Earth Abides

 

THEY ARE HERE

I see ships out on the bay
the cranes rise high, et terra pax
I fall asleep and heaven awaits
a small voice speaks but nobody hears me
nobody knows my name
they're telling lies that everyone knows
bluebirds awake at midnight
I see them all, hungry and weak
a boy in arms feeding on pleasures
feeding on pain
they are, they are here
they are, they are here now
I feel the war raging on
old trees are gray with soot and ash
these bombs create a loom filled sky
black smoke and trails divide horizon
our ships our burning down
I feel them press upon the shore
time ripping away at the seams
these clocks once were constant
now they scream at darker hours
long ago they taught these songs to us
the words were forgotten throughout the years
they are pointing at my house
and they are kicking down my door
I'm blinded by their lights
they're picking up my son
and pushing down my wife
I hear the guns ignite and I'm helpless
and as I lay my head upon these dirty boards
I say my prayers for what it's worth
down, down, down go the forests of my mind
I hear the clocks scream though I'm running out of time
I'm known here as 0358
I power down and heaven awaits


MODERN DAY PIONEER

these things, they don't mean anything
they don't mean anything to her
so she, she's gonna rid her life
she's gonna rid her life of sleep
and stay awake

the snow alights with midnight moons
these days of frost
I'm stuck outside of this old home
I'm on the outside looking in

so warm, so tight in bed I see her reading
I'm gonna ring her door and wait for someone else

I'm gonna run away,
I'm gonna run so far away

I'm gonna love her with all my heart
even though her voice is gone

and these flowers, they sit upon her desk
the petals falling to the ground
and I, I'm losing hope today
I've almost lost my will to stay awake

the neon lights that pierce the dark
like knives they burn the wind
she's sitting on that rusty chair
she's like a modern day pioneer

smoke trails from her mouth and from her nose
it's so goddamn cold I can feel that my fingers froze

I'm gonna say goodbye
I've come to say my last goodbye

I'm gonna love her with all my heart
even though her voice is gone

I'm chased by mirrors of the cold, dark truth
I see hope and fear projected on the wall
I'm gonna wade out in this ocean that I've made
I leave behind my shell of consequence
my knees are shaking me down
I'm falling in

and these waves, they're overcoming me
I just can't see the farther shore
and you, you just can't get enough
you just can't get enough of this

I'm gonna swim to the bottom now
and harness the whales of the deep

I think I'm done
I know I'm done


THIS CLOUD, IMMENSE AND UNSTABLE

this cloud,
that never moves
immense and unstable
is burying my fate in the ground

this sand,
upon which we've built
is shaky at best
our walls will come tumbling down

I'm gonna love her til the end of time
though my light watch stopped forty days ago
the sun's going down there
against the chalk of smoke, dust in my eyes

this rain,
unstoppable rain
burning my hands
and pushing my boat far from shore


MOJAVE (instrumental)


EARTH ABIDES

sing me back to that world
the one that I knew so long ago
and these memories fall like dominoes

I see black fire in the wall
producing stars that shine down the hall
and these ghosts speak to themselves

as I leaf through your book
I find a flower brittle and brown
pressed between chapters one and two

I read aloud
these words broken in vain
the rains have come and washed away
all but this desperate strain

CHORUS
here I stand upon this hill
I watch the world crumble until
only earth abides

the second year was filled with sorrow
and the time of darkness remains
bloodied wounds and buried pains

holograms of bright sharp skies
keep me warm through this frozen night
as I search by candlelight

I search for what I do not know
your hair through red leaves below
and these bodies line the streets

I read aloud
these words broken in vain
the rains have come and washed away

CHORUS

six years ago to this day
was when they took away
all the drugs that could cure
this disease for sure

they left in towering metal ships
forty years of their icy grip
the elders knew what they had done
sold us into extinction

I'm the only one
I'm the only one
I'm the only one left


ANIMAL ACT

I know what you'll say
that I love you now that I
can't get round your way

and I know what you'll think
in this crumbling light
through my dusty eyes I'm out of sync

lights they come and go
blurs along the inner most core
stars of fire turn to ash
gauze of death is what we wore

mountains on the right
mountains on the left
no escaping this animal act
mountains built of claw
and mountains built of fur

as we lie in this place
can you feel the stress
can you move the dark disgrace

birds of brown and of white
sing their songs of home
sing their songs that cure pure fright

lights recede into dark
moon it fades into the depths
runner knows no bounds
while we slept, we slept in death

valleys filled with ice
valleys filled with dust
no escaping this animal act
mountains on the right
mountains on the left

I see you through the smoke
among these darkened holes
and burnt out homes

wind blows through the screen
noise of crashing chords
while the church bells ring

and I become the dark itself
I become this animal fact
I become the face of sleep
I become this animal fact

do you remember the waves in the night
I don't know, I don't know
do you recall what they sang through the night
I don't know, I don't know

these clouds of orange and brown
rain down upon the plains
and let the light explode on our crowns
as we seek a better day

I see you high above
with your wings of gold
and your halos made of love

fly me to your abode
while the signals rush
in our useless wish to decode

lights they come and go
blurs along the inner most core
stars of fire turn to ash
gauze of death is what we wore

mountains on the right
mountains on the left
no escaping this animal act
mountains built of claw
and mountains built of fur

I see you through the smoke
among these darkened holes
and burnt out homes

wind blows through the screen
noise of crashing chords
while the church bells ring

and I become the dark itself
I become this animal fact
I become the face of sleep
I become this animal fact

mountains on the right
mountains on the left
mountains on the right,
on the left, on the right, on the left, on the right
I've been left alone