All words written by Cody J. Martin
Copyright 2013

All Roads Lead to War

Well, here I go, I'm losin' 
Harm's swift fist has kissed me, now I'm bruisin' 
And bleedin', just crawlin' to your door 
Beggin' please, can I have some more? 

Well, can you hear it comin'? 
The end, it dances to the power lines I'm strummin' 
And it's hummin' the tune taught by the storm 
Singin' please, can I have some more? 

Oh darlin', can I have some more? 
Can I have some more? 
It's like they always say. all roads lead to war 
And it don't matter where you're going when it leads to what laid before Darlin', all roads lead to war 

Well here we go, we're home free 
Don't eat the apples that you pick from the cunt tree 
For the city grows their fruit from trees of Gore 
So Alfred, please can I have some more? 

While here we are, we're cryin' 
Trouble only seems to find us when we're hidin' 
And we're tryin' to whisper 'neath the roar 
Whisper please, can I have some more? 

Oh baby, can I have some more? 
Can I have some more? 
It's like they always say, all roads lead to war 
And it's a'better world a comin' when you're hell bound for the morgue Baby, all roads lead to war (x2) 

Well, here I go I'm sinkin' 
I only find some kind of comfort when I'm drinkin' 
And I'm thinkin' of a good fix four to score 
And seven years ago can I have some more? 

While all this world is broken 
The wrong things were only said when I have spoken 
But I've wrote them and I've felt them to my core 
Writin' please, can I have some more? 

Oh darlin' can I have some more? 
Can I have some more? 
It's like they always say. all roads lead to war 
And it don't matter where you're going when it leads to what laid before Darlin', all roads lead to war


Early Days of June

Lately there's been a hangin' stillness in the wind 
But it's dyin' and it won't be born again 
And lately the sky has turned as sad-eyed as the sin 
That cries the tear drops to be tattooed to my skin 
And I'm just thinkin' down the backroads of my youth 
And I'm walkin' 'bout them early days of june 
And maybe I killed them off a bit too soon 
But there was nothing left to use 

And I'm alright 
Yes, I swear I'm doing fine 
I'll look back only to find 
Why a man is only as strong as his lies 

And never once was the right way to heavy of a road 
For the back that breaks beneath the path it holds 
And now the rains a'screamin' like the silence that arose 
From the bodies of my friends, feedin' the crows 
And I'm just bleedin' every ounce of my doubt 
That their wings have turned my body inside out 
To hide the sun inside and amplify my blackened bowels 
To sound the storm that rings about 

And I'm alright 
Yes, I swear I'm doing fine 
I'll go back only to find 
Why a man is only as strong as his lies 

And I'm alright 
Yes, I swear I'm doing fine 
I'll go back only to find 
Why a man is only as strong as his lies 


Glass On the Wind

Love I've been 
Returned to rainbows end 
Reduced to shreds by all your glass spread out on the wind 
Can't pretend 

That this heart I have 
This locket 'round my neck 
Wasn't stole from you as I flew above your nest 
And you ask: "Could all that you need be found inside my heart?" 
But you know the answer to that 
And I do believe that now there's no turning back 
For all that I need is all I can see when I look at you 

And love it seems 
You'll end my misery 
Or let me slowly drift towards that long eternal stream 
But don't you weep 

Like young hunters do 
When their prey lays strewn 
On lips of love while from your hips you pull your pistol to shoot 
I'm asking you: "Could all that you need be found inside my heart?" And you know the answer is true 
Now there's nowhere left to go and one thing to do 
For all that I need is all I can see when I look at you 

When I look at you I hear the moanin' of the train 
And you whisper dear, you'll be delivered from your pain 
Then you close your eyes and aim to fire at me 
As I'm chained to the corners of your circus ring 
With this locket made of steel kept so well concealed 

No need to run 
From good ends of the gun 
For what you need, babe it ain't always what you want 
And now you've come 

To be the bullets grave 
With every ricochet 
And glass on the wind it blows only when a stolen heart breaks 
When a stolen heart breaks


Hard Blues

Hard blues are all that's left to see 
I feel sick and I'm far too tired to sleep 
It's so quick to trip and fall when the world sits at your feet 
And like all else the pain's been handed down 

And hard blues are the days that end with "why?" 
The answers blowin' in the wind of a different time 
There's nowhere to go now but there's somewhere on my mind 
I hope these streams can save me from this hell 

Cause O lord here it comes again, I'm startin' to doubt 
That I'm understood but not figured out 
And I'm tied down to this dried up creek bed but still I will drown 
I'm only cryin' cause I've got nothin' to cry about 

And hard blues are all that's left to hold 
I've got it all but I have nothing to show 
And you don't know anything until nothing's all you own 
I hope these streams can save me from myself 
Cause I long for something else 

And O lord here it comes again, I'm startin' to doubt 
That I'm understood but not figured out 
And I'm tied down to this dried up creek bed but still I will drown 
I'm only cryin' cause I've got nothin' to cry about 

And it ain't no fever that sickens you of yourself 
And you don't know why but you know it well 
You got no reason for tears but still you cry 
This life you live's a disease that don't heal til you die 

Cause O lord here it comes again, I'm startin' to doubt 
That I'm understood but not figured out 
I'm tied down to this dried up creek bed but still I will drown 
I'm only cryin' cause I've got nothin' to cry about


Lies for the Precious Kind

Well you and all your fears 
I can see them in your eyes 
And whisper lies into your ears 
I was born to steal your heart 

For I am but a thief 
Here to become all your best and leave what's left to no relief 
Yes, I'll split your tears apart 

And there was just no time 
To explain to you a reason or a rhyme 
But I'll borrow all your sorrows 
And through all of your tomorrows I will stay 
And then I'll walk the line 
And there is only one price that you must pay 
I will die for you tomorrow only if you swear to die for me today 

And I, with all I know 
Will burn away my haunted memories with the flame inside your soul As you watch its blackened smoke lead me away 

And I'll be gone riding the wind 
On to another hundred lovers with my lies I must begin 
And you know, it's nothing personal, so they say 

And there was just no time 
To explain to you a reason or a rhyme 
But I'll borrow all your sorrows 
And through all of your tomorrows I will stay 
And then I'll walk the line 
And there is only one price that you must pay 
I will die for you tomorrow only if you swear to die for me today 

And so this song it plays 
And on and on throughout the cross of love and loneliness it stays 
But you know the pain will pass well over time 

And then you will see 
Just like the mirror I reflect on you all the lies I have received 
Over years of dealing with your precious kind 

And there was just no time 
To explain to you a reason or a rhyme 
But I'll borrow all your sorrows 
And through all of your tomorrows I will stay 
And then I'll walk the line 
And there is only one price that you must pay 
I will die for you tomorrow only if you swear to die for me today


No Shadows

Well babe, 
I've been savin' for the rain 
And in the sun you must remain 
Grown hollow, 
This holy eclipse you kiss and follow 
Oh girl, I'm a boy and you're a shadow 
But I love you so 

Well you say, 
That life lays where the sunlight stays 
But oh I suppose those were different days 
For now, 
You thirst for midnight storms and shrouds 
Oh girl, I'm a boy, you're an echo loud 

As I howl to you, 
Be my guardian angel and keep me from the night 
As I trick you into drinkin' from my skies 
Brought you along only to just leave you behind 
And babe there ain't no shadows where there ain't no light 

And by the shade, 
This mask of love hides a scheming face 
But oh, I scheme for to keep you safe 
From the thunder 
That rolls in the darkness and damns asunder 
Oh girl, I'm the boy born to hold you under 

As I cry to you, 
Be my guardian angel-I love you, just sleep tight 
As I trip you to my rivulets of night 
Brought you along only to just leave you behind 
And babe, there ain't no shadows where there ain't no light 

So please go, 
Peacefully to heaven's shores, you're goin' home 
And that's a place I'll never know 
Like you do, oh like you 
Beautiful girl 
If you're sent back to this dark world, come back as me 
And maybe then you'll live to see how much I love you (x2)


Riverside

Well out in the back roads of our yard 
There's a suicide silence that shakes hard through the dark 
And bases ring around the broken hearts 
That you touch to keep safe from my seekin' arms 

So slowly I skip back to riverside 
To the last known place that you had gone to hide 
And tagged me to be chased by dreams to find 
A deliverance from your absence in my eyes 

And by the light the night sky bleeds 
I'll cut my ties and let the water cover me 
And when I've seen you hang by your own tree 
I'll be free from the riverside in me 

Well old friend, like the games we used to play 
In forty corners my call has carved your name 
But you laugh at me like Lazarus fraught with no faith to be raised 
By the shadows drippin' dark from shades of day 

And by the light the night sky bleeds 
I'll cut my ties and let the water cover me 
And when I've seen you hang by your own tree 
I'll be free from the riverside in me (x2)


Somewhere You'd Rather Be

Take me by the hand 
Let us dance while we walk 
Lost inside the tone 
Composed by voices that can't talk 
And take some pictures of me 
While I decide who I am 
And I'll be your little freak 
Dressed in drag and donned in dreams 

And I'll lose myself to 
This life of fun-house mirrors 
Where no one can find me 
But your voice can still kiss my ears 
Cause I'd rather be someone 
Who turns not to see 
So I turn the darkness on 
I found I lost myself in what's already gone 

And I can't perceive 
I'm drunken and drained 
Enslaved to the streets 
Where madly, all of you leap 
Entranced in sequenced carousel kind of scenes 

Where I lost myself 
Sleepwalkin' to the edge of the world 
Where reflections mean nothin' 
But it's good to know that you're still my girl 
Cause I'd love to be someone who lives 
But I'm a no one who looks at life and sees 
No matter where you are there's always somewhere you'd rather be 

Yeah and I'll lose myself to 
This life of fun-house mirrors 
Where no one has found me 
But your voice still kisses my ears 
Cause I'd love to be someone who lives 
But I'm a no one who looks at life and sees 
No matter where you are there's always somewhere you'd rather be 
Yeah, no matter where you are there's always somewhere you'd rather be


To Be a Balloon

You know that I love you and it's true that could never change 
But I feel it's hard to explain, tugged in the altitude 
And blind to the wind you are but are you strung out on its sway?
Oh, there's a sleepin' cloud on the plain that your charade shines through 

But when I feel our hands entwine, well my emptiness inflates 
And this lonesome weight can only lift a heart with no ties to the ground 
But where once you fed the hands of clowns now yourself is all that you feed 
And all you can see is ahead and behind but you forget to look around 

And me, I'm just a balloon 
Tryin' to be a parachute tied to your wrist 
As you slowly float away 

And there was no song to sing in the backwards guitar of your brain 
Oh but the memories just drive you insane and still come in sketches now 
And I watched from the sidelines cryin' as you propelled through your endless parades 
Oh how I wish to just lead you away for kinder stretches now 

But when I feel our strengths combine, well my weakness just grows great 
And I can't penetrate the walls that surround myself when I look in your eyes 
But where once I fed your hands with guidance now I struggle to emulate 
A savin' grace as we move towards the ceiling with the fan blades stuck on high 

And me, I'm just a balloon 
Tryin' to be a parachute tied to your wrist 
As you slowly float away


Tomorrow Is a Brand New Day

Well I feel so tired and oh so low down 
Broken like a bone beneath your stare 
But I still bend backwards on your barbed wire fence 
To watch the sunset paint the night into the air 
But there's somethin' in the silence of the darkened country kindness That makes me want to stay 
For tonight I've failed to win your heart but tomorrow is a brand new day 

And no, I've never called myself a lover 
Maybe just a fighter of the same 
But I couldn't risk to lose all that I had to offer 
Just to live for that lonesome little fame 
And there's somethin' in the violence of the city's killin' sidewalks that's too afraid to chase me away 
For tonight I've failed to win your heart but tomorrow is a brand new day 

And I said, babe 
When that hurtin' gets too strong, will you take my pain 
Will you take my pain away? 
For the sweetest kind of loss 
Is when it is your gain 
When it is your gain 

So when all else is lost darlin' 
I will go back home to the that hole from which I've crawled 
And I guess I oughta know that it takes the feelin' of a broken heart to heal the one you caused 
But there's something in the wind telling me you'll come again 
When the world has switched our plates 
For tonight I've failed to win your heart but tomorrow is a brand new day 

And I said, babe 
When that hurtin' gets too strong, will you take my pain 
Will you take my pain away? 
For the sweetest kind of loss 
Is when it is your gain 
When it is your gain


Turn the Darkness On

So here lays my name 
Laid to rest on a bed of shame 
And I have nothing to say that you haven't heard 
But I turn the darkness on 
To let it shine down on everyone 
In hopes that I hear a voice that fits with my words 

Cause I found life in this place 
When I wrapped my hands all around your waist 
And lynched my dreams from the trees like old tire swings 
And I'm gonna love you until 
Silence sings alongside my will 
For you know all that goes in the fall must come back in the spring 
And my dear, it don't mean a thing 

Say I'm a no one now 
That's all I'll ever be anyhow 
I've only clenched my fist when light danced in my hand 
Just like those silhouettes, that burn on the tips of your cigarettes 
It's something I can only explain as well as you can understand 

That I found life in this place 
When I traced a grin to your grieving face 
Be it Cheshire or Chelsea like garland that hangs from your ears? 
But never mind, lemme love you until 
Stillness runs alongside my heels 
When you look for yourself you may find that all is a mirror 
And it don't mean a thing, my dear


What's Already Gone

You may find me standin' at the end of roads that lead to you 
After giving nothin' of me to be seen 
And babe, there ain't always a reason for the things we aim to do 
It's just a way of workin' out what it all means 

But I just flew in to say goodbye 
A dried up rain drop in my eye 
And nothin' short of words unwed to shame 
But you, you're not proud, are you dear ? 
You look just like you are not here 
And to you, I suppose I look the same 
Yes, I suppose I look the same 

And it ain't tough to be a gambler gazin' through hard lookin' eyes 
When you set the next step of all that you see 
And I guess it's just the foreground of your dwindelin' demise 
Travellin' by boat to the bottom of the sea 

But it's in these hard times that were shown 
If you mind yourself and do your own 
No one will ever wind up ownin' you 
But when it all begins to sink 
And you've forgotten how to think 
I wonder if you'll know just what to do 

Cause oh, my yes 
Everything must carry on 
But why can't we seem to let go 
Of what's already gone? 

So oh my friend, why don't you wake up and put all your dreams to bed? 
And count my failures by the rings around my eyes 
For you know the ides and in-betweens have kept me close to dead 
And now there is no place for me to run and hide 

Now I'm just a lonesome sparrow singin' 
In rib cage frames of burnt out sheds 
And I'll hug your angry pellets when they're fired 
So come on in, let's play for keeps 
You can put my lonely song to sleep 
And I'll love you til my heartbeat has retired 

Cause oh, my yes 
Everything must carry on 
But why can't we seem to let go 
Of what's already gone?


Without You Now

Steal me a wedding ring 
So I can marry to the morning 
And never grow tired of a'wakin' 
When doors of tomorrow swing 
And spring into summersaults that fall to me unhinged 
The winter is what I'll go a chasin' 
For all of these points of view 
Well they seem to me to be too beaten and abused 
For me to feel like anyone at all 
To top of the trees I'll climb 
And slip myself into that saddle in the sky 
And laugh upon your call 

Cause I feel so good without you now 
That my echo no need longer trail your howl 
Yes, I feel so good without you now 
But I still need you for somethin' to not give a damn about 

Over the hills I stroll 
Leavin' trails in my steppin' stones 
For a lonesome soul to find me a'climbin' 
When through some strangers eyes 
I've had visions of the empty skies 
That reign above the gone good timin' 
But why do I chase the wind 
When it blows around the world and licks my back again 
And makes me feel like I was never born 
To mountain tops I'll pull 
And drink myself dry til the thunder starts to roll 
And flattens out your call 

Cause I feel so good without you now 
That my echo no need longer trail your howl 
Yes, I feel so good without you now 
But I still need you for somethin' to not give a damn about 
You're somethin' I don't give a damn about 
So baby, how's that make you feel now? 
You're somethin' I don't give a damn about 

Suppose I sail away 
And point my two feet towards the war torn days 
Where the answer lays within the foot steps 
That are now yours to take 
Well use them as you want and let 'em drip away 
But write this down before you forget 
That life will be bitter sweet 
When you find that you're stuck at points where past and future meet 
Suspended like a spider at web's end 
'Tween heaven and the earth 
That's where I'll be found when your seams split in reverse 
And rhyme right with my call 

Cause I feel so good without you now 
That my echo no need longer trail your howl 
Yes, I feel so good without you now 
But I still need you... 
And yes, I feel so good without you now 
That I'm no longer the ground beneath your plow 
Yes, I feel so good without you now 
But I still need you, babe for somethin' to not give a damn about