Lyrics

The Glorious Decline

An Airport Bar on Christmas Day

In an airport bar on Christmas day the ties that bind have slipped away.
Neon calls like your old friend and the comfort of strangers pulls you in again.

To this airport bar on Christmas day.

You remember flying in the seventies when a bet on chance could bring you anything.
Your come to Jesus moment came and washed you away in a river deep with shame.

In this airport bar on Christmas day.

Missing company to share a drink and some sympathy.
But the passengers walk on by, no time to listen to a stranger's alibi.

In this airport bar on Christmas day.

There is a light I've been told on the darkest of roads.
But the more you look the more you learn how little we know.
When you fall so far and fall so fast there's nowhere left to go but here.

Montreal

In a hotel room in Montreal she signs a letter written long ago.
Pricks her finger for a single drop of blood to stain the pages with love.
Laying out her clothes for the morning flight.
She knows this room won't let her sleep tonight.
Torn by the love that carries her away and damned by the love that stays.

In her secret heart there's a love she'll never forget.
Ain't it funny how the lies that bring you to your knees are the ones you'll never regret.

Spalding's Lament

Lay your head by the water's edge like you've done before.
Look into your hands to find there's nothing more.
Follow the line across your palm my weary friend.
Look in vain for another path to carry you to the end.

But who's gonna sing your lullabies? And who's gonna paint the stars falling from the sky when you kiss the world goodbye?

It all made sense when life was sweet on the other side.
You pushed it back when it pulled on you and stole inside.
Fought the good fight against the darkness but now you'll fight no more.
Surrounded by the siren's call from the other shore.

But who's gonna sing your lullabies? And who's gonna paint the stars falling from the sky when you kiss the world goodbye?

On this day of days the last one you'll face, is it the comfort or the pain you embrace?

Run your fingers through your hair, close and lock the door.
Look beyond this city's hopes and fears for something more.
Perfect moments you've had your share and told us well.
Now you chose to disappear and leave the tales to tell.

We'll light a candle and watch it burn.
Hold each moment as they turn.
We'll listen for your lullabies.
And watch the stars falling from the sky when you kiss this world goodbye.

Learn to Love

The more you learn to hate the more you'll learn to love she said.
How can you argue with logic like that?
She knows your demons well they've overstayed their time.
Gathered round to watch the glorious decline.

Finding just enough to see you through these days.
That's no easy go with everything you crave.
Take the number seven eastward bound.
To get high you must go underground.

Until you take the crown from their heads and smash it down
I will lie across your bed and cradle your troubled head
until you learn to love again.

Its sweet misery. Sweet misery.

It's the sweetest misery to find yourself down here.
It only takes one shot to make the world disappear.
She's losing count of the chances you take.
Praying the wheel of fortune turns your way.

Until you take the crown from their heads and smash it down
I will lie across your bed and cradle your troubled head
until you learn to love again.

Pleasantville Bar

She sits in this bar easy and slow saving her smiles for the faithful.
Her glass arrives without a word just a nod to say she's grateful.
The songs she requests would break your heart but they keep her spirit afloat.
Tonight she's dancing with Elliot Smith and a rye on the rocks to cope.

In Pleasantville bar its always the same.
You can come back anytime we all know your name.
The regulars chained to the roles they play, they're frozen.
And I'm frozen too.

Last call is over the glasses are empty and the regulars are paying their bills.
The quiet of a taxi reminds her again how fortune turns the wheel.
There was a time she danced and a time she cared I believe those nights served her well.
Now its been so long the music has played from her silent carousel.

In Pleasantville bar its always the same.
You can come back anytime we all know your name.
I'll try to remember if you promise to forget I'm lonely.
And you're lonely too.

Virginia

Sunlight plays her games on my hotel windowpane.
With eyes closed counting time, every night she still reminds me.

I dream of Virginia when I'm by myself.
My head on her pillow, my suitcase on her shelf.

I am but a tattoo the daggered heart. Circumstance saved me the part.
Of the troubadour its my second skin. Every night I crawl within.

To dream of Virginia when I'm by myself.
My head on her pillow, my suitcase on her shelf.

The bottle has stolen my soul and the drugs don't work anymore.
I've chased the sun around the world for the fool's reward.

I dream of Virginia when I'm by myself.
My head on her pillow, my suitcase on her shelf.

Drifting Too Far From the Shore

When morning has vanished and left the sins of regret.
Behind temptation's door you're drifting too far from the shore.

When beauty has vanished and it leaves the lines of deceit.
Remember the day still keeps the score when you're drifting too far from the shore.

A wise man once told me, I believe I was too young to know
the cost of the devil's bargain and the strength of the undertow.

When time becomes your shelter then time becomes a cage.
The reasons lie scattered across my floor. I'm drifting too far from the shore.

Crawling Back to You

These scars will remind you my love holds promise for all time.
You'll wear them proudly the day you forget you were once mine.

But I, no I don't want this. To live with out the hope, your touch, the mornings dear, so I'll keep crawling back to you.

In every life there's a choice to make, to stand and fight or walk away. In my life there's nothing dear without the hope, your touch, the mornings dear, so I'll keep crawling back to you.

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