All songs: words and music by Shannon Curtis
Published by Shannon K (ASCAP)
All rights reserved; lyrics reprinted by permission


 
Anti-Gravity

I don’t want to wake up
In a world where you’re not there
Don’t want to sense the difference
In the light, in the air

And all the leaves will turn
It’s out of my control
And melt into the earth
I know it’s natural
Not like letting go

Lift me off the ground
‘Cause I can’t hold you down
From where you’re going
You’re anti-gravity
And if I can’t release
I’ll end up floating nowhere

I don’t want to walk around
In a town that forgot your name
I’ll stand in streets and shout out
They can stare, call me insane

And that’s what I might do
Go out of all control
A me without a you
Is not natural
Just like letting go

Lift me off the ground
‘Cause I can’t hold you down
From where you’re going
You’re anti-gravity
And if I can’t release
I’ll end up floating

Nowhere

Lift me off the ground
‘Cause I can’t hold you down
From where you’re going now

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Ascension

You and I will live in the side of a mountain
I’ll build us a home on an ancient granite ledge
Only we will know the secret passage to get there

We will fly our flag, stretching proud to the heavens
Declaring in the wind a true and steadfast love
Forged within the cracks of the rust and dirt where we come from

Don’t be afraid
Just come away
Up and away
Where you and I will live

Hand in hand we’ll climb as the earth recedes beneath us
Whenever you get tired I’ll take you on my back
And every day will shine a golden sun to make you glad

Don’t be afraid
Just come away
Up and away
Where you and I will live

You and I will live in the side of a mountain
Overlooking all the troubles below
Here among the clouds, not a single sadness will touch you now

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Before The Sun

Dreams and limbs entangled in a heap of perfect peace
Hope’s awake while fear is fast asleep
But morning is a thief

So before the sun crawls in through the shades
Before we remember how to be afraid
Before it gets too hard to believe
Lay here with me
Before we count up what this will cost
Before the present to the past is lost
And all that’s left is a faint memory
Lay here with me

Enemies take what we need and sell well-worn lies
I’m my own worst of these, I can’t say why
‘Cause we’ll leave this room, say goodbye too soon
Watch another chance go by

So before the sun crawls in through the shades
Before we remember how to be afraid
Before it gets too hard to believe
Lay here with me
Before we count up what this will cost
Before the present to the past is lost
And all that’s left is a faint memory
Lay here with me

Space and time have conspired to bring us something good
Could be right
So why don’t you and I walk the wire this time?

So before the sun crawls in through the shades
Before we remember how to be afraid
Before it gets too hard to believe
Lay here with me
Before we count up what this will cost
Before the present to the past is lost
And all that’s left is a faint memory
Lay here with me
Stay here with me
Lay here with me

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Book of Fiction

Don’t stand so close to me
We make electricity
And it would help if you’d say something
Instead of staring at me with those eyes
It’s getting harder for me to disguise
That I’d like to feel your lips on mine

Maybe in another country
Maybe on a distant shore
Maybe if I’d made a left instead
Or wandered through a different door
Maybe on a faraway planet
In a futuristic time
Maybe in a book of fiction, I’d have been yours

Don’t be so interesting
Or smart, and kind, and funny
I’m having trouble remembering
Why I can’t just walk over and say
“Whatcha doing the rest of the day?
How about you and me run away?”

Maybe in an ancient temple
On the sound of an an unheard prayer
Maybe if I’d answered “yes” instead
Or followed a whim somewhere
Maybe in a mountain kingdom
Where the people speak in rhyme
Maybe in a book of fiction, I’d have been yours

The story goes like this
We meet and then we kiss
And then it goes, how stories go
Till happily it ends

Maybe in an Argo vessel
In the light of the farthest star
Maybe we’ll be born again someday
And I’ll remember who you are
Maybe on a desert island
In an era before our time
Maybe in a book of fiction, I’d have been yours
And you’d have been mine

Maybe in a book of fiction you’d have been mine

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Boomerangs & Seesaws

Whatcha doin’ here at this late hour?
I’ve put to bed the dreams I’d saved as ours
And I’ve been sleeping with the porch light off for a while
Well, don’t be standing out there, it’s freezing cold
But watch your step as you cross this threshold
‘Cause I recall last April had you sold on goodbye

So I tried
To let go and when I do you come back
Tell me I’m the right girl when the time is wrong
Our love’s like boomerangs and seesaws
And I just can’t hang on

Leave your shoes and all that you’ve walked through
At the door, and I’ll do the same for you
Maybe then we’ll sit and talk till two in the dark
The irony is it’s the scene I’d write
Every day in May and June, July
When I still hoped there was a “you and I” in the stars

It was so hard
To let go and when I do you come back
Tell me I’m the right girl when the time is wrong
Our love’s like boomerangs and seesaws
And I just can’t hang on

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Brightest Light in the Room

Thought I had it figured out, when out of the blue
Everything got turned around in light of you
Turns out I’ve been walking blind
So now that I’ve discovered sight
Pardon if I stare

What am I supposed to do?
You’re the brightest light in the room
Everything else just fades away
And I can’t avert my helpless gaze

If I could lay my eyes upon you just tonight
It might be enough to light up every night
Across the deserts and over oceans
You will be my spark of hope
And you will be my prayer

What am I supposed to do?
You’re the brightest light in the room
Everything else just fades away
And I can’t avert my helpless gaze
When you’re out of view
I’ll fix my eyes upon the moon
‘Cause it makes the darkness not so hard
The same thing you do within my heart

These crazy days can shake the strongest faith
But I see the way when I’m standing next to you

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Can’t Remember You

Tracing back where time began
I feel around for who I am
And who I was before
Knowing there were other doors
And walking through meant leaving you, the girl I knew

Now even when I try and look inside
I can’t remember you
I am found and you are lost in time
I can’t remember you

Happy to forget, forgive
Things that pass let others live
And now a garden grows up above the martyred bones
Unaware that darker years are buried there

Now even when I try and look inside
I can’t remember you
I am found and you are lost in time
I can’t remember
How it was I lived another life
I can’t remember you
Endings are beginnings in disguise
I can’t remember you

The shining face on yellowed pages of my history
You find your place among the relics of what used to be

Even when I try
I can’t remember
You are lost in time
I can’t remember
How it was I lived another life
I can’t remember
Endings are beginnings’ other side
I can’t remember you
I can’t remember you

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Dandelion Wishes

One change in the wind
In a swell you were standing beside me
Two hands that have been unheld come together
Hold tightly
With each breath my heart is flying

You blow me away
All my hopes in bloom
Scatter on the air as we sway
In the wind like dandelion wishes

Three chances I’ve spent
And a fool’s undeserving of another
Four eyes haven’t bent
Since the moment they saw through one another
So there is life after dying

You blow me away
All my hopes in bloom
Scatter on the air as we sway
In the wind like dandelion wishes on a spring day

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Don’t Call Me

Don’t call me when you’re lonely
Don’t call me when you’re blue
If you call me when you’re broken-hearted
Then I’m not the girl for you
Don’t ask me to come over
When you can’t sleep at night
I’m not looking for a good time
I’m looking for the love of my life

Don’t use my number when all of your friends are out of town
I’m not one to be impressed by your attention
When there’s no one else around
And even if you’re bored out of your ever-loving mind
I’m not looking for just one night
I’m looking for the love of my life

So I don’t want to hear from you when you’ve been drinkin’
Or otherwise not thinkin’ very straight
So I hope this message really sinks in
‘Cause darlin’, you have much too much at stake
If the first time you use these seven digits
It’s for any reason less than to be true
There won’t be a second call
So, careful how you make your move …

Don’t call me when you’ve struck out
With some other gal you’ve had your eye one
‘Cause this is not a shoulder to cry on
This is a hand to have and hold
Pick up that phone, dear, and I’ll be the ride of your life
Go ahead and get me on the line
When you’re looking for a love for all time
Go ahead and get me on the line
When you’re looking for the love of your life

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Get Outta Town

It’s been one of “those days” for a year
And I might scream if I don’t get outta here
I need to see some stars and know there’s more than what we are
I’ve got my keys and I’ve got my car

Why don’t we leave town?
Let’s get outta Dodge
We’ll cover some ground before they notice we’re gone
So long to the city
Hello, open road
Just say you’ll come with me
Jump in and let’s go
Let’s get outta town

I’ve misplaced my faith and hope’s gone the byway
Maybe we’ll find love out there on the highway
Along the yellow lines
You tell me yours, I’ll tell you mine
Till all our woes are left behind

Why don’t we leave town?
Let’s get outta Dodge
We’ll cover some ground before they notice we’re gone
So long to the city
Hello, open road
Just say you’ll come with me
Jump in and let’s go

Just you and me and the breeze – don’t it sound nice?
This moment won’t come twice

Why don’t we leave town?
Let’s get outta Dodge
We’ll cover some ground before they notice we’re gone
So long to the city; hello, open road
Just say you’ll come with me
Just say you’ll come wiith me
Let’s get outta town

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Happens Every Day

Happens every day
Someone falls in love
Their wish walks in the doorway
And they can’t believe their luck

Happens every day
Someone takes a chance
They trade themselves away for
A wager on romance

But I’m no different than anyone
Kissed by the fragile whim of fortune
And this day’s no different than any day
The sun’s always rising on someone

It happens every day
Lovers’ hearts are won
Promises are uttered
And two turns into one

But I’m no different than anyone
Kissed by the fickle whim of fortune
And this day’s no different than any day
The sun’s always setting on someone

It happens every day
Someone has a change of heart
Or says what they’ve been meaning
And wishes break apart

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I Like To Think

I like to think you think of me from time to time
And that some of your thoughts are sublime
Like portals onto a world that might have been

I hope that in those dreams you see a smiling face
Where the tears of old are erased
Like I do dream of you now and then

I read your name; it sends a wave of shock through my limbs
I hear a song; a time machine takes me back when
I shake it off, take a breath, like losing you again

I like to think you keep a place hid in your heart
And now and again, when it’s dark
You linger on the trace of our time

And though I know the light it fades, old movies end
Perhaps you rewind now and then
Like I do think of you sometimes

I read your name; it sends a wave of shock through my limbs
I hear a song; a time machine takes me back when
I shake it off, take a breath, like leaving you again

I like to think you think of me from time to time
And that some of your thoughts are sublime
Like I do think of you sometimes
I do think of you sometimes

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I’m Ruined

I’m ruined for anyone but you, dear
’Cause what you’ve been doing to my heart is nuclear
Don’t know who I’m foolin’, thinking I could ever beat the best I ever had
I’m ruined, but it’s not so bad

I’m broken and and I’m burning
You were my point of no return
I haven’t the strength to fight this yearning for just one more turn
Don’t let me burn

I’m ruined for anyone but you, dear
’Cause what you’ve been doing to my heart is nuclear
Don’t know who I’m foolin’, thinking I could ever beat the best I ever had
I’m ruined, but it’s not so bad

A perfectly good girl can be destroyed 
With just one well-placed kiss from one bad boy

I’m ruined for anyone but you, dear
’Cause what you’ve been doing to my heart is nuclear
Don’t know who I’m foolin’, thinking I could ever beat the best I ever had
I’m ruined, but it’s not so bad
I’m ruined, but it’s not so bad

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Keep Swimming

Take a last look
You keep what you took
Here we part ways
I see an island
I see my last chance
No time to waste

’Cause you won’t take me down with you
It would take a willful fool to believe
This ship’s not sinking
It takes everything I know
To let go and watch it slip underneath
I’ve gotta keep swimming

Hands pleading
Eyes scheming
Heard it all before
In my own voice
A panicked, thin noise
Keep my head to shore

’Cause you won’t take me down with you
It would take a willful fool to believe
This ship’s not sinking
It takes everything I know
To let go and watch it slip underneath
I’ve gotta keep swimming

You won’t take me down with you
Not today
You won’t take me down with you
I am safe
You won’t take me down with you
Beneath the waves
You won’t take me down with you
I am safe

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Lay Me Down

Although the world is coming to an end
I don’t think there’s been a lovelier night
Walking slowly with you hand in hand
It’s hard imagining we won’t be all right
And if we never see the morn again
I will join the dead without a fight
If you lay me down
Lay me down

Never has the saying “now or never” been about the ending of time
But here we are in the eleventh hour
finally somehow we’re giving up pride
Looking back from here is not allowed
And since tomorrow can’t be found in real life
Won’t you lay me down
Lay me down
Lay me down
Tonight

For best or worst, a blessed curse is our fate
But who could have guessed the universe would end up this way?
So this perfect evening we’ll be leaving nothing to waste
Now is when love and history are made

With only minutes, maybe seconds, left
Will you press your lips to mine?
The beating won’t be held within my chest
And all the rest of me is resigned
And though this is the last of all my breaths
It’s the best one of my life

Lay me down
Lay me down
Lay me down

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Leave You Behind

You flew me to Mars
Where you wooed me with stars
Then you laughed at the sense of such flight
Always changing your mind
Sends me crashing down from on high
Landing hard onto the truth I’ve denied

Oh it’s high time I get you off my mind
It’s high time I leave you behind

Your magic on me is like no trick I’ve seen
‘Cause blind eyes can find the “true” in “too good”
Sawing my whole heart in half
You practice your vanishing act
Taking off the same way that I never could

But it’s high time I get you off my mind
It’s high time I leave you behind

I gave you a season to stand up straight
And give me a reason to stay
You sang me your same old tune,
“Baby, I’ll get there very soon”
But, honey, never is too long to wait

If I had a dime for all of the times
Your memory sweeps through my head
I could buy comfort in some other man
‘Cause I hate to admit I’ll be sad
That never again will you be sweetening my bed

Oh it’s high time I get you off my mind
It’s high time I leave you behind
It’s high time I leave you behind

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Let’s Stay In

Put on a pot of tea
Come sit as close to me as you like
I say we strike a match
Something is bound to catch on fire
And burn for a while

Let’s stay in tonight
There’s not one thing outside these four walls
That you and I will need
Let’s stay in

Tune in the radio
Something for moving slow in the dark
This is how time stands still
Hearts racing on the thrill
We rise and fall in each others’ arms

Let’s stay in tonight
There’s not one thing outside these four walls
That you and I will need
And it would be all right
If well past midnight
You were holding tight to me
Let’s stay in

Let’s stay in tonight
Music and moonlight
Are everything that you and I will need
And it will be all right
If well past midnight
You are holding tight to me
Let’s stay in

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Love Is An Earthquake

Love is an earthquake
It rolls in and heartbreaks
Walls that have stood too long
Tearing them down till the last stone’s gone
‘Cause love is an earthquake

Love shakes your foundation
It makes you uncertain
Like all that you believed up to now was wrong
The ground beneath your feet beats a jarring song
‘Cause love shakes your foundation

I believe

Love is an earthquake
No one knows the hour, no one is safe
From under-surface fault lines comes relief
A devastating power from the deep
And nothing is unchanged
‘Cause love is an earthquake

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Paris Can’t Have You

Dear lover
It’s been seven weeks and a day and twenty-two hours
Since you stepped on a plane and left me with flowers
The Champs-Elysées, a whole world away from home
Where I lay, lonely bones
And I wait by the phone

Your night is my day when you are so far away
And it’s hard to sleep all alone
If you’re feeling tempted to stay, listen to me when I say
That Paris can’t have you
‘Cause Los Angeles needs you home

Oh, honey, how much longer now till you’ve done what you went to do?
I am strong but there are some things, without you,
That lie here undone and I have begun
To fancy the night of your landing
When I’ll have my man
But until then …

Your night is my day when you are so far away
And it’s hard to sleep all alone
If you’re feeling tempted to stay, listen to me when I say
That Paris can’t have you
‘Cause Los Angeles needs you home

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Push Me Pull Me

Your eyes cast their nets and harvest the depths of my heart
My sigh, the last breath of this creature you’ve caught
I’m yours and you know it
Don’t send me out to sea, let me be

You pull me in, you push me out
Swinging my head through hypnotic doubt
I’m willingly swirling in your tide
Push me, pull me – why do I?

On your pendulum I balance the line of my affections
Too much, and I slide into you unprotected
This dangerous love
Propels me ever higher, makes me fly

You pull me in, you push me out
Swinging my head through hypnotic doubt
I’m willingly swirling in your tide
Push me, pull me – why?

All the worst, all the best, I’ve borne it all inside
In the sky and to the depths, you’ve taken me on such a ride
And it hurts more than I’m made to bear
I come again, once more you take me there

You pull me in, you push me out
Swinging my head through hypnotic doubt
I’m willingly swirling in your tide
Push me, pull me – why do I?

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Rainy Day Lover

Timing is everything when love brings to the table an offering
Like when you came, I was willing but unable
I kept you around in my mind if, by occasion
This current affair ran dry
It sure enough left me high

And so I’ve been
Saving your love for
Saving your love for
Saving your love for a rainy day
And now that we’re in for a downpour
There’s one thing I’m hoping for
The sky’ll keep raining for days and days, oh yeah

So tell me you’ll come over and we’ll hide out undercover
Drinking all the sweet things made for rainy day lovers
If waiting can kill you, then death, please pass me over
It’s thunder and lightning time
I ain’t gonna miss this ride

Because I’ve been
Saving your love for
Saving your love for
Saving your love for a rainy day
And now that we’re in for a downpour
There’s one thing I’m hoping for
The sky’ll keep raining for days and days, oh yeah

If waiting can kill you, then death, please pass me over
It’s thunder and lightning and loving like dying
We’re under the sky and the storms are colliding, oh yeah

And I’ve been
Saving your love for
Saving your love for
Saving your love for a rainy day
And now that we’re in for a downpour
There’s one thing I’m hoping for
The sky’ll keep raining for days and days, oh yeah
The sky’ll keep raining for days and days and days and days
Oh, let it keep raining for days and days and days and days
Days and days and days and days
Days and days and days and days

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Say So

In your room, trying not to breathe
Or disturb this perfect scene
All my thoughts have robbed my sleep
While they decipher what it means
Your silence is killing me

If you tell me that you love me, I believe you
So don’t say a word
If you’re not sure how you’re feeling
Careful what you say
‘Cause your words mean everything

In the space between our eyes
A lingering question lies
I could see making a life
If your heart’s in time with mine
Your silence keeps hope alive

If you tell me that you love me, I believe you
So don’t say a word
If you’re not sure how you’re feeling
Careful what you say
‘Cause your words mean everything

I would love to be loved by you
And I want to believe it’s true
If you say so

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So Many Stars

Not a sound
For miles around
Cold sets in so slow
If I knew
How to undo
Damage done I would

There’s so many stars
And a broken down car
Everything feels uncertain in the dark
Even with so many stars

I’d have driven on
Believing nothing’s wrong
But here we are stalled out

Under so many stars
And broken down hearts
It’s easier telling secrets in the dark
With so many stars

So many stars
And broken down hearts
But anything’s possible in the dark
With so many stars

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This Is How I Know

Since you asked me I will gladly tell
The reasons were born in a story that my heart knows well
It starts the night we met, I was completely mesmerized
By your eyes

Late night dinners, lazy mornings turned
Into afternoons without a thought or a concern
And endless lines of conversation; where did the time go?
I don’t know

But I laughed and laughed until I split my side
And wondered just how two could share one mind
Cause you could pick right up where I’d begun
And this is how I knew you were the one

Growing closer’s always touch and go
But I’d grown tired of alliances that didn’t know
The darker streaks I didn’t think played well in the daylight
So with a sigh

I told you everything I never told
It might have been too much for you to hold
But you were standing there when I was done
And this is how I knew you were the one

Ohhh …

We didn’t see this coming down our way
And I believe we’ve said all we can say
But yours is still the face I wanna see when morning comes
And this is how I know you are the one
This is how I know you are the one
This is how I know

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Unfinished Business

There you were among all the others
Always friends and almost lovers
My imagination hovers over “What if?”

It’s come down to now or never
I won’t stick around forever
If you’ve ever wondered, you’d better come over
’Cause you and I, we have

Some unfinished business to attend to
Some lingering details to work through
And it won’t call for talking, so don’t bother calling
We’re gonna need a one-on-one
So come here and kiss me; this time let’s get the job done

You know almost all my secrets
Save for this one I’ve been keepin’
Come in closer, I will speak it in your ear:
You and I, we have

Some unfinished business to attend to
Some lingering details to work through
And it won’t call for talking, so don’t bother calling
We’re gonna need a one-on-one
So come here and kiss me; this time let’s get the job done

You and I, we have
Some unfinished business to attend to
Some lingering details to work through
And it won’t call for talking, so don’t bother calling
We’re gonna need a one-on-one
So come here and kiss me, this time
Come over here and kiss me, this time
Get over here and kiss me, this time let’s get the job done

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Waking Up With You

Waking up with you is like Christmas morning
It’s like April warming into May
And staying there with you for what feels like ages
is my favorite moment of the day

Slow the hours creep
Until I fall asleep
But if I have a dream, it’s always a good dream
If it ends with waking up with you

Slow the hours creep
Until I fall asleep
But if I have a dream, it’s always a pretty good dream
If it ends with waking up with you
If it ends with waking up with you

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Wasted

You are my weakness
Please tell me your secret
And save me a fortune in tears
‘Cause I can’t get enough, you see
Like some kind of junkie
Whose drug all too quickly disappears
Along with three damn years
Oh, I’m empty handed here

But if love was free
Imagine how rich I’d be
Cause I wouldn’t have wasted all I had on you
And even though it costs so much
I’m a debtor for one last touch
My good sense is wasted when it comes to you

I’ve begged and I’ve borrowed
To bargain sweet sorrow
‘Cause the ration of sweetness was so sweet, however fleeting
Well, I’ve learned that you can’t live
On a diet of wishes
They’re as empty as your words seem
So it’s a mystery
How you’ve got a hold on me

But if love was free
Imagine how rich I’d be
‘Cause I wouldn’t have wasted all I had on you
And even though it costs so much
I’m a debtor for one last touch
My good sense is wasted when it comes to you
Oh, I’m wasted
Oh, I’m wasted
Baby, I’m totally wasted on you

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What Makes A Man Fall In Love?

What makes a man fall in love?
And is what I have enough?
There are answers that pain me to seek
Like why you couldn’t fall in love with me

I remember when you first caught my eye
I thought the world might end right then and I’d be fine
There wasn’t much we said while we kept a silent stare
Was I imagining what was not there?

What makes a man fall in love?
And is what I have enough?
There are answers that pain me to seek
Like why you couldn’t fall in love with me

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We Are On Fire

The phone rang
And it all changed in an instant
The whole world came crashing down
With barely a sound
The light turned
And wheels swerved a little too late
The red-and-blue aftermath
Swallowed in black

We are on fire
May be embers by tonight

The first step to last breath
Like pages
Takes ages to fill a tome
And seconds to smoke
The long days are replaced
With short years
And eternity is just one moment to love

We are on fire
Come on
Let’s burn bright tonight

We are on fire
Who but we light up the night?
Come on
Let’s burn bright

Burn bright tonight

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When The Lights Go Down

When the lights go down
And the curtains shut
Can they tell I’m terrified
Did I do enough?
In a boundless dark
Looking for release
I am captive of my mind
I just want to sleep

When The lights go down
I am eight years old
And I just found out
How it feels to know you’re all alone

When the lights go down
Then the seconds tick
Keeping pace my pulse races
Panicked for the fix
Turning over and over
In a web of dread
Reinventing new nightmares
Out of nothingness

When the lights go down
I am twelve years old
And I just found out
I’ll be walking through this on my own

Down down down
Until the bottom catches me
By some miracle
Alive to see this mercy
Love that’s bigger than my fear

When the lights go down
Can I be this old
And only just find out
I don’t have to carry this alone

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Why Don’t You Stay?

Why don’t you stay just a little bit longer?
Just a little bit closer
Till the end of the song
It’s not too late to get something started
Turn the record on over
The night’s plenty long

The clock on the table has stopped
Freezing the frame we’re upon
Where now from here?
The lines are unclear when I’m in your arms
Hear now the rumble of walls
Crumbling around my resolve
With logic defied
What might we find between now and dawn?

So why don’t you stay just a little bit longer?
Just a little bit closer
Till the end of the song

Who knows what one kiss becomes
Driven by hearts on the drum
Well, minds can divine what it implies
When daylight comes

Why don’t you stay just a little bit longer?
Just a little bit closer
Till the end of the song
It’s not too late to get something started
Turn the record on over
The night’s plenty long

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