In The Blood

Lyrics by Alfred Howard


It's Time

I know you've been down before
Wasn't me, was not our war
In fact it was some years ago
No better time to let it go

The past is heavier than lead
You need to rest your heavy head
Let go everything they said
No history yet in side this bed

It's time
To put the past to rest
No better way than straight ahead
Those yesterdays down in the black
And I'm hoping that I can bring you back

Time will take care of all wounds
I hope that time is coming soon
Just a tunnel you go through
And I've been back from my hell too

Hard to trust more than a few
When the knife that entered you
Came from one you knew so well
It cut you deep and I can tell

It's time
To put the past to rest
No better way than straight ahead
Those yesterdays down in the black
And I'm hoping that I can bring you back

I guess you have to walk through flames
Learning how to drag your chains
Pull the poison from your veins
I guess you have to start
Again

Behind you place your burdens down
Remind you dead weight only drowns
You know it all comes back around
Got you back to solid ground

It's time
To put the past to rest
No better way than straight ahead
Those yesterdays down in the black
And I'm hoping that I can bring you back

 

The Cost

Got directions on the dashboard
Distractions on my mind
Thoughts of love that stray away
Since the time escaped our side

Met a stranger next to midnight
And I got lost inside her eyes
Like an old familiar side street
Where it's summer all the time

Love and loss and trust and gain
Pleasures cost and all the pain
Waste away like summer rain
Slip inside and all just fade away

Got some aspirin and decisions
Two to take and one to make
Been so biased by these visions
From a flood we wait to wake

Mid May passed snow capped mountains
Through towns as small as life
And if you stripped me of my options
I'd be better off tonight

Love and loss and trust and gain
Pleasures cost and all the pain
Waste away like summer rain
Different with each new refrain

 

Wyoming

Warmth and wind Wyoming whispers wishing you were here
Why were you like willows winter leaves they disappear
Shaky sly like cigarette smoke offer up a glass
Have a toast to all the flaw and coax me with your rasp

All in all it is alright
All in all it is alright
All in all it is alright
As long as day comes from your night

Mundane as a Monday morning mourning every home
You've turned to ashes with your flashes anywhere you go
Remember one long season in the hell you carry round
Shore to shore and door to door before another town

All in all it is alright
All in all it is alright
All in all it is alright
As long as day comes from your night
As long as day comes from your night

Another slow wind speaks your name
Another candle burning bright
And as I sit and watch the flame
Growing dimmer over time

Smile like a hurricane and leave life in your wake
Never pass through quite the same and don't know what you'll take
Braid your heartstring souvenirs of all those conquered souls
You've got time, you've got mine, but you got no self-control

All in all it is alright
All in all it is alright
All in all it is alright
As long as day comes from your night
As long as day comes from your night

Another slow wind speaks your name
Another candle burning bright
And as I sit and watch the flame
Growing dimmer over time

 

Through The Tangles

Melancholy melody
Murmur of a memory
Purgatory tells a story
Each soul hears it differently

Days are slow and shadows creep
The moon will judge us as we sleep
A verdict for each ear to keep
As lines unfold inside our dreams

Through the tangles and the folds of time
Down the pulse of telephones and wires
Watch those incandescent city lights
Read tomorrow's question mark invites

Don't ask me why

The humming of an ocean breath
Carefully we plot each step
On Coronado where we slept
So far gone but never left

A sheep dressed in the clothes of wolves
A puppet string no hands to pull
The wool on eyes, the pressure lies
As dormant as these asphalt skies

Through the tangles and the folds of time
Down the pulse of telephones and wires
Watch those incandescent city lights
Read tomorrow's question mark invites

Don't ask me why
We live to die
We love and lie
Take to the sky

Don't ask me why
You caught my eye
Opened it wide
And then changed my life

Ideas wander over time
We redefine a peace of mind
The weight of chaos on our back
Learn to find light in the black

There is a spark in every dark
Even in this sable hear
Some sense pervades your silent stage
Some relevance on every page

Through the tangles and the folds of time
Down the pulse of telephones and wires
Watch those incandescent city lights
Read tomorrow's question mark invites

Don't ask me why
We live to die
We love and lie
Take to the sky

Don't ask me why
You caught my eye
Opened it wide
And then changed my life

So here we are
On blackened tar
I'll push as hard
Take the night as far

No worried mind
No wasted time
No unwritten lives
Leave it all behind
We don't live to die

 

Alibi

Alibi alibi
Don't ask no questions why
Army jet shakes the sky
Need someplace sanctified

I got my reasons why
Some silent space to hide
Further I get from sight
The more you seek and find

I got no interstate
I get no passers by
Shout 'til my heart's content
And I get no reply

I need some breathing room
Beneath this canine moon
I shut these eyes to see
These pines, they speak the truth

And I can't put it all together like I used to do
I trace your place in puzzle pieces cause I'm used to you
Yes we are weathered whether not we ever meant to be
And on these days of contemplation just what's meant for me

I got you on my back
Like skin and sin again
Try to shed get ahead
And break before the bend

I built up all these walls
Just to watch them fall
Two tickets to the sun
Before it blinds us all

And I can't put it all together like I used to do
I trace your place in puzzle pieces cause I'm used to you
Yes we are weathered whether not we ever meant to be
And on these days of contemplation just what's meant for me

 

Blistered Hands

These blistered hands
They spar with the sun
Far worn down
And another is done

What comes next
Was that it
Did chance fall to shadows
Get missed

Everything in front
As well as behind
Just as much
Falls fast from my mind

And the time
It don't forgive
No manual
How to live

Comes from all sides those days when you die
Finding a way to get by
Burn from above by the things that you love
Honest when you're tellin' your lies

Yet you're surprised
When the light leaves the sky
Another day down and you got left behind

Moon come down
And offer us ease
Far too proud but
Silently plea

Grant me breath
And guide my steps
Reminding me
Something comes next

Comes from all sides those days when you die
Finding a way to get by
Burn from above by the things that you love
Honest when you're tellin' your lies

Yet you're surprised
When the light leaves the sky
Another day down and you got left behind

 

In the Blood

Ain't no sinner ain't no saint
Just another in between
Been good on the darkest days
Ran foul in my best dreams

When it comes down to it
When it comes up heads or tails
Just another walking down a track
Who's been derailed

Confusion my walking stick
The cane I have to lean
In need of sweet reminders
Why we carry on and breathe

When it comes down to it
When it comes up heads or tails
Just another walking down a track
Who's been derailed

I hear tomorrow call on me
So faint amongst the screams
All the doubts that shout out loud
Seem well within my reach

When it comes down to it
When it comes up heads or tails
Just another walking down a track
Who's been derailed

Hard wind wears everything down
Even all my time
Reach into emptiness
To reclaim what was mine

Need something to believe in
Other than a lie
See you on a sidewalk
Just another passer by

Cover me with your darkness
Bury me in light
Don't know what to do with you
When you're right before my eyes

Is your shoulder there to lean on
Or is your shoulder cold
Can you catch the life you wanted
Before your seasons over

 

Fever

Fever fever
Crawl over me
Tense and tempted
So far from free

Why have you fallen
Here and now
Draggin' my
Soul
Against the ground

The depths you raise
You lift me up
Heightened spirits
You fill my cup

Where were you
When I needed you most
Runnin' hard
Scared on another coast

If you want
We can crash against the walls
Back and forth
About who's right or wrong

Is what we were
There's no stranger place to start
Been so generous with doubt
Open up your heart

Crossroads come
Until they go
Right decisions
You never know

Anything in a parallel
Heaven or some other wave of hell

If you want
We can crash against the walls
Back and forth
About who's right or wrong

Is what we were
There's no stranger place to start
Been so generous with doubt
Open up your heart

 

When It Comes Down

When it comes down
Down by the old park
Down by the waterside winder wind blows
And nobody knows

So as these leaves fall
Gentle as snow fall
Onto your pillow down feathers and broke
Just where do you go

Watching the stream move
Slowly and feel soothed
Winter can't take this slow moment from me
It just cannot be

Holding as hard as
Strong as I can hold
Hold on to any thing that I find true
But I let go of you

Watching the river flow
What does the river know
Knows how to rest my bones

Watching the river flow
What does the river know
Knows how to roll me on home
Roll me on home

I can see my breath
Ghost of what comes next
Hangs like a cigarette quelling my nerves
The times that we serve

I am alone now
Smile as I look out
Beauty as boundless as my eyes can see
Delivered to me

Watching the river flow
What does the river know
Knows how to rest my bones

Watching the river flow
What does the river know
Knows how to roll me on home

 

Train Station

Dark at the train station
Waiting for my patience
Waiting for my midnight
Headin' steady back

Reading over letters
Silence soft as feathers
Where is your whenever
When's your light turn back

Newspapers and headlines
Everyone checks their time
Train is running behind
And circles round my mind

What's the right direction
Who's this hesitation
Escape or time to face up
To love or leave behind

Just
How
Many
Times
Can
The
Same
Thing come round the bend

And come around
And come around and round again

Learn
From
What
You're
Missin'
Repetition on and on

Mistakes we make
We build and break
And break until it's gone

I hear it finally come
Heart so fast it hums
Step up to the platform
Ticket in my hand

Patterns etched in blue veins
Blood flows into your name
Gonna make it right
One day we'll understand

Just
How
Many
Times
Can
The
Same
Thing come round the bend

And come around
And come around and round again

Learn
From
What
You're
Missin'
Repetition on and on

Mistakes we make
We build and break
And break until it's gone

 

Fallen

Which of these tall trees will heal me
Maybe this old elm knows something
Listen closely to its leaves
Listen closely to its leaves

Love is like a forest fire
Clear the land for newness coming
From the ashes of old dreams
From the ashes of our dreams

Ask the wind for revelation
Ask the clouds to speak their secrets
Answers I already know
Answers we already know

I'll take the medicine of minutes
Swallow hollow pills of hours
Takes a little time to show
Takes a little time to show

I've fallen down before
I fell in love and I fell in war
And I haven't had enough
Only love can lift you up

Volatile as Sunday morning
Clouds that crawl on the horizon
Just as fragile as the sky
Just as fragile as the sky

Break it down to resurrect it
Build it all out of this nothing
In a storm without an eye
In a storm without an eye

I've fallen down before
I fell in love and I fell in war
And I haven't had enough
Only love can lift you up