The Green Year

by Joanna Burns

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1.
03:35
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
2.
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
3.
03:56
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
4.
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
5.
04:37
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
6.
04:28
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
7.
04:03
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
8.
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
9.
02:28
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
04:31
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

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released May 1, 2011

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