Burning My Travels Clean

Release date: April 16, 2002
Record label: Second Nature Recordings
Formats: CD/LP/MP3

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Track List:
1. Crabtree and Evelyn
2. Holding onto Water
3. October
4. Like Silver
5. Without Eyes Still Seeing
6. Don’t Walk Out on Me
7. Treasure Chest
8. Swallowing Swords
9. Like a Mother
10. Deep in the earth
11. I Remember Music

Lyrics:

CRABTREE AND EVELYN

I catch a hint of how you smelt
On the 1st day that we met

As I hang up your blue pants
Next to mine, we’re intertwined
In my closet and I’m reminded of
The greenest eyes that ever burned from behind
Crabtree and Evelyn
Neither could have known the plans that were in store
I’m seeing our home again
You’re decorating
The walls with pieces from the waters of your shipwrecked past

Trying to make sense of how two of the darkest lives
Came together to give this world light
A world that’s cracking and leaking all around me
I can spend my day knowing my love for my lady
Every song we hear, was written just for you and for me
We can show up late and leave early
I catch a hint of how you smelt
On the 1st day that we met
I feel the aching and yearning of being that you bury in me

The gift of the moment I’m in reminds me of
The greenest eyes that ever burned from behind

HOLDING ONTO WATER

Some things can’t be bottled
See how it’s draining out the bottom
Just like holding onto water
My eyes will only open for so long
So show me everything

I’m always aching to see
It’s not pretty I know
But still this is who I’ll always be
I’m learning to trust you enough to take from you
You can trust me too
I have many gifts
That’s right my God gave them to me
I’ve worked hard to learn to use them
And now I’ll go and teach

Bothell is beautiful in the fall
Days of my youth were not so long ago
I learned things here that some men never see
The lucky ones know exactly what I mean
I’m learning to trust you enough to take from you
You can trust me too

OCTOBER

Everyone will sing songs of lost mothers

Every debt will be paid in the end
Lives lived will be brought back into focus
As each one looses the place where it begins
Please tell them I said I’m sorry
I knew not all that I did
This message carried hopefully will carry
Much more weight than words of men down here
Feel your losses you’ll know that it’s October
Stretched out short days eat you from within

Lives lived brought back homeward
I’m leaving home again
Please tell me it’s not the last time
Though that day awaits keep it far from here
There’s still much work we’ve to get done
Your lighthouse is burning my travels clean

LIKE SILVER

You’re in the kitchen, I stare at our bed frame

I’m hearing your voice through the door
I will work my fingers to bones
To find us a way out of here
I buried my past down in Texas
Where I’m from, to live here with you tonight
I know the morning light
Will come like it always does
To tear us apart
But I don’t want to think about that right now

I just want to sit here and remember that little beach town
How the screendoor reflected the water
And your eyes in the picture we took
It left me with scars that are there for good
When we hit the bigtime
My darlin’ I mean something
Like nothing the worlds ever seen
They’ll put us on the Silver Screen
A Silver Lining – with clouds that forgot how to rain

The day we finally escape
Is all I’m thinking about right now
I just want to sit here and remember that little beach town
How the screendoor reflected the water
And your eyes in the picture we took
It left me with scars that are there for good
It burned holes in me that were permanent

WITHOUT EYES STILL SEEING

Everyday has a song
Some get sung while others go unheard
Take a good look around
It’ll never be this way again so try to remember
Dylan, Drake, even Schwarzenbach
How you became heroes I’ll never forget
It’s not easy to look at your heart
Not many men know how and even fewer speak out
So if you know exactly what the sunset looks like

You’ll be lucky if you don’t loose your eyes
“To Hell with that”
She said “I’ll look deep and hard
It’s what my God gave me these eyes for”
I’ll look just as hard as her
Hell even harder I’ll join her as a miner
Digging deep till I’m blind,
Without eyes still seeing but always singing out

DON’T WALK OUT ON ME

I’m gonna start at the beginning
I’m gonna make something out of nothing
No I don’t know anything about Beethoven
But I know that you will always haunt me
You have been brought here
For something so much greater than me
But it’s hard cause I’ll get all of the attention
When you’re work is so much more important

Please don’t stop looking at me
Don’t walk out on me
I should be singin’
To earn my keep by now
I guess my throat just can’t carry the weight
Listen now you can hear the sound of how
It’s been blown out
Oh A and C
I know your just an old standby

But you’ll help me tonight to get across all I mean
Listen now, please don’t walk out on me

TREASURE CHEST

Thank you for leading me home that I
May one day return to walk through those fields again
I buried a treasure and made a map
So I’d always find my way back
I guess that don’t matter now

Time has had a different effect on you
Look at you you’re blue black and through being that kid I knew
Life is rich and ripe with
Thoughts unsung, and songs unheard
I’m telling our stories to myself
I’m trying to make since of me and you
Summertime after our family broke
Was a turning point – so many things there to learn
Time has had a different effect on you

Look at you you’re blue black and through being that kid I knew
I hope it’s not too late that I
Tell you I love you and I always have

SWALLOWING SWORDS

Never let go those years of discovery
There’s only so much a pair of arms can carry
Embrace these years of necessity
Put your mouth around your double edged sword

Your unhappiness is what you are
The same nervousness that makes me good at what I do
Is my enemy today and will be my whole life through
I’ll spend it with you
I have climbed a mountain
You’ve swam in every ocean
You’ve heard a million songs and never tried to sing
I’ve read hundreds of books and never wrote anything
I love you — Just the same

LIKE A MOTHER

I guess that’s it for this boy
He’ll never write again
Something tells me I’ve been here before
And so long to apocalyptic visions in this head
I’m going on to bigger and better things
Cause I’m tired
Like they were tired

Like a Mother, she knows what tired means
At the end of my century
We are all the authors of our own destruction
Help me to take what has been done here
And put this into focus
I’ve got a vision that’s feeding on me
This dirty ambition you see
Call it lack of perception
Problems lie in how we look upon everything

Or is it that we haven’t learned to see
That simple vision with two eyes shows us nothing
And nothing’s quite the color that it seems
I’m going crazy like they went crazy
Going slowly – no much quicker than you think
At the end of my century

DEEP IN THE EARTH

Blood still flows in my veins today

And I’m walking on the ground
That one day my body will be laid
The ones I loved will gather around
To say a few words
About all I’ve done with my
Time now that I’m deep in the earth
So I’ll go this alone
Though we have always been together
Part of me each of you’ve become

Keep me walking straight
Narrow let my steps be
It’s up early and it’s up late
If it’s what makes you happy
We are a legacy
Of tragedies but my God willing
I will bring an end to this
Though I may see an early grave
I will make my time here my own

So say a few words
About all I’ve done with my time
Now that I’m deep in the earth

I REMEMBER MUSIC

Listen to me partner
I’ll speak to you of happiness
I’ll tell you about a breakwater
But that was long ago I guess

Now I’m on a time schedule
I’m sure you are as well
I don’t believe in letters and I never learned to spell either
So you can let on that you knew me the way I needed to be known
The ghost I am, I was long ago
I gave my life to a memory of music
And she just turned her head
Listen to me partner
I’ll tell you how this life was led

So secretly so quietly
I chase around what doesn’t exist
Now I’m on a time schedule
I’m sure you are as well
I don’t believe in letters and I never learned to spell either
I’ll try to look into the eyes of these newborns
And try to see the hope that you see
And not the vacant and desolate shell of experience reflected in me
I gave my life to a memory of music

And she just turned her head

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