Appalachia

I went down to Carolina
and I swam in foggy mountains
the blue-eyed peaks they were watching
as I knelt down to the ground

and I sought resolution
so I wandered through the weeds
and I wondered
where your feet had carried you to lately

and I drove that blue-grey road
and I kept the wheel straight and true
though my shoulders shook and my knees did quake
I kept my hands steady and still

Appalachia show me home

I went down to Carolina
and I swam in foggy mountains
the blue-eyed peaks they were watching
as I knelt down to the ground

Appalachia show me home

 
 

Borderline

my love lives by the river, far across the town I go out late to meet him, to the water we go down
hand in hand we swim a steady line
my lover sings to me across the borderline

my lover is a handsome man, he's dark and he is wild
the girls all watch him sweetly and they pull him with their guile
but oh, his eyes are always locked in mine
my lover sings to me across the borderline

oh my lover is not steady, no courting man is he
while others call more constantly, he never chases me
he pays no mind to passing marks of time
but he still sings to me across the borderline

my lover is a rambler, I cannot keep him here
but though he’s on the highway, his heart is always near
late at night he's drinking blood red wine
and singing soft to me across the borderline

 
 

Goldenrod

goldenrod, growing tall, will you stand beside me
as the winds roll in and the waters rise, will you keep my heart afloat

the sun pours over us, in fields of what we think we know
I walk in strength my love, with the spirit of what we'll always hold

goldenrod, growing tall, are you here beside me
as the winds sing high, and the waters roar, I will keep my head above

the sun pours over us, in fields of what we think we know
I walk in strength my love, with the spirit of what we'll always hold

goldenrod, growing tall, will you remain beside me
as the light falls low in the changing sky, will I know my home again
I will know my home again

 
 

Honey & Fire

where are you now
I can't hear you
are you just there
over the hill
hidden by the grass

the crow flies overhead
circling around
I'll keep on sending out
my honey and my fire

do you hear my words
send some kind of sign
oh dear one
do you recall
what we used to sing

the sun dies for the night
and the crow keeps talking
I'll keep on sending out
my honey and my fire

by the watch of the crow memories beneath my collarbones the ache of the pressing

where are you now
I can't hear you
are you just there
over the hill
hidden by the grass

the crow flies overhead
circling around
I'll keep on sending out
my honey and my fire

 
 

Little Bird

little bird, little bird, tell me what you've seen
what's out there in the great wide world, tell me where you've been

mama, oh mama, I've been traveling far
I've been wandering over the ocean, under the moon and starts

little bird, little bird, what do the people say
did they greet you tenderly as you went on your way

mama, oh mama, some of them were kind
but some were carrying too much pain to give me any mind

oh, my sweet little bird, tell me about your heart
how did it fare on the winding road did you leave behind a part

mama, oh mama, my heart is sad and worn
it's all in pieces out in the world, left me here alone

little bird, little bird, what will you do now
will you take what you have learned and write your story down

mama, oh mama, I’ll take these things I know
I will tell them over again, they’re with me as I go

 
 

Salt

in your dreams of the salt and waves
do you see me there
in your poems and your beach glass home
do you see me there

in the harbor, wooden boats
crystallize and crash
they break together on their own
murmurs of the past

wild abandoned rituals
burning high in the wind
where the ocean takes it all
to the ash, to the sand

waterfalls on silent skin
in the cloudy cove
build a driftwood castle hall
memories unfold

in the fires of cliffs and bones
bear the stirring truth
glowing coals and black blood stones
on the open shoreline

wild abandoned rituals
burning high in the wind
where the ocean takes it all
to the ash, to the sand

in your dreams of the salt and waves
do you see me there
in your poems and your beach glass home
do you see me there

 
 

Shadow

at the end of the day you're too tired for trying
feelings dissipate when your weary body breaks
what's another woman if you're just another woman
yesterday you cared but today it's nothing new
after all you're living in a world that wastes its wonder

they said baby, understand how passion pardons lying
from the doorway they apologize for falling
but they never stick around and you're left to clean alone
working bones that bear the weight of broken trust
wipe your tears so you don't let your muscles rust
what’s another woman if you’re just another woman
take yourself away from the lies you tell each other
spend the end of the day without his shadow in your sheets

don't worry about forgiving don't worry about comparing
another blazing fire burns better far away
what's another woman if you're just another woman
yesterday you cared but today it’s nothing new
after all you’re living in a world that wastes its wonder

at the end of the day you’re too tired for trying
feelings dissipate when your weary body breaks
what's another woman if you're just another woman

what’s another woman if you’re just another woman
take yourself away from the lies you tell each other
spend the end of a day without his shadow in your sheets
on your own you're not another

 
 

Spun Open

my arms grew like trees into your sky
tangled branches, the fire touch of skin on skin

with eyes closed under the starry night
you crept into my bed, my sight is blind with the scent of your smile

and all the while we didn’t know we were spinning
spinning, spinning
do you want that too

time lays on my chest so comfortably
I missed you terribly, your breath in my dreams, ever pulsing seams

with eyes closed under the starry night
you crept into my bed, my sight is blind with the scent of your smile

and all the while we didn’t know we were spinning
spinning, spinning
do you want that too

you grabbed my hand
a shift in sands

and all the while we didn’t know we were spinning
spinning, spinning

and I want that too

 
 

Underground

I want to stay down beneath my feet
underground, ground, ground, underground
and you will see the best parts of me
when the rest stays buried underground

roots above my head
send the sunlight softly
into me, into me underground
and I will send a sprout
to catch the falling raindrops
and then I'll drink them all underground

I want to stay down beneath my feet
underground, ground, ground, underground
and you will see the best parts of me
when the rest stays buried underground

up in the air I'm dry
overexposed, never enough
I like the earth that holds me
I like the soil that molds me
keeping me alive underground

I want to stay down beneath my feet
underground, ground, ground, underground
and you will see the best parts of me
when the rest stays buried underground