Hummingbird

by Greg Tank

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released November 1, 2011

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Track Name: Into The Morning
I searched the room like I was going blind
Into the morning with your vision on my mind
Bolt-upright hours, the day is all day long
There is no dreaming to put thoughts where they belong

Anyone knows
When you don’t know what it is you’ve found
It could be something
But you always feel there’s some joker hangin’ round

Car lights slide in, stretch out and then cut off
Around the corner, past the tumbling, stumbling sot
He’s all tongue and slurs with an ear full of keys
Tryin’ to find what it is that he can’t see

Anyone knows
Just what it is when you don’t know just what it is you’ve found
It could be something
But it always knocks everything onto new ground

I am not looking for darkness or for light
Into the morning with your vision on my mind
Track Name: When You Go
When you go, when you go, will you go out by my side?
When you go, when you go, will you go out by my side?
Cos there’s just no telling now who’s it gonna be?

Dust lines on the dark road told me everything at night
I tried my best to understand what her eyes must be like
Cos here’s there the danger of just staring at the wall
There’s no-one here to count me in a one-two-three-four
I’d take you to a film and I’d take them to the river
Cos there’s nothing in this circle here that ever could deliver

Oh you from the streetside bones
And me from the streets I roam
When there’s nothing place but home
You’ve just got to tell me when you go

When you go, when you go, will you go out by my side?
When you go, when you go, will you go out by my side?
Cos there’s just no telling now who’s it gonna be?
Track Name: Foot Of The Road
I thought it was no man’s land at the (foot of the road)
But there’s something strange going on down at the (foot of the road)
Come and get some if you dare at the (foot of the road)
Lose your troubles, lose your cares to the (foot of the road)

Your southern voice and some carnival sigh
The lengths I will go to not to look you in the eye
Oh down at the foot of the road
I felt my head, I felt my body getting sold

I heard voices going down to the (foot of the road)
I heard them fade away down to the (foot of the road)
With legs that tread like broken wheels to the (foot of the road)
I breathed in deep and listened to the (foot of the road)

Your southern voice and some carnival sigh
The lengths I will go to not to look you in the eye
Oh down at the foot of the road
I felt my head, I felt my body getting sold
Track Name: The Cold Wide Streets Of Morning
I'll be free by the morning
Out on the wide street looking cold
In every lone direction
With my hand wrapped round my gold
Wondering how I kept it still
After you went straight for my heart
In the cold wide streets of morning
I’ll get my clean start

The birds will wake and sing dear
Just like my beating heart will do
I don’t know where I’ll be heading
But I’ll be walking away from you
There'll be footsteps out of shadows
No more pacing round in dust
In the cold wide streets of morning
I’ll be out of my rut

If I fold my plans and leave them
If I bolt out of no door
There'll be plans drawn up by midday
Not to fear anymore
All the promises I’ve broken
All the best laid plans I’ve wrecked
Oh the cold wide streets of morning
I haven’t seen you yet

All the cold wide streets of morning
I see you flash then fade away
It's not my head that wants to house you
I want to see you crisp and clear
I want to hear you round my eardrums
I want to know I've disappeared
I want to feel my feet crush under
I want to push my dust from here
I want know that circle’s broken
And all that shit’s been left behind
All the cold wide streets of morning
Are you just in my mind?

I’ll be free by the morning
Out on the wide streets looking cold
In every lone direction
With my hand wrapped round my gold
Track Name: Dead Year
I’m leaving when I shouldn’t be
The streets are starting to shade
I’m not fighting any longer
With the wolves that lie in wait
I know I told myself I’d keep these thoughts in line
But I’ve fought that fight before and they win every time

I’m walking, what’s familiar
Is the ditch, the fire, the hole
My eyes have seen the glory
Of the dying of the gold
And the white of my teeth started to feel black
I could have gone wherever I pleased and I walked into that

All this dead year I’ve been walking tryin to get somewhere
To get some pride, I need that peace in my head
But something inside me convinces me not to care
That all this dead year I’ve been walking tryin to get somewhere
And got nowhere

I’ve just been walking ‘tween two places
The valley and the peak
And that boulder keeps on rolling
As my hands play on repeat
I know it’s a circle where redemption comes up short
I’m feeling it can be found, but it can’t be sought

All this dead year I’ve been walking tryin to get somewhere
To get some pride, I need that peace in my head
But something inside me convinces me aaahhhh not to care
That all this dead year I’ve been walking tryin to get somewhere
And got nowhere

All this dead year I’ve been walking tryin to get somewhere
To get some pride, I need that peace in my head
But something inside me convinces me aaahhhh not to care
That all this dead year I’ve been walking tryin to get somewhere
And got nowhere
I just start again
Track Name: Soy Un Cabrón
Back through my darting eyes and dull head where I swore I’d walk up straight
Back through early hours where I buried the evidence
Back through that midnight when I turned to the howling wolves
Back to giving time to temptation until my cabrón boots are filled

Back through my darting eyes and dull head where I swore I’d walk up straight
Back through early hours where I buried the evidence
Back through that midnight when I turned to the howling wolves
Back to giving time to temptation until my cabrón boots are filled
Track Name: Let Them Go Into The Night
The barber sways with a razorblade
For the ones who want the light
Packs his head in with newspaper
And lets it go into the night
And he'll go the highwire with no tongue but that to ground
Shovels dug in shadows dug to bury the sound

Coming out of the clouds
Come Hannah, come
While wisps of men cough blood on their sleeves and let it run

The brother breathes now far away
Making medicines in spite
That there'll be none there left for him
When they’re set into the night
But he'll go to the shadows, to the blacks eyes of its hounds
And he'll go to the highwire and he'll go to the ground

Coming out of the clouds
Come Hannah, come
While wisps of men cough blood on their sleeves and let it run

The boxer grins with his rolling chin
And refuses to go down
The wrestler bangs his heart
I hear the trumpet’s golden sound
And I breath all they’ve given, all the ones that bring the fight
Siempre hay esperanza, let them go into the night
Track Name: Lay Me Down
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms

Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms

Undertaker, for my money
You're the only other way I can go
It's something, or nothing
Undertaker, I know that she knows

Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms

Undertaker, for my money
You're the only other way I can go
It's something, or nothing
Undertaker, I know that she knows

Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Lay me down, come lay me down
Hold me under with your arms
Track Name: Will You Go Out Like A Light With Me?
I never thought of running
Cos it never seemed so strange
To be there in my house surrounded by doubts
And a dozen dead costumes I’d raised
I just felt that holding pattern
My mind couldn’t shake off the blame
And I just couldn’t find where to leave those boys dying
I kept digging them up from their graves
But the times they rolled and changed
Without seeing the queen up their sleeve
I went on like a light when we stayed up all night
Will you go out like a light with me?

I never thought of running
When I woke with the morning spent
And the evening would slide right into the night
And I’d miss that good morning again
I just felt that holding pattern
I was tired like a TV repeat
And I just couldn’t find how to throw off my mind
And sing ‘Who’s gonna shoe your feet?’
But I stepped alone through the streets
Without seein the queen up their sleeve
I went on like a light when we stayed up all night
Will you go out like a light with me?

I never thought of running
To your arms in the newspaper dust
The names of the dead went into my head
As I grew up shit-scared of too much
I just felt that holding pattern
To the phonecalls I’d always say “no”
And at midnight I’d hide for my lack of pride
In the spare room of my parent’s home
But I circled that room like a drone
Without seein the queen up their sleeve
I went on like a light when we stayed up all night
Will you go out like a light with me

I never thought of running
When I lived in my hometown
I’d get the call, we’d sit and play pool
And I felt my dreams settle down
Into that holding pattern
In the darkness of a dead year I roamed
But those young nights did more than any self-brought on war
Cos it set my feet out the door
And I made my way through the streets
Without seeing the queen up their sleeve
I went out like a light when we stayed up all night
Will you go out like a light with me?

Legs were made for running
When there’s something that you’re running to
Now old Houdini ain’t got nothing on me
I made it somehow to you
And that shit from dark September
Well, you never can cover your graves
But now I’m gonna fight when my head feels the night
Of los muertos come to drag me away
Cos now I’m running along with el Tigre
And it’s mañana in bloom that I see
I went on like a light when we stayed up all night
Will you go out like a light with me?