Atomic Number

(L. Veirs, k. lang and N. Case)


I’m not the freckled maid

I’m not the fair-haired girl

I’m not a pail of milk for you to spoil


Why are the wholesome things

The ones we make obscene?


Latin words across my heart

Symbols of infinity

Elements so pure

Atomic number


I am the spark

Of this machine

Purring like the city bus


Why are the wholesome things

The ones we make obscene?


Well if your mercy’s lost

I have enough for us


Latin words across my heart

Symbols of infinity

Elements so pure

Atomic number



Honey and Smoke

(L. Veirs and k. lang)


I watch as they dance with you

I watch as they sing to you

I watch as they pour

Honey in your ear


Like moths with their tattered wings

Swing back into your flame again

But dear

There’s nothing for you here


But I know

It’s all honey and smoke

They don’t really love you

Like I do


Unaware

Of just how beautiful you are

From within

Uncontainable

Exquisite to the detail

It hypnotizes people

Robs them of their social graces

Swarming to your glow

Fanning with phrases


But I know

It’s all honey and smoke

They don’t really love you

Like I do


I watch as they sing to you

I watch as they dance with you

I watch as they pour

Honey in your ear



Song for Judee

(L. Veirs)


You wrote 'The Kiss' it is beautiful

I can listen again and again

You never really got a break

From the car wrecks and the pain


You loved the sons of the pioneers

And the Hollywood cowboy stars

You were just trying

To put a hand to where we are


Living in a 55 cadillac

Five people sleep in shifts

Robbing liquor stores and going back

With the cash and rolling in it


You loved the sons of the pioneers

And the Hollywood cowboy stars

You were just trying

To put a hand to where we are


You never talked about your past

About the drugs and walking the streets

They found you with a needle in your arm

Beloved books strewn 'round at your feet


You loved the sons of the pioneers

And the Hollywood cowboy stars

You were just trying

To put a hand to where we are



Blue Fires

(L. Veirs and k. lang)


Why does the heart of the flame burn blue?

Why do January cherries bloom?


Why do blue fires burn in me

Yet not in you?


How can the prairie flocks keep their courses true

And navigate the stars as they do?


How do blue fires burn in me

Yet not in you?


You tell me you’re here

Your words are like fumes

They just disappear

Now all of the heat’s

Rushing out of the room


The hottest part of the flame burns blue

January cherries bloom


Blue fires burn in me

Yet not in you



Delirium

(L. Veirs, k. lang and N. Case)


I kissed you in the morning

But only in my mind’s eye

The sunlight rolls along your sleeping dunes

The smell upon your skin is fireworks


Delirium, delirium

Kaleidoscoping in

Could you love me too?

In my delirium


The lions of the lamps coming filing in

Pacing through the still around the bed

Halos of their royal breathing

Break like waves across the ceiling

In your dreams do you know

I’m the only thing between you

And this heartbreak feeling?


Delirium, delirium

Kaleidoscoping in

Could you love me too?

In my delirium


Is it still the morning?

We left no trail of time

You’re camouflaged so fate can’t

Take you from my


Delirium, delirium

Kaleidoscoping in

Could you love me too?

In my delirium



Greens of June

(L. Veirs)


Just in a moment

Everything’s changed

My dark disposition

Has been rearranged

Oh what was I thinking

Out there on the ledge

Your steady eyes pull me

Straight back from the edge


And all the greens of june

Come blowing through the door

They make me wanna live

Like I never did before


From the oriental rug

You meet my gaze

And all my desperation

Retreats into the haze

The lilacs in the vase

Still got their life

Quiet witnesses

Perfume the light


And all the greens of june

Come blowing through the door

They make me wanna live

Like I never did before


Just in a moment

Everything’s changed

My dark disposition

Has been rearranged



Behind the Armory

(L. Veirs, k. lang and N. Case)


Flies in amber sand in soap

Air trapped in the glass

Tongue tied I cut and run

Fleeing ever faster


Behind the armory

I will never let you see

Behind the armory

Still I want you to love me


Sleeping giant joan of arc

Fold me in your grace

From the garbage to the stars

Make new constellations


Behind the armory

Still I want you to love me


Through the vines and the street

Slants the light and the heat

As narrow as the archer’s window grows

But it’s a rare stone

In a century’s thrown to me


Through the vines from the street

Slants the light and the heat

As narrow as the archer’s window grows

Behind the armory

I will never let you see

Behind the armory

Still I want you to love me



Best Kept Secret

(L. Veirs)


In December I was lost in

Darkness that I couldn’t shake

I called you in California

And you answered right away


You were working at the table

That your father made

You were gonna teach guitar

To half the kids across LA


Oh you’re the best kept secret in Silverlake


I talked about my misery

You called it pain of pain

How we let it pile on

Until we go insane


Oh you’re the best kept secret in Silverlake


Oh you can sing and you can really play

You’re the real thing, your heart’s in the right place


When we hung up I was lifted

Turned my head up to the rain

Shortest day of winter

But the light found me again


Oh you’re the best kept secret in Silverlak


Oh you can sing and you can really play

You’re the real thing, your heart’s in the right place


Oh you’re the best kept secret in Silverlake



1,000 Miles Away

(L. Veirs)

I’m out in the cold

I see in your window

The music’s on

I’m watching you sway

Just yesterday

In February’s dark

We watched the stars

Explode until day came


How can you stand right there

And be a thousand miles away?

A thousand miles away


I saw a light in your eyes

It was the animal kind

All fierce and bright

Now every color fades

I’m out in the snow

In your golden glow

I feel no heat

From my feet up to my face


How can you stand right there

And be a thousand miles away?

A thousand miles away



Supermoon

(L. Veirs and N. Case)


Supermoon

Where all the diamond deals are made

We never used to live this long

We’re pioneers my dear press on, move along

And if my smile seems painted on once in a while

I can count on you to notice and to take me out


Would you like to start a river

And ride it like a painted carousel

Our life savings aren’t enough

We’ll have to lobby hard and make it up

Make it up


Supermoon

We never used to live this long

We’re pioneers my dear

Pioneers we’re pressing on, move along

And if my smile

Seems straight as the Tropic of Cancer it’s because

Nature isn’t magic it’s just a mystery to us


Would you like to start a river…


Tell me if you feel it and we’ll mine it to reveal it

From the dams up to the turbines

We’re running much too hard to meter


Would you like to start a river…



Down I-5

(L. Veirs and N. Case)


Driving down I-5

I don’t ever want to die

Cuz I’d no more get to see

All this beauty passing by me


Laundry on the line

Truckers passing on the right

Every color on the wind

You know you’re living if you’ve sinned


Down I-5, down I-5


My shoulder’s burning in the window

I should roll it up I know

I pass the signs that promise hell

But they don’t know me at all


Some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to endless night

Born to endless night


But for now all is well

I see the horses on the hill

I smell the cut grass on the air

I feel the wind hot in my hair


Down I-5, down I-5


Some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to endless night

Cruel hoax and lightning strikes

I’ve tasted both they are the same

Into each other turn again


Driving down I-5

I don’t ever want to die

Cuz I’d no more get to see

All this beauty passing by me



Georgia Stars

(L. Veirs and k. lang)


We took a trip my Georgia and me

Up through the wild strawberries

Up past the river running loud

We pitched a tent above the clouds


Georgia Georgia

can you hear me calling in the grave

Alone in fields all frozen

Tiger eyes you stop and gaze

At the stars going blue

my Georgia I still love you…


Great bear dog bull flying fish

Scorpion peacock make your wish

Pleiades sisters seven on high

Singing in the heaven’s silver light


Ah-ha-ha you showed me the stars

Ah-ha-ha wherever you are


Georgia Georgia

can you hear me calling in the grave

Alone in fields all frozen

Tiger eyes you stop and gaze

At the stars going blue

my Georgia I still love you…


Ah-ha-ha you showed me the stars

Ah-ha-ha wherever you are



I Want To Be Here

(L. Veirs, k. lang and N. Case)

I just want

I wanna be here with you

Not bracing for what comes next

I’ve got some new words

I can see sideways

If there’s a limit

It hasn’t found me yet


My friend is an artist

Doesn’t fit in

Lost a front tooth

Can’t keep a job

But the things you make

Are so beautiful

They bring me joy

Don’t you ever stop


The hungry fools

Who rule the world can’t catch us

Surely they can’t ruin everything


I just want

I wanna be here with you…


The hungry fools

Who rule the world can’t catch us

Surely they can’t ruin everything


I just want

I wanna be here with you…



Why Do We Fight

(L. Veirs and k. lang)


I can meet you in the ring

Where the sweat and punches fly

I can meet you in the ring

Where one of us is bound to cry


Why do we fight?...


How can a love this pure and true

Have me falling through the ropes?

How can this love make me so cruel

To lose your faith to lose your hope?


Why do we fight?...


Let’s face up to the fact

That face down on the mat

Won’t solve this or anybody else’s fight

It’s not hard to figure out

There’s no victory in doubt


Why do we fight?...