This Brave Riot II

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released July 1, 2014

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Track Name: Snow White Pigeon
I am a snow white pigeon
I ain't got no friends
I live in the back of the 7-11
For a fresh crust of bread
I can tell you a tale
About cigarette breaks and love affairs

All the other pigeons look down on me
So proud of their filth and their disease
But on the inside, I'm just like them
Except I was born with snow white skin

The alley cats, they just pass me by
While the old men wager at the bench nearby
Sometimes, I get scared in the middle of the night
I wish I had strong wings so that I could fly

See the snow white pigeon with the airplanes
Flying so high away from this place
I've seen the brochures from the sunshine state
Give me some time, I swear I'll make it someday

All the other pigeons just laugh at me
When I tell them of my plans
When I tell them of my dreams
I've met some garbage men with the cruelest minds
Their fears in my direction
I'm a target on their mind
"I'd like to see that bird when he's stuck in a cage
I'd like to see that bird up on my mantelpiece"

I am a snow white pigeon
I ain't got no home
No one will take the risk on being with one
It seems a snow white pigeon is only a threat
It seems it's hard to be a snow white anything

My papa said, "son," when I was only three
When he set me on my own
When he sat me on his knee
"You are a snow white pigeon
You should always be proud
There are not many of us left
There are not many of around"
But if the truth be told
I could use a change
I'm tired of walking around
In these snow white chains
Track Name: I Still Believe
You know I still believe in the comforts of the sun
And I still believe that I'll always see tomorrow
And I still believe In the promise of each spring
You know I still believe

And I still believe in the child inside my heart
And I still believe in the fears he won't discard
And I still believe in the majesty of kings
You know I still believe

I still believe in the birth of rock-and-roll
And in the kindness of a stranger
In the mercy of a home
I still believe when this life is said and done
Our weight, it will be measured
In the courage we have shown
I still believe that life starts once you know
There will never be a garden, the choice is yours alone
I still believe in faith, there lies our soul
And In the future lies our devil
And in the present lies our love

I still believe in me
Track Name: Kicking at Thorns
I've spent my days in a long frustration
A strong narcotic went through my veins
I have walked with anger
Walked with fury
Walked straight into the arms of hate

I've spent each year living out old patterns
I've been a sheep, I've been a child
I have nurtured fear
Cultured harmful habits
A trail of panic runs through my life

I ain't gonna kick at thorns no more
I ain't gonna worry all day long
Track Name: Circles
Running in circles, again and again
Running in circles when you know just where you've been
Running in circles, again and again
Running in circles when you see no ending

You thought maybe
I might be the one to help you out
You thought maybe
I might have the answer or the angle

You thought maybe
I might help to map or point the way
You thought maybe
Just this once, someone would set you straight
Track Name: 383
I took the 383 across midtown
And knocked upon your door
I took the 383 across midtown
But you don't live there anymore

Remember quiet songs like Row Jimmy
Remember when the world was young
Remember when you said you want to leave
Remember how I watched you run

Never been so certain of anything
And of all the mistakes I've made
Never found a friend through all these years
To take the place of what we had

So take the 383 across midtown
And knock upon that door
Take the 383 across midtown
But you don't live there anymore
Track Name: Truth on Vacation
Truth is on vacation
Writing a letter from the coast of Cuba somewhere
Truth is in on vacation
Watch all these values get washed away in the sand

Let's let the lawyers argue
That's what the courts are for
Make them beat this dead horse
Eight years or more

Truth is on vacation
And he closed his office
So a bunch of friends can shake hands

Stay out this doesn't affect you
You're not who we're looking for
God knows we'd never enlist you
Don't want to start an uproar
Track Name: Loose Tooth
Staring out at this lake
I've never had so much
Still my flag has been raised at half-staff for months
I was taught to believe in strength
It seems I've been used
Life's been a pleasure and pain
Life's a lot like a loose tooth

I stayed inside my room for what seemed like years
Afraid to come to the door, it was myself that I feared
I thought that someone would come
Cleanse me to my roots
Tear out the pleasure from pain
Put a stop to this loose tooth

I've been given a choice
I've been given a chance
Trade in these childhood chains
Start a brand new dance
Lord, won't you show me the courage
Won't you show me what's good
Accept the pleasure and pain
Accept my beautiful loose tooth
Track Name: Widow's Walk
On the night of the celebration
We danced in the corner, oblivious to
All the other people at the party
Round and round and back and forth
Listening to those big brass horns
The band was playing "Fly Me to the Moon"

Come down off that widow's walk for me

In the colored leaves of late October
In our scarves and New England sweaters
Is when I put your picture in a frame
A Sunday walk in Union Square
The noxious gas and cool crisp air
The memories we share are simple things

It's tricky in a world like this
Where letting go is vulnerable
And making love to you is one good example
Beneath these painful childhood scars
Buried deep in these broken hearts
Is courage that will challenge any fear

Come down off that widow's walk for me
Track Name: Workman's Song
This is a workman's song
Another graveyard tour
This is a dirty joke that's all
This is the London fog
Come dance the dead man's waltz
This is the cold iron in hot fire

Reveal your bullet smile
This city's bruised with cold
This is the face you've shown no one
This is the bone white bird
Stuck in the thin black tar
This is the wave that cracked that wall

This is your favorite book
Complete with cool, crisp spine
Here is a broom, go sweep that floor
This is a workman's song
Another graveyard tour
This is the face of what's to come

We want to go back home
We're singing a workman's song
Track Name: Eagles
I can't begin to map what you showed me
A passion for the cold north wind when it's blowing
See the precious passing of this moment

It's much better than I ever had
A dance rhythm of ocean and air
You say we are eagles suspended in paradise

I can't begin to map what you showed me
You pulled my ass down off the shelf and you told me
See the precious passing of this moment

I am going to make this right
I am going to make this clear
You have made me feel alive

You're much better than I ever had
A dance rhythm of ocean and air
You say we are eagles suspended in paradise
Track Name: This Brave Riot
In a violent winter
In the cut of cold autumn
In a book was written
The precious words we've just begun

Under guard and tower
In the search light's constant glance
The children showed us mercy
And we were taught to live again

The gallows creaked, and crowds gathered
The waters pulsed and buildings fell
The violence forced the thunder
The forests burned, and the queen just wept

Can we gather around the fire and sing the songs of this brave riot

I resolve to live today
Track Name: Always Innocent
She shot an arrow through the curve of the moon
She carved a statue in a stone altar
She heard a choir in the scream of a guitar
She was always innocent

She stole red ashes and gave birth in the blue sea
She rode a white horse using armor as her wings
She painted pictures
With a message and no blame
She was always innocent

Baby, where's your sunglasses
Do you want to go blind
I'm gonna strike up my welder
And form an arc with you, child
We can leave in the morning
We'll leave the dice behind
No regrets in the morning
Because we know that we're always innocent

Crank up the handle, let the wax records play
Meet me in the parlor, we'll mix vermouth and gin
Underneath the marquee sign
We'll dance 'til we fall
No regrets in the morning
Because we know that we're always innocent

She was an anvil, she could take anything
She walked the pavement
With flowers and offerings
She drank canned heat, she said it purified her veins
She was always innocent
Track Name: Car Bomb
Down in the marketplace
The ancient cobblestone
There's a woman in a jacket
Carrying a baby in her arms
She knows no politics
She has no argument
It's just a cold December morning
And she's moving on her way

But all the people
That she knows
Today their walls are coming down
'Cause late last evening
I was planning
The best way to put her in the ground

I don't know
Why you're so frustrated with me
I'm not a martyr
I'm just a car bomb detonating

Down in the marketplace
An unnamed city street
There's a woman in a jacket
And she's scoring a bag of dirt
She never had a chance
She never caught a break
Its just a cold December morning
And she'll soon be on her way

But all the people that she knows
Today their walls are coming down
'Cause in the needle
The poison
I've chosen will surely put her in the ground

I don't know
Why you're so frustrated with me
I'm not a martyr
I'm just a car bomb detonating

I don't know
Why you're so frustrated with me
I'm not a martyr
I'm not a common petty thief

There'll be no warning
You'll find just a bit of you in me
And we're not martyrs
We're just car bombs detonating
Track Name: Oceans
Now we're talking straight
Our histories exposed
The animated tale
Of how we're each a piece of the puzzle

Stared out into space
And took it on the chin
With the shades wide open
I could feel it
I was living

I have been frustrated
I have been accused
I have been mistaken
On my way back home to you

Sometimes we are lonely
But mostly we just laugh
From dark to light
From black to grey
Or from fast to rest
We speed through hell and back

It's hard to believe in something better than this
I don't want to believe in something better than this
Track Name: Long Shot
The best I've got is a long shot
And that's good enough for me
Been dealt my cards
Now I'll have to wait and see
I don't want no big house
And fame ain't what I seek
But I want something worth more than both
Something I can believe

I want to love somebody
That would be good enough for me
I want to be somebody
That I know I can be
I keep missing the mark
So the best I've got is a long shot

The best I've got is a long shot
When fear gets into my veins
I run like a child back to my room
Because there's a terror on the way
Well, I hope I'm not alone in this
I could use the company
When I've opened up just enough
I was a little less afraid

The best I've got is a long shot
And it's funny and it's strange
I come from place uncertain
The same place that you've been
Ain't no miracles of miracles
Gonna come and rescue me
So what I need is courage
And an opportunity