Humorous Storytelling, Serious Folk

Scarlet

I’m a wise fool and I want you
But I don’t know where to begin
It’s such a long way, between the days
Of when we came to exist

I’ve got your blood on my hands
All of our lives came from this
Just trying to get as close as a man can get
Scarlet

I dream of your bed, I use all of my patience
Try to convince myself that it’s real
But I’m out with the wolves, I ran far from the warmth
Cause I can’t forgive

Don’t let the darkness hold you back
I mostly say to myself
I’m just a child trying to hide in your chest
Scarlet

Funeral on Fire


Subway moves slow at night like the whole train is tired
And there’s a good chance you don’t wanna see me
New York likes to watch me fail, I miss NorCal
Where a business card is just a jar of weed

Lie to me, like a dream, like the promise of fire
Can’t you see, if there’s room to sink
Then there’s gotta be a little room to get higher

The opposite of love is not hate but indifference
Oh wise ones teach me how to break through

Honor me, like a dream, like a funeral on fire
Can’t you see if there’s room to breath
Then there’s always a little room to get higher

Don't Ask

Don’t ask me if I’m lonely baby, you know I’m lonely
If I wasn’t lonely then I wouldn’t be talking to you
I’m trying to drink this poison and see if it’ll kill me
I used to have immunity, now I don’t know what it’ll do

You don’t know where I’ve been
I was just a canvas back then
But now I’m dripping with paint
I ain’t old, baby I’m brand new

Don’t ask me if I’ve been writing baby, you know I ain’t been writing
If I’d been writing then I wouldn’t be talking to you
I’m trying to board this train wreck, I used to have a ticket
All the best shit I’ve ever written, it’s all been coming from you

So don’t shut me up
It’ ain’t like it was
I’ve shed some layers
I ain’t old, baby I’m brand new

Don’t ask me if I miss my bed, why the hell would I miss my bed
This world’s got a lot of beds and I don’t mind trying them all
Some are full of sadness and some ain’t got no blankets
But some are like heaven, more than I could ever pull

I’ve been rambling long
I’ll keep on rolling on
That old cocoon is dead and gone
I ain’t old, baby I’m brand new

Badlands Serenade

Sleeping in the badlands too stoned to dream
Inhaled all the opiates and licked all the ketamine
Everyone tells me how much they lost
But a real man can give the love he’s never got

Picking through some new tunes the old ones don’t shine
When you ain’t got a new muse you got to improvise
You’ve been lonely for so long it feels like company
But a real man can give the love he’s never seen

It’s just a bunch of short ones now, the long ones they don’t last
After the drugs wear off and compromise seems like a drag
But you know I would drive all night till there ain’t no more road
Cause a real man can give the love he’s never known

Quick Quick Slow

Sleeping in the badlands too stoned to dream
Inhaled all the opiates and licked all the ketamine
Everyone tells me how much they lost
But a real man can give the love he’s never got

Picking through some new tunes the old ones don’t shine
When you ain’t got a new muse you got to improvise
You’ve been lonely for so long it feels like company
But a real man can give the love he’s never seen

It’s just a bunch of short ones now, the long ones they don’t last
After the drugs wear off and compromise seems like a drag
But you know I would drive all night till there ain’t no more road
Cause a real man can give the love he’s never known

Best Chance

We tore open your pillows just to see inside of it all
And it fell down upon me
I guess I wasn’t the one who would bring out the sun
Just one more to help block the rain

It ain’t your last chance, but it’s probably your best chance

You’ve been lying with me, you’ve been making me sneeze
Cutting my sadness like a razor
And we’ll just never know how deep it will go
It’s a lion and I can’t tame her

It ain’t your last chance, but it’s probably your best chance

I don’t wanna know, I wanna shut out all I’ve been shown
I can’t love the way I love cause it ain’t sustainable
See these scars, see the way that I stab

And the days they will fly in this new version of time
Filled with tears and laughter
I’ve seen it before, I’ve seen this darkness unfold
I’m just not sure what comes after

It ain’t your last chance, but it’s probably your best chance

Ain't My Job

I was walking alone with a handful of drugs
From my best friend he knows what I love
Knows my tolerance he knows what I’ve done
I don’t gotta say shit he just hooks it up

You were calling to me but I wasn’t around
Couldn’t change yourself so you changed your town
You’re a bad liar but you lie anyway
Little white lies get darker each day

You’ve found a new god I’ve heard
So your sins won’t be sins anymore
But you got your doubts I’m sure
But I ain’t your cure
No It ain’t my job

I forgot who I was happens all of the time
They put me up front and I blow my lines
But I speak for myself even when I’m wrong
I can’t speak for you, no it ain’t my job
No it ain’t my job

I'd rather be alone
Melting some stranger’s snow
Then warming your heart so cold
It ain’t my job anymore
No it ain’t my job

While I'm Down

The big melt begins today all them icicles are dripping away
One by one, one by one I watch them die
The earth shows no mercy everything needs to drink
I ain't never been this thirsty in my life

I can't remember who I wrote “wish you were” here to
But in the end it's true all around
And my window is open wide, I've got no one on my mind
Come on love me up while I'm down

I ain’t the best one it's true, I'm just trying to say something new
Trying not to sound like every other man
I ain’t done these drugs in a while but I'm down to match your smile
I'll just ride it out, honey you know how I am

And apathy well it ain't my usual thing
But you know sometimes it comes around
And my window is open wide, I've got no one on my mind
Come on love me up while I'm down

I've been going through the motions it's like a vast dead ocean
Billions of drops but I've got no urge to swim
I've been braving all the winters I've been trying to save the sinners
But I keep on forgetting just exactly what's considered a sin

Out here it's a Costco of men why you chose me I'll never understand
But whatever it takes to push the darkness out
And my window is open wide, I've got no one on my mind
Come on love me up while I'm down

Your Ghost

If you can’t hear the angels falling
Then you won’t hear the devils rise
I’m your ghost, I’m your ghost
Won’t be too long till you see me

I drank the blood from your mama
I stole the seed from your pa
I’m your ghost, I’m your ghost
Won’t be too long till you see me

Hiding

You can let down your guard, I’m not like your father
All the wind on the water it can’t stop the tides
But it blows anyway, the ocean just deals
Trying not to let it steal all the secrets inside

I won’t fall yet, there’s some hope left
But I’m hiding
I won’t go blind, there’s enough light
I’m trying

I can let down my guard, you’re more like your mama
Medicine for my trauma, we lick each other’s wounds
Then you let me run away, into the endless wonder
No longer afraid of the thunder, let it roar

We won’t fall yet, there’s some hope left
But I’m hiding
We won’t go blind, there’s enough light
I’m trying