Broken Wings

put your head in the mouth
of your failure
and let’s see if you survive

put your head in the mouth
of your fear and doubt
and let’s watch you try to stay alive

i’ll put my face in the mirror
i’ll reflect what I see
cause so much of what you are
is what i want to be

put your head in the mouth
of my witness, of my love
and let’s see if we can finally
watch our sunrise

i have walked on this journey
for a long time now
but i can still taste the burden
of this exile

so if i break, if i shatter,
if i leak out on the ground
you just drink from the waters
of the wild

if you make me a promise
and you walk at my pace sometimes
we won’t beg any pardon
for who we’re gonna be

i put my head in the mouth
of this kindness, of this rest
so we can see if we will finally
watch our sunrise

We can sing
With broken wings
We will sing
With our broken wings


Brother Child

Brother, brother, brother child
where you goin’?
Where you’re at the weather’s mild
But that ain’t showin’
what life is gonna be.

Baby, baby, baby boy
why you cryin’?
You’ve got all the love and joy
‘Round you trying
to keep your heart carefree.

Lover, lover, lover man
why you trippin’?
Know you’re doin’ the best you can
To keep from dippin’
But your lady feels alone.

Daddy, daddy, daddy-o
what ya doin’?
Seems you got some place to go
Keep on movin’.
Can’t stop no rolling stone.

Brother, brother brother mine
where you going?
Seems to me your groove is fine
Keep it flowing
on through eternity.


Burn in the Fire

are you a catcher of the song
or do you hold your heroes far too long
are you a helpless little man
or is the a fire in your hand

well the flame don’t cast a shadow when it burns
and the shame don’t pass for shallow when it churns
and you make the heart hallowed when you learn

you wanna shine brighter
if you wanna shine brighter
you’re gonna have to burn in the fire
if you wanna climb higher
you’re gonna have to burn in the fire

how many secrets can you hold
before you know your story must be told
are you a tired little girl
or have you yet to light the world

well the earth don’t feel the tremble when it turns
but the ash might turn to ember when it yearns
you can carry what you kindle when you learn

so if you wanna shine brighter
you’re gonna have to burn in the fire
if you wanna climb higher
you’re gonna have to burn in the fire


Coffee Shop Girl

There’s a lady I met at a party one night
She’d come over from old mother England
Just a beast in the air with her fancy a-flight
And her ship was just now coming in
You could tell by the light in her eyes this was no make believe
That she measures her prize by the weight of the gun up her sleeve
A hand cocked to one side as she steadied her pride
and the kick back enlivened in her bones
Now the stained little girl has a woman made world of her own

Well I have this good friend whose beginning again
She has never lived on her own
I can see how she feels, it’s a pretty big deal
When the night comes to find you alone
Well I guess it’s the weight of the world she must hold in her hands
A cold chamber echoes “honey, you know you’ve left a good man”
But the bullet inside means she no longer hides
From those real or imagined demands
‘Cause it’s her story now and she moves as the journey commands

Oh the coffee shop girl with her warm chestnut eyes
She has nothing against integration
But the fact of the matter is how it was done
Went against the known will of her nation
See there’s only one law of the land worth keeping around
And that law puts a gun in her hand as she’s standing her ground
And whatever the cost or the lives that are lost
She believes it’s her right to defend
So those brown eyes turn cold as she wipes down the counter again


Castles of Her Crystalline

Building castles of her crystalline…

She lives and breathes and hides behind
an outrageous smile
and her eyes of burnt obsidion.

She greets you into distance
when you takes you in her arms,
A twisted warm oblivion.

She stands like a sequoia
Rooted firmly in the soil
upon the prime meridian

And she’s just one crack away
from being broken.

She stands behind the counter
Changing passion into wine
bouquet of rosy cinnamon.

She toasts to better days
As she tries her best to chase away
Her will to be forgotten.

She’s holding onto nothing
And it’s heavy on her mind
As she waits to notice when it gone.

And she’s just one crack away
from being broken.
Said she’s just one crack away
from being broken.
And she’s waiting for her knowing
to be spoken.

Building castles of her crystalline.


Coretta’s Song (Version 1)

i’m a soldier in the army
it’s an infantry of gods
and were marching on to zion
and we mean to bend the odds
we are reaching towards tomorrow
as we lift one voice and sing
and there ain’t no rest
’til death for a king, no no
said there ain’t no rest ’til death for a king.

we are marching for the children
with the souls who dare to stand
we are marching for the mothers
for the fathers, for the land
we can build a new beginning
if we lift one voice to sing
that there ain’t no rest ’til death for a king

Chorus
cause there ain’t no rest for a king
no there ain’t no rest for a king
we are marching on to zion
let the bells of freedom ring
cause there ain’t no rest ’til death for a king

bloodied by the fire and cross
i’ve watched pale moons turn to red
i have heard the promise makers
take back every word they’ve said
but i still believe in truth
and truth is such a simple thing
still there ain’t no rest ’til death for a king

we have been to the mountain
seen the dawning of the sun
so we will stand and deliver
’til we know the the day is won
’til we hear the peace song rise
on every prayer and every wing
’cause there ain’t no rest ’til death for a king

Chorus

i believe we’re all sojourners
and the journey is our grace
and i never will surrender
you can see it on my face
i am more than simple matter
i’m the gift the journey brings
and there ain’t no rest ’til death for a king

if my body dies before me
then my voice will linger on
let my voice become the fountain
the horizon, the new dawn
we’ll be born again in freedom
so let the bells of freedom ring
cause there ain’t no rest ’til death for a king.

Chorus

i’m a soldier in the army
it’s an infantry of gods
and were marching on to zion
and we mean to break the odds
we are forging our tomorrow
as we lift one voice and sing
that there ain’t no rest ’til for a king, no no
said there ain’t no rest ’til death for a king.

Chorus


Coretta’s Song (Version 2)

i’m a soldier in the army
it’s an infantry of gods
and were marching towards tomorrow
and we mean to break the odds

we are marching for the children
for the mothers, for the land
we will build a new beginning
with every soul who dares to stand

have not the pious promise makers
taken back every word they’ve said
bloodied by fire burning upon the cross
have not the pale moons turned to red

but we must ever believe in truth
truth is still a regal thing
and there ain’t no rest, no there ain’t no rest
no there ain’t no rest for a king

instrumental

if we are all the great sojourners
then the journey is our grace
we must never surrender
wearing the victory of our faith

and if my body dies before me
let the bells of freedom ring
i will be born again in freedom
cause there ain’t no rest for a king

cause there ain’t no rest
no there ain’t no rest
no there ain’t no rest for a king


Credo In Unam (You Are the One)

the clouds are moving through
and it’s magic like you my love
the trees are whispering blue
and it’s magic like you my love

i was at the threshold of revelation
but then i had to kiss you
and when i sensed your hesitation,
i began to miss you my love

just the other day
i watched a young girl pray my love
i couldn’t tear myself away
from the perfect, pure display, my love.

she was on her knees in such devotion,
that i began to wonder
if innocence and faith like that in motion
could ever draw us under

cause sometimes i say i’m sorry
when i really want to cry
and you might say you love me
when you mean to say goodbye
we’re just two steps from surrender
even still inside i know
you are the one

you are the one
whose breath i take
as food for my blood

so you may say you’re sorry
when you really want to cry
and i might say i love you
when i mean to say goodbye
but we could carelessly surrender
to the tenderness we’ve known

the clouds are moving through
and it’s magic like you my love
the trees are whispering blue
and it’s magic like you my love


Diamonds

she always said
"there is something healing in darkness
it somehow shields me from the fray
i’m only full within my emptiness
that’s just my way. that’s just my way."

and i’m reminded of the days
i sat alone in coffeehouses
reading jung
and drinking klimt in through the eyes
i asked those diamonds from the past
to make their monstrous music louder
make me naked, make me strong
take away incessant longing after longing

she always said
"my last breath is coming soon
don’t think i’ll last another day.
i can’t sit around here waiting for the morning
it’s just my way. it’s just my way"

and i’m reminded of the days
i walked alone in midnight madness
blessing ice and snow
and cracks within the pavement
begging diamonds from the past
to make their monstrous music louder
make me naked, make me strong
take away incessant longing after longing


Every Shadow

i didn’t know nothing ’bout love
until you came along
i didn’t know nothing bout loving
until you sang your song
look what you done for me

you gave me a reason
to smile everyday
for every season,
for joy and dismay

you made me believe
that the moon was my own
and as long as she’s shining
i’m never alone

see i didn’t know nothing ’bout love
until you came along
I didn’t know nothing bout loving
until you sang your song
said i didn’t know nothing bout love
until you came along
i didn’t know nothing bout loving…

now i know that every shadow
under the stars
is a blessing
get used to it.