Beneath A Flagless Moon


City of Ghosts

Love and youth are sisters
And both were ending soon
As we held on to each other
Beneath a flagless moon
Our hearts were making promises
We knew we could not keep
Memories don’t die
They just fall asleep

One more glass of wine
In the city of ghosts
One more glass of wine
In the city of ghosts
I’m trying to forget
Who I remember the most
One more glass of wine
In the city of ghosts

Somewhere in my mind
I’m still going through
Those long hot summer nights
On 8th Avenue
Second childhood fires
Burning in our veins
But after any fire
Nothing much remains

On the west side of Manhattan
Looking at New Jersey lights
Somewhere between the future
And those distant fights
Somewhere between my true love
And those dark erotic nights
On the west side of Manhattan
Looking at New Jersey lights

Give me a break of day
Give me a shot of gin
Rewind all of this
To where I came in
Can you do that for me honey
Can your love do that
Or am I like everybody
Stuck exactly where I’m at

 

Marciful Release

Want to see the blue sky
Where no buildings block the sun
Don’t care how many years I’ve had
I want to feel like I’ve just begun

I want to make it
Out of the city
I want to make it
In one piece
I’ve been dreaming for so long
Of this merciful release

I want to tell my father
Wherever he may be
Your son made it out alive
Your son is finally free

I don’t understand the music
Of the city no more
Every day’s a fight
What are we fighting for

I want to see the desert
To the mountains slowly climb
To the rocks that change so slowly
That they seem unchanged
In one lifetime

 

Santa Fe

Is this the road
I was born to take
How many times
Can one heart break
All the love
The pain and fear
Were they designed
To lead me here
Were they designed
To lead me here

Is this the place
That called to me
Back in time
When I could not see
I could not see
The price I’d pay
To see the stars
Over Santa Fe
To see the stars
Over Santa Fe

Great men talk
Of destiny
I never knew
What I would be
My heart dictated
Every turn
The things I’d lose
The things I’d learn
The things I’d lose
The things I’d learn

Is this the road
I was born to take
How many times
Can one heart break
All the love
The pain and fear
Were they designed
To lead me here
Were they designed
To lead me here

 

See What Time Has Done

We are the ones
Who fought against the past
We are the ones
Who believed the dream could last

Now we’re on the run
Now we’re on the run
See what time has done

We are the ones
Who marched to a different drum
We are the ones
Blew the old to kingdom come

See what time has done
To the visions of our youth
We never meant to lie
We just never faced the truth
We never meant to lie
We just never faced the truth

We are the ones
Who rewrote all the rules
We are the ones
Who now sometimes look like fools

 

This Crazy World

The sun comes up
The sun goes down
Another day is burned
Our eyes open
Our eyes close
Another lesson learned…no
Nothing seems to change
We’re still the ones to blame
And this crazy world
Goes on just the same

A child is born
An old man dies
The circle goes around
A great oak falls
With no one there
So doesn’t make a sound
Nothing seems to change
In the endless cosmic game
And this crazy world
Goes on just the same

It’s a crazy world
It’s a crazy world

A wise man speaks
A fool speaks too
And promises are made
But which is which
And what is what
It’s all a sad parade
Nothing seems to change
They’re all pursuing fame
And this crazy world
Goes on just the same

If god were real
She’d surely speak
And send us all to hell
But we don’t need
A god to see
How far the apple fell
Nothing seems to change
It’s all a crying shame
And this crazy world
Goes on just the same

It’s a crazy world
It’s a crazy world
And this crazy world
Goes on just the same

 

Every Word You Write

Every word you write
Is the right one
Nothing too obscure
Every note you play
Has meaning
Tells us of how we were

Hey JJ
Play your song for me
Hey JJ
Play your song for me
Built of understanding
Wrapped in simplicity
Hey JJ
Play your song for me

You say what you know
Needs saying
Nothing ever sounds too proud
The love the hurt
Yeah even the anger
Have no need to shout out loud

You leave out
What don’t need saying
There’s space between the notes
Words are not
Like nails
Meaning it drifts and floats

 

Going Home

I’m going home now darling
I’m going home at last
Gonna see the ones I left crying
Crying in the past

I did not mean to hurt ‘em
Or make love a kind of crime
It’s just that I seemed to get it wrong
Almost all the time

I wonder if I’m forgiven
If they remember me at all
Or was I just some distraction
Between the spring and fall

Well my love was real as rainbows
I was not playing games
I remember them all quite clearly
But I was never good with names

 

I’ll Be There For You

Call me when your dreams
Are beyond repair
Girl you know
That I’ll be there
Oh on a wing
And a prayer
I’ll be there for you
I’ll be there for you

Call me when your hopes
Are in retreat
Girl you know
That we can meet
In that little place
Down on Prince Street
I’ll be there for you
I’ll be there for you

There in your night
When there are fears to fight
I’ll be there for you

Call me when the emptiness
Fills your heart
I’ll show that
It’s nothing apart
From a pause before
Something new can start
I’ll be there for you
I’ll be there for you

Call me when tomorrow
Seems too far
For you to get to
From where you are
I’ll drive you there
In my hired car
I’ll be there for you
I’ll be there for you

There when you call
Just before you fall
I’ll be there for you

 

On Brighton Beach

Staring at the bottom
Of your empty china cup
What do you say
When the words are all used up
Where do you go
When the road comes to an end
Can scars that can’t be seen ever mend

A father with his talk
Of kings and queens
Sense of service frozen
In sepia scenes
How do you grab the world
He don’t understand
You make a start down in the pebbles and the sand

On Brighton Beach
Beneath the pier
Anywhere
That isn’t here
Anywhere
Beyond their reach
Beneath the pier
On Brighton Beach

A mother with no love
Just a military wife
A victim of the vanished
British Empire life
Where do you go to find out
Who you are
You tell yourself again it’s not too far

 

Fade To Black

I used to think
I would never die
Oh how the world has changed
Sitting here
Watching time go by
Oh how the world has changed
There’s no time
To make amends
Oh how the world has changed
We can’t be lovers
But can we be friends
Oh how the world has changed

It changed
When we weren’t watching
And it’s not changing back
There are no colors
Washed by the rain
That don’t one day fade to black

We dealt our share
Of jacks and queens
Oh how the world has changed
We made it through
All of those scenes
Oh how the world has changed
We bear the scars
Of what we rise above
Oh how the world has changed
We learned the meaning
Of true love
Oh how the world has changed

We fought for all
That we believed
Oh how the world has changed
We weren’t wrong
We were just deceived
Oh how the world has changed
Sitting here
On a summer lawn
Oh how the world has changed
Pretending not to miss
Those who are gone
Oh how the world has changed

 

More Than Enough

Didn’t think I’d make it
Quite this far
I wear my life
Like an old scar

But I got you
And I got your love
And that’s more than enough

Some hearts got broken
Along the way
I know we’re sorry
But it’s too late to say

Didn’t always stay
True to myself
I learned the hard way
That’s bad for your health

I got more than enough
And baby I know it
When you got more than enough
It’s best to not show it

I hurt some people
I got hurt too
It’s just the price
You pay getting through
No mother no father

I’d be all alone
If you didn’t give me
This foundation of stone

I got more than enough
And baby I know it
When you got more than enough
It’s best to not show it

At the end of the day
The sun goes down
We die so far
From our home town

 

Sometimes

Sometimes
I can’t forget
I was once in love with you
Sometimes
I have no regret
I was once in love with you
Then there are the nights
Of dreaming
Of your body under mine
Sometimes
I can’t forget
This love so deep and fine

Sometimes
I wonder why
I did not stay with you
Sometimes
I even lie
Tell myself what isn’t true
Then there are the nights
Of wishing
I could touch you next to me
Sometimes
I wonder why
We could never just let it be

Love is a true description
Of what happened
To you and I
But quite unplanned
We decided
To stand and watch love die

Sometimes
I can’t forget
I was once in love with you
Sometimes
I have no regret
I was once in love with you
Then there are the nights
Of dreaming
Of your body under mine
Sometimes
I can’t forget
And I feel my heart resign

 

Any Minute Now

It’s raining in the mountains
I can see it from here
Any minute now
The sun is going down
But when we wake
The sky will be clear
And we can take
A ride into town

I live my father’s anger
He passed it down to me
Any minute now
My eyes will cloud
The blood comes rising up
For everyone to see
The words become
Pointed and loud

I want to get the time back
I squandered in the past
Any minute now
Time will just run out
It goes without me saying
Time has always run too fast
We’re gone before
We know what it’s about

I dream I’m in a room
And the room is full of women
Any minute now
The real fun will start
All the ones I loved
From here to the beginning
It’s no wonder that
I wear a damaged heart

It’s raining in the mountains
I can see it from here
Any minute now
The sun is going down
But when we wake
The sky will be clear
And we can take
A ride into town

 

Harvesting Light

Darkness all around
And it’s not even night
Oh harvesting light
It’s so hard to see
So hard to pick the fight
Oh harvesting light
Looking for the moments
When the light
Comes breaking through
Sometimes it’s from
Another heart
Sometimes it’s from you
So you keep it in a safe place
That’s all you can do
Oh harvesting light

So much love and comfort
Hiding in plain sight
Oh harvesting light
I hear voices calling
For permission to be right
Oh harvesting light
Looking for the moments
When the eyes are open wide
And even in the darkness
Gather all we need inside
The tiny spark of living
Learned from those who died
Harvesting light

Living without distance
No width or depth or height
Oh harvesting light
Illumination rises
Beyond just black and white
Oh harvesting light
Looking for the moments
When the darkness briefly clears
Washed away like used up days
By salty diamond tears
When the light of reason
Briefly shines
Upon our humdrum fears
Oh harvesting light

We think we see an answer
But it isn’t quite
Oh harvesting light
Still we hold it closely
Still we hold it tight
Oh harvesting light
Looking for the moments
When it makes a kind of sense
When the fog of history’s traded
For the simple present tense
When the holy and the godless
Give up all pretense
Oh harvesting light

 

Waiting For My Heart

An angel wrapped me
In her wings
She taught me
All kinds of things
Freed the puppet
From his strings
When an angel wrapped me
In her wings
Now I’m waiting cold as stone
Waiting for my heart to come home

A beauty took me
By surprise
I fell into
Her clichéd eyes
I briefly saw
That distant prize
When a beauty took me
By surprise
Now I’m waiting cold as stone
Waiting for my heart to come home

Loneliness
Played its games
Love and friendship
Changing names
Till it all went down in flames

A quiet child
Crept up on me
With a kind of love
You seldom see
Careless caring
Tight but free
When a quiet child
Crept up on me
Now I’m waiting cold as stone
Waiting for my heart to come home

Loneliness
Played its games
Love and friendship
Changing names
Till it all went down in flames
Now I’m waiting cold as stone
Waiting for my heart to come home

 

Undeserving

There’s a cold wind blowing
Out of the past
To right here where I stand
It’s taken everything
We thought would last
Everything that we had planned

There’s no way of knowing
If words might heal
Too late to hear them said
Too late to stop
Too late to feel
Time just runs ahead

I know that I am undeserving
I know what I’m undeserving of
I know that I am undeserving
Of your time and your love

There’s a cold wind blowing
You feel it too
You feel it on your skin
It’s everything
We thought was true
All we wanted to begin

 

The Road To Never Mind

No one here is listening
To a single word you say
You know yourself so well
You’re gonna say it any way
That’s how it all gets easier
How anger is confined
On the road to never mind

Now all the things you value
Don’t have value any more
They seem to take for granted
All the things that you fought for
But they’re just moving forward
Leaving you behind
On the road to never mind

You have no say you’re left here
By a woman passing through
Your father gives you your last name
And the rest is up to you
Then one day you see that they
Were simply flying blind
On the road to never mind

An afternoon in Paris
And the color of her hair
It all travels with you
Even things from way back there
Like a winter’s night in England
When a flagless moon was kind
On the road to never mind

I let the anger wash away
In the distant Asian rain
Now all the guessing’s over
Just the questions still remain
But there are dusty names
For all that is enshrined
On the road to never mind

I know I say too many times a day
That I love you
I’m afraid if it’s not said
It ceases to be true
I’ve seen the silence grow
Seen the closest hearts unwind
On the road to never mind

I don’t believe in god
And I never learned to pray
I don’t believe I’ll see the light
Or face a judgment day
There’s no place where faith
Can be safely redefined
On the road to never mind

The past just keeps repeating
With the names and faces changed
They say to protect the innocent
But that’s always sounded strange
May tomorrow look with kindness
On all that we declined
On the road to never mind
On the road to never mind
Never mind…