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The Hollow

THE HOLLOW

They told me drink until she's pretty enough
Drink until she's the wine on your tongue
Kiss to forget, sleep when you're dead
Love when you're young and it matters

They told me breathe her like second-hand smoke
Let her stain your hands and seep in your clothes
Dance to remind yourself that you're dying
And honey that I'm no different

Cause we're always waiting to kiss till the sun's down
Never looking into each other's eyes
If you are the hollow then I'll be an echoing sound
If you're darkness I'm drawn to the night

Are we nothing but swings at a park
Just kids making out in the dark
Hiding from war we claim to fight for
One another

You're like fireflies trapped in a jar
You're a prison without any bars
You make me alone
You're soft like a stone
Hitting the water

Cause we're always waiting to kiss till the sun's down
Never looking into each other's eyes
If you are the hollow then I'll be an echoing sound
If you're darkness I'm drawn to the night

Are you still feeling empty tonight?
Are you kissing me so I'll quit asking you
Why you look sad
If you'd want to come back here in the morning

Cause Darlin' I'd kiss you in the broad daylight
Take a long hard look in your eyes
You are the hollow to echo a head full of songs
You're the darkness where I found the light

 

ROCKING CHAIR

Pull this old rocking chair apart
Arm from arm
Till all its memories are gone

Sell the house I played in as a child
Behind the walls beneath the tile
There's no longer place for us

If home is where your heart is
Home for me does not exist
If love is like a family
I'll spend my days fatherless

Write your name in ink under my skin
Cause the mark you left is permanent
Always fading never gone

For every dollar you should not have spent
There are words that I should not have spent
You're the cussing in my songs

If home is where your heart is
Home for me does not exist
If love is like a family
I'll spend my days fatherless

Pull this old rocking chair apart
Arm from arm
Till all our memories are gone

 

FALSE PROFITS

I've spent so much time breathing
Highway air and cigarette ash
That the color of my blood and the air in my lungs is black

Cause I've tried to find the feelings I want
In money and alcohol, tobacco and lust
I think that I would rather die young
Than live to be old and unloved

I've spent too much time counting
Hours and five dollar bills
Those bright neon signs and the lure of the night
Will someday get me killed


Cause I've tried to find the feelings I want
In money and alcohol, tobacco and lust
I think that I would rather die young
Than live to be old and unloved

Life must be more than the car you drive and the house you buy
Life must mean more than the food you eat and the words you speak
And the clothes you wear, the songs you sing
Your child's first breath, and all thats in between

We're chasing false profits, empty lives and pretty coffins
We're chasing false profits

Cause I've tried to find the feelings I want
In money and alcohol, tobacco and lust
I think that I would rather die young
Than live to be old and unloved

 

MAMA'S TEARS

The greatest fears are the ones you never thought you'd ever have
Wasted years, an attic full of wedding photographs
Mama's Tears, and quiver in her voice as she said

Son, don't you dare think you won't be missed when you're gone
But please be strong, please move on

Circles of prayers sent up through gas station cigars
Every puff, a swirl of doubt and anger in my heart
Mama's love, and quiver in her voice as she looked at me and said

Son, don't you dare think you won't be missed when you're gone
But please be strong, please move on

I know next year when winter ends
We'll cycle 'round in cold, wet death
Perhaps the summer sun could mend
The hole my father never meant to leave

Son, don't you dare think you won't be missed when you're gone
But please be strong, please move on

And don't forget Mama's tears

 

23 YEARS

Was it the aching of your wrists?
Or just because of your weathered eyes?
Was it the shake in your clenching fist
Or the hollow pass of time?

Was it the aging of her hips?
Or the way that my mother always cried?
Was it the taste of another's lips
For which you put down your fight? 

Had you forgotten her long white dress? 
How pretty she looked coming down the aisle?
You asked her to love you, and she said yes
She loved you like a child

Had you forgotten those long hard days
Coming home to your lover every night
She'd wait for you to step off that train
She's been waiting all her life

Love is getting your hands dirty
Love is bleeding all over each other
Love is sharing the same burdens
Love's not living its dying together

I feel the weight of her broken prayer
23 Years pleading for your life
23 years begging you to care
For your tired and lonely wife