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A hundred million suns


01. If There’s a Rocket Tie Me to It
Two weeks later like a surplus reprieve
I found a hair, the length of yours on my sleeve
I wound it round and round my finger so tight
It turned to purple and a pulse formed inside
And I knew the beat ’cause it matched your own beat
I still remember it from our chest to chest and feet to feet
The easy silence then was a sweet relief to this hush
Of ovens, aeroplanes and of distant car horns
A fire, a fire
You can only take what you can carry
A pulse, your pulse
It’s the only thing I can remember
I break, you don’t
I was always set to self-destruct though
The fire, the fire
It cracks and barks like primal music
I said I knew the beat ’cause it matched your own beat
It’s become my engine, my own source of heat
The sea between us only amplifies the sound waves
Every hum and echo and crash paints my cave
A fire, a fire
You can only take what you can carry
A pulse, your pulse
It’s the only thing I can remember
I break, you don’t
I was always set to self-destruct though
The fire, the fire
It cracks and barks like primal music
A fire, a fire
You can only take what you can carry
A pulse, your pulse
It’s the only thing I can remember
I break, you don’t
I was always set to self-destruct though
The fire, the fire
It cracks and barks like primal music

02. Crack the Shutters
You cool your bed-warm hands down
On the broken radiator
And when you lay them freezing on me
I mumble, “Can you wake me later?”
But I don’t really want you to stop
And you know it so it doesn’t stop you
And run your hands from my neck to my chest
Crack the shutters open wide
I wanna bathe you in the light of day
And just watch you as the rays
Tangle up around your face and body
I could sit for hours
Finding new ways to be awed each minute
‘Cause the daylight seems to want you
Just as much as I want you
It’s been minutes, it’s been days
It’s been all I will remember
Happy lost in your hair
And the cold side of the pillow
Your hills and valleys
Are mapped by my intrepid fingers
And in a naked slumber
I dream all this again
Crack the shutters open wide
I wanna bathe you in the light of day
And just watch you as the rays
Tangle up around your face and body
I could sit for hours
Finding new ways to be awed each minute
‘Cause the daylight seems to want you
Just as much as I want you
Crack the shutters open wide
I wanna bathe you in the light of day
And just watch you as the rays
Tangle up around your face and body
I could sit for hours
Finding new ways to be awed each minute
‘Cause the daylight seems to want you
Just as much as I want you

03. Take Back the City
Take back the city for yourself tonight
I’ll take back the city for me
Take back the city for yourself tonight
Whoa whoa
God knows you put your life into its hands
And it’s both cradled you and crushed
But now it’s time to make your own demands
Whoa whoa
All these years later and it’s killing me
Your broken records and words
Ten thousand craters where it all should be
Whoa whoa
No need to put your words into my mouth
Don’t need convincing at all
I love this place enough to have no doubt
Whoa whoa
It’s a mess, it’s a start
It’s a flawed work of art
Your say, your call
Every crack, every wall
Pick a side, pick a fight
But get your epitaph right
You can sing ’til you drop
‘Cause the fun just never stops
I love this city tonight
I love this city always
It bears its teeth like a light
And spits me out after days
But we’re all gluttons for it
We know it’s wrong and it’s right
For every sign that’s been hit
Take back the city tonight
Tell me you never wanted more than this
And I will stop talking now
One perfect partner, one eternal kiss
Whoa whoa
Take back the city for yourself tonight
I’ll take back the city for me
Take back the city for yourself tonight
Whoa whoa
It’s a mess, it’s a start
It’s a flawed work of art
Your say, your call
Every crack, every wall
Pick a side, pick a fight
But get your epitaph right
You can sing ’til you drop
‘Cause the fun just never stops
I love this city tonight
I love this city always
It bears its teeth like a light
And spits me out after days
But we’re all gluttons for it
We know it’s wrong and it’s right
For every sign that’s been hit
Take back the city tonight
I love this city tonight
I love this city always
It bears its teeth like a light
And spits me out after days
But we’re all gluttons for it
We know it’s wrong and it’s right
For every sign that’s been hit
Take back the city tonight
I love this city tonight
I love this city always
I love this city tonight
I love this city always

04. Lifeboats
Gliding like a satellite in the broken night
And when I wake you’re there, I’m saved
Your love is life piled tight and high set against the sky
That seems to balance on it’s own
Send your Lifeboats out for me
Send your Lifeboat out
Send your Lifeboats out for me
Send your Lifeboat out
Send your Lifeboats out for me
Send your Lifeboat out
Send your Lifeboats out for me
Send your Lifeboat out

05. The Golden Floor
Tell me that you wanna dance
I wanna feel your pulse on mine
Just treat me like a stolen glance
To yourself
A dark shape on a golden floor
A sleeping planet with a molten core
From above we’d cut a slow eight shape
And much more
I’m a peasant in your princess arms
Penniless with only charm
As we’re leveled by the low, hot lights
And disarmed
I’m not afraid of anything even time
It’ll eke away at everything but we’ll be fine
I’m folded in the bread you made
You’re cold until my body bathes
You in the heat I kept aside
All these days
I’m not afraid of anything even time
It’ll eke away at everything but we’ll be fine
I’m not afraid of anything even time
It’ll eke away at everything but we’ll be fine

06. Please Just Take These Photos from My Hands
The yellowed page of the books and books
I’d forgotten that I had
These paperbacks, they know their age they smell
Of weight and time that’s resting warm
The opened box beside the endless box parade
That haunts my house
Is fit to split with photographs that tell
The wanderlust of years smashed on to years
When all this actual life played out
Where the hell on earth was I?
I rack my brains, but it won’t come
Through water damaged bloodshot eyes
The fleeting triumphs, brazen lies
All seem to mingle into one
I read your name under words in your elegant hand
You probably don’t mean now
I fold the letter and think of a million
And one thing’s that I could have done different
When all this actual life played out
Where the hell on earth was I?
I rack my brains, but it won’t come
Through water damaged bloodshot eyes
The fleeting triumphs, brazen lies
All seem to mingle into one
One gigantic fairy tale
Of friends I haven’t seen in years
Drinking till the daylight hurts
You seem friendly, who are you?
That’s a lot of wine that we got through
We’ve made playtime look like work
Please, just take these photos from my hands
Please, just take these photos from my hands
Please, just take these photos from my hands
Please, just take these photos from my hands
Please, just take these photos from my hands
Please, just take these photos from my hands
Please, just take these photos from my hands
Please, just take these photos from my hands

07. Set Down Your Glass
Just close your eyes
And count to five
Let’s craft the only thing we know into surprise
Set down your glass
I painted this
To look like you and me forever as we’re now
And I’m shaking and I’m still
When you’re eyes meet mine all the simple skills
Like to tell you all I want, is now
You say I’m cold
I’m just not the same
As I was a year ago
And each minute since then
My jumper tears
As we take off
You say you’ll sew me good as new
And I know you will
And I’m shaking and I’m still
When you’re eyes meet mine all the simple skills
Like to tell you all I want, is now
And I’m shaking and I’m still
When you’re eyes meet mine all the simple skills
Like to tell you all I want, is now

08. The Planets Bend Between Us
The winter’s marked the earth
It’s floored was frozen glass
You slip into my arms
And you quickly correct yourself
Your freezing speech bubbles
Seem to hold your words aloft
I want the smoky clouds of laughter
To swim about me forever more
I will race you to the waterside
And from the edge of Ireland shout out loud
So they could hear it in America
It’s all for you
The shells crack under our shoes
Like punctuation points
The planets bend between us
A hundred million suns and stars
The sea filled in the silence
Before you sank those words
And now even in the darkness
I can see how happy you are
I will race you to the waterside
And from the edge of Ireland shout out loud
So they could hear it in America
It’s all for you, it’s all for you
It’s all for you, it’s all for you
It’s all for you

09. Engines
Only the faintest
Only the faintest glance buries you, buries me
So fire your engine
See if I give a damn, we’ll be dust instantly
Caught in a jet stream
Caught in a gorgeous howl all the world lost in noise
Use me forever
Use me for rocket fuel, I’ll be air, I’ll be fire
You say, you love me like the silence of the turning earth
You say, you love me like the endless roar of modern life
You say, you love me like the laughter and the kissed back tears
You say, you love me like the past, the now, the coming years
What will you remember?
What will you think of me after I say goodbye?
Returning in bodies
Plants and the sand you’ll squeeze in between shoe less feet
I know, I love you like the slivered gold of dying days
I know, I love you like an ancient history brought to life
I know, I love you like the sunlit water on your skin
I know, I love you like the million times I never said
I know, you love me like the silence of the turning earth
I know, you love me like the endless roar of modern life
I know, you love me like the laughter and the kissed back tears
I know, you love me like the past, the now, the coming years

10. Disaster Button
A little after 12
The function sweet was full
With people I had never seen before
Ripped up ticket stubs
Confetti on the floor
It dawned on me I’d seen it all before
Cool your beans my son
You look a fucking mess
No ones getting out of here tonight
Hit that button there
The one that just says wrong
We’ll lose our lives through all our favorite songs
Go forward to later you’ll land flat on your feet
When you were in the room, I was nailed to my seat
I’m like a prisoner getting ready to talk
I feel the blood in my hands and the threat in your walk
And suddenly it lifts the roof off the place
It puts a volt in my step
And a grin on my face
It cant contain me but you leaning on me
To get me back in my box
And snap the branches off me
A little after 4
The function suite is dead
And I am just a ripped up ticket stub
But here’s a helping hand
A voice that’s far to close
And I am up and on my broken limbs
Go forward to later you’ll land flat on your feet
When you were in the room, I was nailed to my seat
I’m like a prisoner getting ready to talk
I feel the blood in my hands and the threat in your walk
And suddenly it lifts the roof off the place
It puts a volt in my step
And a grin on my face
It cant contain me but you leaning on me
To get me back in my box
And snap the branches off me
And suddenly it lifts the roof of the place
It puts a volt in my step
And a grin on my face
It cant contain me but you leaning on me
To get me back in my box
And snap the branches off me

11. The Lightning Strike
What if this storm ends?
And I don’t see you
As you are now
Ever again
The perfect halo
Of gold hair and lightning
Sets you off against
The planet’s last dance
Just for a minute
The silver forked sky
Lit you up like a star
That I will follow
Now it’s found us
Like I have found you
I don’t want to run
Just overwhelm me
What if this storm ends?
And leaves us nothing
Except a memory
A distant echo
I want pinned down
I want unsettled
Rattle cage after cage
Until my blood boils
I want to see you
As you are now
Every single day
That I am living
Painted in flames
All peeling thunder
Be the lightning in me
That strikes relentless