Acres

We’re currently in the studio working on the new record, ‘Acres’. Until it’s ready, take a look at the lyrics and have a listen to the first track off of that record, The Lantern!

Lyrics

Wake me when you get there, little darling
Call me if you remember my name
In the darkest corners of my mind
Your name still brings a light
How I wish I could do for you the same

Your voice is growing faint now, little darling
Must be bouncing off the years in between
But if I climb to the top of town
I can swear you’re calling out
Somewhere far beyond the evergreens
And if I call to you, can you still hear me

Are you listening?
How do you remember me?
There was a rat within the kitchen back then
Are you listening?
My doubt, thicker than a tree
That’s how it used to be back then

Have you filled up your lantern, little darling?
Have you left an oil trail back home?
Careless with a match
I burned down your path
A path that can’t be rebuilt alone
We’ll both need to find a lower road

Are you listening?
How do you remember me?
There was a rat within the kitchen back then
Are you listening?
My doubt, thicker than a tree
That’s how it used to be back then

So rare to see the stars at night
Something must have gone horribly wrong or right
Pulsing in the dark
A message to the light
“We haven’t got long now”

Swallowing back these threatening curses
Hands chewed up from stopping the wheel of urges
If I could just get one of your sacred verses for the road

I don’t know what I need anymore
The bailing wire and tattooed reminders
Aren’t holding up like before

The morphine hits the weather vein
Everything that’s blue sinks to grey
Like the throat of a preacher
Or the hand that paints
I’m so damn tired

So sick of fighting off fires with floods
And I’ve grown so tired of the sleeping drugs
If I could just push this old pickup truck
Just a little bit farther

I don’t know what I need anymore
The bailing wire and tattooed reminders
Aren’t holding up like before

So tell me a reason to stand up straight
And pull me up through the muds of fate
To taste some reverence in my own name
To give me something to hold
When I’ve got nothing to show

I don’t know what I need anymore
The bailing wire and tattooed reminders
Aren’t holding up like before

She came weaving through the static like a weary mountain pass
Off to catch a fading spark that kept drifting through the cracks
Her fire took it all – posts, beams, and slats
And with it all the questions that we didn’t want to ask

Her saccharine whisper sent the stars to sleep
A thousand falling faithful like a shepherd and her sheep
Constellations forming, all eyes and teeth
She was selling off her diamonds ‘fore the sun played for keeps

Oh she went off like flares
A surgeon’s scars through the atmosphere
And I wore the bottoms out
Chasing after verses as they all came down

The winds went screaming off the summit for all the bells to rings
Our kite went up like an astronaut with a payload of sins
Oh we scraped the belly of the whole damned thing
She was straight scripture and I was a cross on a string

Oh she went off like flares
A surgeon’s scars through the atmosphere
And I wore the bottoms out
Chasing after verses as they all came down

Oh she went off like flares
A surgeon’s scars through the atmosphere
And I wore the bottoms out
Chasing after verses as they all came down

Whispers slip through tired windows
The clouds had chased them in
The floorboards take a beating
And they bark right back again

Oh how the winds are growing stronger
Like the howling of wolves
What’s empty will stay empty
What’s full will overflow

We were wrong this time
And that’s alright
Yeah that’s alright

We’ll watch the pines in the backyard
Like a country’s frontline
They’ll fight into the darkness
Your guess as good as mine

We could forfeit every acre
The forecast singing in the wind
Or gamble on the thunder
Just a warning shot in the end

We were wrong this time
And that’s alright
Yeah that’s alright
We were wrong this time
And that’s alright
Yeah that’s alright

Paint falls like sheets from the clapboards
The chimney’s smoke charges the fog then washes in
Voices through the haze
Are burning bright for days
While the lightbulbs in the house are burning dim

We were wrong this time
And that’s alright
Yeah that’s alright
We were wrong this time
And that’s alright
Yeah that’s alright

Stitch it up tight and now
Let the healing begin
One scar for mercy, two to remind us where we been

Can you hear that ringing?
Coming through the wall
Raiders and their profits coming to raid us all

Oh no

I know that mountain
Been here before
I know that blessing never forget the taste of war

I know that river
I laid in her bed
Father scratched her secrets into the back of my hand

Build it up
Wreck it down
Father give me courage to burn it down to the ground
Build it up
Wreck it down
Save me
Save me now

Oh I took
Like a takers son
Took the dirt from the ground and the ground from the run

Give it a chance
Give it a chance
No sense in fucking up and having to do it all again

Build it up
Wreck it down
Father give me courage to burn it down to the ground
Build it up
Wreck it down
Save me
Save me now

All forest again
I found my way in
Stumbling through your garden and chasing the birds away

Oh that deep night glow
With promises in tow
Slips through all that we know and gives it a name

Remember when we were off chasing sparks?
And when we caught them all and it still went dark?
We’ve probably gotten in too close
Fading like ghosts in the battlefield smoke

Thicker than wine
Curled in on our sides
Was it your days or mine leaching up from the ground?

Thinner than air
The smell of salt in your hair
So stubborn and bare before we washed it all down

Remember when we were off chasing sparks?
And when we caught them all and it still went dark?
We’ve probably gotten in too close
Fading like ghosts in the battlefield smoke
Fading like ghosts in the battlefield smoke

All forest again
I found my way in
Back through your garden, playing wind chimes in rain

Scrape this blood from my hands
Oh how I’ve paid for another man’s sins
Rid me of this protest and all these visions in my sleep
Oh Adeline, won’t you please forgive me?

Feel the shakes in the road
Pothole after pothole, it’s time I fill my soul
With the shape I’m in
Better go find me a little faith they say
Oh Adeline, won’t you please forgive me?

Woah it comes in waves
Guilt follows you down and it leaves no trace
Woah it comes in waves
When the moon is down I still see your face
As if I’d done the wrong myself, oh Adeline
As if I’d done the wrong myself, oh Adeline

I can still taste the fog
Every knock on the door means something’s gone wrong
The whole damned world’s on fire
Oh we could use a little grace
Oh Adeline, won’t you please forgive me?

Woah it comes in waves
Guilt follows you down and it leaves no trace
Woah it comes in waves
When the moon is down I still see your face
As if I’d done the wrong myself, oh Adeline
As if I’d done the wrong myself, oh Adeline

This is nothing
But an excavation
A purging of secrets
A change in route

Call it a flyover Iowa
A cold breeze from Missoula
Let’s say it’ll pass
And let’s leave it at that

We’re a kink in the highwire
A scarecrow-less field
A keeper with nothing left
But know I know you’d settle for less

Take the stars if you want them
This dessert’s a mess of them
I’ll take it black
With a cigarette

The words won’t come quicker
Every syllable flickers
Stalled in the dark
With no water to tread

We’re a tear in the sail
And we’re fresh out of save
And we can fill in the rest
But know I know you’d settle for less

We’re all just liars
Painting the weather
Coloring the fields
Pacing the graveyards
Stealing the flowers
Trying to feel

And we’re sugar in the tank
and we’re a full day out
We could stretch a mile with the best
But know I know you’d settle for less
Know I know you’d settle for less
Know I know you’d settle for less

We were half past the golden grass
When the sun had gone to seed
You ran ahead to the hills
I followed you still
Your sleeves just out of reach

The wishes came fast with the dandelion dust
The valley was breathing out
The lonely wind
Was praying again
Chasing all the foxes underground

Tell me now, were we just throwing
Our pennies into orbit?
Tell me now, were we just aimless at best?
The silver just kept growing
But we were holding out for gold
And tell me now, were we just panning riverbeds?

Laid out beneath that movie screen
I flickered questions to the air
The flames were shouting
You were quiet counting
All lit up and barely there

Tell me now, were we just throwing
Our pennies into orbit?
Tell me now, were we just aimless at best?
The silver just kept growing
But we were holding out for gold
And tell me now, were we just panning riverbeds?

Caught your eyes
All wet and wide
Now the trees are breathing in
You were another chain reaction
Set off in all directions
An honest insurrection that always had the upper hand

Tell me now, were we just throwing
Our pennies into orbit?
Tell me now, were we just aimless at best?
The silver just kept growing
But we were holding out for gold
And tell me now, were we just panning riverbeds?

Darling, I found a can on a string
Remember when we used to make such precious things?
I’d give everything I am if I could make it ring
Darling, I found a can on a string

Do you hear that humming come from the other side?
Sometimes I want to lay right down in the middle and cry
When nothing gets louder than the voice inside your mind
Do you hear that humming come from the other side?

If I go, I’m gonna get the lead out
If I stay, It’s ‘cause I didn’t try
Dull me down just enough
So I can sleep through the night

There’s nothing left to say in this whole town
Even the wind between the willows will find a way to bring you down
Your city voice would sing and my own would drown it out
Now there’s nothing left to say in this whole town

If I go, I’m gonna get the lead out
If I stay, It’s ‘cause I didn’t try
Dull me down just enough
So I can sleep through the night

If I go, I’m gonna get the lead out
If I stay, It’s ‘cause I didn’t try
Dull me down just enough
So I can sleep through the night

The Lantern
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