Rising: Liner Notes

Author’s Note: These liner notes (when not being referenced for group sing-a-longs) should be read aloud with diction and forthrightness.  

Even if you are alone.

-AB


New Romance
Sunny days are just beginning.
The light is stretching longer every hour.
And the clouds are retaining
The shapes our imaginations want to show.
So why’d you have to go
When the day was moving twice as slow?
Promise me, that you’ll be back at dawn
So we can be laughing on the lawn.
And the whole wide world can pass us by
Because I won’t live with tears in your eyes.
No I won’t. I can’t
Because you’re my new romance.

Wine is flowing and I like that.
I’m glad you love it, girl because I do too.
Oh it fuels, fuels my passions.
Smell the flowers and lay back down with me.
So why’d you have to go
When the day was moving twice as slow?
Promise me, that you’ll be back at dawn
So we can be laughing on the lawn.
And the whole wide world can pass us by
Because I won’t live with tears in your eyes.
No I won’t. I can’t
Because you’re my new romance

Your Song
Will you take me back home again?
I just can’t shed this chill.  Keep me warm.
I think I loved you more than you,
Wanted to be loved so I’ll wait for you until

You write your biography;  every letter.
And I hope to see my name in chapter twenty-three.
In a recurring supporting role, with charm.
In a climactic quarter-life scene that you know is just getting going.

La, la la la
La la la la la la.
We say, “La, la la la, la la
La la la la la la la.”

You’ll call me if you’re free…If you’re free.
I know to lock you in in advance.
I’m warming to your hold on me.
It won’t be long in time before you feel the same.

Don’t be afraid that you’ll disappear.
You underestimate yourself with me.
I think I loved you more than you,
Wanted to be loved so I’ll wait for you until

La, la la la
La la la la la la.
We say, “La, la la la, la la
La la la la la la la.”

Cheshire Friend
Have you ever been played,
Strung along and left outside to dry?
Have you ever been portrayed
As a gullible man, a simple, innocent guy?
The embarrassment that ensues,
Is enough to take the fire out of your heart.
Who knows what you’ll lose,
They should tell you from the start

And I was only true
And you were only grinning through
‘Cause we would never add to a greater degree
Silly me, my Cheshire friend

Have you ever been mistrewn,
Shaded through to a deeper darker hue?
Have you ever been detuned,
To a singable key, but a catastrophic doom?

Your words are all so thin
And on the cusp of a cryptic sin
What amends you’ll have to make I guess we’ll see.
Silly me, my Cheshire friend

I was only trusting
You to stop combusting my untimely carpe diem.
Hold on now, ’cause you’ve been gone,
For a long while, a long while

Have you ever…
Have you ever…
Felt this way.
Have you ever…
Have you ever…
Felt this way.

So give up this hot charade.
Looks like you’ve got it almost made.
Good luck with all the jacked up repercussions that will ensue,
Silly you, my Cheshire friend.

I was only trusting
You to stop combusting my untimely carpe diem.
Hold on now, cause you’ve been gone, for a long while, a long while

Firefly 
It must have been rough.
She won’t stop crying;
Blood-shoot eyes through hair,
It’s never really fair.
But I will hold her
Until she falls asleep,
Her wings resting over her feet.

The shadows on the wall,
Cast by her soft glow
Tell a tale of her growing old.
Well I love her.
She lights up my sky even in the night.
She’s my firefly.

Light my way.
Get me lost.
Lead me nowhere.
I follow her in to the night.
Firefly,
Fire of life.
She’s my firefly.

Fool
Once again alone at the table,
Exuding an air that you just can’t label.
Songs of love are in my head again.

My feet are stone,
But my heart beats so fast I can hear it groan.
I can smile again.

Way down in time,
I hear the rhyme,
I hear the tone,
Your lovely tone,
Your lovely eyes
Are staring at mine.

Way down in space,
I see that lace,
I see that color,
That lovely color,
That lovely smile upon your face.

‘Cause I’m a fool for you
And I’m feeling love so true.

Hold on let me get the candles,
Setting the mood is a scene I can handle.
Bat those gorgeous eyes at me again.

Now come on over to me,
Move that body oh so elegantly.
I’m struck again.

‘Cause I’m a fool for you
And I’m feeling love so true

Turn the lights down the low.
We can take it slow down by the fire.

I adore you madly.
That’s why I’m craving you so badly.
Let’s get higher, higher.

‘Cause I’m a fool for you
And I’m feeling love so true.

You
You. Will you slip away
Or take on another day, without me by your side?
And I. Will I just erase
The memory of your face, your lips on a glass of wine?

And if I could have my way would I just fly so high, passing the sky?
Fly on, fly on, fly on from you.

You. What will it take
To take back that mistake, why won’t you reply?
And I. What will I say?
I can’t say that it’s ok, just give me a bit more time.

And if you could have your way would you just fly so high, passing the sky?
Fly on, fly on, fly on from me.

I know these talons on my mind.
I know these feathers in my hair.
I know these flights by moonlit signs. I do
Float blindly in the air.

You. How will you become
If you say you’re done, pushing like a bird on the wire?
And I. How will I be?
There’s no epiphany for the rise and fall of love.

And if we could have our way would we just fly so high, passing the sky?
Fly on, fly on, fly on.

Don’t Throw Me Away
I want to seduce you.
I want to hold you.
I hope you call me, I want you to love me too.
Love me too.

I want to touch you
Like you’ve never been touched before.
I want to have you
Like you’ve never been had before.

When you’re ready
You can have me too.
When you’re ready
You can have me too.

Don’t throw me away.
I had only just begun
To show you what I can do for you.
Don’t taunt me this way.
Let me give you some of mine,
Just a taste, just a tease, just a raise, just a reason to want me.
You’ll see.
You’ll see.

I guarantee
That I’ll be all you want me to be.
So call my name
And love will never be the same.

When you’re ready
You can have me too.
When you’re ready
You can have me too.

Don’t throw me away.
I had only just begun
To show you what I can do for you.
Don’t taunt me this way.
Let me give you some of mine,
Just a taste, just a tease, just a raise, just a reason to want me.
Just a taste, just a tease, just a raise, just a reason to want me.

Elevated
Give me time; I give all my time to you,
But you keep on standing on that pedestal up high.
I’ve been kind; please be kind enough to me.
Take me with you, I’m here on my knees

Give me something; give me something I can’t do without
Show me why you can justify being rude.
Just let me; just let me be your satellite
Circling ‘round and ‘round.

‘Cause you’re elevated and I want to be as high as you.
Don’t keep me grounded because you don’t think I’m good for you.
I’d rather be elevated instead of dragging you down.

What’s the worst thing; what’s the best thing that could happen?
Either you’re going to like me better or hate yourself more.
So pull now, pull me up up off my knees.
Help me save some face.

‘Cause you’re elevated and I want to be as high as you.
Don’t keep me grounded because you don’t think I’m good for you.
I’d rather be elevated instead of dragging you down.

Give me time, I give all my time to you
But you keep on standing on that pedestal up high.
I’ve been kind, please be kind enough to me
Take me with you, I’m here on my knees

Sometimes
She says she loves me sometimes.
She laughs when she kisses me most of the time.
I know she’s something beautiful, but she’s only wants to be a heart-ful sometimes.

She returns my calls sometimes.
She’s clear like writing on the wall at no time.
I know she’s something unobtainable, but I have hope

When she smiles at me
My heart’s in anarchy.
I want to tell her gently
That she hurts me sometimes.

She’s lying there when I wake sometimes.
She whispers that she wants me a quarter of the time.
It’s tearing me to pieces, but I just can’t get enough sometimes.

She’s happy when I write her a song sometimes.
She thinks that we get along a portion of the time.
And she only wants to stay over if it suits her, why don’t I tell her no?

When she smiles at me
My heart’s in anarchy.
I want to tell her gently
That she hurts me sometimes.

Sometimes when her words are the right ones, but seem to fall flat
Do I call her on this one, what will she think of that?
She’s pulling me, pulling me.

When I smile at her
Will she return it for sure?
I want her to tell me gently
That she won’t hurt me anymore.

Incognito
The time has come for me to go on my way.
You’ll see where I go from here, but dear you can’t stay near.

Why will there be this hero complex in me
Trying to save you from your misery
The sweet muse of nightmares, pain and agony, oh no?

So take the time and see what’s right for you may not be right for me.
Down and down the rabbit hole we went, further illusioning ourselves.
We spent twenty-four months in more rain than sunshine.

But our days were not wasted for me.
Now I know I’m not afraid of what I’ll be.
‘Cause I’m moving on, moving from behind.
I’m packing my cape and going incognito this time.

Why oh why, do I keep falling for those who have already fallen?
Once they’ve jumped I can’t help them, when will they realize that I can’t really fly?
Everlasting tarnish on my name, remove yourself because I need help the same.
I have demons, it can’t always be me who they’re leaning on.

But our days were not wasted for me.
Now I know I’m not afraid of what I’ll be.
‘Cause I’m moving on, moving from behind.
I’m packing my cape and going incognito this time.

However much I want to be, I’m not your comic book savior.
However much I want to be, I’m not your comic book savior.
However much I want to be, I’m not your comic book savior.

‘Cause I’m moving on, moving from behind.
I’m packing my cape and going…
I’m packing my cape and going…
I’m packing my cape and going incognito this time.

Wake Up
Wake up. Wake up.
The day awaits. You don’t want to be late.
Even though it’s cold outside
The warmth you bring when you’re by my side is worth it
(At least for me).
(At least for me).

Shine on. Shine on.
Like you’ve never burned so far. You’ll be a morning star.
I was told a supernova
Wasn’t entirely out of the question yet so you’d better get set
For what you need.
For what you need.

Don’t wait for shadows. Shine on. Shine on.
Don’t wait for shadows. Shine on. Shine on.

I was told you were so bright.
You were so bright.
You were so bright inside.

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