DARLINGSIDE

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DARLINGSIDE LYRICS
PILOT MACHINES (2012)

Woodstock (2013)          Birds Say (2015)

  • Still

    There was a time
    How did we go about it?
    One step at a time
    Now we're happy standing
    Still I love you still

    Everything stays just like the old days
    We get a sip and then we sip it till it's dry
    Count all the ways it's just like the good days
    We get a whiff and then it's with us till we die
    Still it's with us still
    Still I love you still

    "And now a message from our sponsors"
    "We will be with you momentarily"

    Shhh, what's that sound? It's awful quiet
    But I know that sound, maybe we've still got it!
    Still we've got it still

    When do these days become the old days?
    This place gets dustier the more we let it in
    Count all the ways it's just like the good old days
    Take a number and we'll go around again
    Still we're going still
    Still we've got it still
    Still it's with us still
    Still I love you still

    "We do appreciate your patience"
    "Your satisfaction is our first concern"
    "Locate the nearest exit"

    Carry on, don't get me started
    It's what we've got, it's what we wanted
    Still we want it still
    Still we've got it
    Still it's with us
    Still I love you still

  • The Woods

    Until the leaf falls
    I've never seen a tree
    Every time I go into the woods

    Before the sundown
    I never know the time
    Every time I go into the woods

    I'm always certain
    It hasn't been that long
    Every time I go into the woods

    I'm always learning
    Things I've learned before
    Every time I go into the woods

  • Drowning Elvis

    Dead in the water
    Circles on the mooring each day
    The murmuring loons across the bay
    Where I used to walk the surface with you

    Pull me under
    I've been dreaming

    Dead in the water
    Looking for a reason to stay
    To usher out the current in your wake
    When I used to walk the surface with you

    Pull me under

    Dead in the water
    Which only makes it harder to say
    I'm a messed up cowboy Jesus
    You're the horse who gets away
    And I used to walk on water with you

  • Ava

    As we get to altitude, you pull out a photograph of blue shutters in the afternoon and boats on the water. I'm gonna have to think this through: how could you feel for a man the way a man could feel for you? You're talking in tongues to me and I've got a sudden fear of flying...

      Half of the day, half of the night, Ava

    Up here you can't feel the world turn. Drinks only come around once, you'd think that they would learn. How's the two thousand and six? Is that the year for merlot? I've been waiting for something like this...

      Half of the day, half of the night, Ava

    Ava, would you like me to be 29 or 23? With great height comes great ephemerality. Maybe we could acclimate to conditions on the ground...

  • The Company We Keep

    CHORUS:
    We have landed miles away from our families.
    We have landed miles away from our families.


    SOLO: I am still my mother's son.

    CHORUS: I am still my mother's son.

    SOLO: Who would I be on my own?
    SOLO: Who would I be on my own?


    CHORUS:
    We have started a song that we can all play the parts to.
    We have started a song that we can all play the parts to.


    SOLO: I am not the only one.

    CHORUS: I am not the only one.

    SOLO: Who would I be on my own?
    SOLO: Who would I be on my own?


    CHORUS:
    In this home we are the company, company we...
    In this home we are the company, company we...


    SOLO: We are the company we keep.

    CHORUS: We are the company we keep.

    SOLO: Who would I be on my own?
    SOLO: Who would I be on my own?
    SOLO: Who would I be on my own?

  • Blow The House Down

    This one goes to market
    This one makes a meal at home
    This one has closets
    While the have-nots down the way have none

    So I go to the mountains, I go to the river
    I pilot machines
    People have places
    And the places have the people's dreams
    Oh! Puff, puff and blow the house down

    There's a song for the robbers
    On the other side of windowpanes
    A song for the cowboys
    Held up in hundred-mile-an-hour trains

    And there's one for the lovers, and one for the sinners
    That they sing in the pews
    Short of distinctions
    I'd say we've all grown tired of singing blues

    Oh! Puff, puff, and blow the house down

  • Only Echoes

    do you run perpetually late?

    i'm the early bird i've fallen for the bait

    i want you now

    water doesn't make a fire grow

    like a pistil after all the petals go

    i want you now

    hello? hello?

    i swear i've got my head on straight

    i've been sitting like a duck i need a break

    i want you now

    patterns on the ballroom floor

    i take issue with the patterns on the ballroom floor

    i want you now

    only echoes when i call to you

    yesterday today tomorrow

    is too far away from

    hello? hello?

  • When Fortune Comes

    I don't want to know about the weight on your back
    Every stone you gather and stack—from now on
    Don't look at me for an ounce of pity
    I don't want to know when fortune comes
    Cheated, borrowed, stolen, or won—same thing
    The rocks all show when the river runs low

    Acting like everything's free

    I don't want to know how you bide your time
    Consider me deaf, consider me dumb and blind
    Consider me true to the man I knew

    I don't want to know how you make your way
    Dropping stones to get back someday—well, go on
    Every stride is another left behind

    You're acting like everything's free
    There's always a cost underneath
    Where're you gonna go when the road runs out?
    Fallen down, half-dead, waking in a flowerbed
    Where're you gonna turn when your bridges all burn?

    Acting like everything's free
    There's always a cost underneath

    I don't want to know where you lost the track
    Going, gone, and never came back—it's the same thing
    What'd you do with the person I knew?

  • My Love

    My half-assed best was all I had for your love, my maybe-tomorrows for your heart-to-hearts, my punch-drunk house calls for your candles and wine, my brother, my banjo, my never-done-wrong, all you wanted was me by your side. I tend to get what I want and do as I please, but you taught me I can't always get away with everything I thought I could and for that I thank you, my love. You weren't the first to call me an arrogant son-of-a-bitch, but only out of your lips could those words pull me out of my head, and now I spend my days alone and stay up all night with a picture of whiskey to my left, a bottle of you to my right.

  • Terrible Things

    ANSEL ADAMS ON THE WALL ABOVE THE BED AND THE TREES ARE BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS HOLED UP IN THE ADIRONDACKS DOOR WHERE WE PENCILED IN OUR HEIGHT NUTMEG ROLLING PINS FLOOR WHERE I KISSED MY BROTHER'S WIFE

    ALL OF THE TERRIBLE THINGS I HAVE DONE HELL IS A PLACE WHERE A HORSE CANNOT RUN I AM THE HORSE I'M THE ONE WHO CAN'T RUN ALL OF THE TERRIBLE THINGS I'VE DONE

    MAGNETS UP ON THE REFRIGERATOR SENTENCES CHANGE FROM NIGHT TO NIGHT ANSEL ADAMS ON THE WALL ABOVE THE DOOR WHERE WE PENCILED IN OUR HEIGHT

    ALL OF THE TERRIBLE THINGS I HAVE DONE HELL IS A PLACE WHERE A HORSE CANNOT RUN I AM THE HORSE I'M THE ONE WHO CAN'T RUN ALL OF THE TERRIBLE THINGS I'VE DONE

  • The Ancestor

    Go on, bury me
    Under stone or under sea
    Silent pictures
    Keep the fishes company
    There is little else for me now

    But I will find my way
    Out of the dark someday
    Into a crimson yellow sun

    Science fictional
    When the morning comes we will
    Walk for light years
    Watch the nebulas appear
    There is little else for me now

    But I will find my way
    Out of the dark someday
    Into a crimson yellow sun
    I'll follow my baby boy
    He'll be a silver toy
    And we'll count the ages as they're ending

    But I will find my way
    Out of the dark someday
    Into a flash of solar inspiration
    I'll follow my baby boy
    He'll be a silver toy
    And we'll count the ages as they're ending

  • Sweet And Low

    Nothing tastes like sugar
    it's all sweet and low

    Nothing drinks like lemonade,
    nothing skips like stone

    Nothing runs like water
    when your one true love is gone

    And every day that comes along
    has a silver medal on

    ---

    Nothing soars like falcons
    it's all paper planes

    Nothing stings like thistles
    and nothing floods like rain

    Nothing roars like fire
    when you're standing on your own

    No shelter from the coming storm
    will ever feel like home

    ---

    Nothing's cut like diamond
    it's all shades of coal

    Nothing breaks like tidal waves,
    nothing mends like bone

    Nothing tastes like sugar
    when your love can never return

    How to feel with half your heart
    is the toughest thing to learn