Following the Landslide

by Lucas Miré

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1.
05:55
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...
2.
04:28
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
3.
04:03
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
4.
04:29
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?
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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?
9.
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
10.
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
11.
04:47
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

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released April 23, 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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