The Sound (John M. Perkins Blues)

The static comes in slow
You can feel it grow
Our stream of conscience flows
Under the streets below

The rivers made of sound
Still running underground
Runs like a silent flood
We run it thick as blood

Can you hear it rise
Up from the ground
Can't drown it out
Can you hear it now?

Chorus:
This is the sound
Of a heartbeat
This is the sound
From the discontented mouths
Of a haunted nation
We are the voice of breaking
Down
Can you hear me?
This is the sound
Of the desperation bound
By our own collisions
We are the voice of breaking
Down

The static comes alive
Beneath the broken skies
John Perkins said it right
Love is the final fight

Let it rise above
Rise above
There is no song
Louder than love

(chorus)

Let it rise above
Up from the ground
Can't drown it out
Can you hear it now?

This is the sound
Of a heartbeat
This is the sound
From the discontented mouths
Of a haunted nation
We are the voice of breaking
Down
Can you hear me?
This is the sound
Of a desperation bound
By our fallen condition
We are the voice of breaking
Down

This is the sound
This is the sound

Yet

All attempts have failed
All my heads are tails
She's got teary eyes
I've got reasons why

I'm losing ground and gaining speed
I've lost myself or most of me
I'm headed for the final precipice

But you haven't lost me yet
No you haven't lost me yet
I'll sing until my heart caves in
No, you haven't lost me yet

These day pass me by
I dream with open eyes
Nightmares haunt my days
Visions blur my nights

I'm so confused
What's true or false
What's fact or fiction after all
I feel like I'm an apparition's pet

But you haven't lost me yet
No, you haven't lost me yet
I'll run until my heart caves in
No, you haven't lost me yet

If it doesn't break
If it doesn't break
If it doesn't break
If it doesn't break your heart it isn't love
If it doesn't break your heart it's not enough
It's when you're breaking down
With your insides coming out
That's when you find out what your heart is made of

And you haven't lost me yet
No, you haven't lost me yet
I'll sing until my heart caves in
No, you haven't lost me yet
Cause you haven't lost me yet

Sing It Out

I'm on the run
I'm on the ropes this time
Where is my song?
I've lost the song of my soul tonight

Chorus:
Sing it out
Sing it out
Take what is left of me
Make it a melody

Sing it out
Sing out-loud
I can't find the words to sing
You'd be my remedy

My song
My song
I'll sing with what's left of me

Where is the sun?
Feel like a ghost this time
Where have you gone?
I need your breath in my lungs tonight

(chorus)

I'm holding on
I'm holding on to you
My world is wrong
My world is a lie that's come true
And I fall in love with the ones that run me through
When all along all I need is you

(chorus)

Hello Hurricane

I've been watching the skies
They've been turning blood red
Not a doubt in my mind anymore
There's a storm up ahead

Chorus:
Hello hurricane
You're not enough
Hello hurricane
You can't silence my love
I've got doors and windows
Boarded up
All your dead end fury is
Not enough
You can't silence my love

Every thing I have I count as loss
Everything I have is stripped away
Before I started building
I counted up these costs
There's nothing left for you to take away

(chorus)

I'm a fighter fighting for control
I'm a fighter fighting for my soul
Everything inside of me surrenders
You can't silence my love

(chorus)

Hello Hurricane
All songs written by Jon Foreman, except "Mess of Me", "The Sound (John M Perkins' Blues)", "Enough To Let Me Go", "Hello Hurricane", "Yet", "Sing It Out", and "Red Eyes" written by Jon Foreman and Tim Foreman and "Your Love Is A Song" written by Jon Foreman and Mike Elizondo. ©2009
Needle and Haystack Life

The world begins
With newborn skin
We are right now

You're a needle girl
In a haystack world
We are right now

You breathe it in
The highs and lows
We call it living

Chorus:
In this needle and haystack life
I've found miracles there in your eyes
It's no accident we're here tonight
We are once in a lifetime

No, don't let go
Don't give up hope
All is forgiven

You breathe it in
You breathe it in
We call it living

(chorus)

All is not lost
All is not lost
Become who you are
It happens once in a lifetime

Mess of Me

I am my own affliction
I am my own disease
There ain't no drug that they can sell
There ain't no drug to make me well

There ain't no drug
There ain't no drug
It's not enough
The sickness is myself

Chorus:
I've made a mess of me
I want to get back the rest of me
I've made a mess of me
I want to spend the rest of my life alive

We lock our souls in cages
We hide inside our shells
It's hard to free the ones you love
When you can't forgive yourself

There ain't no drug
There ain't no drug
There ain't no drug
The sickness is myself

(chorus)

And there ain't no drug
There ain't no drug
There ain't no drug
No drug to make me well

There ain't no drug
There's not enough
I'm breaking up
The sickness is myself
The sickness is myself

(chorus)

I've made a mess of me
I want to reverse this tragedy
I've made a mess of me
I want to spend the rest of my life alive

Your Love is a Song

I hear you breathing in
Another day begins

The stars are falling out
My dreams are fading now, fading out

I've been keeping my eyes wide open
I've been keeping my eyes wide open

Chorus:
Your love is a symphony
All around me
Running through me

Your love is a melody
Underneath me
Running to me

All your love is a song

The dawn is fire bright
Against the city lights

The clouds are glowing now
The moon is blacking out

So I've been keeping my mind wide open
I've been keeping my mind wide open

(chorus)

Your love is a song
Your love is a song

Your love is a song
Your love is strong

With my eyes wide open
I've got my eyes wide open
I've been keeping my hopes unbroken

(chorus)

Your love is my remedy
All your love is a song

Enough To Let Me Go

Oh
I'm a wandering soul
I'm still walking the line that leads me home
Alone
All I know
I still got mountains to climb
On my own
On my own

Chorus:
Do you love me enough to let me go?
Do you love me enough to let me go?
To let me follow through
To let me fall for you, my love
Do you love me enough to let me go?

Back from the dead of winter
Back from the dead and all our leaves are dry
You’re so beautiful, tonight

Back from the dead we went through
Back from the dead and both our tongues are tied
You look beautiful tonight

But every seed dies before it grows

(chorus)

Breathe it in
And let it go
Every breath you take is not yours to own
It's not yours to hold
Do you love me enough to let me go?

(chorus)

Free

I've got my back against the wall
But I still hear the blue sky call

The chains that hold me back inside
Are the prisons of my mind

Chorus:
Free,
Come set me free
Down on my knees
I still believe you could save me from me
Come set me free
Come set me free
Inside this shell
There's a prison cell

I try to live the light of day
Why would I do what I hate

But when I try to reach above
I only hurt the ones I love

(chorus)

There's a hole in the neighborhood
Where the shadows fall

there's a hole in my heart but my hope
is not in me at all

I had a dream that my chains were broken
broken, broken, open

(chorus)

Always

This is the start
This is your heart
This is the day you were born
This is the sun
These are your lungs
This is the day you were born

And I am always, always, always yours
And I am always, always, always yours

These are the scars
Deep in your heart
This is the place you were born
This is the hole
Where most of your soul
Comes ripping out
From the places you've been torn

And it is always, always, always yours
But I am always, I'm always, I'm always yours

Hallelujah!
I'm caving in
Hallelujah!
I'm in love again
Hallelujah!
I'm a wretched man
Hallelujah!
Every breath is a second chance

And it is always, always, always yours
And I am always, I'm always, always yours

I am always yours
I'm yours
I am always yours

Bullet Soul

I want to sing one for all the dreamers
I'm singing this one for the sparks
Here's one for the friction makers
We are the bleeding hearts
Don't care whoever you are

Chorus:
We rise and fall together
Our hearts still beat below
You can't stand by forever
You're a kid with a bullet soul
Are you ready to go?

I want to turn up the radiation
I want to glow in the dark
Love is the one true innovation
Love is the only art
Don't let 'em blow it apart

(chorus)

We are the children of the scar
I want to start from the start

(chorus)

Are you ready to go?

Red Eyes

What are you waiting for,
The day is gone?
I said I'm waiting for dawn

What are you aiming for
Out here alone?
I said I'm aiming for home

Holding on, holding on

Chorus:
With red eyes
What are you looking for?
With red eyes
Red eyes

All of my days are spent
Within this skin
Within this cage that I'm in

Nowhere feels safe to me
Nowhere feels home
Even in crowds I'm alone

Holding on, I'm holding on

(chorus)

Every now and then I see you dreaming
Every now and then I see you cry
Every now and then I see you reaching,
Reaching for the other side
What are you waiting for?

(chorus)

What are you waiting for?

In this needle and haystack life
I've found miracles there in your eyes
It's no accident we're here tonight
We are once in a lifetime
We are once in a lifetime

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