The Green Year

by Joanna Burns

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released 01 May 2011

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Track Name: Us
Oh us
You know we're all the same
We wear the same damn clothes
We say the same damn things
and everybody knows
that we are all alike
no matter how special we may think we are inside

We look
We look at what we are
and swear it's what we're not
It seems we always knew
But maybe we forgot
that we are all alike
no matter how special we may think we are inside

Caught you from the back (wooah)
like a heart attack (wooah)
But I tell you there're no reason to run
away from the truth
cause it's all been done
and we're nothing new

Oh us
We don't say what we mean
and we don't mean what we say
We pretty up our words
to fit the roles we play
And we are all alike
no matter how special we may think we are inside

Caught you from the back (wooah)
like a heart attack (wooah)
But I tell you there're no reason to run
away from the truth
cause it's all been done
and we're nothing new

Caught you from the back (wooah)
like a heart attack (wooah)
Took you by surprise (wooah)
right before your eyes (wooah)
Taught you something old (wooah)
Feel it in your soul (wooah)
But I tell you there're no reason to run
away from the truth
cause it's all been done
and we're nothing new
Track Name: Make Me Hate You
Stop looking the way you do
Stop saying the things you say
Stop making the faces that you make
That make me want to see you every day
Stop helping me off the ground
Stop showing me things I wouldn't have found on my own

And all the laugh lines that we drew
Just put 'em away for now
Shine your smile somewhere else
Cause I'm sure I could do without
Another reason for me to think about you

I'm asking you
Make this easy on me
Not behind my back
Hurt me so I can see
Go on, knock me down
Tell me I'm your pain
Help me find a way
To make me hate you, make me hate you




I might burn all your letters note by note
Destroying everything you wrote to me
To forget you completely
Like a premise for a movie scene
I'll make sure my hands are clean
Convincing everyone that this was best for us both

But all the laugh lines that we drew
Just put 'em away for now
Shine your smile somewhere else
Cause I'm sure I could do without
Another reason for me to talk about you

I'm asking you
Make this easy on me
Not behind my back
Hurt me so I can see
Go on, knock me down
Tell me I'm your pain
Help me find a way
To make me hate you
Make me hate you

I'm asking you
Make this easy on me
Not behind my back
Hurt me so I can see
Go on, knock me down
Tell me I'm your pain
Help me find a way
Help me find a way
Help me find a way
To make me hate you
Make me hate you
Make me hate you
Make me hate you
Come on and just try, just try, just try a little
To make me hate you
Track Name: For You
I keep, keep on keeping the time
And I work, work my hands to the bone
With no one here to see
With no one here to see
That I live to make up feel good
So I've done the best that i could
With much apology
With much apology
There's a silence that's unraveling the fabric of my soul
Breaking me
I'll play a bit harder
I'll sing a bit louder
Just to put my feet down on the ground
I'll take your suggestion
I'l act without question
Spinning around and around
For you, only you
I reach for something to say
But I choke, choke on every word
They're gonna laugh at me, oh
They're gonna laugh at me
I know what you wanna hear
So I'll spit it out loud and clear
How simple can it be, oh
How simple can it be
All the things that go unnoticed here will start to take their toll
Breaking me
I'll play a bit harder
I'll sing a bit louder
Just to put my feet down on the ground
I'll take your suggestion
I'll act without question
Spinning around and around
For you, only you
This is me
This is my armor down
Standing on top of the world
This is me
It's all I've got and I'm not gonna lose myself into the crowd
Into the crowd
I'll play a bit harder
I'll sing a bit louder
Just to put my feet down on the ground
I'll take your suggestion
I'll act without question
Spinning around and around
For you, only you
Track Name: Where You Stand
I won't be the one to collapse at the door
underneath all of this burden, my future secure
like an ugly bag of bones
Lord, there's got to be more
Oh, let's do this
I could wait around for the okay to go
I could live with my mistakes
Lord, you reap what you sow
But when it's time for cashing it
then I'll finally know that I blew this
Hey

Hurt's gonna hurt you, child
So you need never ask why
But time's gonna hurt you more
if you don't even try

When you get right down to the end of the day
and you've lost your heart with your mind in the way
you should up and leave but you're just gonna stay singing
Woah, woah

If you're ever, ever
happy where you stand, you can give yourself a hand
If you're clever, clever
never let it go, grab it fast and keep it close

I don't get involved with the A and the B
cause a journey's only made of the steps in between
Take the blinders from my eyes and I'll finally see
I can do this
Hey

Hurt's gonna hurt you, child
So you need never ask why
But time's gonna hurt you more
if you don't even try

Cause when you get right down to the end of the day
and you've lost your heart with your mind in the way
you should up and leave but you're just gonna stay singing
Woah, woah

If you're ever, ever
happy where you stand, you can give yourself a hand
If you're clever, clever
never let it go, grab it fast and keep it close

Just a couple years worth of living to do
If I'm working for the end, then I'm missing the clue
that the future is the now and the now is in you
Oh, I knew this
Hey

Hurt's gonna hurt you, child
So you need never ask why
But time's gonna hurt you more
if you don't even try

When you get right down to the end of the day
and you've lost your heart with your mind in the way
you should up and leave but you're just gonna stay singing
Woah, woah
Woah, woah
Woah, woah
Track Name: Simply Speak
There are so many things that I'm longing to say
From the morning to the night, I hold them at bay
But I don't make a move, I live in the gray
Just hoping that they'll find their way to you

(Oh) I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
Where'd you get my number
Where'd You get my number
(Oh) I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
Where'd you get my number
Where'd You get my number

Same old story that it hurts just to be next to you
so move and inch or two from me
Getting so bad that I can't even look at you
and all the things you do
Well I could be
better off than the way I'm living
if I'll ever learn to simply speak

You wake up in your bed
You get on with your life
You don't think about my struggles, my pain and my strife
and if you do, I cannot help but deny
everything I mean to say to you

(Oh) I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
Where'd you get my number
Where'd You get my number
(Oh) I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
Where'd you get my number
Where'd You get my number

Same old story that it hurts just to be next to you
so move and inch or two from me
Getting so bad that I can't even look at you
and all the things you do
Well I could be
better off than the way I'm living
if I'll ever learn to simply speak

In my silence,
al the volumes left unread
are starting to travel to the world outside my head
Out side my head

(Oh) I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
Where'd you get my number
Where'd You get my number
(Oh) I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
I'm trying, won't you leave me alone
Where'd you get my number
Where'd You get my number
Same old story that it hurts just to be next to you
so move and inch or two from me
Getting so bad that I can't even look at you
and all the things you do
Well I could be
Same old story that it hurts just to be next to you
so move and inch or two from me
Getting so bad that I can't even look at you
and all the things you do
Well I could be
better off than the way I'm living
if I'll ever learn to simply speak
Track Name: Small Things
I've turned around all the things I've known
And I guess that's okay
Sand seeps through and in this span, I've grown
I'm living in today
Tonight, a new chapter opened
Down in the alley, I fell
Cold negated by word spoken
And its pages still tell

That it hurts to be deaf when you've always known sound
And it hurts to be blind when you've seen what surrounds
And the curtain falls quickly and covers our town
Cause we all miss the small things when they're not around
When they're not around

A first kiss, a love note
A hand never held
High above the soapbox, his cinnamon smelled
You know you'll never leave
Cause Ruthie touched your hand
And still, my heart hurts
Cause they'll never understand

That it hurts to be deaf when you've always known sound
And it hurts to be blind when you've seen what surrounds
And the curtain falls quickly and covers our town
Cause we all miss the small things when they're not around
When they're not around

That it hurts to be deaf when you've always known sound
And it hurts to be blind when you've seen what surrounds
And the curtain falls quickly and covers our town
Cause we all miss the small things when they're not around
When they're not around
Track Name: In My Car
In my car, I'm the best singer
the world has ever seen
And in my car, I conduct each movement
as it's written before me
And hidden inside these four doors is an entire symphony
In my car
car

Into the night, everything's right
Front of a magazine
Leads me to shout, driving about
Purging my spirit clean
Cause hidden inside these four doors is an entire symphony
In my car
car

So long (I'll be light years away)
So long (to the thought of today)
So long (I'll be ready to fly)
So long (in the blink of an eye)
So long
Gone is where I'll stay

Four little wheels, rubber and steel
Carry me sea to sea
Taking it home
I'm not alone
I've got the sound with me
Cause hidden inside these four doors
is an entire symphony
In my car
Car

So long (I'll be light years away)
So long (to the thought of today)
So long (I'll be ready to fly)
So long (in the blink of an eye)
So long
Gone is where I'll stay

Please don't look at me
Keep your eyes ahead
and leave me to the night
So long
So long
So long
So long
Gone is where I'll stay (I'll be light year away)
So long (to the thought of today)
So long (I'll be ready to fly)
So long (in the blink of an eye)
So long
Gone is where I'll stay
Track Name: Be That Lonely
There is a way
to keep at bay
any soul who wants to come inside
You know I always go to a place whose walls I can confide in
We were meant to be
part of some big picture you can't see
For now, would you allow me to lock the door and
throw away the key

Call me crazy
Flags start raising
I just want to be that lonely
When the lights go down and
there's no sound well
I just want to be that lonely now

Last July, the time flew by
Monday morning pulled one right on over me
I couldn't see
that the body fights with what the mind wants
When I saw again
I resolved to take the time to carve a space
a quiet place where I lock the door and throw away
the key

Call me crazy
Flags start raising
I just want to be that lonely
When the lights go down and
there's no sound well
I just want to be that lonely now

Call me crazy
Flags start raising
I just want to be that lonely
When the lights go down and
there's no sound well
I just want to be that lonely
Call me crazy
Flags start raising
I just want to be that lonely
When the lights go down and
there's no sound well
I just want to be that lonely now
Track Name: 63 Summers
63 years in the fall
Sarah's forgotten it all
She wears my ring
But she doesn't know who I am
How we were
Who she was
Why I'm kissing her
I was a hard working man
Cared for my family and then
One day I looked
And all of the people I knew, they were gone
Only me living on
Now I visit my wife
Still the love of my life
And hope that she one day will see in my eyes
The 63 summers I stayed by her side and the rest
The rest I would stay
Oh my god
It's so fast
Then it's done
Track Name: Find Your Way [Feat. Ernie Halter]
Try and keep it simple
Leave a little head room
Baby, you could find your way
Start from the beginning
You can do your own thing
Baby, you could find your way

It's not so hard
when you take what you get and you do what you know
It's not so hard
if you just shut your mouth and you go with the flow

But you complicate
and you concentrate and deliberate
til nothing seems to resonate

Try and keep it simple
Leave a little head room
Baby, you could find your way
Start from the beginning
You can do your own thing
Baby, you could find your way

Just let it be
You can leave well enough all alone by itself
Just let it be
Why you reaching for the top of the shelf?

Cause you complicate
and you concentrate and deliberate
til nothing seems to resonate

Try and keep it simple
Leave a little head room
Baby, you could find your way
Start from the beginning
You can do your own thing
Baby, you could find your way

Try and keep it simple
Leave a little head room
Baby, you could find your way
Start from the beginning
You can do your own thing
Baby, you could find your way
Track Name: Where Your Song is Sung
Rain poured on top of my roof
From out of the sky
Out of the sky
Out of the sky fell some diamonds on you
And they caught my eye
They caught my eye
They caught my eye as they shimmered in your hair
Turning your straight lines to waves, I felt the air
Fill up my lungs
Where your song is sung
That night when we drove down the highway
In two separate cars
Well we weren't far
We weren't far from the world underneath us
Where things get so hard
No, we weren't far
We weren't far from just saying how it is
And turning those straight lines to waves with just a kiss
You filled up my lungs
Where your song is sung
If time became suddenly solid
Like tangible, malleable clay
I would hold that time in my hands
And let the fabric fray
But each time that I've tried to keep it
It just slips through my fingers again
So if 2a.m.'s in my pocket
I'm gonna make it rain til I say when
Somewhere a long way from here
Is someone like me
And someone like you
Someone like you who's got nothing to fear
And they'll make it through
With someone like you
Someone like you hits the ground and starts to run
Smiles big and wide into the barrel of a gun
You filled up my lungs where your song is sung
You filled up my lungs where your song is sung
You filled up my lungs where your song is sung
Track Name: Blue
I've never
never seen a bluer blue
The night time is bluer than I ever knew
and gentle, cradling the moon

The starlight is moving and so am I
It ripples in circles and rolls with the tide
out to sea
out to sea
Borrowing faces of people it loves
The mirrors of dark and the white of the doves
Oh the breeze
Oh the breeze

Whenever birds are flying overhead
my heart cries wishing it was me instead
then quiets like a child in bed

In dreams I am soaring through space and through time
The clocks that surround me are starting to rhyme
with the sea
with the sea
I'm lucid, I'm hopeful, I'm starting to rust
The rain clouds are turning me back into dust
Oh the breeze
Oh the breeze

I've never
never seen a bluer blue
The night time is bluer than I ever knew
And gentle, cradling the moon