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The Elm Tree       Inside       Merry White Tree In the Night

Tired (Giving In)
The chorus for this song existed a year before the words did. They came when I was about to give up on the song.

Here I am. Give me a reason.
Give me a reason to stay.
I broke it apart. You gave up easily.
You gave up easily on me.

It's hard to think about this.
Harder to believe.

I'm tired of giving in.
You're blind and bleeding.
And I know I'm stupid for letting you
Tell me I had to change.
And I believed it.
And now I feel stupid for letting you.

It's so hard to know how easy
To know how easily youíd leave.
I wish it would rain and give me reason
Give me a reason to walk away.

I broke it apart. You gave up easily.
You gave up easily on me.

Hold On (Hope vs. Fear)
My mom was my biggest fan and supporter. There are moments without her that are harder than others.

I don't want to hold on.
I'm giving up this fight.
Take a breath of freedom.
Hold it inside.

"Hope is stronger than fear."
That's something I'll never forget.

I believe you're coming back.

It's so cold down here
Where these angels fall.
As I'm watching you
I canít move at all.

But you, you're better than that.
Some things I'll never forget.

I believe you're coming back.
If I could see you now.
I would know how brave you are.
You're stronger than I believed.
You're stronger than I'll ever be.

Tying Our Lives (Outside in this night)
This is a song to whisper in the ear of your love on a quiet summer night.

It's so clear. The moon paints the night with blue.
We can see everything
And everything's perfect with you.

Come here. Slide yourself closer to me.
We believe in this thing
There's nowhere that I'd rather be.

Let's stay outside in this night
And say nothing at all.
We're finding ourselves
Tying our lives
Knowing that nothing will change.

My hands quietly speak to your skin.
Listen close. Feel me here.
They whisper the mood that I'm in.

And you stand so quiet
That I can hear you smiling
I want everything to disappear
So I can be alone with you
And never have to leave.

Summer Sun
I wrote this 8 years ago. We can overcome the challenges that seem too big to face. We just have to dive right inÖ

One of these days I'm gonna swim beyond the breakers
That lay beneath the azure light above me wraps the clouds that break behind me.
Over the meadowland where the rain laughs lightly in your gentle hands.
And the worlds were painted red your voice lies deep beyond my vision.
Settle these strings they're moving. Waves I thought were moving through me.
You're beyond the breakers I can smell the ocean in your hair
Now free me.

Life gets in my way. I can't be anyone but who you find.
It's one of those summer days. You sing me sweet.
You can brush my hair in the summer sun.

Only I stand between the sand and miles of ocean.
I can see me open up my mind as I dive into waves of doubt and fear.
All of this breaks above me as I breathe the sea and I breathe again
Your words eclipse my sun. My light is now your melody.
Sing to me.

You're standing in the night with Steve and Mike and Pete and Dave.
Like water burns my hands you sing the night and blood and voices sing.

And I can't believe you lay my face in feathered days
There's pain in love devotion heals believe the kiss you breathe.
And off my tongue drips music, pictures of a perfect world.
In time the hope and strings and blood will reap the smile they bring.
I'm bleeding.

Braver Days | Lyrics

Home (Almost Worth It)
This is a song I wrote for my younger brother. We were really close at one point in our lives, but regrettably, we have grown apart.

I was going to perform this song for the first time at a show in Utah. The music and structure was done, but one of the verses hadn't shown its head yet. I did the sound check and had 2 hours to myself to finish the verse. I tried to force the words but they never came. I was already in love with the song and wanted to play it, so I did. As I was playing the song during the show, the emotion was clear and (just in the nick of time) the lyrics showed up.

I'm almost worth it.
Almost understood.
I'll never turn my back to you.
I'll never let you hurt.

There's hope in your voice.
I can hear it when you smile.
This silence kills me.
I'm ready to listen now.

Does this mean we've been forgiven
For what's hiding in our bones?
Let me say I'm sorry for the things that I do.
I still love you.

You know your way back home
Is marked by all the people you love.
So come back home.

Empty shadows follow where you go.
The weight in my voice barely makes it through.

Does this mean we've been forgiven
For what's hiding in our bones?
Let me say I'm sorry for the things that I do.
I still miss you.

This courage I've found hasn't pulled its weight in years.
You're still waiting for braver days to hide behind.
I'm standing calling you.

Blushing Through
I used my neighbor's thumb kalimba. It was somewhat difficult to learn, but definitely worth it.

All our lives we fall
Keeping our distance
We are brave before
Something changes

Innocence could never be so bold.
All I know

Your eyes are blushing through
The weathered words you say
We forget ourselves and you smile knowing
Our lives are on you

We are safe and whole
And warm your hand in mine is all
I hope
Nothing changes

Where do we go?
I wrote this the night before I went into the studio to start recording.

You think I'm to blame for your crime.
You're tearing it down. I stand it up.
You tell me the things I never do right.
I step from your line to keep it up.

It's all that you have to crash and cry.
You think you're alone and I'm not aware.
I'm selling the promises that I bought.
I know I'm alone but I'm not scared.

Everyone watching for the first time
Notice the things I never do right.
I keep you away from the inside.
Hiding myself I keep it up.

Where do we go to keep from dieing?

I put you away
I'm keeping you safe
I'll carry the weight
That I'm bringing home.

These pictures will fade
When I've gone away
I cover the lines
When I come home.

No one can keep me in a straight line.
You're tearing me down. I stand up.

Brown Eyes
I bet you can't guess what color my lover's eyes areÖ

I hold my breath and watch you step slowly tiptoe
Your hair is up in tails you donít try and you are beautiful.

And we can walk to better streets and houses we won't buy
And find a way inside. You know youíre beautiful.

I am not afraid to cry if you find that endearing.
Everything is clear to me. I love when you are near me.

Brown eyes lay your head down
We're all alone right now, my love
I kiss your mouth
And taste the ocean
Everything gets better when you're around.

To walk this life with you along beside is all I need.
I do everything I can so you can see I'm what you need. You laugh at me
And you are beautiful.

Through the Door (Stupid and Quiet)
This and "Home" came around the same time. I had gone through a songwriting drought and was so happy to have these two come out. They enlightened my understanding that a song exists long before it comes to my fingers or lips. I have to be patient and wait until it is ready.

I'm a poor and sober boy
Stupid and quiet.
I have let these days go by
It's harder now to smile.

I believe in everything I should.
So bold you stand up for nothing.

Through the door I start walking.
I might be dead or I'm dying.
I won't give up.
I'll win this good fight.
I might be better for trying.

Take a long last look at me.
I won't be coming home.
Courage finds his way to me.
I'm braver now, I know.

Through the dark hour I steal from this high tower
Keeping the fear buried down.
Knowing inside this is more than goodbye. This is so hard.
And I'm taking the hard way out.

Hey! This is something worth fighting for.
If it dies then I will realize the blame.
Take me in. Keep my quiet eyes from crying.
Kiss me goodbye and I'll be on my way.

Beautiful Inside
This was the first song I was commissioned to write.

I walk this road alone
And always, I wish that you could see.
That I am afraid of living life this way
I don't want to disappoint you.

It's clear now we can get along.
You've felt like me before, ignored
And every word is wrong.

I know who I'm supposed to be.
It's never been that easy to be someone like me.
I feel there's nothing we should hide
We're full of love and understanding, beautiful inside.

I'm holding on and I am brave.
As it gets easier to breathe.
I can face today.
No one's left behind. No one's left for wanting.

It's clear now we can get along.
You've felt like me before, ignored
And every word is wrong.

I know who I'm supposed to be.
It's never been that easy to be someone like me.
I feel there's nothing we should hide
We're full of love and understanding, beautiful inside.

I know how you hold your feelings
I know we can believe.

It's clear now we can get along.
You've felt like me before, ignored
And every word is wrong.

I know who I'm supposed to be.
It's never been that easy to be someone like me.
I feel there's nothing we should hide
We're full of love and understanding, beautiful inside.