Bridges and Empires

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released June 24, 2014

songs written by Robin Rütenberg and Richard Colado

recorded at The Green Shed studio in Jacksonville Beach, FL

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Track Name: Waltz
I listen close to your mouth's opening lines
as they close the curtains of your eyes
the script it took us by surprise
we curtsied early there were no dry eyes

am I right you're right
if there are others then I'm blind
from all the ones I've known
I'll keep you separate
Track Name: Bridges
there was something in that weather when the fire ran wild
all her dreams had locked her out until she left the window sill
ginger heart of the old sailor home is in your pocket
when the offer came to place the blame nobody threw the dice

was it to much for you to come home
is it to much for you to leave me alone
instead of pretending your a ghost

there's a girl you used to know
she had golden curls
oh and she did love but
she did hold a grudge she'd never show
seldom you look this way
and I cannot be blameless
now the tide has turned
the sea it churns up relics of the war

was it to much for you to come home
is it to much for you to leave me alone
instead of pretending your a ghost

i don't owe you anything
you don't owe me anything
what is done is all done
we are empty in the sun
Track Name: Empire
well the day ran away with me now
and I buried my eyes in a cloud
she spoke through the noise and the horde
removed arrows I didn't know I wore
but I wanted to need
and your room always smelt so sweet
but the blisters I never recall
as we paint our own gods on the wall

call me a fool
for loving you when I'm not trying to
I haven't been sleeping for
obvious reasons
save all your goodness for
one worth receiving

I hope you sleep well
when you get there

did I play a similar part
in the phrase we both spoke with our hearts
I don't care but please whisper now
was that city I saw just a town
did the lights sing a bloody roar
with the songs of all the lovers from before
or did I compose this dream
out of something you've never seen

call me a fool
for loving you when I'm not trying to
I haven't been sleeping for
obvious reasons
save all your goodness for
one worth receiving

I hope you sleep well
when you get there
Track Name: Failed Sun
I see it in your eyes
I hear it in the words
that fall out of your mouth

I wonder what you think
about before you sleep
and why you set alarms

the space between us is
a quiet avalanche
I can feel its weight

like all we've ever known
and all we've never owned
added up the same way

I'll meet you there
in the space between
not quite strangers
where our eyes meet

time is a pious rogue
that steals all you can show
no need to wave goodbye
my failed sun

I'll meet you there
in the space between
not quite strangers
where our eyes meet
Track Name: Centimeter
morning lifts her heavy head
and questions where her night just went
it's no good
the way she treats herself
all the sheets turned from the bed
in piles neither one of them read
it's no good
the story writes itself

we're shuffling about in centimeters
perpetuating
no one gives an inch

he walks on the balance beam
of her spine beneath his feet
it's no good
the way she placed herself
I don't wanna play your game
I win I come out just the same
it's no good
I'll just please myself

are we writing to remember
(the stories always stay the same)
are we writing to erase
(we only change the dates and names)
was it really worth remembering
forget as soon as soon as I lay down my pen

the stories always stay the same
we only change the dates and names
Track Name: Faults In Motion
she said you were no answer
just a ball and just a tether
we had our rounds and now the
schoolyard game well it is over
it was grand really
but the feeling it is fleeting
and I don't recall if it had meaning

promises are best with blood
no one ever calls this our time
so I learned to draw these models
and clock in late for the hero
remedies for hungry kings
the queen wants a new unicorn
while the bridge lies quiet and halfway built
I am drunk on guilt

he said we'd find the answer
if we just kept searching
as he sifted out the words
that fit each sermon
you can tailor readings
but the truth is fleeting
and this leaves me wondering
if it ran off long ago
Track Name: Ulysses
I'm not alone
I found this whisper of you
underneath my skin
see your reflection living in my wild eyes
naked courage

send for my soul
when the doctor rolled you in I lost my coat
and I can't stand to see
Ulysses on his knees
please don't let me bleed
leave that for our enemies

walk to the beach
on the windy morning
5th of July
we made a game of looking through the treasure trash
I've been trying to get back

you gave me gold
the kind of gold that no one ever gave to you
the gold that echoes back
a million years ago
there's voices in our blood
that only speak to us
Track Name: Boring
somethin' stuck in my eye and I'm feeling lost
it must be something that I ate
I eat my shadow now I'm trashed
you tell me something else
explain why I can't see a damn thing
now I'm OK
everything starts to clear up
spent the night drinking gas out of paper bags
now i got a job pays for something
pays for nothing

well I'm boring
don't have nothing
to do
yeah I'm boring
I'll come and sit around with you

yeah I'm boring
don't have nothing
to do
yeah I'm boring
I'll come and sit around with you
yeah with you