Bury me please in the Puget Sound

Bury me please in the Puget Sound
There'll be waves as shackles a'holdin' me down
There'll be no struggle nor shameful whisper of doubt
Just bury me please in the Sound

Let me down peacefully on the rocks
Let the tide roll over and carry my thoughts
Hundreds of miles between me and any other dock
So let me down please on the rocks

I never learned how to write you the way that I wanted
Your ending was one I had not foreseen
Feeding the hope when you know it's what you don't need
So I'll sit alone and wait for the sea
To bury me

Follow me please to where summers lay
Where the waves stay steady and crash through the day
Life with no clock is a life that keeps you at bay
So follow me where summers lay

I never learned how to paint you the way that I wanted
Your colors seeped into the trees
My canvas, blank, conveniently left you in August
So I'll sit alone and wait for the sea
To bury me

 

Coming Home to Someone New

What to say when the orange smoke blows away your face
What to write when I'm tired
Who to go to when I'm fine in my own space
What to do when I'm alive

How strange I can decide how I live and when I die
If it's time to disappear
And I'm thinking about

Coming home to someone new
Letting all the light come through
Writing real and writing true
And leaving the low
Breaking through my windowpane
Being set with all the blame
Feeling my bones caress my frame
And making it home

The way my shoes sink into the ground when I walk
Makes me feel the way I used to feel when I'd hear you talk
Like I'm walking ten times higher than I am
Like I'm selfishly finally feeling like myself again

How strange I can decide where to go when to arrive
Or if I even want to stay
And I'm thinking about

Coming home to someone new
Letting all the light come through
Writing real and writing true
And leaving the low
Falling over myself more
Putting locks on broken doors
Being fine with the settled score
And letting it go

And I wonder if you'll ever come back
Or if you'll listen to this track because the title might intrigue you
I wonder if you think of me
I wonder if you feel free because I know that you want to
I know that you want to
Coming home to someone new

 

White-Capped Glee

Fall came o'er the water as the night bled into day
I followed close behind her as she led my world astray
Who could have ever known the dangerous secrets kept onboard?
And jealousy with white-capped glee struck down the final chord

The portraits in the galley overflowed a deep, red wine
The clocks that had once ticked had since run out of all their time
The captain and his anchor held on tight to see the day
And yet her duty called and she was lost beneath the waves

Emergency evacuation sounded through the crowd
But she who was not listening devoted all her doubt
The ever-aching groan that overcame her as she fell
Was something never heard before as all old stories tell

And so the story goes that she went down and she went low
But I have always fought to find out what I did not know
The drinking and the rivalry that flooded down those halls
Was stronger than the waves that overcame and let her fall

Screaming at the ocean when you lose the one you love
Felt as though the sun upon my skin had come undone
Like winter waves and tall cascades could take me with one swipe
And following you down below would only make this right

 

Write Me In One Of Your Songs

I'll make a promise you know I can't keep
But if the words themselves will put your mind at ease
I'll make it twice, I'll write down my vices
I'll tell you you're right about what my life is
I won't remember you when I've grown old
I won't remember a single story you've told
Washed out and drained, you know my name
Nothing beats fame, except for the game

Don't you dare ever come back
Don't you dare leave me alone
I forgot about you, and I'm sorry
I know I did something wrong
I'll write you in one of my songs

I've held you down and I've kept you as mine
Close to my heart and my body and home and self and time
In and out of pages you write down your hatred
We're not related, but we feel the same

Don't you dare ever come back
I'll never leave you alone
I won't forget about you, don't be sorry
You'll never do nothing wrong
Write me in one of your songs

Don't you dare ever come back (Don't you dare ever come back)
Don't you dare leave me alone (I'll never leave you alone)
I forgot about you (I won't forget about you),  and I'm sorry
I know I did something wrong
I wrote you in all of my songs

 

Headed Up North

This winter's been too long and cold
I've been stuck in the snow
No more fires to stoke

These town lines just don't get me going
The cascades cut to the bone
So I'm leaving alone

There ain't much I need from you
Just a fond farewell, bid me adieu

Standing on the side of the railroad tracks
Headed up north and I won't come back
Honey, just don't follow the tracks I leave
And this is how I cope with
Hating bad where I grew up
Letting myself live on luck
Being close to giving up that's why
I'm headed up north again

I've got all I need with me
And where I long to be
Goes from Sound to sea
I hop on right beneath the trees
My cigarette with ease
Lights up all the leaves

There ain't much I need to say
Just say goodbye and get out of my way

Standing on the side of the railroad tracks
Headed up north and I won't come back
Honey, just don't follow the tracks I leave
And this is all I have to show for
Leaving you with my old guitar
Thing's worth more than my broken heart
I need some time to be apart from you
So I'm headed up north again
I'm headed up north again
I'm headed up north again

 

Go Where You Go

Told the trees that I miss you
They said they do too
Told them I'd be home soon
They said follow this through

Told the trees about your hometown
And how the roads made me feel
How the tires on the dry ground
Made what we had real

So darling, come and grab your guitar
You're gonna go really far
And I'm gonna see you shine
Darling, I'm in for a while
You carry the world in your smile
And I wanna go where you go

Told Boston I need you
She said be patient, be kind
But I wanna know you
And take up your time

So darling, come and grab your guitar
You're gonna go really far
And I'm gonna see you shine
Darling, I'm in for a while
You carry the world in your smile
And I wanna go where you go

 

On For Sleep (Interlude)

I'll miss holding my breath when a sea plane flies over
I'll miss biting my tongue when the kids are asleep
I'll miss talking with you about how hard it is to be sober
I'll miss laying with you while our hands burn with freckles we keep

I'll miss you and your water-colored heart and the way you say good morning
I'll miss how I watched as you flew like a bird in the wind
Oh, I'll miss all the brush strokes and colors that you brought with no warning
And I'll miss how we danced in the smoke and screamed this is the end

 

Elba

If I ask will you be honest?
Your hands and my head out the window felt like a promise
Not a bump in the road could've crashed us
And not a measure of time could feel like enough

Elba, please, keep my heart in your tower
Climb back to it after the hour has passed and the moment is gone
The sun can't stay up for too long
Put me in the back of your pocket
Write songs about me and relive it
Hold on all you want but I don't need you forever I have you right now

If I'm asked I'll say I felt breathless
The clouds reflected off your dash deserve all the credit
My ode to the Midwestern sky wrote itself out clearly
Pick a crease of the fields in the distance and bury me there

Elba, please, keep my heart in your tower
Climb back to it after the hour has passed and the moment is gone
The sun can't stay up for too long
Put me in the back of your pocket
Write songs about me and relive it
Hold on all you want but I don't need you forever I have you right now

 

When It Comes Time For Leaving

When it comes time for leaving
There'll be no slack in my rope
I'll be keeping my grip, I'll be holding your hand
Grasping ounces of hope

When it comes time for leaving
Where is the door?
When I'm barefoot and ragged, where are the woods
That act as my floor?

When it comes time for leaving
I'll lead the way
With you in my rearview, I'll rig the mast
As I sail away

When it comes time for leaving
You know my name
I've skipped rocks on your shores, I've dug stones from your sand
And I feel when you ache

When it comes time for leaving
Say what you'll say
There's a chill in the wind, there's a bite in the air
But I'll be okay

When you're on the run
When the tides don't change
When the ocean is vast
When you've broken the glass in your picture frames
When life isn't fair
When home is a mess
When the rock is turned over
When you wake up feelings that you've put to rest

I'll be here, I'll be okay
I can pull on my branches and keep the rain out of your way
When it comes time for leaving