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LYRICS "BURN BRIGHTLY ALONE"

GHOST

I want to be wanted in my time
I want to think time is on my side
I want to be standing in my shoes
I don’t want to be just like you

we are all ghosts here

I will never be just like you
where can we go to but away

we are going to a place that doesn’t exist
when sleep comes you do not want to return
keep and conceal and never reveal
there are ships out there tonight
to hide away is a lesson well learned
just keep walking, go walking down this track
going somewhere
some place called back

ghost

we are all ghosts here
I want to be wanted in my time
I want to believe time is on my side
I don’t want to be just like you
and you would hate to be like me

ghost

DRIFTWOOD

the sound of the train in Bonners Ferry gets me out of here
black eyed girl from Vik, Iceland who gets you out of there
a walk on the cliff, in the air a “what if” gets us out of here
another town and another face, another mark on the driftwood

driftwood

a town by the sea and a life to grab, I get you out of here
no one saw the little signs I gave, the hints and all the lies
these are special dreams and a poem in your box of beautiful things
when you can’t sleep do you think of me and death on a driftwood beach

the sound of the train in Bonners Ferry gets me out of here (out of here)
black eyed girl from Vik, Iceland who gets you out of there (out of there)
a walk on the cliff, on your face a “what if” gets us out of here (out of here)
another town and another name, another mark on the driftwood

there comes a time
choose wise your words of magic
or else they disappear
they’ll get you out of here

WE KNEW THEY WERE COMING

here’s the house that held the good life
here’s the house that held the nightmare that went on

the damage done by strangers, as foretold
I curse you, I hate you, we despise your arrival

here’s the place that held all things true
a shelter from the norm in this grey valley of time

the damage done to strangers, as expected
the tide comes in, savage, like waves of concrete

all those caged birds here to rule us, desperate
we knew they were coming
this is the nothing they all bring, the emptiness
we knew it was coming
ugly cities and dead small towns, wastelands
we knew they were coming

like flies, like bees, like fire surrounding everything beautiful
reach out to the night sky, but the moon hates you

and I hate you so much, retaliation
we knew they were coming
a different salt in their blood, and we knew, we just knew
we knew they were coming

here’s the house that held the nightmare that went on

WE BOTH GO DOWN TOGETHER

written by Colin Meloy

ALONE I WILL TRAVEL IN TIME TONIGHT

a sacrifice, a crack in time

we walk on glass, I spin in despair
we dance in the halls of the past, gateways no longer there
to nourish a dream and feel it disappear
we harbour the thought of youth, a bloom no longer here

a ritual to shape the fabric

here’s the place
a familiar scent
a state of mind
going back in time

here I am
waiting for ghosts
and sometimes
they appear

sometimes
they rise

but you are falling, you are falling
you are falling
not flying

but you are drowning, you are drowning
you are drowning
not diving

Alone I Will Travel In Time Tonight

but you are dreaming, you are longing
you are craving
not living

Alone I Will Travel In Time Tonight

here I am waiting for ghosts
here I am waiting
and I wait

WICKLOW NIGHTFALL

remember, remember
do you remember
do you, do you remember

do you remember when your life went wrong
you are hope but you are gone
still you appear in dreams, head like a sun, ferocious and mean
but we have all been told lies

lies, lies
but remember
we don’t bend
we break

all this means nothing
when in Wicklow the stars begin to fall

no matter what they take away from me
no matter what they take away

remember, lies, remember
do you remember, lies
do you, do you lie

do you remember where your life went astray
you are hope but you have gone away
but please visit in dreams, communicate, hex and shine
until we meet again

remember, remember
I remember you
I remember lies

USE YOUR BLOOD

they arrive and say
“we could use your blood”     
and I’m going down

there are scars that we take
along the path that we make

forget your friends, they have forgotten you
there are awful things entering this room

use your blood
why is it so?              
use your blood
use your blood
I don’t know  

I’m on the ground now
fallen into place    
without a worry in the world
but then the pain comes

open your veins, let the salt in, I pass out
mix your blood with the ocean waves

tell me what is life for?
what is this life for?

use your blood to change my life
use your blood to alter my vision

use your blood to change my life              
use my blood
use your blood to build a secret hideaway     
blood phobia
use your blood to send me dreaming
send me away
bloodyoungblood
use your blood to bring me down
will you help me?
when I pass out

INTO MY RIVER

like lights in the houses I pass in the night
the lonely things, they have arrived
this is the weekend, this is the end
bereft of dreams, please don’t disappear

all the years rush by
and the river flows faster now
the clear wild eyes of youth
and a stone to drown the memory
all the forgotten things
a tranquil place awaits me now
strange songs we sing
and the river flows faster now

and then I can let go

like faces in the window, inside the light
are they ever friendly, or only young
I was going to the house at the top of the world
one day I had it all, the same day I threw it away

all the years float down
and the river flows faster now
the clear wild eyes of youth
and a stone to drown the memory
all the forgotten things
a tranquil place awaits us now
strange songs are heard
and the river flows faster now

and then I must let go

snow falls all around this lonely room
and the river flows faster now
the walls come close, this hotel room
and the river flows faster now
outside it seems so pure, so clean
and nothing can save us now
submit to the lonely things
and my river dies into the sea

all the years rush down
and the river flows faster now
the clear wild eyes of youth
and a stone to drown them all
these are the lonely things
and my river flows faster now

and now I let go

ORDER OF THE FORLORN

I tried so hard to reach you
when the stars have cursed you
it is a lonely sound
when your life breaks apart

behold and see as you pass by
as you are now so once was I
as I am now so you will be
prepare for death and follow me

I haven’t changed but the world around me
I haven’t changed but some people near me

one day we will meet again
and let the planets rush through my veins
the borderline lords of solitude and mourning
welcome to the Order of the Forlorn

I haven’t changed but the world around me
I haven’t changed but I better had

one day we will end it all
this last song, we will never come back
voices from the past don’t tell the truth
forever I serve in the Order of the Forlorn

I tried so hard to reach you
when the stars have cursed you
it is a lonely sound
when your heart breaks apart

behold and see as you pass by
as you are now so once was I
as I am now so you must be
prepare for death and follow me

one day we will meet again
and let the stars rush through my veins
the borderline lords of solitude and mourning
your first day in the Order of the Forlorn
forlorn

THE CLEARING

when this world fades away
alien angels reign again
when we fall we break like waves
on the shores of wasted time

when this world disappears
do we speak the secret names
eyes that glow like the sun
and you will not forget me

they are seven they are seven
in the valley of the abyss
they are seven

they are seven they are seven
in the numberless stars of heaven

they are seven they are seven
in the depths of the ocean
they are seven

they are seven they are seven
forever and ever
they are seven

I
send the light of the moon
right into the soul of my enemy

THE SMALL ROADS OUT OF TOWN

what a beautiful mess you are
blood and starlight shine tonight
there’s something in the air
and we go there

with golden hair into oblivion
suffocate the memories, enemies
I will never forget what they have done
what they have done

what a beautiful mess you are
blood and starlight, they shine tonight
there’s something in the air
and I go there

I take the small roads out of town
redemption just around the bend
I don`t know how long this travel takes
a true journey has no end

I take the small roads out of town
a strange house and a beckoning light
a sight that promises so much
but never do I go inside

drive drive drive all my life away
everyone searches for a place to stay
someday you will understand, now come and
take the small roads out of town

SHINE UNSEEN, THEN DISAPPEAR

wait, for this life to be (over), travelling from the mountains to the sea
we’re more than halfway there, from Vaila Hall to Stanyan Street
there was a time when songs saved your life
fly I shall and flee we must, how I shone when no one was watching

this is the way of the waves
the tide has left me here
the crooked path never ceases to end
this is the way of the waves

and somewhere, not far away, in a foreign town
a strange girl, I never really knew, is shifting the furniture around

I have driven that road so often
I have driven that road so long

this is the way of the waves                   
the tide has left us here                           
the crooked path never ceases to end (it never ends)    
this is the way of the waves 
what the waves were always saying

and you all went home those nights and forgot
while I still search for something that brings me peace

shine unseen, then disappear
shine unseen, then disappear

this is the wish that didn’t come true        shine unseen, then disappear
this is the curse, we are all cursed        shine unseen, then disappear
but our ghosts will forever stay        shine unseen, then disappear
and the city glows in the night        shine unseen, then disappear

DEATHLESS

counting the stars and the lights in the hills
out on your own there’s no comfort in moonlight
do we still dream of the sea?
aimlessly, desperately  

at the crossroads, screaming
“we don’t need your desert gods”
and all the things we never said
and the thing I never said

when all things come to pass
and my world falls apart
there was only you

 

there are awful things entering this room