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Departure and Farewell
Walking Past The Graveyard, Not Breathing
Things Are Not Perfect In Our Yard
The Seed
The Jack Pine
Tourniquet
Seven Angels
Gently Down The Stream
Bird Song
Traveler's Song
The Tides at the Narrows
Last Call
So Long

Departure and Farewell
(Dan Messe)

The summer folds the afternoon,
And pins a shadow to the lawn,
And sweeps across the empty room
Where I am gone.

The sunlight films my waving hands.
The final scene has just begun,
And pulling back the world expands,
And I am gone.

Hey, I am gone.
Along the way I'll say to you,
So long, my love, so long...

Another light now fills the sky.
The window searches for the sun.
Another chance to say goodbye,
But I am gone.

Hey, I am gone.
I'll find a way to say to you,
So long, my love. so long, my love.

So long...

I'm pulling back.
The world expands.
And I am gone.

Walking Past The Graveyard, Not Breathing
(Dan Messe)

Walking past the graveyard -
Were holding in our breaths.
Its a long way to the corner
Trying not to wake the guests inside the
Rows of Mausoleums, the gate with iron wings -
They are there though we cant see them
As the breath inside is burning...
Til the games we play as children come to harden into bone,
Running from this city made of stone.

Im walking past the graveyard -
May the breath inside me stay -
As I stumble out the barroom,
Or Im face down in the hallway...
Where the games we played as children keep us safe when were alone,
Hiding from this city made of stone.

Im walking past the graveyard -
Another year has passed,
And this breath that Ive been holding is rising up at last until
it burns through all the sadness,
As breath just wants to spill,
But if Im breathing then Im talking
Then Im kneeling on a hill and saying...

How I miss you
How I miss you
How I miss you still.

Things Are Not Perfect In Our Yard
(Dan Messe/Gary Maurer)

Summer in the garden,
Flowers are all gone.
Robin begs a pardon,
Laying on the lawn.

Everything is growing
Under you and me.

Things are not perfect in our yard
But our love is growing
Under you and me.

The Seed
(Dan Messe/Steve Curtis)

As the clouds will crown the silo,
May flowers crown the weed,
May flowers crown the weed,
So that all are blessed that hold the seed.

And as larks fly home in the springtime,
May you return to me,
May you return to me,
So that all are blessed that hold the seed.
So that all are blessed that hold the seed.

The Jack Pine
(Steve Curtis)

We set the field to fire.
We set the lark to flight.
The smoke fell low and even.
It crowned the flames but blocked the light.

And as the blazes passed us,
Across the columbine,
The seeds laid in the ashes were
Opening below the pine,
Opening below the pine.

You fallen, broken seed.
The day returned to you.
You dreamt of fire and woke to find it true.

Just like the rains in winter,
When the leaves bear and bend,
The road has got a foot of water
But the fields are full again.

You fallen, broken seed.
The day returned to you,
And shook you from your sleep,
And laid the world to view.
You dreamt of fire and woke to find it true.

Tourniquet
(Dan Messe)

Brooklyn, Im broken Im breaking apart
Greenpoint pins down my hand, Red Hook pierces my heart
And my blood runs into the Gowanus Canal
Where it sinks to the bottom and hurts like hell.

The Prospectors still search for highs in the heights
Til their first bloody nose which they laugh off despite
How it seems that whatever gets left in a bar
Just becomes part of Brooklyn
And here we are.

Oh, here we are...

Brooklyn, your war was just won by the South
Some kids shooting off rounds from the roof of his mouth
And these trains held in Chambers are ready to blow
All the way back to Brooklyn
And here we go.

Oh, here we go...

Oh Brooklyn, your bridges are bound up in light
Every arterys clogged as you pull the belt tight
And this tourniquet turns even tighter until
Traffic comes to a standstill.
We come to a standstill.
I come to a standstill.

Oh, here we are...

Seven Angels
(Dan Messe/Steve Curtis)

Sleep come easy to your bed this night
Seven angels hold you in their light

One holds a candle.
One holds a crown.
One holds the moonlight shining down.

Dream of fortune in the world below -
Seven angels in the afterglow.

One holds the lantern deep in the mine.
One holds the daylight left behind.

One holds the lightning flashing then gone.
One holds the sun waiting 'til dawn.

Gently Down The Stream
(Dan Messe)

Boys, out of your shoes -
Cast off from the high rugged bluffs
That you've held onto.

Laid out from the spin,
The cold currents from St. James Infirmiry
Pull you in.

Row row row this old boat down to the sea.

Out here in the blue,
The sheer cliffs there at Montague Terrace
Still call to you.

Row row row this old boat down to the start of the sea.
You can search this wide world over and never find me.

Lights swing on the shore -
Your hand has been holding the lantern in store.

Row row row this dear old boat as we go to the sea.
You can search this wide world over and never find me.

Bird Song
(Dan Messe)

Bird sees how to fly.
Bird sees she's a part of the sky.

Bright feathers around you -
Light as the light.

Bird, the world is so wide.
Bird flies off - goodbye, Bird, goodbye.

Bright feathers around you -
Light as the light.
Bright feathers around you -
Light as the light.

Traveler's Song
(Dan Messe)

In a stranger's town I have stayed too long,
With the same old sun, Where the light is wrong,
Where a stranger's hand is there to welcome me,
Where I miss my home and my family.

In a stranger's town I am blessed to be
But I miss my home and my family.
I miss my home and my family.

The Tides At The Narrows
(Dan Messe)

Moon holds a grudge
Thrown from the sky -
Caught in the tides at the narrows,
Where the shore forms a bow
And the moon holds a boat like an arrow.

Shot carries wide as the moon is turning red.
He pulls in the tides tangled on the river bed.
And we rise
And we fall
And we land where we're led.

Man holds an oar
Braced on the bow -
Cuts through the wake like a sliver.
And he throws out a rope
Just to stay where he wants on the river.

Shot carries wide as the man is turning red.
He pulls in the lines tangled on the river bed.
And we rise
And we fall
And we land where we're led.

Our eyes open wide as the sky is turning red.
We're caught in the tides tangled on the bed.
And we rise
And we fall
And we land where we're led.

Last Call
(Dan Messe/Steve Curtis)

Last call for the evening cheer
In the bar by the sea -
We've been drinking so long down here,
It don't mean much to me.

We'll stay where we're safe inside - the rising tide will pass.
We'll say that we've had enough then raise another glass.

I'll drink to all that I wanted to be.
I'll drink to you and me.
I'll get so high so I can see.

Last call when the waters came
Rushing in at our feet.
Let's tear the door from the frame
And float off down the street.

We'll steer by the neon light - the moon tonight is gone.
We'll throw ourselves overboard then straight on toward the dawn.

I'll drink to all that I thought I could be.
I'll drink to you and me.
I'll get so high so I can see.

Tonight I'll lie upon this door -
I've never been so far before.
Tonight I'll lie upon this door -
And hope it opens to the shore.

So Long
(Dan Messe)

So long, my love.
This world may not be enough.
Let go, but stay strong.
So long, my love.

What falls apart
Recalls where it was bound -
Your heart to my heart.
So long, so long, love.
The time has come to part.

May we meet along the way.
May you know that I'm
Waiting for that happy day
When our love is unbounded by time.

Love comes and goes,
And our hearts cannot but stray,
But there's one who knows
How long.
So long, love,
Until we find our way.

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