Medicine Sword

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released November 1, 2015

Record by Will Klingenmeier
Produced by Randall Kent and White Flashes
Strings performed by Brett Omara

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Track Name: Medicine Sword
Medicine Sword
Separate the flesh from me
And purify the blood I bleed
So I forget

This lost cause
A stone you tied around my neck
They pushed me off the ship and sent
Me to the depths

This young wound
Is singing on a balcony
The people at the party leave
So upset

I wanna run but I don't know where to go
The house is burning but you can't see through the smoke
I get the feeling that you're waiting
To come with me
I'm not afraid of the distance or the wild
It's not a secret that we've felt this for some time
I get the feeling that we're falling
So come with me

We feel the rope with our open hands
And then we start to swing on it
When we believe what we can't understand
The floor drops out from underneath us
We could live off the ocean air
If we could find a way to get there
We feel the weight of our heavy lives
Melt away like snow in sunshine

I wanna run but I don't know where to go
The house is burning but you can't see through the smoke
I get the feeling that you're waiting
To come with me
I'm not afraid of the distance or the wild
It's not a secret that we've felt this for some time
I get the feeling that we're falling
So come with me
Track Name: A Shadow Doused in Flames
A Shadow Doused In Flames

Met a holy ghost
I even shook its hand
We built a bridge to the coast
Over desert sand
Underneath the waves
Hung a midnight grace
We were lost in a dream
Mercy was currency

Oh, oh oh

It it quiet here
We hardly speak
And in the dark I can see it
A shadow doused in flames

Oh, oh oh

A thousand years going by in just one day
We run through fields blindfolded
We feel nothing

Oh, oh oh
Track Name: Hot Blood Shaking in a Cage
Told them it was time attached
This could be another trick
We caught you sleeping on the forest floor
Thirty miles off the interstate
Hot blood shaking in a cage
Killing time that I can't shake
If there is any good in you, won't you show me now
And maybe we'll be friends

We drank down everything we could
Cut loose like a sheet in a storm
If there is nothing to look forward to
We might as well take the burden off
Hot blood shaking in a cage
Killing time that I can't shake
If there is any good in you, won't you show me now
And maybe we'll be friends

I don't want to be the one
That always has to lift you out
Of the cold that you've been ambling through

We can learn to swallow doubt
And make it do whatever we want
Baby, we will pull right through
Track Name: Hurricane
We saw some holy people walk out
Preaching on the lawns and the gardens to the faithful
Some knife was playing on a big stage
Strumming all the right chords for a good mood

Down in the canyon all through the night
Ten thousand lives I've lived singing side by side
Why won't you let me break your heart?
See the light of day drifting through the dark
And I know that everything is falling off
Maybe it's better to cope instead of fighting it
Why won't you let me break your heart
And see the light of day drifting through the dark

I sipped my hurricane and waited
For my thoughts to turn vicious
I kept quite calm and clever
But you got up to dance without me

Down in the canyon all through the night
Ten thousand lives I've lived singing side by side
Why won't you let me break your heart?
See the light of day drifting through the dark
And I know that everything is falling off
Maybe it's better to cope instead of fighting it
Why won't you let me break your heart
And see the light of day drifting through the dark

And then the people started to leave
So I kissed your blushing cheek
Let's keep it good and simple
Track Name: Vacations
Holy death
Can't you wait
For the young
To have their say
By the time that we think to run
It's too late and our body's crumble
Just like quiet buildings at the dusk

In my mind
There's a place
Clean and sure like an easy day
So sorry that I left you out
I didn't think that you could last here
Living in a cold so pristine

Does it tear you up
To think of what you'd do
To stave off loss

All this complaining
Like workers saving
Up for vacations
To lush destinations

Future wound
Sacred past
I'd forgive you but it wouldn't last
Admit it, you are just as scared as me
To lose life and find out what it means to fall asleep and not wake up

I can't stop shaking at
The restless thought of you
And all I've lost

All this complaining
Like workers saving
Up for vacations
To lush destinations