NO NOSTALGIA

When I walk, there will be no
Speculation. No act to follow
And my words, they will be strong
Find your way and feel free to come

Now our doubts, they will be cast
No nostalgia, no point of reference
nothing wrong and no looking back

Nowadays the proof is every breath you breathe
So I'll make the time if you can make believe
We're living in a fortress
Safe from the madness,
Keeping every promise

When I walk, there will be no
Hesitation. No pill to swallow
And my stride sure will be long
Choose your side and feel free to come

I'll be the bottles on the beaches
You be the waves that wash them all ashore
We'll make the most of every message
Keep a careful eye for ever after
On and on until we know for sure
That we're living in a fortress
Safe from the madness
Keeping every promise

 

UNDER A CLOUD SHAPED LIKE A TOMB

Met on the face of an obscure hillside
Covered in clouds shaped like a tomb
Stuck in the ground
Plenty to do
Nobody around

I was employed, she was a risk-taker
Far from afraid, quiet and kind
Easily swayed
Secrets were kept
And promises made.

But oh, how often they called
Out to remind us our ways
Had no place in it all

And I was easier then, back when it all started
Able to wait, still in the end, was hard to defend
A place where they're so unwilling to bend

And praise
Came to those who did as they were told
But whoa
Whoa to those who went astray
And clear, clear was the line
The line not to cross, the rules to abide.
But deep, deep was the urge
To leave it behind

And oh how we covered our tracks
Ever the low profile
Counting the cracks, wading the days
Subtle the flame
Lighting our path
Again and again

But oh, how often they called
Out to remind us our ways
Had no place in it all

But lately lately I've been one for up and leaving leaving,
See no reason we should change to suit their old ways
Don't you think?

 

ALRIGHT YOU RESTLESS

Alright you restless
Arise and make believe it isn’t dangerous
To show the fervor you hide
Your big idea’s safe with us.
We’ve got no act to critique
No reason not to take you serious.
So mull it over, you’ll see
You’re bigger here than where you’re at

We’re ready and don’t you know
This life is good enough
We’re ready and don’t you know
This life is good enough
So get on, get up, you got so much
So many wither away
But that won’t happen to us

I came up hard with a weight
That didn’t ever seem to taper off
And no amount of restraint
Could keep it all from adding up
But here our conscience is clean
And we’ve no need to make apologies
And all who come are the same
You’re bigger here than where you’re at

We’re ready and don’t you know
This life is good enough
We’re ready and don’t you know
This life is good enough
So get on, get up, you got so much
So many wither away
But that won’t happen to us

 

SO SO FREELY

Place me in the shadow of a bluff
hunker down and cover up
I believe we've had enough

When I see see see that brightness
And I’m so so so reminded
Of the reasons we departed
Anacortes all around us

When I call call call your namesake
And you rush rush out to meet me
And we talk that talk so freely
Anacortes all around
We’re better off in isolation
Than being lost with all the rest

Don’t you take take too much stock in
All their cold cold calculations
Anymore, that’s not our problem
Anacortes all around us

And we’ll leave that gate wide open
For the ones we told so often
Gotta make make up for something
Anacortes all around us
All around us
All around us
All around us
All around us
All around us
All around us
All around we’re better off in isolation
Than being lost with all the rest

When I see see see that brightness
And I’m so so so reminded
Of the reasons we departed
Anacortes all around us

When I call call call your namesake
And you rush rush out to meet me
And we talk that talk so freely
It’ll always be around us
All around us
All around us

 

THE PEAKS
 


Meet me in a cave
Memories to share
And you’ll see there’s plenty to appreciate, my friend
So keep it in your heart so you remember we can
We can
Yes, keep it in your heart so you remember
We can
 
In a tower tall
Witness to it all
I could see the peaks
Where we’re sure to go
All of us are eager for the moment to ascend
So take this in your heart ‘til you remember we can
Yeah, take it in your heart so you remember we can
We can we can we can

 

NAVY PARADE (Escape from the Black River Bluffs)

I set out from that old Black River bluff
Around an early age
Never did like it there so much
And when the hour finally came
I went out there and enlisted
In that old Navy parade

I found myself in the Pacific Ocean waves
Among a chosen few
But I fell asleep on watch one night
And that's the worst thing that you could do
And when I woke up
There was a flashlight shining
Right there in my face

Here's what that voice called out to me
Lord knows you tried to fake it
But you're better off taking any step
That leads you further from
The way you'll never be
Beyond this mess there's something left
And it's still within your reach
So if you get there before I get there
You better save something for me

Oh, the toil and strife
The fire and flame
I’m going down
In a similar way
But I’ll be counting every step
That I’m taking from the Navy Parade

Yeah the toil and strife
The fire and flame
I’m gonna die
In a similar way
But I’ll be counting every step
That I’m taking from this Navy Parade

 

THESE ELBOWS

Found a place in the foliage
Avoided the rest, a steady pulse in my chest
I had no grudge to get over
And no past to regret

It was me and the weather
and the weather was good
And all their nay-saying ways
Could never cloud my perspective.
There ain’t no reason it should

They tried to say I was selfish
Told me I was naïve
And made all kinds of predictions
That had no bearing on me
And all around me was hearsay
Until I found a better place in the Evergreens

I bet you’re bent on destruction
The holes in your blouse
The bitter taste in your mouth
And still no sign of redemption
No time to figure it out

But I was there in your trenches
Defending that cold cold place
And when I came to my senses
There was effort to fake

And I bet you think it’s fictitious
You’d say I’m over my head
But I got no reason to wait here with you
And all the other mislead
It’s better under the radar
No need to swallow
Everything you’re fed

They’re gonna keep you incarcerated
Underneath the radar
We’ll be free forevermore

 

TAP ON YOUR WINDOWPANE
 


Came a point where some around us
Fell to dark and ugly habits
Those of us who’d lost our patience
Left for somewhere new, well worth protecting
Now these were days of shared possession
What was mine was theirs and so on
Seldom were there any problems
We could not resolve
On our own, listen carefully
There’s no reason to brandish your teeth
In good time we’ll have clarity
And you’ll see

Beyond that pale our new allegiance
No more time or space between us
Bear no flags and keep no secrets
‘Til the bitter end
On our own, listen carefully
There’s no reason to brandish your teeth
In good time we’ll have everything
And you’ll see

 

WHEN I WAS IDLE

Idle was the inside
Beaten was my path
That weather turned so quick
I could feel the outcome
Bearing on my path
I wasn’t ready for it
I wasn’t ready for it

So I had to pace myself
Stagger what was left with vigilance
And think of somewhere else
To satiate my mind
To focus on a point
I thought I’d left behind

These, the hours I was left
The moments at my side
They said would never last
But still I had to try

We don't want your enemies
Save that trouble for yourself
It's us or no one else
In our own story

 

SOUVENIR

Share any advice
For those of us left
Yet to decide
On any outcome
We could commit
If there were good
Reason for it
And when it matters
Promise you this:
Never to wonder, pine or regret.
This is our answer

Sleeves down to my calves
Came for resolve, too proud to ask
Words tucked at our side
For all who have ears
And feel so inclined
And in the hour, we will project
All within earshot know what we meant
This is our answer

How far should I go
when I’m following you
When I’m following you
How should I go?
And what words should I use
When I’m wondering how
When I’m wondering how
How should I go?

Feet out of the sand
Make any point, do what you can
And with a fervor, we’ll build a case
Everyone listening, hear what we say,
This is our answer:
Brace yourself for the hour