Following the Landslide

by Lucas Miré

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released 23 April 2013
All songs written by Lucas Miré

Featuring Edie Carey, Girlyman, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Bo Shell

// Produced by Brian Slusher & Lucas Miré
// Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Brian Slusher
// Design by Bo Shell & Lucas Miré
// Photography by Stephanie Richardson

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Track Name: Going
covered in debris
bombshells of reverie
detonate and explode on repeat

so this is how it goes
garden snake was a garden hose
I was only five or six whole years old

I was warned of boundaries
said, “this is you and this is me.”
wrapped in skin through which none of us
can break free

so we look opaque in light
turn translucent if tended right
still what’s real seems only so in
hindsight

and even gravity is learned
as I dangle sideways, taciturn
circling a dying sun
well, it barely burns

still it isn’t a defeat
I believe that totally
because even as the light that shone on you
was dimming

we were golden, golden
and you were going
golden, golden
and you were going

and I never knew
oh i never knew
no I never, never, no,
I never knew

oh, I never, never knew
no I never, never knew
i never, never, no,
well, I never knew

that we were golden
and it was golden
til you were going

(and i never, never knew)
golden
(no, I never, never knew)
‘til you were going
and you were gone...
Track Name: Let It Break
there’s always been a crack
a tiny edge running through me and you
from front to back
zigzagging side to side
the way i deny that
we’re unsolvable mysteries
if i can push aside my doubts
and the ways you lie to me
If I brave a step closer
will the bottom drop out?

every time, again....
you say, “oh my love,
you know that’s not what I meant”
hope is in our grasp
but when my heart’s at stake
you just let it...

I’m an expert at defending you
to myself and to all my friends
It’s just that I really thought
that you and i
we could untangle the knots
before we reached our rope’s end
‘cause this love is true
i can see you don’t believe in it
so i can’t believe in you
and I finally shut the door
still you push on through

every time, again....
you say, “oh my love,
you know that’s not what I meant”
Hope is in our grasp
but when my heart’s at stake
you just let it...

and if there’s any bitterness
it’s just i resent you more because
for now, more or less
you’re the one thing in this life
of which I was sure
and then there’s that you
with both hands untied
and, oh, wide awake
what did you do?
when my heart was at stake
you just let it break

every time, again...
you say, “oh my love,
you know that’s not what I meant"
hope is in our grasp.
but then it falls away

every single time, again
I say “bless my soul
I know we won’t recover from this”
hope is out of grasp
‘cause when my heart’s at stake
you just let it break
Track Name: Here
turning pages in this book
i wouldn't have made it past chapter three
without these scars on me

nearly 40 years it took
funny how I could never see
sinking in could set me free

and despite all the mistakes I’ve made
I'm still OK

and I'm here
yeah, I'm right here
and it's so surreal
‘cause the door's wide open
i'm not going
I'm staying here
not spinning my wheels
I'm feeling what I feel
and this fear is real
I'm still right here

desperate for attention
I used to have my pick of loves
but it was never enough

and if you came too close
that's what would really scare me the most
"why do you want to know?"

and even when i'm a mess
I can love myself

‘cause I'm here
yeah, I'm right here
and it's so surreal
I’m not getting my way
I'm still staying right here
not spinning my wheels
feeling what I feel
and this fear is real
and I'm still right here....

and I'm not going anywhere
and you can count on me
cause there’s no place on earth
I would rather be instead
I'm in tuning in to
really listen and be seen

and now I'm basking in the clarity
of just being me

CHORUS

I’m wide open
and I am right
here
Track Name: Comes & Goes
well, I can't give it up
and I can't get my way
again, I've finally had enough
but this winter, it never stays

‘cause it comes and goes

and I can't make it stop
I could bleed out at this rate
apply pressure right to the top
'til your memory leaves a stain

'cause it comes and goes

yeah, it comes and goes
yeah, it comes and goes
and goes

has it really been years
since I've seen your face?
pictures come so clear
before they fade

it takes guts just to outgrow
what it robs me to believe
sometimes I just want to keep you close
but I find I don't have the strength

the strength comes and goes

it comes and goes
it comes and goes
and goes

and then I'm in your arms
just a little boy child
I will come to no harm
is the light you shine

the light comes and goes

it comes and goes
comes and goes

stay
won’t you stay?
won’t you stay?
Track Name: Blood On Your Hands (with Edie Carey)
there's blood on your hands
I could never keep
your mood upbeat enough
or my record clean
with your heart keeping score
in red, invisible ink
every time I moved

and I don't understand
who's the victim now
you just wanted in
before the other got out
now you're all over town
just laying it down
for any fool

but you'll never find it
when you're that desperate

you left a bad taste in my mouth
'cause you were the last one I'd ever doubt
you left a bad taste in my mouth
and you know it's you

I never lied to you
and I'll be damned
you held the bird
you crushed it in your little hands
when my back was turned
you got your big laugh
hey, but I'm not your fool

if you can't see
you're your own worst enemy

chorus

oh, god, it’s you
and you know the truth

and my birthday was fine
not that you would ask
you said we'd be friends
but that faded fast
like a finger-drawn heart
in our breath on glass
and our best laid plans

‘cause you loved me first
but I loved you last

and that left a bad taste in my mouth
'cause you were the last one I'd ever doubt
you left a bad taste in my mouth
and you know it's you

oh, god, it's you
it’s you, oh, god, it’s you
it’s you

and you know the truth
you know the truth
and you should have stood up for me
you should have stood up for me
for you

but there's blood on your hands now
(so much)
there’s blood on your hands
I'm not bleeding, no, no I’m not bleeding
(i’m not bleeding)
but there's blood on your hands
your hands, your hands
my blood
Track Name: Blue Ink (with Lucy Wainwright Roche)
read your horoscope in the paper
the stars say you might fall in love
all this distance might make it feel safer
but you know I could never get close enough

i re-read that card you gave me
you wrote me the sweetest things in blue ink
i keep thinking you might be the one to come and save me
but, first, let’s have another drink
first things first, let's have another drink

because you take me as I am
you do that for me when I can't myself
and one of these days it’ll all fall in line
‘til then I'm following the landslide

and I woke up as you were leaving
and who the hell is supposed to know what that means
all I know is we're flesh and blood
we’re skin and bones
we’re scars and possibilities
I think these scars are my possibilities

so, when i told you that lie
I couldn't face my truth
when i stopped, looked around, and said
this can't be my life
I was using you as proof
I think you’ll always be some kind of proof

because you take me as I am
you do that for me when I can't myself
one of these days, it’ll all fall in line
‘til then I'm following the landslide
it’s you and me in the landslide

because you take me as I am
you do that for me when I can't myself
one of these days, it’ll all fall in line
‘til then I'm following the landslide
it’s just you and me in the landslide
this is a song from the landslide

blue ink made me think about everything
blue ink can make me want to cry
blue ink made me think about everything
blue ink and all the chances gone by
blue ink and you and me in the landslide

blue ink made me think about everything
blue ink can make me want to turn back time
blue ink made me think about everything
blue ink, I know we'll never say goodbye
it’s blue ink and you and me in the landslide
it’s blue ink you and me in the landslide
it’s blue ink you and me in the landslide

read your horoscope in the paper today
the stars say you might fall in love again
with me
Track Name: ILY (with Girlyman)
wake up here in your bed
I can't believe what you said
then I get home, I’m back alone
yet still with you
on this ringing phone

and you said,
“I love you”

a few years on, a plane in flight
you take my hand, “it'll be alright”
sofa wars, hidden scars
is this how the end gets its start?

but still we said,
“I love you”

sacre coeur, bursting forth
you said you loved me more than I ever could know
with hands that hold and mouths that kiss
who could ever want more than this?
when heaven's right at our door
we won’t let it in
heaven’s right at our door

but the world it turns and so do we
from us to me - I'm alone, not lonely
your love goes on to someone new
but what we had is somehow just as true

but now you tell him,
“I love you”

(wake up here, in your bed, i can't believe...)
I love you
(then I get home, I'm back alone, yet still with you...

and I still say
I love you
(few years on, plane in flight, you take my hand...)

‘cause it will always be true
I will love you
(sofa wars, hidden scars...)

I'm wide open
I’m so open
Track Name: My Mother's Only Daughter
one more thing to forget
shred my emotional evidence
tell me would you regret the night
if we had never met?

one more truth to invent
one more fish to reel in
one more way to pretend
this all means something

talk to me like I care
touch me like I'm really there
and I guess all I've ever learned
is that there's nothing as bad as being
alone in this world…
except wishing you were

one more thing for re-sale
one more way you learned to bail
one more dog wagged by its tail
into a busy street

one more man turned sour
meet me for unhappy hour
nothing can stop my flower
from blooming through concrete

chorus

one more love story truncated
will this emptiness ever be sated?
I hate being so complicated
but, hey man, oh, that's just how I am

so go, take it as far as you can
but I'm going to stay where I am
‘cause I can't be led like a lamb
to another slaughter
like I'm my mother's only daughter
like I'm my mother's only daughter
I’m not my mother's only daughter….

chorus

one more thing to forget
shred this emotional evidence
tell me would you regret the night
if we had never met?
Track Name: Rings (feat. Bo Shell)
winter should be over by now
a chill still lingers, it's april's end
I pull on my coat, it’s my favorite one

and we should be over by now
strings still linger, let's not pretend
I pull on your heart, it’s my favorite one
it's my favorite one

and I still wear your ring when I get lonely
and I fall into so many things without knowing
my heart is going blind: because it’s the same place
but it’s a different time…

I am my father’s son
a truth cut in two still feels like one
and, oh god, when I was confused,
oh, how I’d run
but now that's through

CHORUS

I close the door with our room behind it
I put away anything in your handwriting
I turn back the clock and all of its bad timing
and I forget the things you just couldn't say...

ao if it’s all the same
I think it's all the same
Track Name: You Don't Know
Gonna sit myself down
Gonna give myself a good talking to this time
Gonna turn this ship around
because it’s just the right thing to do
no no no no no more excuses
but you can listen in if you want to
but i warn you I might get curious
and not defensive
and maybe I’ll just notice what’s going on
and maybe you’ll get pensive
when you hear me say

Chorus
You don’t know how much I need you
You don’t know how much you mean, do you, to me
no no no no no no

I keep the lights down low
So you don’t have to see my face
if you decide to go
And we break our own hearts these days
anyway
over and over and
over and over and over
and over and over
but it’s OK,
because I’m finally OK
being me and alone, me and alone
being alone, being alone is OK
so you can go or you can stay
but there’s no trap door this time...

You don’t know how much I need you
You don’t know how much you mean, do you, to me
You don’t know how much I bleed for you
but I’m finally coming clean
You don’t know how much i grieve
I grieve, I grieve, I grieve for us
I grieve for us...

so please please please

Can we talk about something else other than us?
Can we talk about, can we talk about something else than all this stuff?
Can we talk about, can we talk about something else than what we lost?
Can we talk about, can we talk about something else than who’s to blame for this mess?
Can we talk about something else, can we talk about something else?
Can we talk about something else, can we talk about something else?
Can we talk about something else, can we talk about something else?
and just fix this?

Get off our asses and just fix this...

You don’t know how much I need you everyday of the week
You don’t know how much you mean, do you, to me
no no no no no no
You don’t know how much I bleed for you, but I’m finally coming clean, oh
You don’t know how much I believe in us
I believe, I believe, I believe in us...
I believe in us...
I believe in us...

So I sat myself down
and gave myself a good talking to this time
Track Name: Gone
I keep looking at the sky
I keep staring at the sky
and no matter how bright the sun
is when it shines
when you’re gone, you’re gone, gone

I keep staring at the chair
I keep watching the chair
but no matter how many times
you’ve been sitting there
when you’re gone, you’re gone, gone
when you’re gone, you’re gone, gone

I keep looking at the phone
I keep checking on my phone
and no matter how many times
it’s told me you’d be coming home
when you’re gone, you’re gone, gone

I keep watching the glass
I keep tipping back my glass
and tonight no matter much wine
between my lips comes to pass
when you’re gone, you’re gone, gone
when you’re gone, you’re gone, gone

I still love
I believe in love
and I still love
I still love

when you’re gone, gone, gone