Songs

by Tor & the Fjords

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1.
03:46
I dreamt that I was flying, so high above the fields Far above this earthly spinning and the winding of its wheels I started drifting higher when something caught my eye The sunlight on a steeple and the people passing by And shining there among them like the breaking of the day Was the face of one familiar who I’d thought had gone away Just at that same moment the sun released its rays And she turned her eyes towards heaven, and held me in her gaze Won’t you meet me in the middle, we can fill up empty air We can walk and talk together, see if we end up somewhere The first time that I saw her, it was at the harvest ball She was standing with her father, though I saw him not at all Her beauty fairly drew me like the tide pulled from the shore And I held my hand out to her, and we stepped on to the floor CHORUS The angels have a ballroom where the dancing never ends And they twirl and glide forever with the grace that true love lends In my dream we joined them on that dance floor in the clouds And though I’m wide awake now, I can hear those notes ring out I spend my days alone now, and I write my simple songs But I sing each one in hopes that someone hears and sings along You’ll pass as I am leaving, and we’ll stop to share the glow And I’ll still feel you beside me as I go CHORUS
2.
02:28
Midnight breezes bear the truth Sing into an inclined ear But you say you want living proof Just put your first two fingers here That’s my heart, it beats into my arm It makes my legs to move, it pumps this song to you Morning brings the strangest light Colors we can’t understand You bleed your dreams into my life Write your name upon my hand, wash away my best laid plans That’s my heart, it beats into my arm It makes my legs to move, it pumps this song to you, song to you Come take my all, the bedroom and the hall This room I pace alone, and make this place your own Hear the whisper in this kiss Feel the rhythm in your wrist Breath held by the drummer’s snare Let it loose and leave me bare, every truth becomes a dare That’s my heart, it beats into my arm It makes my legs to move, it pumps this song to you, song to you You set my watch, so well it never stopped Then dropped the meter dime, this different drum will learn to beat in time
3.
03:40
Felt so different today I could feel my feelings start to change I remembered what to say Put the pedal to the metal, and I sped away I'm a racecar, and I'm running for you now I'm a racecar, that's right Well I guess that I was wrong You asked me questions and I could not respond I was trying to be strong But I wish that I had spoke up, 'cause when I woke up you were gone CHORUS So I roll the windows down And I look for you in every passing town And I slowly come unwound But this car will keep on driving till you're found CHORUS
4.
04:38
Open up the packet, add the sugar, then you carbonate Thinking ‘bout the lobster that your sister and your mother ate Spend an hour obsessing on the color of your corduroys Wonder when your cousin’s gonna know if it’s a girl or boy Run out to the corner where a boombox plays the latest song Lie in bed awake because she told you that your shoes were wrong Single strap your backpack when you come around the turn for school Asking your reflection “Are we ever gonna be cool?” Hey Mom, I’m really good at something I’m better than all my friends Hey Mom, I’m really good at something I wanna do it again and again Cleaning off the blackboard, is that what a baby’s mind is like? Shadows in the mirror look like memories of a past life Sing into the static where the silence tries to speak again Learning how to hold on to your own hand when you need a friend Read another book, maybe a magazine could help you out Wear a copper bracelet, rub a crystal when you feel doubt Automatic writing’s gonna help you find the words you need Carve your morning pages in the wall until you fall free CHORUS My daddy's name is Daddy Mommy's name is Mommy My sister's name is Poppy My cat's name is Oatmeal Oatmeal went to the doctor She got shooten by a hunter She was hurt for a long long time She's not okay yet Going with the flow can lead you over to the roads that suck Swallowing the stopper gets you nowhere, and you’re so stuck Light the roman candle in your hand and watch the fire shoot out Or put it on the mantle, never talk about it ever Following the thread, I don't wanna say why All the things I said, friends I didn't stay by Things I should've learned in the school line-up Was it North or South Carolina?
5.
03:05
Time will take you, and fade you in the new sun See the colors run, come out of the water And I will fake it, until I make it Pockets pulled and hanging out, walking like a washing machine I got my stitches out, they were not self-dissolving It took some help to heal, two medics packing clay Can you love me more than I've been loved before? I'm gonna take a try, look up and the blue is breaking CHORUS When the weather turned, my ears were full of thunder There's someone in my car, but all I see is rain It took me all this time to learn to read the signs The traffic light turned red, but oh my heart is green CHORUS Tumble down (3x) Broken open in the rapids by the boulders below Shaken loose of body, when I got it back said "No place like home" Was all my life just a long night to bring me to this shore? What's that drumbeat, baby? Show me what these hands are for CHORUS
6.
03:00
I hung my shirt up on the line 'Cause it was soaked from the sea's brine Or maybe just 'cause I'd been crying the night before Someday I'll distill That salty taste into a pill So I can summon up at will my missing shore It don't taste good, it don't taste good It don't taste good, but that's the price I'll pay to feel 'Cause it tastes real I've taught myself to savor Even the bitter flavors I know my tongue was made for both the sour and sweet I've learned to call it soothing When sorrow's rain falls through me It's then that I know truly what I feel's complete CHORUS My love was once a stranger I only wished to change her So I would not be blamed for all I held inside Now I've been broken open Wide as the widest ocean With words I should have spoke and teardrop in my eyes CHORUS
7.
You took me out, from Lowe’s to Friendly’s The Waffle House could only watch and wave Our hearts came free, with happy endings A quesadilla, a peanut buster parfait I know we were made for each other Mixing like a Supermelt, Supermelt, Supermelt We will be together forever Tell our grandkids how we fell I sent a box to your apartment A gift-wrapped log, for when the nights are long I love the time, that I can picture When I’ll arrive with firewood and a song See the branches burning together Brighter than a Duraflame, Duraflame, Duraflame We will be together forever Always gonna feel the same You stood behind my trembling shoulder A twilight sky, a cloud that kissed a star I hung from you, a constellation We made a new one, connecting in the dark I will never fall for another Always be your satellite, satellite, satellite We will be together forever We’re never gonna lose this light
8.
Two days after love's rose lost its bloom I picked up the petals that fell in my room When they dry I will gather the seeds Plant them in the garden for new flowers to be Save your pain in a damp paper towel You never may know if you'll need it again someday I could be saved by a bigger umbrella The cool of the day, in the shade of a friend On the third morning she broke in my room "Brother mine, come quickly, he's gone from the tomb!" We ran swift to the cave where He'd lain God I hope I never feel that empty again CHORUS When the rain came my tongue welcomed its wet Washing out the memories I could not forget I ran barefoot through soaked streets to you Look my sister, God has made everything new CHORUS
9.
03:13
When the mirror shines in the night Do you shield your eyes, turn your face and be blind To the mysteries left unsolved ‘Cause you hate them all You don’t have to live in fear of the sun Running from the things that can’t be undone You don’t have to disappear from the world Just find your pearl When the melody comes out wrong Do you bite your tongue and never more make a sound Turning each new bloom into stone As you roll your own CHORUS Push your hands down deep in the dirt Lift the black box out and pry the lid from the hurt Let the ship you crashed stay in sight As you face the light CHORUS
10.
Everyone falls, sooner or later Love’s gonna find you, and keep you, and change you for the better So don’t pass it over when it brings you closer to real I’ll wait on the porch dear, till you come outside The west wind will blow clear and sweep all the old fears away Leaving an open desert sky They told me this town, it ain’t got no center But I stumbled blind till I finally got there The voice of your heart can speak through another Each word rings true like the tape that she made you when you said that you could not love her CHORUS I was born in the east, I’ve lived and I’ll die here But when that sun sets in the west my heart flies there I want you to be my friend I want you to be my lover I want you to be the stars I sleep under I want you to be my friend, I want you to be my lover I want you to be the stars I sleep under, desert sky

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released October 6, 2012

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