Best We Can Do

A hairy hoary head before time ever struck in this land

an easy several dozen of us, laid our backs on the sand

we laughed in the sun, had no cell phones nor guns

nobody got paid

A long tricky tale before the tired drivers came on the scene

we had already decided that we'd rather stay green

they'd never seen, minds that stay green

nobody got saved

You come to tell me that's the best we can do

dig a little deeper since you know it ain't true

where you feel warmth, there is bound to be flame

the picture is too big to ever fit in the frame

We were hobbled and corralled with the ghosts of the hosts of the past

force fed signs of every sizing advertising everything that won't last

we've been stoned thru our eyes

in a borrowed disguise

somebody got played 

You come to tell me that's the best we can do

dig a little deeper you know it's not true

where you feel warmth, there is bound to be flame

the picture is too big to ever fit in the frame

We survived and just arrived we saw the naked mystics put on a show

with the real magnetic prophet and his sidekick with the sacred glow

we sold it all for a song, 

and cheep grass for the lawn

somebody got made

You come to tell me that's the best we can do

dig a little deeper, you know it's not true

where you feel warmth, there is bound to be flame

the picture is too big to ever fit in the frame

it's far too big

it's too big

Promises

She comes from a town near the middle of nowhere

far from the glow of the city lights

where the dreams grow slow, wild, and untamed

and the black bear stalks thru the waterfall night

where they laughed at her and said "girl, why are you so serious?" 

"now that your childhood days are gone" 

but her heart was filled with an aching sadness

something inside telling her to move on

She makes no promises

She knows what a promise is

we get so tired at times you know it's been no life of bliss

when you live on promises

She headed for the big town straight out of high school

where she was hoping to start a new life

traded slow days in the heart of the country

traded those days for a fast past life

She holds back a scream when facing the madness

that the world throws down in it's cruel ways

sorts thru her dreams, like the clothes in her suitcase

what to give up, and what will stay

She makes no promises

she looks for where the promise is

we get so dry at times you know it all returns to this

when you're left with promises

She comes from a town near the middle of nowhere

far from the glow of the city lights

where the snowflakes fall, building silent walls

and the bobcat stalks thru the frozen night

Riddle

I’m no good

what does that even mean?

I’ve got scars where my hands 

have been tied to the machine 

I was stolen from nature

but I’m bound to explode

no one can tell me how not to go

 

I’m so hot till I’m cold

there will be stones in my eyes

as the present unfolds

I keep watching the skies

I’m around but I’m square

I’m old but I’m spry

deep down inside 

I can’t help wondering why

 

I’m no good

I’ll be watching you fall

won’t go for a little 

as I’ve come for it all

I suffer terrible visions

you don’t know what I see

there in the dark 

all eyes glued to the screens

 

I’m no good

there is no turning me around

I wear your reflection

you can’t lay me down

I’m an outrageous liar 

I don’t have free will

I die all the time

but I’m living here still

 

i’m the wily serpent 

in the curve of the tree

I’m the maid by the water 

brings her dinner to me

I’m a king in a castle

thinks you’re not even real

the outlaw hunted 

for refusing to kneel

 

I’m no good

I watched the dawning of time

if you’ve read the scrolls

then you’ve heard of my kind

you don’t even know it

let me proffer a clue

when you’re looking at me

you’re only seeing you

 

I’m no good 

I weave a blanket of blindness

don’t you know being nice

is just incompetent kindness

I absorb your weakness 

till I make it my trend

only my victims 

will be known as my friends

 

i’m full of anger and lust

do you find me aloof?

your tribe has estranged me

and I’m living proof

a river of words 

marks the twists of my trail

the root of your weakness

is how deeply you care

 

Im no good

a rare event in the skies

your very own molten

mysterious prize

I can hypnotize nations

put em all in a trance

convince you do

when you don’t have a chance

 

I’m no good

I’m no good

no good

I… 

Mountains

I can see the mountains

When I close my eyes

The mountains that I run to

When I’ve failed for all my tries

There is fire on the mountain

Time records the place

A moment born in time

Even love cannot erase

 

Oh sister of the mountains

Be my sober bride

Take me to the fields of flowers

And show me where to hide

For our introduction

A broken warning bell

Who was I to think that

I could never tell

 

When all 

That we thought we made

Appears so small

Of all that we have loved

All the we have fought for

All which we have made

Seen so far 

Below

 

Flee the burning city

Race the setting sun

No dangers in the canyons

Could ever put me on the run

Flee the flooded valley

The all consuming tide

Raise your gaze up to the heights

Where the soaring eagles ride

So far and so high

They almost reach the sun

Cast their shadows down 

On everyone

Dare to try and reach it

You better dare to reach the peaks

Then name me one thing anyone

Who lives down here would seek

The mountain view exposes 

The valleys hidden lives

An ark of light it traces 

Across these weary eyes

I feel this every evening

And even when I wake

What’s left when it collapses

It that which cannot break

 

When all that we thought we made

Appears so small

All that we have loved

All that we have fought for

All that we have saved

Is seen

So far below

 

The wind upon the summit

So strong it makes you fear

Causes you to question 

All which you held dear

There’s sweetness in these mountains

Few will ever taste

There’s even joy in sorrow 

When the mountain’s laid to waste

 

Refugees Rebuke

Today your life is shining

You are young, you are strong, 

And you're high

 

You’ve been flirting with destruction

In her arms you are not shy

 

Keep dancing with disaster babe

But don’t expect relief 

You can only go so far in this direction

Before you find out what it means

 

So you had to leave your home 

Believe me, I understand

You’re going to need a place to hide soon

You’re going to need a helping hand

 

Don’t bite the hand that helps you babe

Don’t try to pass the blame

You’ve made the move now move on

I’ve had to do the same

 

When you find you’re always losing

And you find yourself on your own

You better take an honest look now

You’ve got to carry it

Or else let it all go

 

In the halls of the sublime

We took the potion passed all time

Watched as the fragments danced

Yesterday tomorrow

We tasted joy and sorrow

Saw they are the same at second glance