Many of you have requested the lyrics for Midnight Eyes, and so here they are:

Leave me dreaming while the stars descend and fade
Castoff wishes fill the void between the grade
Heaven’s an open hand
Closed by a fiery touch
Fear of the wishful mind
Twists in the stars maligned
Burn like a symphony
Caught in comet’s wind
Still-life against the sky;
Razing against the skin
Bye, my dream, the morning has come…
I was taught the gospel
by an engineer who designed me by example
singing hymns of evolution
in which children weigh their measure
on scales that held their fathers
and spend every worthy moment
calling out their numbers
to the butcher selling them by the pound
I tipped the scale, but I was sold
to feed the growing hunger
in a marketplace for the ones too tough to eat
but fit to drink until they were floating
I became a swimmer
while drowning in the womb
grew gills to drink the oxygen like wine
Praise the restless stirring in my soul
Praise the endless turning of my eyes
Praise the darkness coveting the light
Praise the revelation

I blocked the air as it escaped
The frozen lips of my mistakes
(it’s a crime)
My fingers burst to shards of ice
That formed the words of sacrifice
(it’s a crime)

All things in life can be broken down till what you see is:
Saint vs. Sinner.
With every look you choose to play the role that you will portray
Take my eyes, fraught with sight
(you’re not trying to see the light)
(and I wish I could be on your side…)
How I play the villain to the audience of my despair:
Which dream was this: I woke up against your lips
and fell asleep against a wish to never sleep again?
It seems the stream that carries me has twists that I could not forsee
despite my bouts of clarity…
(She’s swimming to the stage…)

Something keeps me hesitating
Although I’ve been waiting, waiting
Waiting for the open door
To show me that it leads to something more
Untouched party invitations
Smoke and mirror decorations
Is there cause for celebrating
As I stand here waiting, waiting?
All your dreams are products of smoke machines
All the doors you walk through you’ve closed before
(No hesitating now)
Destiny: Nothing more than an open door
(Walk through)
Move your feet, your steps make a new beat
And you are dancing now…
Time slips by
The mirror’s shine will fade
But you will grow to be the shine inside
The smoke can’t hide the spirit wanting you to set it free
Once I was a fading child
I’d disappear more every year
Till I could see through my skin
But lost sight of where I begin

Lately there’s a new sensation growing old in the belly of a beast unfed, a hunger bred to hunt for a new way through the needing
Fall away
(down beneath the blood and bones)
Don’t fall away from this plan, too
(keep walking through)
Fall away, don’t fall away from this plan, too
Follow all your prey till the ground divides
When you’re falling down to the base, down to the base you say,
“Oh where do we go from here?”

In the madness I am caught between what to be and what to mean
“All the words lost,” she says, “and I am tied and tortured.
All the words left,” she says, “hard, jaded and absurd,
And when I say I love you, it’s not enough to make things clear,
And when I say I love you, it’s not enough to make things clear.
Walk with me through the debris of a dying tyranny
What’s left to hold on?”
In every story’s end
We turn to start again

Wake to this:
Choking thoughts have blossomed flames
Wake to this:
A paper city falling, charred and grey
I can’t keep staring at the sky
I can’t keep staring at the sky
Close my eyes, but I see the spark from inside
It’s the way I dream you
Between the hills on fire and wish for rain
It’s the way I dream you
Smoke signals rise
Is there any help in sight?
I’ll watch for signs
That the fire’s growing dim
And new life can begin…

Typical of a masquerade
Integral of the unsound braid
Sold on its strength within
As its unraveling
And you cling as it divides
(Better look up before you hit the floor
Had a hold once but you needed more)
What did you want it to be?
Nothing is guaranteed
Made the fall once but it’s not for me now
Made the fall once but it’s not for me now
Hand over hand
Thought that I had a solid hold
But I was not the one who was in control
Hand over hand
Though the rope breaks I cannot be stopped
Strand by strand till I reach the top
Hand over hand

(going and going away)
two steps back to the other side
where I run where I try to hide what I’ve seen in spite
(what I didn’t know)
two steps back to another time
when the mind was a less divine disease to fight
(what I didn’t know)
two steps back to a master plan
sketched on the back of an outstretched hand
fingers fan a failed appeal:
“do not touch the things you cannot feel…”
two steps back to a battle cry
no mercy for the weak who choose to die
two steps back to a future bright
two steps forward into a better light
I’m washing off this skin
don’t let the words sink in
I’m washing off this skin
don’t let the words sink in
do you believe?

Some things don’t seem too good to be true, they just are.
I take it all for granted
and then you take my breath away
(maybe she asked for it)
(you left it all behind)
Don’t you want this? (Suffering)
I should be the way you want me to be
But I just…

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