the way: home​/​back to life

by matt graham

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released June 5, 2009

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Track Name: Now I know
I thought I could just go it alone
Be fine
Be someone no one knows
But now I know
That the darkness is cold and
I can't make it without love
Track Name: the train dancer
he's coming to town
he's coming on a train
he's got a song in his heart
it's got a new refrain
he's got a melody
on a baby grand
he's got a bottle full of controversy
in his hand
his leather is wrinkled
his boot bottom thin
there will not be no close-up
he's abolished the lens

so buy a ticket to see him
before he goes away
he's only passing through
he's coming on a train

he's the one in the hat
he's the one in the know
he's got a brand new record out
he's a seven man show
he'll sing you a new one
when you requested the old
he'll play you a blue one
when you want rock and roll

he's got the voice of demon
a thousand voices strong
he's the chant of the legion
marching marching marching marching marching
marching on

so buy a ticket to see him
before he's in his grave
he's only passing through
he's coming on a train

his time is not long now
and his body is weak
so hand in your ticket
and go watch the geek
Track Name: a horse named faith
our crippled steed we usher
with our empty inside hands
we lead him through the forest
of all the questions in our heads
is faith a sway-backed gelding
overdue to be put down?
he carried us so far
now we walk him home

but the walking slowed us down
in slowing down we found the keys
that we could not see while we were
mounted high above
and galloping over
these knee-high fields of honesty

sometimes the best choice is choosing
sometimes the best move is just moving
i'd like to see the best-laid plans
but all the endings that i've known
were those of books and songs

sometimes the best choice is choosing
sometimes the best move is just moving
i'll keep reading right along
turning these pages on and on
and every moment that i'm gone
i'll know the future
i gotta keep moving on
i gotta keep singing walking songs
and every moment that i'm gone
i'm one step closer to home

Faith is a woman i trust
faith is a way of life
to which i will not soon adjust
faith is a horse
who needs a bullet in his head
so he can learn to use his heart
instead
Track Name: Still in the Fight
a thousand times we've gone to war
we've gone all to pieces a thousand more
we all fell asleep
we dug to the core
where we found ourselves
wanting more

we got drunk on that saving blood
we got stuck in that pig-sty mud
dad came out and there we stood
come find us now

we fell all to pieces
we all fell asleep

we're still in the fight
come find us now
Track Name: another year
must i wait for you
right here right now?
i bear this curse
and i must move
at the speed of time

i can't wait another year
i can't wait another year
i can't wait another year
i can't wait
for you

i'll make myself a machine
to take me back to you
it's made of memories
i hope it can get me through

i can't wait another year
i can't wait another year
i can't wait another year
i can't wait
for you

we travel through space at the speed of time

i can't wait for you
Track Name: i kept
i kept time
i kept an ear to the ground
i kept my head up high
i kept my nose to the grind stone
i kept my figure in my old age
i kept a watchful eye
i kept the faith

i tried and i tried
but i could not keep you

i kept my mouth shut
i kept your secrets safe
i kept a watchful eye
i kept up the pace
i kept the bed made
i kept a made up mind
i kept the faith
i kept a watchful eye

i tried and i tried
but i could not forget you

no
Track Name: turn the darkness
take me to the place where you grew up
i'm talking about the house with all the ghosts
open every single door
swing wide the windows
let a little light inside

turn the darkness with a spade
lay your secrets down on me

my heart your heart
two sould one life
my lips your ears
the truth in light
we're gonna take the way home back to life
it's a weak way that is strong

turn the darkness with a spade
lay your secrets down on me

home
make your home with me

turn the darkness with a spade
i'll take your secrets to my grave
Track Name: second floor
our bed is on the second floor
i've never been to sleep before
i know you had to go on up
and soon
so soon
i'll be lying next to you

i can't go up until my time arrives
so i'll sit here and bide my time
on the long couch in the soul of night
i've got the blues
the television light

our bed is on the second floor
i've never been to sleep before
i know you had to go on up
and soon
so soon
i'll be lying next to you
i'll be lying next to

the creaking stairs were calling me
i swore it was your voice
"baby?" was all they said
it's all you ever needed to

i know you're out there
i want to be where
i can feel your heartbeat
next to mine
my memory is fading
i'm tired of waiting
i need to rest outside of time

i'll be lying next to you
Track Name: she's coming back
she left this town six months ago last summer
she left us cold cause it was winter in her soul
she cut me off six months prior to leaving
and she drove alone cause that's exactly how she felt
her mouth was sick of smiling
and she was tired of all the lying
cause nobody wants to hear when you're not fine
we wouldn't listen when she told us she was drowning
so she set sail for seas with storms that raged
more like the ones inside

when you don't know what to do
and you don't know who you are
knowing what not to do and who you're not
is winning half the war
she's winning half the war

cause she's coming back to tell me that she's crazy
she's coming back
and it's the best news that i've heard
she's coming back into the light that makes
her darkness run and hide
she's coming back in a weak way that is strong

all her sisters friends are alcoholics
cause alcoholics never stop being alcoholics
they anniversiary sobriety alcoholics
it's no excuse to drink
it's just a part of who they are

hello, my name is all of us
and i'm a criminal

and my friend
she's got a mean case of ups and downs
we're not proud of these
we just want to be honest
cause being phony nearly killed her
and it ran her out of town

but she's coming back to tell me that she's crazy
she's coming back
and it's the best news that i've heard
she's coming back into the light that makes
her darkness run and hide
she's coming back in a weak way that is strong

come on back home