Here are the lyrics to all of the songs from the latest record, except for the ones for which I didn't write lyrics.
If you have a hankering to read the words for any of my other songs, just send me an email and I'll hook you up.


 

Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah

I fell in love with a madman and it cured me of my madness  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  
Now I’m a doer of my joy and a knower of my sadness  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  

And if a mad negotiation is bound to go wrong  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  
There is a grand negotiation that’s been rollin all along  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  

And everybody else got wise and got the hell out of town  
And I’m still lying in the bed where all the shit went down  
What’s it to you, Leonard Cohen, what’s it to you?  

And I’ve been bustin myth ’til nothing more than scattered fact remains  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  
And it doesn’t make me happy but I think it keeps me sane  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah
  
But if a myth is just a story and a story is a song  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  
I suppose it is the truth I’ve been a believer all along  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah 
 
And everybody else got wise, and got themselves out of town  
I’m still sleeping in the bed where all the shit went down  
What’s it to you, Leonard Cohen, what’s it to you?  

And now the leaves blaze golden with the wisdom of death  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  
I am on my way out but I ain’t done yet  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  

I am renting out the basement in the Tower of Song  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  
A hundred floors above me I hear you singing along  
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah  
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah  
I fell in love with a madman and it cured me of my madness…
 

Stand Your Ground, Young Man

Stand your ground, young man  
Look into my eyes and tell me you don’t get it  
And I’ll try to explain myself again  
Stand your ground, young man  

Stand your ground, young man  
Look into my eyes and tell me you don’t love me  
And I will ask you again  
Stand your ground, young man  

Did you ever learn what alone is?  
How it’s smooth and calm as a seaside stone?  
And small as a world  
And large as a little girl playing in the sand  
Stand your ground, young man  

Stand your ground, young man  
Look into my eyes and break my heart  
And tell me that you still don’t believe in regret  
There is hope for us yet  

When you came out the other end of heartbreak  
Were you slightly alarmed at how little you felt?  
Or did it calm you to find  
What happens to space and time  
When you play only what you’re dealt?  
‘Course I can only speak for myself  

Stand your ground, young man  
Sing me your future and dance me your past  
We’ll make it last as long as we can  
Stand your ground, young man
 

The Earth That You're Made Of

Dear heart  
Bare nerve  
Hope this is a good one for you  
Fresh start  
Slow curve  
Do I have to tell you that it’s you  
You nipping at your own heels?  

Blank slate  
Too late  
We all know that’s bollocks anyway  
Escape the past  
At last  
The past is not coming back  
Nor is it going away  

If I were the crescent moon  
I’d cradle you up in the stars that you came from  
I am not the crescent moon  
Brother ain’t no doubt  
We’re gonna have to sort it out  
Down here on the earth  
Down here on the earth that you’re made of  

Dear friend  
The end  
I don’t think I can go through that again  
So dig in  
Begin  
When time’s made you too old for battle  
And pain too kind for worry  

I wanted to tell you to go away  
Go off somewhere and make yourself foreign  
Find some pretty natives to love you for being strange  
But to rearrange the furniture will not make the whole place new  
Gotta start with the earth  
Gotta start with the earth that you’re made of
 

You Are Good, You Are Kind

What if I hadn’t seen planets every time I closed my eyes?  
What if there hadn’t been stars being born and galaxies dying?  
You came to me from so far away  
How did you find your way, how did you find your way to me?  
I don’t know how it could have possibly happened  
Yet there’s no other way it could possibly be  

I’m here to help you remember  
'Cause forgetting happens sometimes  
I’m here to help you remember  
That you are good and you are kind  
You are good and you are kind  

What if I didn’t grin madly every time I see your face?  
What if it weren’t for early impressions that years did not erase?  
You came and went, you were so far away  
And I was far away, and we were far as we could be  
How I ended up back in your arms, I don’t know  
But it’s as beautiful a thing as it could be  

I’m here to help you remember  
'Cause forgetting happens sometimes  
I’m here to help you remember  
That you are good and you are kind  

What if I hadn’t gradually melted over a decade or so?  
What if at some point you had written me off?  
I was asking for it I know  
I’m so sorry about your hurting heart  
The victim of its own generosity  
Sorry I took so long to recognize you truly  
I was truly blind but now I see  

I’m here to help you remember  
'Cause forgetting happens sometimes  
I’m here to help you remember  
That you are good and you are kind 
So will you help me remember? 
'Cause I'm forgetting all the time 
Will you help me remember? 
That we are good and we are kind 
We are good and we are kind
 

Sliver Of A Moon

Just a sliver of a moon as I came out tonight  
The old one in her arms her joy and her delight  
New and old, sobered up and made whole  
I can’t see you but I know it  

And that sliver of a moon is all that I can see  
The bit that’s in the dark, well, that’s her destiny  
Dark and light, they volley but they don’t fight  
I can’t touch you but I know it  

She will reveal herself when the angle is right  
Little by little, she’ll bathe herself in light  
She would have you every night  
It’s not her choice, but her nature to come and go  
To come and go  

When that sliver of a moon is all that I can see  
Though the distance is the same, she has forsaken me  
But she knows her course, and you know that I’m yours  
When we touch she’s gonna know it
 

Dig In Your Roots And Grow

I’ve been driving all day and I ain’t tired of it yet  
Southern Alberta is a stunner at sunset  
And boy it’s nice to have some light so late in the day  
Springtime coming used to make me wanna run  
Fly off to wherever those geese are coming from  
And the long prairie grass whispering to me to move on  
Today it’s telling me you’ve got to dig in your roots to grow  

Back in Taipei in Da An Park  
The roots of the trees came right up out of the ground  
Reaching down like human hands, holding on  
I would go there at six in the morning  
And watch all the old people doing tai chi with the dawn  
And I’d lie in the grass and listen to the leaves  
Whispering to me you’ve got to dig in your roots to grow  

But I was young then, I was not ready  
I was hovering somewhere up around the branches  
Thinking ain’t poetry great, maybe I’ll put that in a song  
Now I find myself here with you  
I appreciate what you had to go through to get here  
I know, I had to go through it too  
Could it be that it’s time now to dig in our roots and grow? 

‘Cause when you sing it’s a bell that’s heralding the dawn  
And when I wake it’s your face I want to gaze upon  
I am charmed by your wit  
I’m humbled by your bravery  
There’s something about you makes me wanna dig in my roots and grow  

So thank you for your candour and your honesty  
Thank you for the thoroughness with which you’ve come to know me  
I am coming to know you  
And it is teaching me to see  
My love I’m ready now to dig in my roots and grow  
So come with me my love, time to dig in our roots and grow  
Please come with me my love, time to dig in our roots and grow
 

Nothing Left To Do

When I'm too tired to keep feeling afraid 
Tired enough to rest in this bed that I've made 
When I can no longer stand the labour of holding myself down 
There'll be nothing left to do but fly 

When I can no longer keep up this pace 
Spreading bits of my body all over the place 
When I can stand still long enough to let my weight settle into the ground 
There'll be nothing left to do but fly 

When I grow tired of the boom and bust 
The lows that I can't shake and the highs that I can't trust 
Then the open sky will find itself inside my deepest darkest gut 
And there'll be nothing left to do but fly 

And the threshold is all 
And all we've got is the inbetween 
'Cause we were made in between 
And we remain in between 
And that's all