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What’s underneath the floor?
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What’s underneath the floor?

A pretty little face,
pretty little eyes,
A big fat belly
birthing out flies
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What’s underneath the floor?
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What’s underneath the floor?

Won’t you tell us more?

Chewed up lips,
milky milk teeth,
A little bit of pain
and a whole lot of need
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What’s underneath the floor?
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What’s underneath the floor?

I can tell you more

A pretty little dream,
a locked jaw scream
I never had to beg
they come to be

I got a big, big heart
and lots of love
got a big, big heart
and lots of love
a big, big heart
and lots of love
a big heart and
lots of love
and it’s hard
it’s hard
it’s hard
it’s hard

The Dirt

Mamma
I know the well is dry.
Sing me a song one more time?
The wind is raging
and the birds won’t fly
nothing to eat and nowhere to hide

Mamma
it’s gonna be all right
Tell me the stories one more time?
Where the grass is green
and the water runs wild
where forever is forever and no one has to die

Because
You can’t drink the dirt
even if you wanna
You can’t eat the dirt
even if you wanna
You can’t breathe the dirt
even if you wanna
but you’ll be in the dirt
you will be the dirt

Mamma
I know I’m ready now
I’m not afraid, you don’t need to cry
I’ll just close my eyes and wake up to a new life
Mamma there’s no need to cry

‘Cause
You can’t drink the dirt
even if you wanna
You can’t eat the dirt
even if you wanna
You can’t breathe the dirt
even if you wanna
but you’ll be in the dirt
you will be the dirt

Ellipsis

Well, speaking of a heartache
here you are hiding in plain sight
Laughing the loudest
but your smile
it don’t reach your eyes
come home, come home now
you know that’s where you want to be
and time will bring you to your knees

The waiting is a long time
for you to die
you’re laughing the loudest
but your smile
it don’t reach your eyes
come home, come home now
you know it won’t be long
to grin against these senseless winds…

Oak Tree

Lady left me here
underneath this old oak tree.
She made me a bed
of roots and leaves
with a trembling voice she sung me to sleep

said
dream sweet dreams

dark was the night
cold the ground
I hear voices all around
a tiny star falling down
my little soul now free and unbound
and I dream sweet dreams

so if you walk in the woods and you see
a big old oak tree
tread carefully, please
’cause I’m dreaming underneath

and I dream sweet dreams

In My Father's House

In my Father’s house
everything is nice
In my Father’s house
everything is right

we play our part
we know it by heart
we play our part we know it by heart

the pictures
on the wall
never look you in the eyes
the pictures in the wall
never look into your eyes

the children are polite
you never hear them cry
the children are so polite
you never see them cry

the women are kind
they work their time
they change your sheets
and you don’t have to say “please”

up in the chimney
down to the cellar
there is a terror and it hides
here in my Father’s house
here in my Father’s house
in my Father’s house

 

Dreamt of a Wave

Dreamt of a wave
washing over me
dreamt of a wave
well, I think I thought I did

The wave was not water
but flesh and blood and bone
it came into me and out of me
forsaken every law

Dreamt of a wave
washing over me
dreamt of wave
I daren’t speak it’s name

the wave was not water
but flesh and blood and bone
it came into me and out of me
forsaken every law

Father can you teach your child
teach what love can do
Mother can you hold this child
hold me ’till I hate

The Devil's Tongue

The Devil’s tongue is long and rotten
do you remember?
or have you forgotten?

the games we played
it’s all the same
it’s all the same

I was a child
not long ago
the stairs where steep
too steep to follow

I’ll go
where I don’t know
but I’ll go

With kindness and grace
you bought but I payed
was just a game
and it’s all the same anyway

I’ll go
where I don’t know
but I’ll go
I go
where I don’t know
but I go

What Love Looks Like

through thick and thin
that’s what they say
forgive and forget
well it’s me that has to change
is this what love looks like?

your endless needs
my breaking grief
you look this way but you don’t see
is this what love looks like?

my body is frail my soul is stale
all things good will be washed away
is this what love looks like?

this pain I breathe
has poisoned me
dreamt a dream
now I’m spitting bitter teeth

through thick and thin
that’s what they say
forgive and forget
so it’s me that has to change
is this what love looks like?

this is what love looks like
Is this what love looks like?
is this
this is
what love looks like

Taller than Tall Trees

see a girl
dressed as a woman
here is a man who lies
see that girl fall apart
soon as his shadow touches her heart
I’v climped a thousand stairs
just to give you a kiss
God you’re so tall
taller than tall trees!
I wanna make babies with you
fall under that big, big blue

See a boy walk like a lover
here is a hand that guides
and that shadow that leads him on
will buy with kindness
but you’ll pay with your soul
I’ve dived through thousand stares
just to give you a kiss
God you’re so tall
taller that tall trees!
I wanna lay down with you
fall under that
big, big moon

see a girl dressed as a women
here is a man who lies
see that girl fall apart
soon as his shadow
touches her heart
I’v climbed two thousand stairs just to give you a kiss
God you’re so tall, taller than tall trees!
I wanna lay down with you
fall under that big, big, blue

I’v come into a thousand stares
just to give you a kiss
God you’re so tall
taller than tall trees
I wanna lay down with you
fall under that big, big moon
see a girl dressed as a lover
and here is a hand that guides
see that girl fall apart
soon as his shadow that leads him on
will buy with kindness
you’ll pay with your soul

Goodnight

Goodnight
I love you darling, goodnight
Goodnight, goodnight
may the stars shine bright.

Goodnight my darling
goodnight, goodnight goodnight
I’l push down the pillow with all of my might
goodnight, goodnight
the stars are so bright
and I’ll hold down the pillow with all of my might
and tomorrow, tomorrow
will be all right
together forever
now and through time

To the Bone

O my little one
this is how it‘s done
you‘ll play your part
and I‘ll play mine

but your love drags me down
like the clothes
when you swim
down deeper down
like the roots of old trees
my heart has no home
you‘ve bruised me to the bone

O my little one
can‘t you see this is fate
your bruise will fade
and your bones didn‘t brake

but your love drags me down
like the clothes
when you swim
down deeper down
like the roots of old trees
I shiver ‚cause I‘m cold
but you don‘t want to know

The Well

I lean in
to the well
black water
what can you tell

a shadow swallows my reflection
mother I see nothing at all

the moon
belly full of light
all big and bright
all alone
in the sky
alone as I

a shadow swallows my reflection
mother I see nothing at all

I thought I saw
your face
how I wished
it would be your face

a shadow swallows my reflection
mother I see nothing at all

I lean in
to the well
black water
what can you tell

The Road

the hay hung low
where the road leads I will go
and it‘s a hard and a crooked life
when you‘re a dead man‘s unwedded bride

the hay moves slow
where the road leads no one knows
and it‘s a hard and a crooked life
when you‘re a dead man‘s unwedded bride

down by the road sits a man
who‘s gray and old
says the hardest thing I know
is to see your loved ones go

down goes the road
where the wildflowers grow
there‘s a lake that‘s dark deep and cold
there I shall lay my bones

down I go
gonna lay my bruised bones
and the hardest thing they‘ll know
is just letting go

Joe

Joe
where do you go
I‘m going to wash my sins away
an angel told me so

when they find me in the river
tell my mother I was a good boy

the wind in the trees
an angel holding hands with me
I‘m light as a leaf
no sign of sorrow no sign of grief

when they find me in the river
tell my mother I was a good boy

he folds his clothes
goes wading in
the birds are singing in the trees
there singing for me

when they find me in the river
tell my mother I was a good boy

Dream

who is this creature
crawled into my bed
into my head
I dare you to
and you dare
’cause else it‘s the truth
and that won‘t do

and your eyes are full of moon
they lit up the room

I bathe in the light
in the cradle of my bones
there is a grave for your soul
‘cause else it‘s the truth
and that won‘t do

and your eyes are full of moon
they lit up the room

No Death

my baby has a swollen face
long stiff limbs
them eyes are black pits
of a place where I‘ve been
her hair is long
still smells like mud
she answered to my kiss
with a rotten tongue

no death can
tear us apart

her body is cold
well its gonna get colder
but my love will ignite
what was left to smoulder
I move my hips
in her I am home
I‘ll keep on loving
till the marrow dries from her bones

no death
can tear us apart

all day
I stay by her side
but death has a claim
and a right to my bride
I shut the doors
pull the curtains and hide
I heard something moving
somewhere outside

no death can
tear us apart

but death comes a sneaking in
through the keyholes
he‘s clever and he knows
what‘s beneath the floorboards
death comes to feast
like a greedy hungry beast
he wants it all
and here he crawls
and here he crawls
and here he crawls…

No Hands

been riding my bicycle
all day long
up and down the old
dusty dirt road

look mother no hands

see the sun filter through the trees
I am happy
the wind and the speed
can‘t see the danger

look mother no hands

Red

he said come out and play
and it was all fun and games
he asked me to dance
and we danced
his eyes where red
and at the first brake of day
my true love went away

he‘s evil she says
he knows your name
and you‘ve played his game
he‘ll eat your flesh
and he‘ll spit out the seeds
those eyes will go red
and at the first brake of day
your true love will go away

leave let me be
let the devil take me
leave can‘t you see
you cannot save me

so I sit and wait
’till one night he came
he asked me to dance
and we danced
his eyes went red
and at the first brake of day
my true love went away

Despair

despair came riding on the crest of a big black wave
knocked me down on the floor
said you‘re the one I‘ve been looking for
it said dance with me ‘till all the stars begin to fall
dance with me ‘till there‘s nothing left of you at all

all the stars come down tonight

despair came riding on the crest of a big black wave
thin as a scream and shouting out my name
says no need to beg no need to fight
his voice sends a shiver that brakes my spine

all the stars come down tonight

despair came riding on the crest of a big black wave
and I was like a child
looking for a safe place to hide
despair was standing with its jaws open wide
swallowed me whole in to the big black night

all the stars come down tonight