Under Cover to Cover

by Arthur James

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1.
Show me how you do that trick The one that makes me scream she said The one that makes me laugh she said Threw her arms around my neck Show me how you do it and I'll promise you I'll promise that I'll run away with you, I'll run away with you Spinning on that dizzy edge Kissed her face and kissed her head Dreamed of all the different ways, I had to make her glow Why are you so far away she said Why won't you ever know that I'm in love with you? That I'm in love with you? You, soft and only, you lost and lonely You, strange as angels Dancing in the deepest oceans Twisting in the water You're just like a dream Daylight licked me into shape I must have been asleep for days And moving lips to breathe her name I opened up my eyes And found myself alone, alone, alone above a raging sea That stole the only girl I loved and drowned her deep inside of me
2.
715 CRΣΣKS 02:36
Down along the creek I remember something Her, the heron hurried away When first I breached that last Sunday Low moon, don the yellow road I remember something That leaving wasn't easing all that heaving in my vines And as certain it is evening 'at is NOW is not the Time Toiling with your blood I remember something In B, un—rationed kissing on a night second to last Finding both your hands as second sun came past the glass And oh, I know it felt right and I had you in my grasp Oh then, how we gonna cry? Cause it once might not mean something? Love, a second glance, it is not something that we'll need Honey, understand that I have been left here in the reeds But all I'm trying to do is get my feet out from the crease And I see you Turn around, you're my A Team Turn around, now you're my A Team God damn, turn around now You're my A Team
3.
The low, electric glow – static snows in the lobby Dull TV, magazines, waiting rooms can't hide me From the sting, paper sheets, bloodwork and the IV And the whirring machines while the nurses reassure me: This will be quick and easy, I'm not gonna feel a thing Lie and say it'll be alright, like a stray falling asleep 'Cause I'm so good at hurting myself Pulse is slow, faint metronome on my left side beneath my protruding spine You can hardly hear at night White flag, blindfold covering my sunken eyes And a line of rifles aimed at my sick mind 'Cause I'm so good at hurting myself
4.
Hilary 03:39
Hillary, I am still breathing Just in case you were feeling inclined To think some about me, hope it’s true But I’m still on your mind I guess the years piled between us were such that But sometimes they seemed To prop up those doubtful thoughts I mean, was it all just a dream? And Hillary, my heart is still beating Although I can’t say for sure And if age is some kind of disease well then, then you are the cure And maybe you’re too young to realize and it’s nothing that we, that we tend to confess But you see, no one gets through this life Without making a mess No one gets through this life without making a mess And even if deep, in all our deepest of hearts We know we did our best, our best Still no one gets through this life Without making a mess, a mess No one gets through this life without making a mess No one gets through this life without making a mess
5.
I am a man. I am self aware. Everywhere I go, you're always right there with me. I flirted with you all my life Even kissed you once or twice To this day I swear it was nice. But clearly, I was not ready. When you touched a friend of mine I thought I would loose my mind. But I found out with time, That really, i was not ready. Oh death, oh death, oh death. Really, I'm not ready. Of death you hinder me. Death makes those dear to me. Tease me with your sweet relief. You're cool, and you are constant. When my mom was cancer sick, She fought but then succumb to it. But you made her beg for it, Lord Jesus, I am not ready. Oh death, oh death, oh death. Really I'm not ready.
6.
Oh I must say, my hearts on fire since I've been away, since I last saw your face. Oh Come what may, it'll all get right and lonely old nights will be a thing in the past. All I wish is you to sleep as sound as your eyes and as sweet. I wish you to know I believe that your company leaves me right as rain. Oh I must say, my hearts on fire but I don't mind the pain, you're far worth the pain. For now, I wish you to sleep as sound as your eyes and as sweet. I wish you to know I believe that your company leaves me right as rain. Leaves me right as rain. After all, I wish you would sleep as sound as your eyes and as sweet. I wish you to know I believe that your company leaves me right as rain. Leaves me right as rain. Leaves me right as rain.
7.
And I gave my hand to the Fates And they took me around They showed me the Seven Wonders The sights and the sounds There was a man with cinders for eyes There was a girl with a dress made of flies And there's a reason There's a reason And it's love that's tearing them down And it's love that turns them around Say it is so And the ballroom is filled with the joy Of making old friends And jukebox girls trip the light They wiggle and they bend Blind Joe, he's feeling no pain Sweet Georgia, she dreams of the rain And there's a reason There's a reason And it's love that's tearing them down And it's love that will turn them around Say it is so When the moon follows you where you go And you cannot hide And when voices of doom ring your ears And horsemen do ride May tomorrow the land be anew May every bird sing unto you That's the reason That's the reason That the love that's tearing you down Is the love that will turn you around That the love that's tearing you down Is the love that will turn you around Say it is so
8.
This Light 03:44
Is there something that I should know Some handshake or some secret code To get me through your doorway one more time Is there a button I can press To block out noise from all the rest You're the only sound I need to hear See I'm burning up out here in this light Looked so pretty from the inside, but out here it's too damn bright And your voice sounds so far away, so I respond to the delay And I wait to hear you say to come home Is there a place that I can go To forget the things I've never known Because I don't want to want anymore Is there a dream that I can have Where I don't wake up freezing and sad Or could you show me how to sleep on my back See I'm burning up out here in this light Looked so pretty from the inside, but out here it's too damn bright And your voice sounds so far away, so I respond to the delay And I wait to hear you say to come home I can't always be right there, but I can get there soon I can't always hold your hand, But I will always love you See I'm freezing out here in this light Looked so pretty from the inside, but out here it's too damn bright And your voice sounds so far away, so I respond to the delay And I wait to hear you say to come home.
9.
Clementine 04:47
50 states 50 lines 50 crying all the time's 50 boys 50 lies 50 'i'm gonna change my mind's i changed my mind i changed my mind now i'm feeling different we were young we were young we were young we didn't care is it gone is it gone is it floating in the air? i changed my mind i changed my mind now i'm feeling different all that time, wasted i wish i was a little more delicate i wish my i wish my i wish my i wish my i wish my name was clementine
10.
Holt Boulevard Between Gary and White Hooked up with some friends at the Travelodge Set ourselves up for the night Carpenter ants in the dresser Flies in the screen It will be too late by the time we learn What these cryptic symbols mean And I dreamt of a house Haunted by all you tweakers with your hands out And the headstones climbed up the hills And the headstones climbed up the hills Send somebody out for soda Comb through the carpet for clues Reflective tape on our sweatpants Big holes in our shoes Every couple minutes someone says he can't stand it any more Laugh lines on our faces Scale maps of the ocean floor And I dreamt of a camera Pointing out from inside the televsion And the aperture yawning and blinking And the headstones climbed up the hills If anybody comes to see me Tell 'em they just missed me by a minute If anybody comes in to our room while we're asleep I hope they incinerate everybody in it And I dreamt of a factory Where they manufactured what I needed Using shiny new machines And the headstones climbed up the hills

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released June 30, 2013

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