You think I'd better focus solely on the trouble at hand But you're insistent I should do the best I can When the final call to arms starts blowin' You'll know who I, you'll know who I You'll know who I am Couldn't tell you the day, but a storm is gonna break Yeah a storm is on the way, I'm waiting With a boom and a shake, yeah a storm is gonna break Yeah a storm is on the way, I'm waiting I'm waiting!
Don't stay home Don't stray far Don't stand still (Heard a rumor you were doing something) Don't cave in Don't break through Don't get by But when they finally push me hard enough to fight... Glory will be mine!
They're painting paperboard and sleeping in the streets They're playing telephone and clapping at the message received They're penning anthems to the dead men who agreed The rebels of my generation never spoke to Never spoke to, never spoke to me And there must be a plan, some extraordinary plan Yeah there's gotta be a plan, I'm listening Said there must be a plan, coulda sworn I had a plan Yeah there's gotta be a plan, I'm listening- I'm listening!
No way up No wrong path No worlds won No direction that should go untested No more sin No more faith No more time And when there's no one left to leave a man behind Glory will be mine!
We can do anything, we can go faster faster! Let the past just burn Tides are gonna turn! Pass it on, pass it on!
Gonna do everything, gonna go faster faster! Let the good times burn Never to return Pass it on, pass it on!
Gotta do everything, gotta go faster faster! Let the bastards burn Nothing left to learn
And I don't know where from, but the money's gonna come The money's gonna come, we're gonna be - I don't know where from, but the money's gonna come The money's gonna come, we're gonna be - And I won't get sick, and I won't get scared And I'll live forever, I'm prepared No I don't know where from but the money's gonna come, The money's gonna come, we're gonna be We're gonna be We're gonna be
Cast in bronze Splashed on screen Scratched in stone We are the preface of a new day rising Last year's hope This year's trash Next year's gods But if I lead the charge I'll lose my place in line
But when I rise up...
Wipe the decades off the reel, Load the old projector Our life spills across my face These are scenes we’ll never play So they can’t be tainted Stand by while I find my place Corner me with wild accusations Tell yourself I’m strong I won’t have the chance to prove you wrong Weary traveller, ease your mind I am not your siren Take heart, you survive this crash I have kisses for your brow, medals for your collar Top bill in the night we’ve cast I’ve always been a worrier Is it worth my while When you coming home? When you coming home? Don’t come home Separation’s on its way Edging ever closer We fall by our own design Such devotion to our cause To our devastation We’d fail if we had the time Foreign tongues to mend our broken english Am I what you’ll miss? I don’t have a word for what this is I’m the spirit of the stairs I’m beyond momentum I’ve tried, but I’ve skipped my cue Can you cover for my loss Fill the hollow silence Talk sweet like the good boys do I’ve always been a worrier Tell me what you mean When you coming home? When you coming home? Don’t come home I don’t want to know I waited for you I want to have meant more Future perfect I am wasted on you I won’t be remembered I won’t be remembered Curling up and drifting off under blanket statements Draw near help me fight this chill Resolutions wearing thin Morals bending backwards Don’t stay, only say you will I’ve always been a warrior We march at dawn It’s a slow dance on a short train In a stolen sweater and a quinine haze It’s a late night, it’s a long wait When the doors slide shut
Peel off your compliment finger by finger It stings where it hits my cheek Safe out of range of the insults she lingers And clings to your cuffed up sleeve It's an emotional high It's an historical low This introduction so expertly scripted No need to feed me the lines You see I learned them by rote
I'm nodding, I'm smiling I skip my voice an octave Applauding, conspiring Was this the scene you wanted? Besotted, beguiling You swear she's all you'll ever need Liar, liar
No use pretending I'm less than essential In fending off your ennui No use in lending you sentiment When you're already a devotee It's not the start of an age It's not the end of the world It isn't two hearts publicly beaten There's not a moment to waste, I'm an incredible girl
So sorry, so seasoned So steeped in cheap theatrics You're stalling, what treason What price your ancient tactics? Go on then! You're leaving! You told her you were on your way Liar, liar
Soften the focus and close on the one you deceive Promise her never to promise her never to leave Dutifully making your sacrifice Acting the rites you were read at the foot of her bed Secretly staging your own little death Screaming my name in the back of your head
Once you've discovered the end of your epic You'll inch your way out of her room Once we're discovered the question will ever be Which of us settled for whom?
It's uninspired at best, another biblical fall You're unravelling under surveillance And now we'll all place our bets On if you'll come when you're called
You showed me, I forfeit Congratulations, winner! Your trophy - ignore it It's only paste and glitter Keep rolling, it's gorgeous! You swore I'd never be alone - Liar, liar.
They said the monuments were better after dark Once the masses have retired from the passion of the day The in-room entertainment has been edited for content The language has been silenced but the violence remains And the world waits
We’ll take a lesson from this textbook of a park The pastel of the columns in the shadow of a speech Words to cure a household so callously divided Family versus family and the calumny they teach We’re past reach Aren’t we the daughters of the daughter of a soldier? Maybe we should know? Something in an anecdote they’ll tell us when we’re older Something in our bloodstream to prepare us for the blow
It started subtle, but the wall is gonna climb A testament to battles that we never knew were lost A fallen comrade, an unfamiliar concept We never take an ally til we're certain of their cause But we’ll pause
Every child becomes a murderer in time We take our leave of absence and we scatter from our homes They offer contrast, these killers out of context Someone else’s brother has been chiseled into stone Not ours, though.
Aren’t we the daughters of the daughter of a soldier? Maybe we should grieve? Fingers brush the letters, but the marble’s getting colder No amount of reverence could survive the coming siege.
We’re not permitted any further than the gate When we finally reach the mansion standing pale against the night And we’ve conceded, we’re fully in agreement Women of our background are better left outside We’re not right
There’s a mother here who’s never been betrayed There’s a father guarding shore to sullied shore There are little girls oblivious to conflict How much have they gathered through the heat vents in the floors? Through slammed doors.
Aren’t we the daughters of the daughter of a soldier? Maybe we should fight? No one can protect us now, the armistice is over Better to desert before the mercenaries come for Grace and Light. They said the monuments were better after dark.
And when I fell you took the call You have an obvious attraction To the summit of the hill The lover in the grave Another belle, another ball Another costumed reenactment Of the blood you couldn't spill The one you couldn't save
With a turning head Another act begins With a freezing sweat The sickness setting in With the words you meant Still unspoken Distrust, cheap lust Simmering behind your grin
And you wonder the ways my plot might twist When compared to the others you've dismissed Opportunity weighed against the risk No it isn't a risk, but I am Are the odds against me, I don't Go ahead perfect me, I don't Dress me up, direct me, I don't Do you wanna wreck me? I don't mind Go on, go on I said I'm fine
Spurned and spotted, filled with flaws A shaky hand, a resurrection A flair for the dramatic You took it for your own Burn the body, kill what was So I can stand with you, corrected So harrowing and tragic So crooked I have grown
You can have me framed and bask in your renown You can stalk the waves and watch me when I drown But the fix won't take, not while I'm still Legs spread, palms pressed Begging you to melt me down
And my muscles contract and my lips go slack And my ringlets wither, gold to black It isn't too late to change 'em back No it's never too late but I am
Have the boundaries shifted, I don't Does it feel different? I don't. Will you leave me drifting, I don't Come on, leave me drifting, I don't mind Go on, go on I said I'm fine.
I've faked my way around a suicide before I barely know us from the movies anymore Rest assured, when my replacement's fading I'll be waiting Safe and free and bathed in neon Willing and wired At the Hotel Empire
Shrouded now in pink chiffon and I am Trembling up his concrete Destroying children's chalk lines Avoiding every crack Out of bounds and barely gone If he remembers how he wants me Deploying all his stop signs The boy I'm getting back
Let the staircase bend and loom beneath his feet As his well dressed friend drags him to the street It's a sharp descent Did you think I'd Rot now, shot down Buried in a sad defeat?
On a Saturday syrup thick and warm Just as sweet as the fist that grips my arm The hand at your mouth don't mean you harm No it isn't a harm, but I am When we hit the gutter, I don't Does the fountain stutter, I don't Do the tourists shudder, I don't Do I tell my mother, I don't. Is it any wonder I don't mind? Go on, go on I said I'm fine.
Always wanted to be a good loser On the days when my name was the last one down On the days when the fence I was walking Left me dripping with mud in a gray scale town When the stronger choice Made a joyful noise With a starlet’s poise With a body the boys like honey With an inside voice Uh oh, where do the funny ones go Always wanted to be a good dancer Like the virgins who twirled like a carousel Taught to barter their kisses for comfort I was sick on the day that we learned the hard sell I was still untouched But they’d tart me up I default to slut “We don’t see what the fuss is honey. You can fake this stuff” Uh oh, where do the funny ones go? Cinderella’s sisters tell us Nothing in the final edit Cause we left them blinded, bled and Screaming through the rolling credits Made a mistake, played it straight How many punchlines til she breaks? Splitting on seams, no reprieve What I get is what you see Always thought I could be the good daughter And that diamonds would beckon me through the gate But the madwoman read me for wicked And integrity left me a little too late But I’m yours at last Did you want me bad? I can handle that I’ve had all this practice honey Do you like my act? Uh oh, where do the funny ones go When they get old?
Murder My Darling
Freeze right there you were caught at the scene of a crime Awash with alibis And priming for a restart Please do share where you think that you were at the time And swear me to your side A bible for your sweetheart You only want me as a witness Shining back what right you’ve done to Light you from the stand You only want me as a witness Pleading through your misery “Forgive me for I know not what I am” Flash right back to a boy in the need of applause Evading playground taunts From bright young things with eyes rolled Beat that track! Daddy said you’re whatever you want And how that promise haunts Potential as yet untold You only want me as a witness Watching you toss conquests off as quickly as you can You only want me as a witness Bleeding through your chivalry “Forgive me for I know not what I am” No reason not to be something Now that the traitor you were has faced the squad Neither forgotten nor gone Your aim can’t be trusted Watch yourself fall to the dust Collar to cuffs All liquored up Don’t look now, it appears you’re a man on the run Don’t turn to see what from Your victim’s still in rear view Tracked you down by the scent of the smoke on your gun You finally succumb But baby I can’t hear you I only want you as a witness In the dark beneath me, blistered-fisted, shadow-clad I only want you as a witness This’ll be your christening Forgive me, but you know not what I am.
So we’re agreed Label this “best” Grinding my teeth as you dream and I rest Murdering time Seven will come Gather my strength and get ready to run Straying from form Staid and remote Cough up your tale from the back of your throat Drag me along, here for the ride Who could have known I was coming inside? My skirt, your hall Your mouth, my call That’s all? What about Wars that were waged and the Skin that was grazed And the promise the diner lights made?
This isn’t done We are the conquerors, This is our daily detente What better time to decide what I want? You sleep, I’ll walk
Curious trend Isn’t it strange? What information you chose to retain? All of my fears, none of my wit Drape me in jealousy tailored to fit Lining your walls Faces you’ve earned Duchesses hanging themselves on your word Women of rank I have surpassed Each of them certain you mean them to last
Such love, such depth Not quite, not yet You’re spent, weary of Slights that we logged And the bullets we dodged In a skirmish we barely resolved What have I done? Wasted this time with you Gave myself reason to fold Next time I’ll buckle and do as I’m told Wake up! I’m home.
Keep your eyes shuttered and rise from your slumber And walk into walls as you will I’ll hunt for morning rewinding old stories To keep me alert for the kill, you remember those Crudely drawn parables trapped on cassette for the Little ones left on their own Somebody somewhere assembled these fables And shattered them once we were grown, with the epitaph: “Here lies the good man who no one saw coming With one self made orphan curled up at his side.” Popular logic says I should be patient and Stay in your range as you’re changing your mind Which you won’t. See I’m choosing my battles I did tell you I’d try I’ve been draining their bottles I’ve been learning to lie
At last, at cost Stop tape, stop loss I’m fraught Dwelling on friends I must keep and the Ends I make meet and the Speed of your heart in your sleep and you’re Burning up Won’t throw the covers off Won’t take my arm from your chest Sleep honey, sleep. I’m here.
Don’t know where here is This is no place for a woman alone I’ve come a long way Coming up short on the women you’ve known I left their makeup stateside Their wardrobes pressed and stored I left their questions loaded Don’t know what they’re asking anymore There’s no one left to vouch for Anyone who answered here before I took a wrong turn Refugee’s Walk down a dangerous street The lookers on turn Take a good guess at the language I speak Sinking feeling when they greet me Phrases I can’t comprehend Print my meaning underneath me Cast me off when I offend I always offend So I’ll continue sliding Through gaps in these cliches I researched all my options In magazines and half price matinees The savior of her nation, the subject of a gaze I catch my breath I wasn’t looking for the mask on deck I wasn’t ready for the next show yet I want a moment here unseen Life out loud I’m rising every time the Lights come down I shouted “fire” at a captive crowd It wasn’t always out of greed It wasn’t half of what I need I’m moving pictures Passenger boards with so little to say The stations flicker What’s the last stop for a face on a train? I am backwards but in transit Drag me to my journey’s end One more temporary actress Slouching towards a rental bed I’m a stranger, safe and sound Take me deeper underground When the windows go black I am echoed back I see no sign of the right track I see fear I see hope I see these scenes in Cinemascope I smell smoke