LYRICS

 

 

 

 

WALK IN THE DARK - Lyrics

 

A Little Room (Rob Lutes) 

Why’d come back so soon?
I was not ready for you
I was only starting to find a little room

I can’t even hold you with my eyes
I’ve got no disguise

Did you ever get to a place?
Too many walls too little space
Too many things that you'd like to erase

My heart doesn’t ever tell me lies
But my head sure tries

When you were on that western ocean
I turned things around and around
I've been alone so long
I can't take that rumbling sound
Of the footsteps you make
They cause a groundswell of fear
And those footsteps you make keep coming down

I dreamed I was a half a mile away from your house
23 and longing for your mouth
I'm a million miles away from that now

I was a child alone and free
You were dark and sweet

When you were on that western ocean
I turned things around and around
I've been alone so long
I can't take that rumbling sound
Of the footsteps you make
They cause a groundswell of fear
They're like the footsteps he made coming down

 

There's No Way to Tell You That Tonight (Rob Lutes) 

James Cotton stepped on stage
And his band began to play 
The shoreline slipped away that night 
Cruising up that coast
I was missing you the most
But his song was very clear, said it's alright 

His guitar player smiled
Skipped a stone a million miles
And James Cotton raised his eyes to the right 
Fanned the heat out wide
We all drifted on that tide
And let go 'til the land was out of sight 

And he took us down 
To the holy ground
And I understood the world in black and white
It's a rolling tear
How I love you dear
But there's no way to tell you that tonight 

The whole room was on fire
And my heart was pure desire
And that band answered every prayer on time
So I put it out this way 
There's no future or past today 
And James Cotton put this song inside my mind

And he took us down 
To the holy ground
And I understood the world in black and white
It's a rolling tear
How I love you dear
But there's no way to tell you that tonight 
There's no way to tell you that tonight 

 

Pumping Love (Rob Lutes) 

Get out of your brain 
There's only darkness on that sea tonight 
Hold up your heart
It's gonna give you just a little light 

We are caught in the middle
And we gotta find a way to smile
You can dance in the riddle
You gotta find a station on the dial 

That's pumping love, pumping love pumping 
Pumping love, pumping love, pumping love

Flat out for years, trying to get a good seat in the sun 
Flat broke in tears, now the fear has got you on the run 
You can shake off those shivers
There is a remedy to the pain 
The radio always delivers
And it'll get your heart to groove again 

Pumping love, pumping love, pumping love
Pumping love, pumping love, pumping love

Pumping love down the side of every hill
Pumping love when the night is cold and still 
Pumping love into every vein 
Pumping love that's as sweet as sugarcane
Pumping love, when you need it bad
Like the finest lover that you ever had

Why suffer now, if you remember what can bring you joy
Takes no know-how, just be a baby with a favourite toy
Turn it on in the evening, let the song whisper in your ear
You will soon be receiving, the only reason that you're even here

Is Pumping love, pumping love, pumping love
Pumping love, pumping love, pumping love
Pumping love, pumping love, pumping love 

 

I Am the Blues (Rob Lutes) 

When you shoulda known better but you weren’t watching carefully
And your life and your love are tumbling into the sea
When everthing is blowing up, and it was you who lit the fuse
That’s when I show up, I am the blues

When heartache and hunger are holding you by the hand
And you're lost in a world that you do not understand
When the morning comes, you’re reaching for a bottle of booze
That’s my warning son, I am the blues

I am the blues like the moon shining in your mind
I am the whisper of the truth, underneath the whine

And I’ll stay with you baby, no I never really disappear
Even when you’re poor,in pain, or sick with debilitating fear
I'll call you home, with a little piece of good news
You’re not alone, I am the blues
You’re not alone, I am the blues

 

Whistling Past the Graveyard (Rob Lutes/Dale Boyle) 

Doesn’t take long ’til the full moon is long gone
When your shadow disappears, it’s like you were never here at all

That’s when the night came across
And your mind sank low, as you tally up the cost

Of the things we didn’t say
Whistling past the graveyard
And all our friends were whistling too
Could’ve found each other in the dark
But we didn’t try too hard
When all we ever wanted
Was to cut the night in two

Now it’s raining hard as hell
I’m still waiting for the ice to melt
Hoping that this flood
Is gonna free my feet from the mud

Before the night comes across
And my mind sinks low as I tally up the cost

Of the things we didn’t say
Whistling past the graveyard
And the whole damn world is whistling too
We could have found each other in the dark
But we didn’t try too hard
When all we ever really wanted
Was to cut the night in two
I want to cut the night in two

 

Walk in the Dark (Rob Lutes/Monique Riedel)

Come out with me where the old dogs bark
What is life but a walk in the dark
They never caught us but they rattled our hearts
What is life but a walk in the dark

We had to find our way
We had to get lost some day
Racing down the boulevard
Stranded in our own backyard

We're just shadows moving through an empty park
What is life but a walk in the dark
We blew on the fire and we made some sparks
What is life but a walk in the dark

You go so far from home
And you get chilled to the bone
Searching for familiar light
Out beneath the stars at night

Living down here is an imperfect art
What is live but a walk in the dark
We hold it together and we fall apart
What is life but a walk in the dark

But won't you turn around
Look at all the love we found
Surely we can raise a smile
And carry on for one more mile

 

Rabbit (Rob Lutes/Dale Boyle) 

Running like a rabbit from a hedge to a hole
Fear is  a hungry habit, that's hard to control
Diving in a burrow, lying in a furrow, all you want to do is hide

Flitting and flying like a moth to a fire
Flapping in a fog of unremitting desire
Never face the quiet on my diet of flickers and flames

Ain't it funny, this life is free
But we will not let it be
We could float down river with love in mind
We chase the shadows 'til we're almost blind

Crawling like a rat, trying to get out of a maze
Get a sniff of liberation but it never stays
I hit this lever to cure my fever 'til it comes around again 

Ain't it funny, this life is free
But it seems so hard to see
We could float down river, really know our minds
We chase the shadows 'til we're almost blind

Now I'm a mighty lion, I got the world by the tail
Never stop to question, I'm not allowed to fail
It's just pride that keeps me tied like a dog on a chain

Ain't it funny, this life is free
But we will not let it be
We could float down river with love in mind
We chase the shadows 'til we're almost blind

 

Bigger (Rob Lutes)

You kind of came to me like light
Gave me your breath in the middle of the night
Laid out like angels in a sanctuary site

Cause if there’s tension, well there’s no trigger
So there’s no wrong end of the gun
No evil demons or tired old ghostly figures
It’s just one on one

And every day my heart gets bigger
It’s like I’ve opened up and paused
And this whole world seems different than it was

Happy when I meet you in the morning
And I drop all my storylines
I know love is dangerous but I do not heed the warnings
Or the fearfull signs

And everyday my heart gets bigger
It's like I’ve opened up and paused
I hope I never shake these shivers
You have caused

And every day my heart gets bigger
It’s like I’ve opened up and paused
And this whole world is different than it was

 

Hardest Thing of All (Rob Lutes) 

Riding around, looking at all the thing you find around you
I've been there myself, I know it's a hard thing to do
Walking away can take more guts than staying and seeing things through
And sometimes it's the right thing to do 

But the hardest thing of all
Is to stay at home
Knowing that you're somewhere out there
And you're all alone

You're constantly changed, your heart's not ripped out but it's lost and reclaimed
As new joys appear while other ones slowly fade into the gray
It's a normal exchange but I have to tell myself that everyday 
'Cause I miss you baby, and tonight, I'd say

The hardest thing of all
Is to stay at home
Knowing that you're somewhere out there
And you're on your own

The hardest thing of all
Is to stay at home
Knowing that you're somewhere out there
And you're not along 
No you're not alone

 

Believe in Something (Rob Lutes) 

I’m lying here baby
Lying in the snow 
And it feels just like the winter is all I know 
I get cranked up or I get lazy 
It get a crust or a little glow
But I’m ready to leave it all, it’s just a show 

Chorus 
If you believe in something 
That’s somewhere out in time 
You’re bound to chase that dragon up the vine 
You’ll see it in the evening
When you head takes up some wine
Always thinking that you’re gonna be the next one standing in line  

You’re love is like a blanket
Make it big as it can be
Let any body’s soul come on inside
It’ll be all that remains
Of the one you let them see
Don’t let it be the one thing that you learn to hide


Do you believe in something,  
That’s somewhere out in time 
You’ll never see the road for all the signs 
Take a step back in the evening
When you feel you’re in a bind 
Remember just to smile and watch your mind

Bless the windstorms that wake me
As they blow, my flag unfurls
And freedom takes me out for a little twirl
It’s a lifeline in this hazy
Aching endless world 
You are humble when you find that little pearl 


 

Better Past (Rob Lutes)

Get yourself up to dance, let your tight grip go kinda light
There’s a brand new stance and some words that we could recite
Forgive forgive, time is moving fast
You got to give up hope of a better past
Life's a short song baby, show your moves off tonight

There’s a brand new view with those dark glasses off your eyes
And a brand new you that lives, it don’t philosophize
Forgive, forgive, when days are overcast
You got to give up hope of a better past.
And those clouds are gonna clear and show you the beautiful blue skies

Hallelujah, I swear I’m telling it true
I wouldn’t fool ya, it’s what the world wants you to do

Because when the end comes near, we got to let go anyway
Love will speak my dear, will you hear what it has to say?
Forgive, forgive, you can end your fast
You got to give up hope of a better past
The hardest part baby is to get out of your own way

Hallelujah, I swear I’m telling it true
Forgiveness will sooth ya, it’ll make you feel almost brand new

Get yourself up to dance, let your feet get funky on the floor
Give your soul a chance, let your sunken spirit soar
Forgive forgive, time is moving fast, you got to give up hope of a better past
Let’s leave it tonight baby, I’ll be waiting by the kitchen door
Ahh, let's leave tonight baby, I'll be waiting by the kitchen door

 

 

 

 

 

THE BRAVEST BIRDS - LYRICS


The Ship That Sails Today (Rob Lutes)

Across the great emotion of a tantalizing shift
Beyond the murky ocean lies the undecided’s gift
For drifting on an inkling like the chandelier that sways
On the ship that sails today

And for a sailor’s heart that looks out far from the coast
A deeper vision lingers long enough to raise a toast
To all the bravest birds who flew beside you all the way
On the ship that sails today

And with your soul in motion like the wind across your brow
A ripple of devotion to the air that's flowing now
No greater the horizon than the sting of salty spray
On the ship that sails today

BRIDGE
Walking across a parking lot
Lost in thought, you feel a drop of rain
Head turned to the sky tonight
You realize that nothing is quite the same

Another morning silence and another crack of day
Flickers on the water like a fireworks display
Time is moving forwards, there will be no delay
On the ship that sails today



Things We Didn’t Choose (Rob Lutes)

Light it up and let it burn
Put on your party hat
It’s not the time to be concerned
Or measure where we’re at
Let’s build a fire with what you want
And what I’d hate to lose
Cause you know how we find ourselves in the things we didn’t choose

We were born to love and dream
But we had to duke it out
The joy that burst out at our seams
Was paralyzed with doubt
Flat out freedom was the goal
But we learned to love the blues
Well you know how we find ourselves in the things we didn’t choose

BRIDGE
We find ourselves in hell
We find ourselves at home
We find ourselves far off the river we swore would be our own

We find ourselves in love
We find ourselves in loss
We find ourselves amazed at just how strong we were to finally get across

Turn around and look at me
I’m just like way back then
It’s not a trick of memory
This love is happening again
Where it leads we cannot know
We just follow all of the clues
Well you know how we find ourselves in the things we didn’t choose



Take It Nice (Rob Lutes/Monique Riedel)

Take it nice take it slow
Take it just like an evening stroll
Don’t scramble up the ladder everyday
Sometimes you gotta walk on by with no regrets to pay

Show your smile, feel your bones
Treasure things nobody owns
And stretch your mind across the doubts that stay
Teach your heart to dance the dark away

CHORUS
Look up to the mountains where the fire burns at night
Go down where the water runs with ease
Walk in the creaking forest, just beyond your sight
You’re in a world where wonders never cease

Tune your dial to the happy tunes
Bloom your prettiest flower blooms
And lose yourself like a little child at play
You gotta turn your face toward the sun today

CHORUS
Look up to the mountains where the fire burns at night
Go down where the water runs with ease
Walk in the creaking forest, just outside of site
You’re in a world where wonders never cease

We all get a lucky break
Each morning that we’re wide awake
Put your worries down, let it blow a kiss your way
You just might find a little bit of joy today



Still Dark (Rob Lutes)

Awoken by memories that I can’t erase
I know there’s no point but I still state my case
As I pace across the dusty floor of my brain
Still dark, still night I’ll go to bed again

It was a flickering scene that I couldn’t make right
Lost on the trail of your whispering flight
I'm so tired of feeling things I can’t explain
Still dark, still night I’ll go to bed again

You’re something that caught in my heart like a bird
I wish that wind could explain it in words
To the blood that’s howling through my veins
Still dark, still night I’ll go to bed again

And let the cold night pass away
The cold night pass away
The cold night pass away

And in dreams you’ll take me back to the evening
Take me back to the dance and we’ll sway
And hold me like you didn’t mean it, no, no
You didn’t mean to take my heart away

Now I’m living on fumes that I brought from the past
The future’s a shadow I mix in a glass
With a furious mind that writes down these refrains 
It's still dark, it's still night I’ll go to bed again

I'm not sitting waiting for you to arrive
I’m singing this song just to help me survive
Til tomorrow, where the sun already heals your pain
Here it's still dark, it's still night I’ll go to bed again

And in dreams you’ll take me back to the evening
Take me back to the dance and we’ll sway
And hold me like, you didn’t mean it, no
You didn’t mean to take my heart away

Oh, soon there’ll be flickering fire in the east
And even a chance I’ll find me some peace
But right now, I kind of want to let you drive me insane
It's still dark, still night I’ll go to bed again



Floating (Rob Lutes)

She walks down through the shadows just before the sky turns black
Beside the water’s edge she lets the robe fall down her back
Wades into the silky dusk light off the old boat shack

Crawling through the shallows, the earth crumbles in her hands
She cracks the chilly stillness as she glides away from land
Out towards the middle she lets her lungs expand

No burning doubt
No thoughts about
Floating

BRIDGE
Out into the flow
Carried on the sound
Someday she may know
Tonight she is unbound

She listens to the movement deep within the wooded hills
Never felt so alive, never felt so still
She lets her head fall back and the world be what it will

All the weight
Dissipates
Floating

BRIDGE

She walks up through the shadows now, follows the well-worn tracks
Peer in through the kitchen window, feels the water still on her back
A little light spills out the door, she left it open just a crack



Glory (Rob Lutes)

Sun at the bridge as the earliest stars
Dangle their feet on the sand
We’re lined up like holes in a hollow jar
To catch all the night that we can

But these evening breezes that bring us the chills
And the fragrance of fire on the mist
The longing and laughter that breathe in these hills
No one can hold in their fist

Glory glory hallelujah
Glory glory hallelujah Amen

When you’re strong enough, you can leave it alone
And to your own nature confide
Through willows and winters and wanders back home
With the moon and your mind at your side

Glory Glory hallelujah, amen

And then we will take our rest when the scenery shifts
All our stories still float on that sea
They’ll carry us out and we’ll merrily drift
Where it’s just like we dreamed it would be

Glory glory hallelujah Amen



The Tree (Rob Lutes)

You're out in the distance
And I’m the path of least resistance
But I gotta find a better way tell you how I feel
Feelings don’t meet words
On remotely equal terms
One uncovers what the other would conceal

If I could have you near me, well I'd open up my arms
And let my endless words float into space
But since you’re far from me, I'll put them out for you to see
Like a line of stars across the heavens you can trace

There’s a lake out in the woods
About an hour north of here
And a tree that stands at one end on the shore
With two trunks that separate
About halfway up and take
Two different angles outward from the core

But the branches do embrace
At the top they are as one
And I have come to see us in that way
Flying to the moon
Through the giddiness and gloom
To lie together on the dark side of the day

SOLO

So take all the time you need
If your distance will recede
I'll be keeping myself rooted over here
Saving up the steam
From the heat of every dream
So I can show you just how much I love you dear

And if you do decide
That you’ll be here by my side
We embrace the chilly wind and head up north
To that lake out in the woods
You know it would do us good
To watch those tall trees swaying back and forth

To the lake out in the woods
You know it just might do us good
To watch those tall trees swaying back and forth



Ithaca Waterfall (Rob Lutes/Dale Boyle)

Ice recedes, streams give way
Down the Ithaca waterfall

The banks erode, nothing holds
Back the Ithaca waterfall

Climb the rocks, feel the pull
Of the Ithaca waterfall

Some will weep and stand beneath
The Ithaca waterfall


Nothing heals like the constant flow of water on the land
When your heart is almost dry, you’re gonna understand

Why they come and gaze upon
The Ithaca waterfall

Solo

If you cross, don’t look down
The Ithaca Waterfall

Some get lost, some get found
The Ithaca Waterfall

Nothing heals like the constant flow of water on the land
When your heart is almost dry you’re gonna understand

Why they come and gaze upon
The Ithaca waterfall



It’s Not Over (Rob Lutes)

It’s not over ’til it’s over
It’s not even over then
As far as we can travel
Our love will never end

We don’t need a shepherd
To show the way back home
We have a love that follows
Everywhere we roam

To pick us up, when we fall
Soft like sand is the world where we belong
And there’s a cool and healing breeze
Like the touch of your hand
It puts my heart at ease d

You’ve shown me something I did not know
How to find a love and then make it grow
You don’t hold on too tight but you don’t let go
No we don’t let go
Don’t let go

The waves are ever-landing
They crash and disappear
Your brave understanding
Helps me make it through down here

We might cross some raging waters
And struggle on through some gales
But we will feel a calm descending
With a love that will not fail


It picks us up baby when we fall
Soft like sand is the world where we belong
And there’s a cool and healing breeze
The gentle touch of my hand
Will put your heart at ease



As My Heart Will Allow (Rob Lutes)

You got a face that I can’t shake
And I want to understand
Why things are built and laid to waste
And the water shapes the land

Dressed up relic, cold eyes cast
On the dying autumn light
Looking for someone to pass me
Fire in the night

Faded boat lies in that field
Nothing it can tell
About the wounds the water healed
Or the lives that knew it well

And when the land is locked in ice
The whole world waits to play
Just because things don’t feel nice
Does it mean you lost you’ve lost your way

BRIDGE
But I’d sure like to know
Why’s the devil always go
Swinging through my mind
On a rope of jungle vine
There’s better bells to hear
But they don’t ring out so clear
Still I listen everyday

I notice you now that you’re not around
And you will not stop by
And I’m too old to chase you down
Too cold to tell you why

But if things are made to be set free
One day I’ll find out how
To look on as amusedly
As my heart will allow
To look on as amusedly
As my heart will allow



Look Out Boy (Rob Lutes/Dale Boyle)

Look away and you look out far
Look out on a distant star
Look out boy, you’re not even in your head

Your mind is out on the run
Your eyes are burned by the desert sun
Look out boy, you might have been mislead

Look out for your station sign
Look out when you’re in your prime
Look out boy there’s so much left unsaid

You have everything you need
It’s inside you like a seed
Though they tell you that it is not so

Look out far and you look out wide
Look out when you feel your pride
Look out boy, the sky is turning red

 

Truth & Fiction, Ride the Shadows, Middle Ground, Gravity coming soon