A New Story

by J Wagner

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1.
Everybody Wants to Hide I once stared in the city of idols I once argued with an honest man I once danced to shack the hunger stood still when everyone ran once sang proudly in a choir once bartered with the thieves once drank wine from the offering so drunk I couldn't see Everyone's got crops to keep Everyone's got money on the lie Everyone shivers when the cold sets in Everybody wants to hide...everybody wants to hide I'll come home but my arms are heavy I'm more lies than I am the truth would you keep me around if you knew me one day hero, next day fool Everyone was laughing the fabric on your dress was worn I saw you later in the hallway crying on the telephone Everyone's got crops to keep Everyone's got money on the lie Everyone shivers when the cold sets in Everybody wants to hide...everybody wants to hide Storm cloud blowing over I held my hand out to catch the rain I was a beggar at the mission A spark waiting on the flame Everyone's got crops to keep Everyone's got money on the lie Everyone shivers when the cold sets in Everybody wants to hide...everybody wants to hide
2.
Burning Time 04:29
Burning Time It was the sound of a wounded rumour It was a creeping of a careless wind running past the burning back top now we’re someplace we’ve never been we got tangled up like lovers do in the haunting sounds of the past now you’re kicking around at all of your questions I keep trying to confess. We can keep burning time, yeah we can keep burning time but it ain’t , no it ain’t going to keep us warm. It was love that lost to loyalty but it was I that took the fight there’s a straw broom that keeps on sweeping up all the pieces we’ve left behind. All our sins have been salted so our river now runs with brine and we found the game and the gamble now it’s comfort that’s the crime We can keep burning time, yeah we can keep burning time but it ain’t , no it ain’t going to keep us warm. there’s a tea kettle whistling in the kitchen leaves rustling out on the porch I was once singing at your harbor now i’m howling at your door.
3.
Long Parade 03:16
Long Parade I can still hear the voices singing and the dancing between the trees before we were hero's of honor we were pirates of a distant sea the future has found a new name but it's past still haunts this town your heart is dressed in amour mine is drunk in the lounge It's going to be a long ride It's going to be a heavy rain It's going to be a hound dog moon that lights up our blue and grey It's going to be some late nights It's going to be a lot of give and take you can call it a slow march I'll call it a long parade I pulled a faded map from my pocket none of the lines made any sense I took a road into a wine-colored village then a path to where the branches bend I threw my old hat into the fire I watched the flames take the crown The shadows of the night went running the lighting whipped the ground It's going to be a long ride It's going to be a heavy rain It's going to be a hound dog moon that lights up our blue and grey It's going to be some late nights It's going to be a lot of give and take you can call it a slow march I'll call it a long parade there was an echo in the darkness I crawled into catch a look there was a mother crying at the alter there was a priest praying to the earth I left my sorrow near the river In a burial of broken stones I tried to break all my patterns but they were stitched together to strong It's going to be a long ride It's going to be a heavy rain It's going to be a hound dog moon that lights up our blue and grey It's going to be some late nights It's going to be a lot of give and take you can call it a slow march I'll call it a long parade
4.
Been Here before I’ve been here before I didn’t like it much back then so I just close my eyes and let my blood run thin I’ve been walking for miles until the day turns to black it’s hard to stand tall when you want to fall flat you don’t feel it anymore your heart don’t race when my key hits the door and you’ve tried and you’ve tried before but this house ain’t your home It’s not what you took it’s what you left behind it’s not what you said it’s what you couldn’t deny you don’t feel it anymore your heart don’t race when my key hits the door and you’ve tried and you’ve tried before but this house ain’t your home I’ve fallen on my shield in this city of rust and stone now I’m begging with the birds for blood and bones you don’t feel it anymore your heart don’t race when my key hits the door and you’ve tried and you’ve tried before but this house ain’t your home
5.
Where the House Use to Sit The days grew long and your heart grew dark near the factory and the east town park knocking on the doors, just trying to get in but there ain’t nothing, there ain’t no work to give - From stone to brick, from brick to rust lost in the dream till the dream went bust voice on the radio sings soft and blue if you ride with me, I’ll ride with you - The yards full of birds with the house use to sit can’t remember where the money all went folks gather around as the rail cars pass they toast to the evening, but they drink for the past - In a vacant lot shines a stone colored moon lights up the evening as the guitars tune sing around the fire, till the fire runs cold they sing for the city, but they cheer for the road The yards full of birds with the house use to sit can’t remember where the money all went folks gather around as the rail cars pass they toast to the evening, but they drink for the past they took the wine from the pastor’s house drank on the roof, till the roof gave out feasting on bread, till their bellies went fat they fall and stumble, then lay back and laugh The yards full of birds with the house use to sit can’t remember where the money all went folks gather around as the rail cars pass they toast to the evening, but they drink for the past
6.
lIke We Used to Our language was lost, you said you forgot Your words lying deep in a cave And it's hard to defend all these silences when we both really have nothing to say I feel for you, my dear You let me in, then disappear But my heart is as empty as yours And if you ever come home, bring the blood and the bones And I'll sweep the leaves off the porch And we'll talk about it all like we used to Sleep away the day like we used to Spend way too much money like we used to You had stones around your neck Summertime on a deck By the water, just after the flood And we bantered like bells, on the shore and the swells Until you pulled me down in the mud I couldn't see in the dark, but I could still find your scars And I wondered what happened to you The kettle would whine and I'd shiver sometimes When you told me what you had to do When the snow has set in we can do it all again Keep those wolves howling high in the pines Let the fire take turns, let it warm first, then burn Let the smoke blur the shapes and the lines We're not young anymore, but we still can pretend We're not wild, but we're also not tame And if you don't want to stay, It don’t have to be that way You can leave just as quick as you came
7.
If you curse the wind, I’ll damn the rain If you spark the fire, I’ll guard the flame If you want it dark, well, I’ll paint it black, but if you fall behind babe…I’ll bring you back If you seek a trail, I’ll clear the leaves if you want to run now, I’ll help you leave If you want the high road, well, I’ll light up the path but if you fall behind babe…I’ll bring you back If you set for sail, I’ll wait at shore If you want to fight, I got your war and if roll the dice, I’ll bet on the chance. that If you fall behind babe…I’ll bring you back If you tell the tales, I’ll pour the wine If you want to slow it down now, let’s take the time If you pull me in, well I’ll stumble and dance but if you fall behind babe…I’ll bring you back If you set for sail, I’ll wait at shore If you want to fight, I got your war and if roll the dice, I’ll bet on the chance. If you fall behind babe…I’ll bring you back If you curse the wind, I’ll damn the rain If you spark the fire, I’ll guard the flame If you want it dark, well, I’ll paint it black, but if you fall behind babe…I’ll bring you back
8.
Satellites 03:54
If you bring the tears I’ll fetch the Jar If you count the sorrows I’ll count the stars - So set out the scraps chase the wolf from the door if you lost your alibi here’s a thousand more - Bring along the space I’ll make the time and then hold on, hold on like the dark holds the satellites - I’ll walk the steel if you’ll catch my fall and if you whisper softly I won’t speak at all - so place all your bets I’ll raise the steaks you can call my bluff you’ve already seen it in my face - Bring along the space I’ll make the time and then hold on, hold on like the dark holds the satellites _ If I named the stars would that make you smile If I leaned in could I stay for a while
9.
Higher Ground I listened to the water, where the spirits sing I got lost in the field where the lighting breaths my sins hang heavy there they ache and howl won’t you help me now darling get to higher ground - I got drunk in the tavern, where the lion drinks I slept on the shore where the raven dreams I gave all my coins to some wild haired gal won’t you help me now darling get to higher ground - I hid in the grove to watch the darkness pray I walked to the cave where the wild gods lay I played the queen of hearts agains the devil’s crown won’t you help me now darling get to higher ground - I sat for days in the rattle snake den I walked the path to where the forest ends I screamed your name under orion’s belt won’t you help me now darling get to higher ground - I didn’t have enough water to clean the blood I got lost in the story of the wounded son I begged at the alter in a junkman’s town won’t you help me now darling get to higher ground - The war is over and the ships are home no one knows who’s alive or gone there’s a small hand shaking, so I reach on down everyones looking for that higher ground. seems everyones looking for that higher ground
10.
Into the Mud 03:05
I held my hand out into the fire Trying to catch a flame we build ourselves an alter out of old wood and a rusted blade - I didn’t want to carry these secrets too heavy for us to hold I dragged them back into the city but the found their way back home - I should’ve tipped my hat and been done with it but under my skin I just buried it _ the words I tried to use were all messed up in broken thought I was a lonely shivering dancing fool shaking in a shaman’s hut - I could hear you screaming crazy when I would hide out on my own but I had thrown myself into the mud of some darkness I’ve never known - I should’ve tipped my hat and been done with it but under my skin I just buried it - Did I say too much more than enough was I running on fumes instead of my heart - did I stumble in to the dreamer’s den now I’m back in the belly of the beast again - I was a compass kid on the corner drawing circles around a map I had chased the rain through the valley until I found the lighting branch - I went to see the healer I had questions about the heart she said anything I could ever tell you ain’t ever going to be enough - I should’ve tipped my hat and been done with it but under my skin I just buried it - I should’ve tipped my hat and been done with it but under my skin I just buried it -
11.
Border Town 03:22
Border Town I didn't have the faith to believe I didn’t care for the crowd but I wanted a guarantee before the judge rang the bell I was marked by the news It was hard to believe the loss It was greater than before It was heavier than the war. I’m back in the border town I’m back in the border town I’ve got my head down deep in the border town. I tried to loosen the gloves but there was still blood in the ring I tried to take a step back but it still hurt to breath Then your memory slipped in But it wasn’t your voice I heard I got my back against the ropes my back against the ropes I just want to go back to the border town back to the border town I’ve got my head down here in the border town. I don’t want these dreams anymore where I’m in a house I don’t know where I’m wrestling with thieves lord please I'm back in the border town

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released August 1, 2018

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