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Fallen empires


01. I’ll Never Let Go
It seems the day that your house burned to the ground
Was the day that you’d always planned to leave anyway
And the vast empire you come through to get here
Makes the world look like pennies in my hand
I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go you said out loud
I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go you shouted out
Your words shook me right out of a daydream
I was lost somewhere cold and it looked haunted
I was asking strangers but no one understood me
I was drenched in sweat when your words came to me
I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go you said out loud
I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go you shouted out
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
It was the last highway you would ever travel
The long road from a daughter, wife and son
When the bus stopped a beat from California
Your tired feet they ached over the road
I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go you said out loud
I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go you shouted out
I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go you said out loud
I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go you shouted out
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh

02. Called Out in the Dark
It’s like we just can’t help ourselves
‘Cause we don’t know how to back down
We were called out to the streets
We were called out into the towns
How the heavens they opened up
Like arms of dazzling gold
With our rain-washed history
Well, we do not need to be told
Show me now, show me the arms aloft
Every eye, trained on a different star
This magic, this drunken semaphore, and I
We are listening and we’re not blind
This is your life, this is your time
We are listening and we’re not blind
This is your life, this is your time
I was called out in the dark
By a choir of beautiful heat
And as the kids took back the parks
You and I were left with the streets
Show me now, show me the arms aloft
Every eye, trained on a different star
This magic, this drunken semaphore, and I
We are listening and we’re not blind
This is your life, this your time
We are listening and we’re not blind
This is your life, this is your time
We are listening and we’re not blind
This is your life, this is your time

03. The Weight of Love
Your engine threatens, I can hear it from the garden
I can see it coming, I can see it come from miles
What you’re thinking right now, ’cause I think that I can guess
If we set off now, we’ll have the highway to ourselves
And you love the little signs of life,
You love it when we lose our minds
You love these little wars of words,
You love it when they call your name, your name
A new empire beckons, a new kingdom in the distance
No gods are present, just the sky, the earth, and us
No wings, no halos, nor the thunder in the footsteps
Cause fear and anger they are a law unto themselves
And you love the little signs of life,
You love it when we lose our minds
You love these little wars of words,
You love it when they call your name
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love so gentle in your arms
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love so gentle in your arms
It’s just like you told me, that I should learn to let it all go
It just took ’til now, for me to get just what you meant
My heart is thumping, I can feel it in my fingers
No fear, no anger we are a law unto ourselves
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love so gentle in your arms
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love so gentle in your arms
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love in your arms
It’s the weight of love so gentle in your arms

04. This Isn’t Everything You Are
You can’t find the phone
So you can call it off
But it might be for the best
You can’t walk away, anyway
Because you’ve nowhere else to go
Is he worth all this?
Is it a simple yes?
Because if you have to think, it’s fucked
Feels like you’ve loved him more
Than he loved you
And you wish you’d never met
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
You’ve been up all night
And the night before
And you’ve lost counts of drinks and time
And your friends keep calling, worried sick
And there’s strangers everywhere
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
And in one little moment
It all implodes
This isn’t everything you are
Breathe deeply in the silence
No sudden moves
This isn’t everything you are
Just take the hand that’s offered
And hold on tight
This isn’t everything you are
There’s joy not far from here
I know there is
This isn’t everything you are
When you took the call
How could you know
That he’d slipped away last night
And you wish you went home days ago
To say goodbye, or just hello
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
And in one little moment
It all implodes
This isn’t everything you are
Breathe deeply in the silence
No sudden moves
This isn’t everything you are
Just take the hand that’s offered
And hold on tight
This isn’t everything you are
There’s joy not far from here, right
I know there is
This isn’t everything you are
This isn’t everything you are
This isn’t everything you are

05. The Garden Rules
There’s the river there’s your house and there’s the church
And there’s us years ago
Deep in your garden where the nettle met the rose
Is where we’d hide ourselves
Yes we were just kids, but you couldn’t tell us that
These are the garden rules, that’s what you always said
Oh, you’ll never know, how much I love you so
Oh, you will never know, how much I love you
You would call the garden rules out like commands
And we would all obey
But you’d stifle giddy laughter as you spoke
And puncture the pretend
Then we would chase our tails, until the sun forgot to shine
And our parents called our names, ’til just you and I were left
Oh, you’ll never know, how much I love you so
Oh, you will never know, how much I love you
From your house we walk the river
To the church by the silent fields
Amongst the lavender and headstones
And the larks in our Sunday clothes
Your father calls to you as he’s looking at his watch
You leave me with a kiss on my quickly heating cheek
Oh, you’ll never know, how much I love you so
Oh, you will never know, how much I love you
Oh, you’ll never know, how much I love you so
Oh, you will never know, how much I love you
Oh, you’ll never know, how much I love you so
Oh, you will never know, how much I love you
Oh, you’ll never know, how much I love you so
Oh, you will never know, how much I love you

06. Fallen Empires
You called my name in the dark, called me back to the start
The condensation is building tension
Stubborn silence is formed, around our bodies it’s warm
The cool wet grasses as summer passes
Frightened under attack, fallen flat on my back
Arms and legs, I’m too scared to beg
Harm me most when it’s light, thought of you don’t sit right
I need the darkness a desperate embrace
Razing cities to dust, faces dripping in lust
Fallen empires and raging bush fires
All your words unfounded, secret lives bound in bed
Living backwards and tangled back words
Ruined everything right, so good can’t see the light
From my cave I can see the wave, fallen empires and raging bush fires
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light,
We are the light, we are the light (run to the fire)
We are the light, we are the light (run to the fire)
We are the light, we are the light (run to the fire)
We are the light, we are the light (run to the fire)
We are the light, we are the light (run to the fire)
We are the light, we are the light (run to the fire)
We are the light, we are the light (run to the fire)
We are the light, we are the light (run to the fire)

07. Berlin
Is time to do something it’s not
I can only give you everything I have got
I can be as sorry as you think I should
But I still love you more than anyone else could
All that I have been thinking through out this will fight
Is it could take my whole damn life to make this right
This splintered mast I’m holding on won’t save me long
Because I know fine well that what I did was wrong
The last girl and the last reason to make this last for as long as I could
First kiss and the first time that I felt connected to anything
The weight of water, the way you told me to look past everything I had ever
Learned
The final word in the final sentence you ever uttered to me was love
We have got through so much worse than this before
What’s so different this time that you can’t ignore
You say it is much more than just my last mistake
And we should spend some time apart for both our sakes
The last girl and the last reason to make this last for as long as I could
First kiss and the first time that I felt connected to anything
The weight of water, the way you told me to look past everything I had ever
Learned
The final word in the final sentence you ever uttered to me was love
The last girl and the last reason to make this last for as long as I could
First kiss and the first time that I felt connected to anything
The weight of water, the way you told me to look past everything I had ever
Learned
The final word in the final sentence you ever uttered to me was love
And I don’t know where to look
My words just break and melt
Please just save me from this darkness
And I don’t know where to look
My words just break and melt
Please just save me from this darkness
And I don’t know where to look
My words just break and melt
Please just save me from this darkness
And I don’t know where to look
My words just break and melt
Please just save me from this darkness

08. Lifening
A hand upon my forehead
The joke and then the laugh
Waking up in your arms
A place to call my own
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
Ireland in the world cup
Either north or south
The fanclub on the jukebox
The birds and yes the bees
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
But only if they’re true
Just some simple kindness
No vengeance from the gods
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
To share what I’ve been given
Some kids eventually
And be for them what I’ve had
A father like my dad
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life
This is all I ever wanted from life

09. New York
If you were here beside me, instead of in New York
If the curve of you was curved on me
I’d tell you that I loved you, before I even knew you
‘Cause I loved the simple thought of you
If our hearts are never broken and there’s no joy in the mending
There’s so much this hurt can teach us both,
And there’s distance and there’s silence, your words have never left me,
They’re the prayer that I say every day
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
The lone neon lights and the ache of the ocean
And the fire that was starting to spark
I miss it all, from the love to the lightning
And the lack of it snaps me in two
If you were here beside me, instead of in New York
In the arms you said you’d never leave
I’d tell you that it’s simple and it was only ever thus
There is nowhere else that I belong
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
The lone neon lights and the ache of the ocean,
And the fire that was starting to spark
I miss it all from the love to the lightning
And the lack of it snaps me in two
Just give me a sign, there’s an end with a beginning
To the quiet chaos driving me back
The lone neon lights and the warmth of the ocean
And the fire that was starting to go out

10. In the End
It’s the price I guess
For the lies I’ve told
That the truth it no longer thrills me
And why can’t we laugh?
When it’s all we have
Have we put these childish things away?
Have we lost the magic that we once had?
In the end, in the end
There’s nothing more to life than love, is there?
In the end, in the end
It’s time for us to lose our weary minds
Will you dance with me?
Like we used to dance
And remember how to move together
You are the torch
And it all makes sense
I’ve waited here for you forever
I’ve waited here for you forever
In the end, in the end
There’s nothing more to life than love, is there?
In the end, in the end
It’s time for us to lose our weary minds
We’re lost ’til we learn how to ask
We’re lost ’til we learn how to ask
We are lost ’til we learn how to ask
So please, please just ask
In the end, in the end
There’s nothing more to life than love, is there?
In the end, in the end
It’s time for us to lose our weary minds
There’s nothing more to life than love, is there?

11. Those Distant Bells
The car crunches gravel
And the wind licks at you
This dark spell you’re under
Has you dumbstruck by the gate
It hurts every muscle,
Just to walk back to the house
Now this home that you both made,
It looks haunted from the yard
You can hear those distant bells,
And you know they’ll never leave,
It’s like your church is crying out,
Like the wolf calls to her young
And the dark never enters
But it also never leaves,
And this spark that he gave you
Is just an ember all but out
If he’d one eye on the exit,
Oh you never would have known
Until he drove off in the darkness
Like some slowly fading song
You can hear those distant bells,
And you know they’ll never leave
It’s like your church is crying out,
Like the wolf calls to her young
You can hear those distant bells
And you know they’ll never leave
It’s like your church is crying out
Like the wolf calls to her young

12. The Symphony
Wooden floors, wooden floors whisper
And they creak under your sockless feet
A secret door, a door undiscovered
You knock so gently in case you’re heard
A record plays a song that you’ve not heard
It is perfect, it is home
Everything now, everything’s different
It is sweeter on your tongue
‘Cause you can see the road ahead in your dream,
The engine’s more a sigh than a scream,
Your ghosts look more like angels from there,
The coast comes like a raft of warm air,
‘Cause you can see the road ahead in your dream,
The engine’s more a sigh than a scream,
Your ghosts look more like angels from there,
The coast comes like a raft of warm air
A symphony slow music of longing
Plays in movements inside your head
There are no ghosts, no ghosts that can shake you
Like they used to, anymore
‘Cause you can see the road ahead in your dream,
The engine’s more a sigh than a scream,
Your ghosts look more like angels from there,
The coast comes like a raft of warm air,
You can see the road ahead in your dream,
The engine’s more a sigh than a scream,
Your ghosts look more like angels from there,
The coast comes like a raft of warm air
If this is all you ever asked for, then this is all you’ll get
If this is all you ever asked for, then this is all you’ll get
If this is all you ever asked for, then this is all you’ll get
If this is all you ever asked for, then this is all you’ll get
If this is all you ever asked for, then this is all you’ll get
If this is all you ever asked for, then this is all you’ll get
If this is all you ever asked for, then this is all you’ll get
If this is all you ever asked for, then this is all you’ll get

13. The President
I’ve run to ground
I’ve run from everyone that I have ever known
I’m aching cold
I’m aching from the bones the very blood of me
And it’s broke before you know it
Before you knew what it was for
All you know is you can’t fix it
And you wish you’d listened more
To your instincts to your family
To the wisdom you’d ignored
Are you finally gonna ask us for help?
I’ve crashed to earth
But I’d fallen for so long that it was just relief
I saw your face
In everyone that looked me in my drunken eyes
And it’s broke before you know it
Before you knew what it was for
All you know is you can’t fix it
And you wish you’d listened more
To your instincts to your family
To the wisdom you’d ignored
When you finally gonna ask us for help?
I can see you at the front gate
As you wait on my return
The years have blurred to eons
But the tears have never dried
But I’m not coming to you like this
So battered down and sad
I will take the road forgotten, again

14. Broken Bottles Form a Star (Prelude)