Lyrics

RP_COVERKNOWN OBJECTS (2016)

1. BAG OF BONES

When the time comes to be holy you’ll know
For better or worse the story’s done long ago

Could be now, could be never
Could be when you’ve been gone forever
One day, finally known
A song and a bag of bones

Bag of bones, bag of bones, bag of bones
Bag of bones, bag of bones, bag of bones

In the beginning there was living
Now it’s all run out
Through the envy and the glory
Still a pile of doubt
Sinking like a stone
A song and a bag of bones

Bag of bones, bag of bones, bag of bones
Bag of bones, bag of bones, bag of bones

Baby don’t you worry honey
Everything for everybody

Hands are holding out these favors
Give yourself to total strangers
And then go home alone
Just a song and a bag of bones

Bag of bones, bag of bones, bag of bones
Bag of bones, bag of bones, bag of bones

2. NOTHING YET

I traveled a long way to be a tiny creature in the deepest sea
And every drop of rain is another heavy strain on me

I am speaking to your darkest mind; the one you tried so hard to leave behind
You cannot escape that hollow little place inside

When will we be off and free
Holding back no more just ready

To be innocent, fragile and broken
Able to admit, we know nothing yet

What starts up early goes right to the bone; the feeling that we’ll always be alone
Got a head start on the run, never will give up, this one

When will we grow up and see
The way ahead is when we’re ready

To be innocent, fragile and broken
Able to admit we know nothing yet

Steady hands and a steady breath
One foot and then the next
Only try to do your best

To be innocent, fragile and broken
Able to admit we know nothing yet

3. DID YOU KNOW

Been a long time since I said your name
Been a long time since you’ve said mine
Darkness is so easy, slips in sooner every day
I remember summer but it feels so far away

When will I begin to change the way I’ve been?
To wake up to the world like I used to once again?
Before we lost touch; I’ve missed you so much

Did you know? How’d I ever get so low?
Lower than I ever could go?
So break apart a little and grow

Eyes are just a window but still all I have seen
Reflections in the glass; I never look past anything
Picking up my wishes from a pile on the ground
Old ideas don’t fit us, but that’s all I have around

When can I begin to change the way I’ve been?
I’m ready to let go and to start over again
I tried to be tough, but I’ve missed you so much

Did you know? How’d I ever get so low?
Lower than I ever could go?
So break apart a little and grow

I suffered to be still and now I’m stuck instead
I used to follow chance, but now i just go where I’m led
I long to live with ease but I just push things in my way
and I put myself on trial for everything I say

Did you know? How’d I ever get so low?
Lower than I ever could go?
How’d I ever get so low?
So break apart a little and grow

4. SHADOW

Hold your breath if you must
When there’s none left, you’ll learn to trust
To let it go, to let it rust
Until it’s cold, until it’s dust

Oh my shadow will divide me
One side a thicker skin
This shell it doesn’t hide me
It just holds me in

Count your blessings and your neighbors
Time has given you many favors
Held your hand, like a brother
But now you stand and face each other

Oh my shadow will divide me
One side a thicker skin
This shell it doesn’t hide me
It just holds me in

And everywhere is the center
No matter where we stray
It is the same for all who enter
And go their way

Oh my shadow will divide me
One side a thicker skin
This shell it doesn’t hide me
It just holds me in

A star is born and then it dies
The world is torn from its disguise
You belong to the skies
All along that was the prize

5. HEATWAVE
(Words & Music by Robert Bell & Paul Buchanan)

6. SNOWING SIDEWAYS

Do I know my place among the girls
Trying to make their way in the world?
Leaning on the walls, making all the calls
Looking for the next train

You were just a shy bird on a vine
Hidden from my view for all that time
Opening the doors, fighting all the wars
Waiting for the next spring

When it’s snowing sideways we will come together
The way we’ve always known how in the darkest weather
When our hands are tied we are most alive
And that’s when the change comes

I have always been a lonely soul
Even when I am half of a whole
Making my way home, sure I’m all alone
Longing for the next dream

When it’s snowing sideways we will come together
The way we’ve always known how in the darkest weather
When our hands are tied we are most alive
And that’s when the change comes

7. BLUE SKIES

All the policemen sat on the side
Fountains of angry, mountains of pride
All their secrets spilling out
All the blue skies coming down

Sometimes distant, often doubtful
Always given such a mouthful
Keeping time to the stars

Silent, you were warned
On the wrong side of town
Arms wide open, you’ve been chosen
For the bystander’s frown
For now
All your blue skies coming down

And the trail veers west if you take it
You’ll not know what’s next till you make it
Speak in tongues, yes you might
You know the only one who understands is the night

Only the lonely ones
Only the lonely ones

You’ll be sorry now
You’ll be sorry now
You’ll be sorry now

8. GONDWANALAND

Faith is not my nature, not my way
I plan and then I play out everyday
Fearing freedom, fearing sorrow,
Turn my eyes from tomorrow

Give me a reason, to be tied down
To lean with gravity toward the cold cold ground
When we know plates are shifting, mountains are lifting,
Continents are drifting in the sand

Pull together, make a world
In this shelter we are curled
Blind to proof, bare as ever
Holding onto love we cannot measure

Give me a reason, to be tied down
To lean with gravity toward the cold cold ground
When we know plates are shifting, mountains are lifting,
Continents are drifting in the sand

I fight the feeling, pull myself up
I won’t be fooled by the weight, I am tough.
How can I trust what I know in my heart?
I’m a coward, I crave, I’m not brave enough to fall apart.

Give me a reason, to be tied down
To lean with gravity toward the cold cold ground
When we know plates are shifting, mountains are lifting,
Continents are drifting and
Everything is slipping through our hands

9. A.E.

An open sea, a tiny spot
To lay upon as time forgot
Some solid ground below your feet
The last place you would ever sleep

You must’ve known what could come
From getting what you wanted done

You stood between the sea and sky
And all that we can do is try

The bravest are the ones who dare
To see the truth and go straight there
The castaways who cast their doubt
Cause love is all they care about

To be so bold and dream so high
And all that we can do is try

Your wings are gone but no regrets
This body breathes a tired breath

And now you are just feet and hands
That crawl the shore and sift the sands

The lapping sea the seagulls cry
It plays out like a lullaby

10. NO MATTER

Too many minutes in an hour
We can put this day to rest
Cause I am barely trying
And you always do your best

I’m climbing up a ladder
And I can see the sky
The rain is beating down on me
But you always keep me dry

No matter, no luck
You’ll get there and I’ll get stuck

Stuck here with myself
Can’t outrun the truth
I may be an anchor
But you’re always my roof

No matter, no shame
You don’t have to share the blame

Thought that I was done
But I have more mistakes to make
You see me at my limits
But you must let me bruise and break

Only Daughter Rebecca PronskyONLY DAUGHTER (2013)

1. RISE UP

Miles of sand
And shifting ground where I stand
No sudden moves; no bruises now
Wait patient, and you will come down

Blinking, hissing messages appear
A black fly has been buzzing in your ear
Did you check your pulse this morning at the door?
What was it you used to be living for?

Rise up in the land of the free
Rise up whoever you may be
Rise up if you dare
We are everywhere

Now I see with great big magnifiers
That trust will get you tangled in the bitter hands liars
Standing in a line waiting for our daily bread
We are left here to lose our minds instead

Rise up in the land of the free
Rise up whoever you may be
Rise up if you dare
We are everywhere

One if by land
Two if by sea
Twinkle a little starlight for me
If this is all that there is to be
Come, won’t you join me and

Rise up in the land of the free
Rise up whoever you may be
Rise up if you dare
We are everywhere

2. HONESTY

Honesty, you bargain with me
You are pure but make me sorry
I came clean
That I was seen

I like what is hidden from me
Am I the only one hungry
To walk the streets at night?
And gaze in lighted windows

I’m a diver in an ocean
Addicted to the constant motion
I go deep
Where my demons sleep

I like to be in control
But I’m too curious a soul
I walk the streets at night
And gaze in lighted windows

The city is the place
Where we come face to face
With ourselves, our lonely lives
Strangers are not alibis

I like to find safety in
What I can never see again
I walk the streets at night
And gaze in lighted windows

3. BETTER THAT WAY

Why do I always feel better in the evening
when night begins to creep in
and the sun has gone to sleeping?

A bird flies far up north into the dark skies
cuts across the clouds in disguise
so there can be no tears or goodbyes

There was a path that I used to roam
And it is wild now… and overgrown
I am carving out a new place to stay
It is better that way

I can sink like a stone as soon as I am
left alone but night is my friend
a finish line, a kind of amend

One more flight and then we’re almost home
It is dark and I am better known
A little braver since last we saw the day
It is better that way

Full moons up and hangs a sigh
Like a diamond in the sky
You’ll awaken at the breakin’ time

Tall ships on the water where the light shifts
Like the border where my doubt lifts
A stowaway until the day slips away

4. GLENN TIPTON

(Words & Music by Mark Kozelek)

5. BIG DEMANDS

Put your head in your hands
Listen to my big demands

Lets go for a ride
Somewhere bigger baby
Somewhere higher maybe
You’ll see my side

You flirt too hard, you talk too close
You play the part of whichever pays the most

Lets go for a swim
Somewhere deeper baby
Somewhere darker maybe
I can be your twin

Are you hiding out in plain view?
Is that what they told you to do?

Let’s go for a walk
Somewhere further baby
Somewhere wilder maybe
Watch it like a hawk

Put your head in your hands
Listen to my big demands

6. COLD HARD CASH

I take care of the simple things
And wait for whatever the day brings

Watch the water, watch the light sink into another night
Eat my shame and stuff my pride, then go home and come the tide

I had nightmares when I was young
Now I wake up and I am numb

Only daughter, lonely spy, had to make her baby cry
Trade desire for a mask of bones and stones and cold hard cash

Ice cold solid gold don’t trickle down
Looking up, you know what’s below the ground

Dirty water, rusted pipes, lots of little silly lives
Soil and steam, dust and ash, bones and stones and cold hard cash

Rules are broken but I am tough
In the mirror is the one I love

Object hoarder, nickels, dimes, parking tickets, city fines
Buried in my secret stash of bones and stones and cold hard cash

7. COME DOWN

The sky is too big for my dreams
So I drifted away it seems
And somewhere they float in the clouds
Away from me now

Time took me in taught me to
Stick to the few things I knew
To build and to order the day
And not to play

To come down, come down, come down to earth

I’ve made lots of towers and piles
I’ve traveled a whole lot of miles
But I’ve never been very far
From where we are

I’ve come down, come down, come down to earth

Come down, come down, come down, come down
Come down to earth

The sky is too big for my dreams
So I drifted away it seems

8. THE GARDEN

Life is easy enough
But only for the few
So I am throwing my hands up
I’m as lost as you
We are still fools in the garden
Breaking rules then beggin pardon
Looking out for the wrong signs
And these are the dark times

Working hard for nothing
With nothing to be saved
And we’ve been taking our chances
To be free and to be brave

We are still fools in the garden
Breaking rules then beggin pardon
Looking out for the wrong signs
And these are the dark times

9. ANOTHER

Another brother
Another brother has come
Come to you

They cover each other
A lover
From one into two

Two homes
Two phone numbers
Back bones
Dig through Slumbers
You know
You’re not what you used to be

You wander much farther
You whisper in your sleep
Do not speak

Of two worlds
Undercover
No one
Else can trust her
You know
The blood of your enemy

And you’re all buttoned down
You cannot quit now
Stay the course
And do not think to feed

The two sides
To your hunger
Good girl
Lost her thunder
I know
You only aim to please

Another brother
Another brother has come

10. PLEASE FORGET ME

I’ve been sleeping all evening
Curtains drawn I am dreaming
I can’t be the person that you see
Please forget me

I’m not fit for loving
Always caught in something
You can’t compete with the thrills I seek
Please forget me

At a time I had
Room to grow
To open up
And to let go
But time has passed
And I am tired
I’ve forgotten
How to be inspired
And I hope you understand and agree to
Please forget me

You’re not meant to struggle
Or go through so much trouble
Just to have the company you keep
Please forget me