Brave The Strange album lyrics

Dark Water

All the dark water, it moves quietly near
But I don’t want to listen, and you don’t want to hear
How all the dark water, I feel it starting to creep
Like a spreading and merciless need that pulls me, pulls me into the deep
Filling in all the spaces, silencing all it embraces
I tattoo your name on my phantom limb
You said that I was so cunning, but all I can think of is running
The levee is up to the brim, so I’m gonna try to swim
And all the dark water, it don't know who I am
It don't know my future, and it don't give a damn
And all the dark water, all it’s gonna baptize
In wave upon wave upon wave of this, endlessly rising tide
Filling in all the spaces, silencing all it embraces
I reach out for you with my phantom limb
You said that I was so cunning, but all I could think of was running
Well the levee is over the brim, so I’m gonna rise
I’m gonna rise, I'm gonna rise, and try to swim
And all the dark water, it moves quietly near
But I don’t want to listen, and you don’t want to hear.


Anyone Home?

From a sweet beginning to a bitter end  
Were you ever here?  
Were you ever my friend? (Show yourself)
I'm begging for scraps now, sleeping rough
Got a ration of passion, I’ve got to make it enough (Show yourself)
Is anyone home?  
Is anyone home?
Is anyone home?  
Is anyone home?
Everyone is saying I’m wearing thin, all my colors are running out
Scream into a pillow to hear my voice, trying to fill myself with the sound
Is anyone home?  
Is there anyone home?
Is anyone home?  
Is anyone home?
I fall into the night, my every flaw a light, drowning in my own milky way
I want to bring you close, I want to be the dose that keeps you from drifting away
I wish I could be your needle, your bible or the handle of the pistol that you keep by your bed
But now I’m getting used to the gentlest abuse that comes from being nothing instead
And is there anyone home?
From a sweet beginning to a bitter end
Were you ever here?  
Were you ever my friend? (Show yourself)
Is there anyone home?  
Is there anyone home?
Is there anyone home?  
Is there anyone home?


Lose It

There is a coldness creeping in
I can feel it on my skin, coming like death
And the sea and sky are turning grey, wilting all the ferns and baby’s breath
Well I try to make the summer stay, but it won’t  
I try to make you love me still, but you don’t
I can hear it in the sound I can see it all around like all the lights are down and start to fade up
Just like a 30 pound chain that’s locked on my brain and strangers are all saying it’s just made up
I’ve got a mouth that’s frozen like it’s got something to say
As the grip I thought I had slowly fades... away
God how I have tried and tried, hanging on to this for dear life
Oh, I think I’m losing my mind  
Everyone must lose it sometime
Gotta lose it sometime
All of the tears in the dirt, the blood on my shirt, and every little hurt you found amusing
Man, I got so tired of the art of tearing me apart, and the darkness in my heart, it’s just the bruising
I would gladly pay it but I can’t afford the cost
Killing myself holding on to what I know... what I know is lost
God how I have tried and tried, been hanging on to this for dear life
Oh I think I’m losing my mind
Well everyone must lose it sometime
It comes raining out of the blue when I’m staring into a red light
Suddenly all that I am is lost in the blink of an eye
Everyone must lose it sometime
And I’ve tried and tried
I’ve been hanging on to this for dear life
Oh, I think I’m losing my mind
Everyone must lose it sometime


Down Among the Thornbushes

Down among the thornbushes and bracken, waiting for your grip on me to slacken
I am hungry, yes it’s true.  
I’m so hungry, just for you
Turning nights into days, an angry sun sways side to side and back again
And in the silver of night, in soft black and white, far from the streets you’re prowling
I’m hungry, yes it’s true.  
I’m so hungry, just for you
I’m howling
I’m howling
I’m howling
I’m howling
I’m howling
Down among the thornbushes and bracken, waiting for your grip on me to slacken
I am hungry, oh yes it’s true.  
I’m so hungry, just for you


What I Leave Behind

Staring out the window at the rain with the feeling that I’m losing sinking in
And all of the emptiness ahead of me is filling up my mind  
Crying over what I leave behind
Every cruel and looming sun, as it rises over all the wrong I’ve done
Is like an unforgiving spotlight, so angelic and unkind, shining down on what I leave behind
Well, I guess I thought there could not be an ending
I went on soaking up the sunlight ‘til I was blind to all I leave behind
I never was one for goodbye, and I would stay and drink this bottle dry
But as I leave the maps I cannot know what I might find  
I cannot carry all I leave behind
Well, I guess I thought there could not be an ending
And I go on soaking up the sunlight ‘til I’m blind to all I leave behind
Staring out the window at the rain, I’ve got the feeling that I’m losing sinking in
And all the emptiness ahead of me is filling up my mind
Crying over what I leave behind  


Here I Am

Alright, I’m ready to begin, commence firing  
Pull the pin on this grenade
Yeah for a while I had to take a rest
Oh yes I must confess, my strength began to fade
See, I could do more, but I just don’t give a damn
I can be loved and I can be hated
Well, here I am
Baby please, don’t let it get to you
There’s nothing more to do
This is just the way I’m made
Someday you’ll see me as I am  
Just like when I began, all naked and afraid
I could be more, but I just don’t give a damn
I can be loved, I can be hated  
Well here I am
And if you don’t feel like you’re living, well you must feel just like you’re dying
But if you feel like you need me, here I am
And I will do what I can for you, if you want me to  
If you think you can take me
Someday you’ll finally come to see I’m never gonna be the thing you want to make me
See, I too am a builder, yeah but I’m using a battering ram
You say that you just don’t think you can take it, but I think you can
Well I can be loved, I can be hated, here I am
I tell you I can be loved, I can be hated, here I am


Sky Blue

Well I wanted to be priceless, but it’s not what I became  
I wanted to be different, but I ended up the same
I wanted to leave you breathless, but then I lost my nerve
I just want to be better, to be what you deserve  
And in my every waking hour I’m consumed by all the power that’s in you
When I am lost and I’m shaking in a night of my own making, it’s you
You’re sky blue
You’re sky blue
Oh you’re sky blue
And even on my best days I never could be cool
You always loved a hero, but I’ve always been a fool
You speak to me in mysteries and then you wait for my reply
The only thing I’m sure of, I’m going to love you ‘til I die
And my every waking moment I’m comforted and tormented by you
When I’m lost and I am shaking in a night of my own making, it’s you
You’re sky blue
You’re sky blue
You’re sky blue
Pull me into your sky blue
And in my every waking hour I’m consumed by all the power that’s in you
When I am lost and I am shaking in a night of my own making, it’s you
You're still so sky blue
Sky blue
Sky blue


No Ashes

I keep asking myself the same question.  
Asking what will you drop in the sea?
I wonder, what will you spread on the river if there ain’t no ashes in me?
Oh, I need to believe there is something, yeah, something you can’t put your finger on
Oh something as real as the heartbreak that comes after the body has gone
And I will be hearing, disappearing in the sound
I will be hearing, disappearing in the sound
And when I go, after the glow, you’re gonna see there ain’t no ashes in me
This is the answer I give you, because I promised I would stay awake
See the eastern horizon is bleeding all over, but I’ll watch it with you ‘til it breaks
Well I know that you are feeling helpless, yeah but I can’t think with all of this noise
Yeah to follow is not easy  
What follows is not easy  
I will be hearing, disappearing in the sound
I will be hearing, disappearing in the sound
And when I go, after the glow, you’re gonna see there ain’t no ashes in me
I keep asking myself the same question.  
Asking what will you drop in the sea?
I wonder, what will you spread on the river if there ain’t no ashes in me?
I need to believe there is something you can’t put your finger on
Oh something as real as the heartbreak that comes after the body has gone
I will be hearing, disappearing in the sound
I will be hearing, disappearing in the sound
And when I go, after the glow, you will see there ain’t no ashes in me


The Ugly Ones

Would you read an ocean of pages to learn what makes them turn away?
Making you feel like you are contagious, talking to their backs anyway
There’s one thing that I know  
There’s one thing that I have come to know
God, how I wish it wasn’t so, but the white light of truth will always show that
You never talk to the ugly ones
No no no, you never, you never talk to the ugly ones
Oh no, you never, never talk to the ugly ones
No no no  
When someone says they came to apologize, don’t be so quick to forgive
But quietly wait ‘til you can pluck out his eyes and show him the way we’ve learned to live
There’s one thing that we know  
One thing that we’ve all come to know
Thinking it doesn’t make it so, and the white light of truth will always show you that
You never talk to the ugly ones
Oh no, you never, you never talk to the ugly ones
No no no, you never, never talk to the ugly ones
No you don't, no you don't, no you don't, no you don't, no you don't
You never talk to them
You never, never, never, never
You never talk to them

1,000 Miles

I was just a weary rover and a rider on the waves, when I took a lovely girl with promises as flowery as May
My dark and awful plans for her, I did not dare display   
I told her I will take you, I will take you, I will take you a thousand miles away
Well I told her I would take her from Boston to Bombay
“But if I leave my family, there will be hell to pay”
Then, pulling back my coat, showed her my pistol, much to her dismay
I told her I will take you, I will take you, I will take you a thousand miles away
I’m gonna make you mine  
I’m gonna make you see
I’m gonna lay you low under the apple tree
I’m gonna make you come, my dear, come with me
I’m gonna make you come, my dear, come with me
Then every evil I had planned was ended by the jack knife in her hand, and now I understand
She looked just like an angel, her disguise it fell away
She took my hand and softly spoke, “My love, this is our wedding day.”  
“The devil may be calling us, but we will not obey.”  
She told me, “I will take you, I will take you, I will take you a thousand miles away"
I will take you, I will take you, I will take you
I will take you, I will take you, I will take you
I will take you, I will take you, I will take you
I will take you, I will take you, I will take you a thousand miles away


The Only Way

All the lovely ones, captured in a frame  
All the lovely ones, they don’t know your name
A whiskey stare, a ring of amethyst
Got a trembling hand upon a broken wrist        
Is this the only way now?  
Is this the only way now?   
Is this the only way now?
Is this the only way now?
A sandpiper standing on the shore
I got a good idea what you’re looking for
Something is moving in the corner of your eye  
You made your mind up and you headed for the sky
Is this the only way now?  
Is this the only way now?
Is this the only way now?
Is this the only way?
Every wretched night that I was wasted, the miseries I tasted, all the lonely needful things
With searching eyes I cast around, for anything to hold me down and I pray for lighter things now
All the lovely ones, captured in a frame  
All the lovely ones, they don’t know your name
Everything I mean, everything I say, everything I am just drops away


Brave the Strange

A ragged scar across your cheek  
There ain’t no you without me   
All the hell you put me through  
There ain’t no me without you
And blood will flow   
We will derange  
And through it all, brave the strange