Sticks and Stones

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Sticks and stones may break my bones

But your actions hurt me more.
Your sticks were words you brandished

The light inside was done for.

 

Your stones were all the burdens

Put on us through pain inside.

 

My wounds are already mending

But the scars will never hide.

 

A childish story of spite

Spun by your pride and ego.

 

Why it happened I can forgive,

But I’ll never let cruel go.

 

A lie upon lie, over again

To make me question the real.

 

Now its over, dead and gone

I can finally heal.

 

 

 

Coal

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The forest grew with strength and youth,

It stood firm despite the storms that raged,

It waited patiently and slowly spread it’s roots.

 

The canopy saw centuries of skies pass.

It waited faithfully, a new life meant to be,

Meant to live in this moment and thrive.

 

But it was over as quick as it had begun,

The waters came and the earth swelled,

The forest took its last breath of freedom.

 

It’s body buried under the weight of destruction,

Long limbs longed for the air again.

Under the burden of years of more and more soil.

 

The heat rose as it was pushed further inside,

It’s heart turned as black as coal,

My heart turned as black as coal.

 

Your words were the destruction reigned,

Your actions were the weight that killed,

That turned my heart to a forgotten fossil.

 

Some time later the ground was opened,

Someone good saw gold in the black

They began to pick at the edges of the dark.

 

It wouldn’t be easy, mining deep in the earth,

Coughing the poisonous choking dust.

Lungs black they knew there was something more.

 

They lit a fire deep within and saw how brightly it burned.

How it was able to fill their world with warmth,

An energy that glowed and built cities.

 

Inevitably came the smog that threatened to kill,

A self destruction where there was once hope,

Lives lost in deep caverns and pits.

 

They could see my heart for what it was destined to be,

In the wastelands they dared to plant a new forest,

And life began again, and again, and again.

 

 

Walking Wounded 

I remember first hearing this song on the radio in the car. I think it was the Sunday chart show. I’d never heard anything like it before and it blew me away. I must have been 14 or 15. Twenty years later it still has the same effect on me and the lyrics mean more than they ever did! 

Walking Wounded

Out amongst the walking wounded, every face on every bus 

Is you and me and him and her and nothing can replace the us I knew 

Nothing can replace the us I knew 
And no, I’m never gonna let you go 

And no, I’m never gonna let you go

And now I know I had a choice though you never made it clear to me 

I thought you never felt it deeply 

Now I’m never gonna let you go 

Now I’m never gonna let you go

Cause I could have loved you forever 

I could have loved you forever
What do you want from me? Are you trying to punish me? 

Punish me for loving you, punish me for giving to you 

Punish me for nothing I do, punish me for nothing 

You punish me for nothing, for nothing 
Out amongst the walking wounded, every face on every bus 

Is you and me and him and her and nothing can replace the us I knew 

Nothing can replace the us I knew 
Now I’m never gonna let you go

Now I’m never gonna let you go

And now I know I had a choice though you never made it clear to me 

I thought you never felt it deeply 

Now I’m never gonna let you go 

Now I’m never gonna let you go

Cause I could have loved you forever 

Oh I could have loved you forever 
What do you want from me? , Are you trying to punish me? 

Punish me for loving you, punish me for giving to you 

Punish me for nothing I do, punish me for nothing 

You punish me for nothing, for nothing 
Out amongst the walking wounded, every face on every bus 

Is you and me and him and her and nothing can replace the us I knew 

Nothing can replace the us I knew 

Out amongst the walking wounded, every face on every train 

Is you and me and him and her, some days I think I could go insane 

Some days I think I could go insane

The Owl and the Pussy Cat (re-imagined)

 

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The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, but never had money,
Wrapped up in his old black coat.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely girl! Who never knew love,
What a beautiful girl you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful girl you are!’

 

II
Puss said to the Owl, ‘You promise me true?
How charmingly sweet you sing!
We’ll run away! If you promise me this:
As my heart is a fierce fragile thing?’
They sailed away, for six years and a day,
To the house where the forest grew thick.
And there in a wood their haven stood.
They lit a fire and watched the flames flick,
Flames flick,
Flames flick,
They watched the flames flick.

 

III
‘Dear Cat, are you willing to sell me your trust?’
My trust?’ said the Puss, ‘I will.’
So he took it away, lived for the day
By the house that stood on the hill.
They dined on things grown, from what they had sown,
Which they ate with a borrowed spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the land,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

 

 

Flowers in December

Oh, oh, oh my heart. Mazzy Star so beautiful. I want to ride into the night on the back of a bike, go sit somewhere open and stare at the stars just because. I’d share an earphone, feeling the warmth of you next to me whilst listening to this. Hands, noses and lips cold, cheeks flushed pink. And I never thought I was a romantic. 

Before I let you down again
I just want to see you in your eyes
I would have taken everything out on you
I only thought you could understand

They say every man goes blind in his heart
And they say everybody steals somebody’s heart away
And I’ve got nothing more to say about it
Nothing more than you would me

Send me your flowers of your December
Send me your dreams of your candy wine
I got just one thing I can’t give you
Just one more thing of mine

They say every man goes blind in his heart
They say everybody steals somebody’s heart away
And I’ve been wondering why you let me down
And I been taking it all for granted

Shadow People

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She stirred and before she properly awoke, she sensed they were there,

Shifting shapes swam on the ceiling,

Their constitution nothing but swirls of sooty smoke.

 

She listened to their whispers and knew one day she would be the same,

Their path was blocked, that was all,

With tenderness she willed them on to their next.

 

Another time she stirred from her slumber ill at ease,

The acrid smog oozed from the walls,

It ran down the paint and slithered by her side.

 

She listened to its husks as it dripped poison in her ear,

Changing form it flitted between the faces she knew.

She thought of love and banished its black soul.

 

She sat up in a sweat, a dark figure lurked with lantern held high,

It shuffled and creaked and showed her no light,

Instead she saw a vision of unspeakable truths.

 

She fell back into the grips of flu and fever,

The night gave no mercy,

Not till morning came was she safe again.

 

The noise roused her from her sleep as it tapped on the window pane,

It’s face looked in and searched the seals for a gap,

Downstairs a record played.

 

She checked through every door, searched all the spaces,

But there was no one there,

Just the ghost of her childhood and something buried deep.

 

Sometimes the Shadow People came,

Each a creature of the night with a distinct intent.

Sometimes the Shadow People came and went again.

 

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The Privateers 

This takes me back to long car journeys with Emma. More Bird loving…
Don’t sell me anything 

Your one time offer, so uncalled-for 

You call it peace of mind 
Cause I can see your house from here 

 Now all the leaves have fallen, dear 

I can see you’re just a little privateer 

As your confession draws more near
Time and again, I find I’m listless 

Or rather, fistless 

In time, oh, that’s what I find 
So carry me to Mecca 

With what you may divine 

Take me with you, take me with you 

Don’t leave me behind 
Oh cause I, I don’t want your life insurance 

Home, auto, health, flood, and fire insurance 

Oh, just make, please make this basic inference 

And speak of me in the present tense 
Oh cause I, I can see your ships from here 

Now all the weather’s so bright and clear 

I can see you’re just a little profiteer 

As your confession draws more near 
As your confession draws more near 
As your confession draws more near

I fell from a mountain.

I climbed higher and higher,

The air grew thinner and thinner,

Head spinning, chest groaning, heart bruised.

 

I tripped once or twice,

I’m sure my keys fell out in the night,

It was the longest day but still it’s dark.

 

We dined on food that looked as though it were made for gods,

It tasted sweet and hollow, we laughed,

The joke was on us, sickly and open.

 

I slept, napped, curled in a ball.

I woke and all the triumph shattered.

I knew once again what the last words were.

 

I practiced words across the bough,

I worked on self restraint.

Underneath I hated myself so much it let me love you.

 

The moon couldn’t wash it away,

My companions stared into my soul,

I’m sorry I whispered, I am.

 

The brass and beat reached the most it ever would,

I ruined the moment chatting about books in a portaloo.

I laughed when you slipped in the mud.

 

I fight the war you started,

I always saved you, you should have gone, I’m too far,

I’ve climbed out of reach and feeling wrong.

 

I am washed raw by the moon,

A storm rages in the morning light,

And I’ve got nobody on my side.

 

One rejection too many,

Why can’t anyone see I’ll never find my way?

From this moment I am lost.

 

Sunday is so far away,

All hammers and cursed mistakes.

I crawl on knees bloodied by moods.

 

I reached up one more precipice,

My hands are weak and cold on their own,

The nails ripped as short as you’d bite yours.

 

I love that hand, perfectly imperfect,

It could comfort when your being dished out pain.

Just scraps of memories, I can’t tell whats real.

 

I lit a candle to shield the shape shifters,

they spit vinegar into my ear,

I watch it burn away, the world long gone.

 

I close my eyes, I see all the mistakes,

I try to be wise, but I’m always learning.

See me at my weakest always.

 

I numb the pain till I cannot see,

Vomit rises in my mouth,

Something rushes in my ears, I cannot hear.

 

Are you feeling better now?

I don’t know, I stumble, I fall,

Over and over the way I came.

 

Sticks and stones break my bones,

Your words rip my skin,

It’s over, and over, it’s over.

 

This bit I can only do alone.

Jealous Guy

Old words new version. Both John Lennon and Hurray For The Riff Raff. You speak from my heart.

 

I was dreaming of the past
and my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control
I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside
Oh I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

[Whistling]

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eyes
I thought that you were trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain
I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy
watch out baby I’m just a jealous guy
Look out baby I’m just a jealous guy

Acts Of Man

Trust Midlake to pen something so great. It mirrors my yearning to return to something simpler. My ground has broken open, from the inside I want to be inside and part of it.
If all that grows starts to fade, starts to falter
Oh, let me inside, let me inside, not to wait
Let all that run through the fields through the quiet,
Go on with their, own with their own hidden ways

When all newness of gold travels far from
Where it had once been,
Born like the earth over years
And when the acts of man
Cause the ground to break open
Oh, let me inside, let me inside, not to wait

Great are the sounds of all that live
And all that man can hold

If all that grows starts to fade, starts to falter
Oh, let me inside, let me inside, not to wait
Great are the sounds of all that live
And all that man can hold

Great are the sounds of all that live.