Belmont, 1923

Was a photo finish for your sweet kiss
And the two of us tied and it felt like this...
I was never one to live fast, die young
I'll take my time to the finish line
To the finish line, I'll take my time
To the finish line.

So I'll wear my silks through the night,
It's a good race to run by your side; take your time.

I'm so glad that renown has outran
Let the fame dies before my old man
And we'll both cross the line when we can; take your time.


SIX FEET

That chill is in the air that I have learned to bear
The only joy I know— six feet beneath the snow, six feet beneath the snow

I loved you better in the spring (that’s when I felt like someone’s something)
Back when I thought I had it all— six months before the fall, six months before the fall

Now more than half my soul locked in a world below
And time will tell the truth & bring me back to you.

But this old year will come around, and I’ll be up from underground
The coldest heart you ever saw— six tears to start the thaw, six tears to start the thaw

I’ll love you better in the spring— I wanna feel like someone’s something.
The only joy I know— six feet beneath the snow, six feet beneath the snow  


Nightblooming

Tonight my very skin is stretched so thin over the cage locked you away
Nightblooming. That old house ate you whole (ate your bones, ate your soul)

Shame on you, she fooled you again
Why you making it so hard, hard to be your friend
Shame on me for listening to you cry
Only so many ways to tell you, always gonna lie
Nightblooming

Shame on her, she fooled you the once
But every damn time you fell for it since
Shame on us for drinking it away
You'll be wilted by the morning— you'll tell her it's okay.

Nightblooming
That old house ate you whole (ate your bones, ate your soul)


Sleep Long

Sleep long, sleep hard, you wake I'm gonna break your heart
Afraid I'll waste your time, afraid I'll waste your youth

I want a short, short story to stay with me all my life
Not a book so heavy that I lay it down to die
You'll be the one that I remember, baby please don't cry
While you're still mine

Be cool, my love– you know you smile in your sleep?
Be cool, my love– the best of everything I've seen.
Be cool, my love– and bit by bit we'll drift away
Be cool, my love– can't count the hours in these days.

So I'll try, try harder to remember it's the time
Because we'll both be better off untethered while we're in our prime
One that I remember, baby please don't cry
You're not mine.

Got nothing but my time, got nothing but my youth.
Got nothing but my time, got nothing but you.

Sleep long, sleep hard, you wake I'm gonna break your heart
You loved me well, please don't hate me now.


Little Light

My mama told me not to talk of voices in the sky, I grew wise.
She slips through the veil, looking thin, looking pale, looking like me
Oh I let them speak through me.

They locked me out, they tied me down
They locked me out, they tied me down, they locked me out.

Shaking hands cast shadows longer than before
Prickling of my fingers don't bother me no more
Hate to deceive all the well-meaning boys
Won't stop the lies cuz I can't stop the noise!
Can't stop, can't stop the noise.

They locked me out, they tied me down.