Till I Close My Eyes

by Justin Vahala

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1.
I love you, so let's run up the coast You're the one who I cherish the most And if we get the chance To see the water off to the side To see the coming of tide Remake a world a world we couldn't abide Now I'm not the kind to pick truth above dare, But I truly believe we could go somewhere Before you, I'd lost much more than I'd found We're breaking 90, we're breaking past all the sound And if we get the chance To fish in Charleston along the way To feel the will of the waves To rock us, hold us, and sway Now I'm not the kind to pick truth above dare, But I truly believe we could go somewhere I love you, do you think of me still? Or do you even think it was real? And if I had the chance To tell you this to your face If only time could erase This mess and get me out of the place Now I'm not the kind to pick truth above dare, But I truly believed we could go somewhere
2.
Did you see straight that night When you said you went to Brown And there were rhinestones in your eyes Got late, the flytrap and I took flight Rode the train back across town Without a single goodbye Flaming creature, when will I see your face again Now fortune's beat your heart against mine Cold night, but Princess Taco was right When she said you would go far So far we'd only seen light it was So bright, the force of you made me blind But on the train, oh I saw rainbows I saw worlds beyond sight Flaming creature, when will I see your face again Now fortune's beat your heart against mine We plunged, flew, or fell who can tell Blazing past the past that burned us Boy we jumped out of hell We wove the wildest spells When on enchanted autumn leaves I swear we made the earth swell Flaming creature, when will I see your face again Now fortune's beat your heart against mine
3.
I Know a Boy 04:16
I know a boy with eyes so bright it hurts And I never want to leave This fort we've made of sheets He knows that I never will desert him Because with those eyes he sees The magic within me Out of the window and down in the streets There are voices like crack like a whip But I'm in his arms and he kisses my scars And all that's wrong feels right So out of the window we jump onto stars And learn to love in the night I know a boy whose laugh can break me down Whose lips tastes like gin When we've fallen once again From paths that we knew would run us to the ground Though the light is dim I can still see him But out of the window and down in the streets There are voices that crack like a whip But I'm in his arms and he kisses my scars And all that's wrong feels right So out of the window we jump onto stars And learn to love in the night I know a boy who wouldn't think to hide From words that burn like war Or this life we're fighting for He knows that I will fight right by his side And forge from stories old New magic made of gold But out of the window and down in the streets There are voices that crack like a whip But I'm in his arms and he kisses my scars And all that's wrong feels right So out of the window we jump onto stars And learn to love in the night
4.
It's Fine 03:02
There at the back of your spine That's where the feeling lies When somehow your words hit like wine And the feeling starts to rise To my chest and my heart And it tears me apart It's no use, my best When I try to protest But it's fine, it's fine, it's fine Then at the end of the day When all the lonesome souls have gone away You ask me to stay Okay But my skin, and your eyes In the stillness of night We fall in, and we lie In the treehouse of youth we tried But it's fine, it's fine, it's fine If I was made for you In falling the edges went askew But maybe we could undo Ourselves and start anew But my hands say please When I'm down on my knees Then you look at me And I see what we could never be But it's fine, it's fine, it's fine I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine Now here it's clear in my mind That here's where the feeling dies
5.
In a swamp two steps from the home I knew I saw a flower growing Bodies wet under balmy dew Crushing petals to Bowie Stay stay stay with me Lay lay lay with me Sing me lullabies Till I close my eyes Lone star night no stars in sight Neon glowing Sweat rolls red like blood and wine God it's flowing Stay stay stay with me Lay lay lay with me Sing me lullabies Till i close my eyes Two step deep breath boy you're fine Is this knowing? Broke wife broke life he takes mine Heartbeat slowing Stay stay stay with me Lay lay lay with me Sing me lullabies Till I close my eyes In a swamp two steps from the home I knew I saw a flower growing Now all I wanted has come true Now I'm showing Stay stay stay with me Lay lay lay with me Sing me lullabies Till I close my eyes
6.
It's 3am I'm at the bar And the night outside is black like tar And the last call still can't take me far From wondering where you are Well my mom tells me that I'm a fool To love someone so mean and cruel Tells me this one, he ain't good for you But oh my heart what can I do? So here I stayed and I prayed and I paid the cost of loving you. Now I'm so mad I'm so lonely and sad cause I lost the only love I knew Now I know it's true what I've been told That heartache makes the young grow old But when heartache's all I've got to hold Then I'll take it though it keeps me cold We said words that stabbed into our sides And you looked at me with those cold finished eyes On that quilt we laid down all the lies Then like a baby I laid down and I cried and I cried Cause here I stayed and I prayed and i paid the cost of loving you Now I'm so mad I'm so lonely and sad cause i lost the only love I knew It's a movie we all know from start to end Where boy meets boy meets the boy and it begins A losing game where no one ever wins Then the scene where I can't pretend That I don't know what is going on When you call me and tell me you were wrong But mark my words every single one By morning boy I'll be gone gone gone Cause here I stayed and I prayed and I paid the coast of loving you Now I'm so mad I'm so lonely and sad I lost the only love I knew I've lost the only love I knew Now I'm alone so sad and blue
7.
Blossom Song 03:16
Like one drop in the water, Could not feel smaller When I'm standing next to you Now most wouldn't bother To take this path further, But you're not like the rest, are you? Wait, the blossoms in the air Are falling on your hair, The colors pale and true. Wait, there's love here if we dare To lay our bodies bare, Forget the words we've used. But let these words go through That whatever road you choose There's a place for you I'll make space for you I will wait for you The first kiss, the first embrace The first smile that found your hair When I walked next to you It's worse knowing there's a place In my mind I can't erase When I walked next to you Wait, the blossoms in the air Are falling on your hair, The colors pale and true. Wait, there's love here if we dare To lay our bodies bare, Forget the words we've used. But let these words go through That whatever road you choose There's a place for you I'll make space for you I will wait for you
8.
Hello yellow brick road I laid to show me the way Whose winding path looked better yesterday But now I'm waking up and retching at the sight Of a road I didn't choose and didn't think to fight Do these bricks stay still when I throw them to sea Or do they float float float away from me? Will i sink sink sink under all that weight And now i think think think I've made a mistake. I need to take some time, I need to figure shit out Figure what this world is all about. Now I'm your man and baby I'm your boy But is our love that kind that marched into Troy And said, "Hey, nay well isn't this great?" And it feels so good that it must be fate, But these ropes are real and baby don't you feel That this wicked world will never heal heal heal? Now I believe in the power of threes But baby ain't no ghost gonna set us free So come on Dorothy dear, let's get out of here And drop the whole damn house on this American fear Well I'm a good little bitch, and I'm a wicked witch But hey so are you, so let's get out of this ditch because If we stay stay stay, then we're better off dead So let's fly away from the lies they've said Now we'll be crushed on land and maybe drowned at sea But baby all that water sounds good to me So let's start a fire in the ocean blue And you'll sink in me and I'll sink in you.
9.
Fireflies 02:32
I wanna be close to you, So come on over and take me. I know you feel it too, Don't be afraid to break me. Cause in the night, My heart burns like fireflies The breeze whispers, "Please Can we fly away from here?" I wanna make love to you So kiss me like you mean it I love the way you move So come on and make me feel it Cause in the night, My heart burns like fireflies The breeze whispers, "Please Can we fly fly away from here?" And in the fading light We danced on roofs And when the morning came I felt my body change The cells arranged so new There's magic in the air I feel your hair and know It's there, it's there, it's there When I am breathing you. Cause in the night, My heart burns like fireflies The breeze whispers, "Please Can we fly fly away from here?"

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released August 1, 2013

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