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Don’t Blame Me

  1. Don’t Blame Me

Don’t Blame Me back to top

I’ll take a picture, paint it black
I pull dramatic from my bag
Don’t overthink the things I say to you
‘Cause I don’t

I’ll push until you’re seeing red
I’ve come to throw you from the edge
It’s all your fault only because I said
But you know that it’s all me

I can see from this old page
That’s where the colors come to fade away
There’s only so much you will take

I haven’t thought this one through
My conscience starts to intrude
But at this point what can I do

I can see from this old page
That’s where the colors come to fade away
There’s only so much you will take
That’s how I know that I have overstayed

Away Too Long back to top

Happy birthday little sister
It’s been a long time Lord knows we’ve missed you
Moved to Boston in the fall
Girl you’ve been away too long

Happy birthday little brother
We fought a lot but we loved each other
You were the king of little league
Skipping stones and climbing trees

Happy birthday mother father
Remember when we nearly lost you
It’s my sister and it’s me
Home again with family

We’re coming home
To remember where we came from

At the party you will find me
Hugging the walls and looking at my feet
Relations can’t relate forever the black sheep

Little baby she’s growing
Her mother can’t stop glowing
They’re moving back east
Home again with family

This One back to top

Sneaking up to a new year
This one’s been hanging around
Building up a heavy wear
Offering a solid dare
It keeps me hanging on
Let’s keep this battle only fair and square

You bring all the harmony
And I’ll bring all the drugs
Nonsense and absurdity
If this one knocks me down again
I’ll throw it back in line
And disregard its melody
I win

I try to close my eyes
It never goes away
I hear it in my sleep all day
Is it worth it to save

I’ve tried closing my eyes
Really just need three words here
Five syllables there

16 back to top

I was just 16
Came to me the boy of the sea
With hands and feet
Took him in
He taught me how to breath

We sat along the pier
I cast my net
You protest in fear
We both fell that year
Swam away
The world just disappeared

And when the skies are clear
The backrush pushes
He appears
And as I fall asleep
He draws me back in his world the deep
And I can’t remember too well that year

It all seems like a dream
Long ago I tried to make it clear
The one I hold so dear
May just be a fragment of my fear

Behind The Wheel back to top

It’s a silent walk
Down an empty street
It’s a long way home for anyone we meet

And it’s true
I don’t know what I’m gonna do
When it comes to you

And I can’t find another way
Of finding how to say
The words that won’t drive you away

It’s a winding road
One that leads me here
I don’t want to be the one behind the wheel

Junk Mail back to top

I’ve been ripping up junk mail since I moved to this empty house
I’ve been sipping up whiskey like a mascot of Mickey Mouse
It leaves me tired and drunk but I always find home
By 7:30 I’m in bed with all my clothes on and all alone

Should I care

I still believe you’re the only one who’s ever seen me undone
And I’m the only one whose sirens are singing a pretty song
Babe I’m always giving up
So long
I’ll chicken out when you crawl back
Say you’re sorry
And admit you’re wrong

But should I care if I’m not alone

There’s always someone telling me that I’m not sober
I don’t hear much over this chip that’s on my shoulder
It’s not me
It’s this town

I got a folding chair in my parking space at the house
It isn’t legal but it’s helpful when I taxi my way about
See I don’t drive or have a car but I think all my neighbors suck
So if you want to park on my street then baby you’re out of luck

Should I care

I’ve been ripping up junk mail since I moved to this empty town
I’ve been sipping up whiskey like a mascot of Mickey Mouse
It leaves me tired and drunk but I always find home
By 7:30 I’m in bed with all my clothes on and all alone

Should I care
No

Arrows back to top

My head’s in pieces
Each one a puzzle of its own
Focus on details
Each sigh turns me to stone

You’re all I need like fire to light
To Bonnie and Clyde
My thoughts teeter
The sweet, the heat, offbeat, repeat, a blur

I don’t need a second
I just like the sound of the words
If I weren’t shiftless
I’d write verses in thirds

You’re all I need like water to ice
Like sand and shore
But I dive lower
To shirk the arrows coming in from you

Moonlight, Starlight, Venus back to top

Relax babe
Sit back and think
Your body must be on the brink
Of breaking down
Just take a breath

Remember camping in Maine
You’re tired
I feel the same
But now let’s focus on getting to town

Can moonlight save my brother
Can starlight save my father
Can Venus save my mother or daughter

Look up
There’s no star here
Just drink
If lightning starts then we’re not only dead we’re baking
And Jesus knows you’re faking it

I’ve got a great plan
It’s called getting lost in woodland
If I could travel back in time and do this again
I’d leave you out
I’d leave you in this damn rain

Can moonlight save my brother
Can starlight save my father
Can Io save my sister
Can Saturn save my son
Can Venus save my mother or daughter

Mountain Air back to top

Oh I can’t escape this feeling
That you’re moving away from me
To a land where the blue spruce are swaying
And the mountain air is clean

Oh I doubt that you remember
How you’re gone and you left me waiting
You’re waiting for me

Well the leaves over here are falling
Yours are staying true and green
Maybe it’s better we never fell in
To deep to come out clean

And I cannot lie
I will wait for you not forever
And I can’t decide
If I loved you now or ever

Sycamore Tree back to top

Every time I go to sleep
I have this vision of a sycamore tree
I don’t ever try to climb up
But I always peel the bark off
And I drain out its blood

Every time I sow a seed
I think of killing that sycamore tree
I don’t know if I could man up
But I know it’d probably be tough
Cause the blood fills back up

Don’t go to sleep
You’ll find nothing but trees in your dreams
And when you stop counting sheep
You’ll find yourself in your lawn

Last night I picked off a leaf
Held it tight and tried to keep it with me
And when I woke up
That green leaf
Had fallen off my night stand
And stained my carpet with red

Moss and Mystery back to top

Running through the woods
I leave no trace
Can’t look back
Pick up the pace
Faster now
Came upon an empty place
Setup camp and let your face dissipate

The moon and stars are calling me out
Soft moss and mystery pulling me down
And I’ll setup here and wait till my time comes

Lost forever now I find
A different kind of state of mind
Whispering
Seeing shapes in empty space
Can’t focus upon your face
Darkness wanes

Sorry for the thoughts of grey
I’m heading where the fawns and foxes graze
I look up no looking back
Focus on the things I have and I lack

The sun and sky are falling down fast
The moon and stars are rising all around
And I’ll setup here and wait till my time comes

Can’t be still for long
I’m gonna move fast for now
I’ll be waiting for too long
I’ll never come running out

And when I wait here for
My eyes to open fully to see
The constellation
Trace across the sky

Everything Reminds Me of You back to top

It was gone and almost forgotten
But everything reminds me of you right now
Like the leaves that are always falling
You can never stay close to me anyhow
It’s always there in the shadows
But everything reminds me of you

There’s a wind that blows from the river
And it started the last time you passed by
I know you can never be forgiven
But there’s something in the wind that compels me to try
It’s always there in the shadows
But everything reminds me of you

I’m tired of walking that extra mile
Just to meet you half way
I’m tired of forcing a smile
When you say you don’t love me that way

Love For Free back to top

It’s a shame that there ain’t no one to blame
I guess I want your love for free
It’s a crime but I will not pay the time
I guess I want your love for free

There was a time when love was free and easy

It’s a drag when I’m left holding the bag
I guess I’m gonna need a drink
If you’ll pay then I’ll let you have your way
I know I’m gonna need that drink

There was a time when love was free and easy

I want love for free
I need love without a fee

Ohio back to top

I stood there in the road and watched you drive away
I guess there are worse things than having nothing to say

The road is long and wide and covered in your tracks
There’s nothing in this world that could ever bring you back

I miss those days before it all went to shit
I miss Ohio more than I ever care to admit

Just when I think it’s all behind
That’s when I wish for one more goodbye

For Tonight back to top

Baby, there’s never been a better time
To leave the charade we’ve been acting out and just say goodnight

And lately I’ve been thinking about it day and night
If what we had never been that bad even though it never felt right

Maybe it will be better when you’re gone
I can act like I don’t want you back and that I didn’t all along

For tonight let’s pretend everything’s alright
Let’s pretend the end’s not in site
And we belong here tonight

You can leave me here
You can go and disappear
Here and now it’s pretty clear

In Your Bed back to top

In your bed there’s a fire
There’s a fire truth be told
If I said I didn’t want you
Then I’m a liar, damn my soul

I’ve been known to take a diamond
Then I turn it back to coal
I will try if you show me
You gotta show me where to go

In my time I have known some
Made them lonesome, scorn them all
Give me time, let me show you
Let me show you, save my soul

Boatman’s Lament back to top

If I ever return to shore
I promise I’ll wander no more
And I will run towards the setting sun
If it leads me to your door

But if you won’t let me in
I wouldn’t blame you if you did
A world away for a million days
Makes it hard to come home again

If you can fill in all the cracks
And wipe away the tracks
That led me here after all these years
I know I’d never look back

Cold and distant wind
I’ll never cross you again
I’ll always go where you blow
Even if it leads me to ruin

Beneath the Sky back to top

Beneath the sky is where I kiss the boys I love
Beneath the stars above
Beneath the sky is where I hold this heavy torch
Sitting waiting on your porch

I didn’t mean to drive you
I didn’t mean to push you away
I’m back to stay
I hope that you believe me
I hope you trust me when I say
I’ve changed my ways

You’re so far away
I’ve always wondered
Could you hear me
I read the news today
I heard you’re coming home to see me

Beneath the sky is where I kiss the boys I love
Beneath the stars above

Daddy’s Dyin’ back to top

Well your daddy is dying
And your mother she’s moving away
You loved your brother
You’re begging him to stay
Well your daddy always said
That you’ll never amount to shit
If you pack your bags
What are they going to do about it

And it’s alright child
We’ll cry tonight child
And then we’ll say
We’re gonna live for another day

Well the baby is coming
And there ain’t too much to say
You hate his father
Couldn’t bare to stay
Now the baby is crying
And you can’t remember the way
You lost your youth that cold September day

What you do to me
It just ain’t right
What we’re doing here every night
Where did you go
I just don’t know my love, my dear

Lost Cause back to top

If we can’t ever make amends
And if this love is truly stranded
Just know that I wanted to
Everything has to end
That’s how it looks from where I’m standing
Just know I don’t want it to

I wanna know for sure if it’s even worth trying anymore
A lost cause worth fighting for
I’m halfway out your door
Trying to get it to where it was before

I don’t know if you’ve ever met
Someone who has given you their best
Just know that I wanted to
I know I never had the time
To say what was really on my mind
Just know that I wanted to

Change Your Mind back to top

There’s a light that comes on when you’re at home
When you’re sleeping out in the yard
There’s a song that you sing when you’re alone
When the living’s just got too hard

And I don’t want you to change your mind
I just want you to leave me be
I know its hard being left behind
But I’m not the one that you need

There’s a whole in your heart when we’re apart
Where the love just drains out
And the song that you sing don’t sound the same
When you just don’t know what it’s about

Flood back to top

Photographs and picture frames
Are all that’s left of the better days
But there aint nothing left to say
Let that flood wash it all away
And when we’re standing on solid ground
We’ll take the rest and we’ll burn it down
And then we’ll up and leave this town
Once we were lost and now we’re found

There aint no shame
Sometimes it’s the only way
The only way to start again

The furthest places don’t seem so far
When we can see them from where we are
This doesn’t have to be the part
The one that ends with a broken heart

The fact remains
That nothings ever gonna be the same
Until we try to start again

Emily back to top

Emily, I ain’t got nothing to say to you
At least not anything that’s true
Emily, I know you don’t think much of me
Well, we’ll just have to wait and see

‘Cause I’ve been alone so long
And you’ve been alone so long
But now that I’m around
I won’t let you down

Emily, I ain’t got nothing to say to you
At least not anything that’s true
It may take a lifetime just to make
All these words come out right
So let’s make this the one chance that you take
And be with me tonight

Like You back to top

I’ve been looking high and low
It doesn’t seem to matter where I go
I’ve been searching for a girl like you
From the sky to the ocean floor
I’ve never met another like you before
I’ve been searching for a boy like you

Searching for a girl like you
Every time I meet someone new
I’ll do what I have to do
To find me a girl like you

I’ve been looking day and night
I’ll never stop searching ’cause I think I might
Find me a girl like you
From the mountains to the sea
The good lord knows just where I’d be
If I don’t find me a boy like you

Heart Just Wants What It Wants back to top

You’re a flawed man
But can’t you take me how I am
A woman at home who loves you
Can you say “it’s alright”
When you go out everynight
Taking comfort in the arms of another

How’d I fall in love with a liar
How’d I fall in love with a drunk
How’d I fall into bed with a sinner
Oh the heart just wants what it wants

The day that two became one
And I thought that it was love
Loving was all that you needed
Something old, something new
And I thought that we were through
At least the parts that had any meaning

Warm breath in the dark
When you pull me by the scarf
And kiss me in the snow covered doorway
A feeling so clear
So simple and sincere
It’s the heart that keeps me from leaving

No one will ever love me like you love me
No one will ever be that cruel
And I’ve been waiting here if you want me
Your wife, your whore, your fool

I guess we’ll always be together
But now forever seems too long
No one will ever love you better
Oh the heart just wants what it wants

Come & Go back to top

You come and go
You come and go
You’re always leaving me alone
Where you go
Where you go
I’ll never know

One of these days I’m gonna lock my door
I’ll tell you one thing for sure
You’re not gonna run on me no more

You come and go
You come and go
Won’t you find your way back home?
Don’t you know
That when you go
I love you more
More than I ever have before

And I’ll lose this foolish pride in me
And be sorry I set you free
Maybe you’ll come running back to me

One of these days I’m gonna lock my door
I’ll tell you one thing for sure
You’re not gonna run on me no more

Why Aren’t You Lonely back to top

Your eyes twinkle like broken glass
The beautiful pieces light the shadow you cast

Why aren’t you lonely
Why do I care

And when you tell me
That you’re through living here

I knew I loved you
And I love you again

Fast farewell for the longest road home
And I swear that I see you every where that I go

Too Tired To Fight back to top

Oh my my, you gone and done it again
Just when I began to start walking down the line
I know why you’re calling in again
To get your hooks in under my thin skin

But I never knew someone as cruel as you
But now I’m too tired to fight

And it’s been some time since we tried it again
And I know I’ll buy it again
Not sure why
But every time we fight
It feels better than being alone again
In the middle of the night

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