Silent Ways

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Silent Ways

The land swells like a new scar
grey shadows have left the sun
the air is rising up another hill
the day before is now done
the burt smell of the brown dust
is now the curve in a crows beak
I'm singing green against your grey skin
following your footsteps to sleep
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the night woke in it's old ways
and danced in a field of rain
steps took on a new speed
like the click and clatter of a chain
I heard new words about the winds intent
and stories of a sailor at sea
time has ticked since the first seeds fell
I'm waiting to see what they bring.
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Out on the porch there's music on the radio
slip on that long dress and come and dance in the shadows
I swear this old house had to have been built with tombstones
won't you step out side or at least smile through the window
won't you step out side or at least smile through the window
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Your silent ways they began roar
I caught them all slippin east
moving idly down some bone colored town
falling head first into the streets
In front of the beggars and along through the dust
the white flowers would rise and then bend
with the bright new bread of your dark green wheat
I hum your tune once again

Out on the porch there's music on the radio
slip on that long dress and come and dance in the shadows
I swear this old house had to have been built with tombstones
won't you step out side or at least smile through the window
won't you step out side or at least smile through the window
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It was a silent surprise and a quick attack
the night was a hand maids veil
against it's own thoughts it's fingers well crossed
it followed it's shadow down the trail
it was a hurried step so the tempo tugged
dawn was not far away
it's the inward sweep that scatters the leaves
it's the dangerous games we all play
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Out on the porch there's music on the radio
slip on that long dress and come and dance in the shadows
I swear this old house had to have been built with tombstones
won't you step out side or at least smile through the window
won't you step out side or at least smile through the window

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from The Runaway Kid, released June 7, 2014

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