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LYRICS

GHOST FLOWER – AN ALBUM BY KRISTIN COTTS

 

1.Why It All Came Down

 Oh my, tell me why

Don’t know, give it a try

Don’t go and don’t be shy

Tell me why it all came down.

 

I get mad; I don’t try to hide it.

I’ve been mad but I don’t get excited.

I’m feeling bad, ‘cause I was uninvited.

Tell me why it all came down.

 

Oh, I can see stretchin’ to eternity

This line in front of me

We’re all waiting for our dreams to come true

And with certainty as though it were meant to be

We wanna be told the what, the where, the when, the why,

The who.

But, oh my, tell me why

Tell me why it all came down.

 

I see a bull on the horizon

The wounded moon is full

And steadily risin’

I feel her pull as I am realizing[

Why it all came down.

 

Oh, the memories washing over me

School yard agonies like some apocalyptic dream

Waking from the reverie, the answers come at me

But they’re uninspired, sanitized, a trite and cryptic meme.

But, oh my, tell me why

Tell me why it all came down

 

Oh my, tell me why

Don’t know, give it a try

Don’t go and don’t be shy

Tell me why it all down down

Why it all came down.

 

2. Ghost Flower 

I’m invisible and I like it don’t feel sorry for me

I’m invisible look right through me tell me what you see

I grow in the dark. Light passes through.

I grow in the dark. Light passes through.

 

I’m invisible I can see  you even if you’re unknown

I’m invisible looking through you shadows on gray stone

I grow in the dark. Light passes through.

I grow in the dark. Light passes through.

 

Pale as the moon, transparent like water

Dark as a phantom song.

 

I’m invisible uncontainable just turn around

Look and see my shade and glory

Hear the shadow’s sound

I grow in the dark. Light passes through.

I grow in the dark. Light passes through.

 

 3. Green Eyes

Green eyes, green eyes 

When did they get cloudy?

Green eyes, green eyes, 

They used to sparkle like a bright green phosphorescent sea.

 

Love is shattered in the corner,

Scattered in the dirt

You’d better pick up those pieces

Before somebody gets hurt.

 

Dancin’ like a demon beneath the angel’s song

Could those angelic voices possibly be wrong

And green eyes was right all along

 

Green eyes, green eyes, 

They used to sparkle like a bright green phosphorescent sea.

 

Watch your hope drift away on an autumn breeze

Remember how the summer sun

Drove to your knees

 

Green eyes, green eyes 

When did they get cloudy?

Green eyes, green eyes, 

They used to sparkle like a bright green phosphorescent sea.

 

4. Red Arrow Highway

 It’s been a long, long time

But I can finally say I’m fine

And I may even find my way

But while I’m finding mine

I fear I’m leaving you behind

I don’t want to be unkind

But what can I say

 

Red Arrow Highway, charting my course

Red Arrow High Way, finding my true north.

 

I’m heading down the road

Thinking about your load

Memories exploded in a flame

As if the sun had never glowed

The wind shifts, my thoughts explode

Unstable as a sand dune searching for a name

 

Red Arrow Highway, charting my course

Red Arrow High Way, finding my true north.

 

This road has a name

This road has a name

This road has a name

 

Red Arrow Highway, charting my course

Red Arrow High Way, finding my true north.

 

This road has a name

This road has a name

This road has a name

 

5. Count to 10

 

Don’t know what to say, count to ten, count to ten

Tears are on the way, count again

Back up, sit down,and breathe just breathe.

 

Sunlight can hurt, look down, look down

The answers in the dirt, look around

Take it all, don’t let ‘em see you crawl 

And breathe, just breathe

 

Falling but no one knows

You stand so still

Falling, do you suppose

They’ll ever really know your will?

 

Face to face with pain, count to ten, count to ten

Nothing more to gain, count again

Take it all, let your shoulders fall

And breathe, just breathe.

 

Falling but no one knows

You are out of place

Falling, you lost again

And you never meant to enter that race.

 

Mars is on the rise, take it in, take in

There’s sadness in the skies and the night will begin

With love to pull you through

Breathe, just breathe.

Just breathe.

 

6. It Makes Me Think of You by Chris Ussery

 

There is a cemetery on Parrish Avenue 

Just south of where the old Burlington Northern tracks run through

And when the shadows fall, you can hear those orphan trombones call

I don’t know why it makes me think of you.

 

The barn is falling over. The timbers are exposed

And everywhere we used to go another joint is closed

When we walked hand in hand, oh the angel’s song caressed the land

It’s in my head it makes me think of you.

 

Well, I can’t say that I never sinned

But I’d be happy just to try again.

I’m no angel but I’ve heard them sing.

What I wouldn’t give for one more chance to be redeemed.

 

There is a cemetery on Parrish Avenue 

Just south of where the old Burlington Northern tracks run through

And when the shadows fall, you can hear those orphan trombones call

I don’t know why it makes me think of you.

I don’t know why it makes me think of you.

 

7. Witch Instead

 

The darkness is falling like pointed shards of glass

The future’s appalling, still better than the past

The thunder must wonder if we heard what it said

But don’t draw me angel wings

When I’m a witch instead.

Don’t bind me, define me, entwine me in your dreams

I’m bolder, I’m colder than ancient glacial streams

The shimmer of winter enshrines my weary head

But don’t draw me angel wings when I’m a witch instead.

 

Say beware. I don’t care.

I know I don’t do what I should.

I won’t refrain, still I’ll maintaint

That I am mostly, mostly, mostly good, good.

 

My broomstick is broken

I’ve sent it for repair

I got me a potion to get from here to there

Don’t calm me, embalm me, in the perfect of the dead

And don’t draw me angel wings when I’m a witch instead.

 

Don’t bind me, define me, entwine me in your dreams

Don’t bind me, define me, entwine me in your dreams

Don’t bind me, define me, entwine me in your dreams

The shimmer of winter enshrines my weary head

The shimmer of winter enshrines my weary head

But don’t draw me angel wings when I’m a witch instead.

 

8. Source of the River

 

Life is easy when you don’t have a conscience

Life is easy with no one to answer you

Shallow rivers are easy to cross 

Diving deep you’ll never know where you’re headed to.

 

Cross the shallow river’s churning

Love and safety will be what they seem

Unless you’ve got a yearning to head upstream.

 

Life is easy when you don’t have a brain

Reading truth in the palm of another hand

Stay shallow rest assured you’ll be safe

You’ll have friends and money

You’ll be easy to understand.

 

Cross the shallow river’s churning

Love and safety will be what they seem

Unless you’ve got a yearning to head upstream.

 

Life is easy when you’re good at making friends

When your smile tells another you’re both okay

But try to find the source of the river

Drink its water make everyone feel the same.

 

Cross the shallow river’s churning

Love and safety will be what they seem

Unless you’ve got a yearning to head upstream.

 

9. Trouble

 

You say my mouth’s gonna get me into trouble

And I ask when will that be

When will I start to see a little trouble

And know it’s all because of me.

 

Did you mean to put me down

I took it as a compliment you see

I’ve been meaning to get around

To pissing off people I meet

And you can be

The first to see

The down and dirty all to nervy (guitar hits)

Natural me.

 

You say my mouth’s gonna get me into trouble

And I ask what greater bliss could there be?

Cause if my mouth’s getting me in trouble

Then I know someone’s listening to me

And you can be

The first to see

The down and dirty all to nervy (guitar hits)

Natural me.

 

So watch me shed this mild mannered skin

As I prepare to slither free

Then let the trouble begin

It starts with a T which rhymes with me

And you can be

The first to see

The down and dirty all to nervy (guitar hits)

Natural me.

 

So if you wanna cause a little trouble

Lay down your propriety

My trouble with you is your trouble with me

I didn’t mean for that last verse to be double

I meant it all quite innocently

It goes to show you’ll get yourself in trouble

The moment you let your mouth go free.

 

And trouble’s my favorite word, you’ll see.

 

10. Lost Tears

 

The night is singin' softly, and there I hear your voice

the memory of a hope long gone, disguised as a choice

But right now my eyes are dry; I've been numb for years

Lookin' for a way to cry; in search of my lost tears.

 

Chorus

On the way back to joy, there are tears to cry

On the road back to courage, there is fear

It's a long drive from heart break through the how and why

But first you gotta cry those lost tears.

 

Once I feared the darkness. Now I tremble at the light.

My dreams were once a comfort. Now they're squeezing me too tight

The shadows of the shadows know what you've left behind

When you let the sorrow flow, who knows what you may find?

 

Lonely in a crowded room, I finally start to feel

The shapes around me sharpen,  closer, more real

And when the memory of that ancient pain finally breaks apart

You've only got yourself to gain. Yourself and your poor heart

 

And on the way back through healing, there is pain to know

On the way back to living, death is near

The beauty of the sunshine's in its after glow

But first you gotta cry those lost tears.

 

11. How to Tell You’re Not a Computer 

 

Have you ever been unable to turn off your computer

Or to raise your eyes up and away from the oracle you call a phone?

Watching the TV, have your eyes latched onto the neon HD rainbow colors

So that they replaced your natural irises as you sat transfixed by the glow of beautiful cyborgs

Telling you what's what?

 

Are you unsure where cyberspace ends and you begin

Are you plugged in and tuned out

Instead of unplugged and tuned into

Mother Earth's lament

And do you really love your mother

Or do you just like her on Facebook

And how do you know you're not a computer

I have a series of questions you can ask yourself

To find out

You can take it in the form of an online quiz if you prefer

 

Have you ever felt the glow 

Of the evening in your soul

Transform you into some kind of call

Does your face fill with hot blood

Are your feet stuck in the mud

Then you might be human after all.

 

Et qui a gagné la révolution?

Les plus riches. Les plus puissants. Le patriarcat

Nous sommes laissés à regarder notre démocracie blessée

Qui saigne et meurt dans les rues

Et qui va nous mener? Les plus vulnerables . Les personnes transgenres.

C'est là ou se trouve le pouvoir, hors du system binaire, hor de la hierarchie

Patriarcat, tu n'es pas aussi puissant que tu ne dois croire que tu es

 

It used to be pinch me I might be dreaming

Now you just might be a part of someone else's dream

Into the questions

Into shadows you are hurled

If you can't wake up from dream

You'd better pinch the world.

 

12. If My Sister’s Broken 

 

If my sister’s broken, then I am broken too

And if the guy in charge ain’t woke

Then I am sleeping too

On a bridge in November

The water’s flowing through

And a fawn runs red on a rocky hill

And she is broken too.

 

If the dark is rising, then we are rising too

And if the word’s awash in lies

We will say what’s true

And the rosy light is shining on the running fawn

As she goes on climbing toward the shadows of the dawn.

 

What is it to be broken? What is it to be free?

And what is hope but a dried out old sea

And we know that there’s no difference between daylight and the night

Or the rocks and the horizon

Or freedom and the fight

 

If my sister’s broken, then I am broken too

And if a people’s pain should go unspoken

We have work to do.

 

13. Light Don’t Shine On Me

 

Light, don’t shine on me

Light, don’t shine on me

I’m okay with the gray

So go away for today

Light don’t shine on me.

 

I will find my way

I will find my way

I don’t need to see I can listen carefully 

I will find my way

 

Light, don’t shine on me

Light, don’t shine on me

I’m okay with the gray

So go away for today

Light don’t shine on me.

 

Get lost in the corner of the city

All day long

Find things I think are pretty 

With no one there to tell me I’m wrong

Walk along the lake shore don’t care if it’s cold

Wonder what the wind is for and

Reach for things I’ll never hold.

 

Light, don’t shine on me

Light, don’t shine on me

I’m okay with the gray

So go away for today

Light don’t shine on me.

 

I just need to breathe

I just need to breathe

So here I go out and in

CO2 and oxygen

I just need to breathe.

 

Light don’t shine on me.

Light don’t shine on me.

Light don’t shine on me.

 

14. Whisper

 

You say life’s busy

You say it’s fast

You say it’s crazy as you zoom past

You must be loud to beat the crowd

But truth is a whisper

 

The love that’s near 

Cannot get in

If you can’t hear beyond the din

Don’t scream and shout to get words out

Truth is a whisper

 

An awkward pause, a plaintive sigh

A life that was, a final goodbye

 

You may be loud; perhaps you’re not

I hope you’re proud of what you’ve got

The sweetest word you ever heard

Is often said in a whisper

 

Beyond the wind of each day’s grind

You may find a new frequency

 

And though I know answers can come

At the center of a big drum

The drumbeat starts

Within your heart

First revealed as a whisper.

 

 15. Mysterious Rift 

 

Some mysterious rift with crags below the rim 

Reaching down, down, down

Dividing two sides.

 

Some mysterious change that cause foundations to shift

Spreading wide, wide, wider

Dividing life from the unknown

 

Creeping through the unlit brush

Mud on my knees, hands in the mud

Sleeping on two stones by the edge

Of the divide.

 

Creeping through the unlit brush

Mud on my knees, hands in the mud

There are goggles to see in the dark

Now there’s nowhere left to hide.

 

Some mysterious rift where gravity pulls

So we cannot cross

Some mysterious rift down, down, down

Wide, wide, wider

Dividing me from you

Self from self

Joy from knowledge

Light from shadow.

 

16. Ashes

 

Ashes to ashes dust to dust

What do you need and who do you trust

And what’ll you do with what’s to come

Life is like a hurricane

It smacks against your window pane

But the peaceful eye is merely boredom.

 

Nose pressed on the glass afraid

To enter into the rage

And your scars are burned

Light a light on your heart.

Shine.

 

Ashes to ashes mud to mud

You cannot move your feet are stuck

Struggle makes it worse

You look above; you look below

You’re seeking love but do you know

You wear your pain like a curse

 

But I will wear this pain with pride.

It’s the last thing I will hide.

And your scars are burned.

Like a light on your heart.

Shine. Shine.

 

Ashes to ashes, clay to clay

Your shape is shifting every day

What’ll you do with your despair

You live your life

You sing your death

You’re calling home with every breath

But God knows where

 

And where there’s smoke, there’s fire

And where there’s fire, there’s loss

And where there’s loss, there’s passion and pain.

Burning. Burning.