Phoenix Rising

by Nathan Duprey

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released April 1, 2004

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Track Name: One More Lie
No, I don’t believe in you
I don’t know why you want me to
I’m not the kind to pass the time
It’s kinda said you’d have to ask me why
So baby, maybe you won your bet
While you were cutting holes in my safety net
And you say you just need some time alone
Between biting words and throwing stones

Look fast, recover
There’s just one more lie left to discover
Lovelorn and faded
Skin on skin is overrated
Gunshots and robots
You got caught so take your time
Just look past the other
There’s just one more lie left to discover

It’s no surprise that you think I’m alone
With your casual words crawling out my phone
Well, what you got, I don’t want it
Well, what you’re not, I forgot it
A razor torn at the shoulder
Don’t you tell me to move over

Look fast, recover
There’s just one more lie left to discover
Lovelorn and faded
Skin on skin is overrated
Gunshots and robots
You got caught so take your time
Just look past the other
There’s just one more, one more lie

One more lie, one more lie, one more lie
One more lie, one more lie, one more lie
One more lie, one more lie, one more lie
One more lie, one more lie, one more lie

You just take your time
You just take your time
Track Name: Rubberband
It’s too late to end
It’s too early to start again
Hate is love’s companion
And they’re asking me to pretend
I kick sand on the sidewalk
While my tear-colored hands hold the dreams I could never dare
The crisis is simple now, which doesn’t seem fair

And I’m undressed now
I am a rubberband
Reach, bend
Ripping apart at the ends
It’s fine —
Fine, cause I live to extend

Anyone can say it’s easy to walk away
But to walk away forever is like walking with feet made of clay
So I’ll just retreat
To where everyone holds their own hands under their routines
Everyone’s graceful
Everyone’s a fool

And I’m undressed now
And I, I am a rubberband
Reach, bend
Ripping apart at the ends
It’s fine —
Fine, cause I live
I live
I live
I live

I bite my tongue
The bee gets stung
I changed my mind
One more time
Track Name: Phoenix
All my life’s ablaze
And ashes take my place
And all the dreams are on the ground
This heart is like a house that’s burning down

But I’ll rise like a phoenix from the fire
All my ashes do conspire
But I’ll rise like a phoenix from the fire
Like a phoenix from the fire

And I’ll watch the matches burn
Wondering when I’ll learn
And it’s a strange kind of hurt this fire brings
But these tears will heal everything
Yeah, these tears will heal everything

And I’ll rise like a phoenix from the fire
And all my ashes do conspire
But I’ll rise, I’ll rise
I’ll rise, I’ll rise now
Like a phoenix from the fire

And I wish that you could see me now
Icarus just passed me on his way down
And nothing’s gonna stop me now
I said nothing’s gonna stop me now

And I’ll rise like a phoenix from the fire
And all my ashes do conspire
But I’ll rise, I’ll rise
I’ll rise, I’ll rise, I’ll rise
Like a phoenix from the fire
Like a phoenix from the fire
Like a phoenix from the fire
Track Name: So Close to Heaven
Deep, humid fear
It fills every wondering cell
I claimed to be so close to heaven
But I feel like I’m in hell

Hometown memories
Where everything seems to fade
Would I find grace if I looked with my eyes closed
Or am I just too far away

It feels my life moves in circles
Like earth to the sun
I move backwards
And I depend on everyone
And every road I think will lead to a new beginning
It leads me back to where I had begun

Tuesday comes, I’m still right here
And I’m fighting this lack of emotion
Maybe my angel took a vacation from me
And I’m left here alone

But it feels this fight is getting stronger
These hours as they pass
I want answers
Or something that will last
A peace of mind that won’t dissolve with me in the morning
Or is that too much to ask

And all I wanted was a little piece of forever
But what is forever anyway
Something some poet dreamed
To rid his mind of never
Or at least that’s the way it seems
Track Name: Where To Begin
I am alone on a railroad car
Wondering how the stars got to where they are
And I’m whistling
Competing with the wind
And I’m asking where to begin now
Where to begin

Can you see the sky as a highway, a moving tide?
And reach out your arms to touch this for a little while
And now I’m sure I’ll never get that far
Singing to myself
Half drunk in graveyards

Well, every cell I have, and everything I am
Is just screaming inside me again
I can’t remember the last time I felt this way
I felt this way

I am alone on a railroad car
Track Name: Adeline
I could sail upon these shallow waters
Telling tales
Sitting, flipping quarters
I know where to go
Ripples to the oceans flow
Take my hand —
I think they know

Sweet Adeline
Come and save me
Sweet friend of mine
They wish I’d die
Well, maybe I’ll get by
Baby, on my own
I got a microphone
And a place to go

Locker doors
Adolescent wars
Finding me, and I’m —
I’m drowning in the deepest seas
And I can’t see your shores
I can’t see the ocean floor
But I know where to go
I ripple, and she knows

Sweet Adeline
Come and save
Sweet friend of mine
They wish I’d die
Well, maybe I’ll get by
Baby, on my own
I got a microphone
And a place to go

And they wish I’d die
They wish I’d die
They wish I’d die
They wish I’d die
They wish I’d die
They wish I’d die

So don’t you tell ‘em all about me
Don’t you tell ‘em all about me
Don’t you tell ‘em how we used to ride our bikes
Tell ‘em all about me
Don’t you tell ‘em all about me
Don’t you tell ‘em about the tear stain in my eye
Tell ‘em all about me
Don’t you tell ‘em all about me
Don’t you tell ‘em how we used to ride our bikes
Tell ‘em all about me
Don’t you tell ‘em all about me
Don’t you tell ‘em about the tear stain in my eyes
Track Name: Find Me a River
Cast away my tidal waves
My everyday, my wedding cake
This is not the best of me
I just can’t believe that I can’t believe

I want to be a shepherd, and a cowboy
And I’ll just roam the way they used to go
Find me a river
Yeah, find me a river
Oh, find me a river
Draw me in

Untie my hands from these rubber bands
I’m closer now, and I’ve got some plans
Well, the horizon’s gone, but I have a light
This firefly, this moon so bright

I want to be shepherd, and a cowboy
And I’ll just roam the way they used to go
Find me a river
Yeah, find me a river
Oh, find me a river
Draw me in

And draw me in
And draw me in

I burn my bridges at the first signs of rain
And I just gave my last umbrella away

So just find me a river
I don’t need a savior
If you just find me a river
And draw me in
And draw me in
And draw me in
And draw me in
And draw me in
Track Name: The Others
It looks like I’ve been identified
And told I could pass through the eye of a needle
So I tried
And there’s no word so violent
To describe the hands that reach out for a light in the darkness
And get denied

And if it’s proof you’re looking for
Some divine sign this is real
It’s just a song and nothing more
Just one turn of a spinning wheel

I could cry the sky to shame
Build a mountain in my name
But I promise I’d still be the same
I’m not like the others
I’m not like the others
I’m not like the others

Hidden cameras
Well, they found me out
Deep in the part of the heart that wanders
Beyond the doubt
But in this room it’s silent, with no disguise
And nobody else to define what I’m feeling, or criticize

And if it’s proof you’re looking for
Some divine sign this is real
It’s just a song and nothing more
Just one turn of a spinning wheel

I could cry the sky to shame
Build a mountain in my name
But I promise I’d still be the same
I’m not like the others
I’m not like the others
I’m not like the others

And yes, I tried
I tried to see the world through different eyes
Yeah, I tried
But I can’t fix what I can’t change
I’d just be the same

I could cry the sky to shame
Build a mountain in my name, but I —
But I promise I’d still be the same
I’m not like the others
I’m not like the others
I’m not like the others
Track Name: These Colors Red
I am a black and white photograph
I’m charcoal, birch tree, white Cadillac
I’m the iris in the eye of hope
That knows just what it lacks
And I want to be roses instead

I’m just an empty park bench on a fall day
I’m hot, black asphalt to your summer parade
And if you think you could take the time to paint these colors red
Well, then I think I could change my mind
And be roses instead

I’m in a midnight graveyard throwing stones again
And I ask the furthest star
Can you see the end
And are there roses in your galaxy that know no thorn’s lament
Because I left my roses for these thorns
And I’m sure I’m at the end

I am a black and white photograph
I’m charcoal, birch tree, white Cadillac
And if you think you could take the time to pain these colors red
Well, then I think I could change my mind
And be roses instead
Track Name: Let It Go
The neighbors put up their new wind chimes
And they’re laughing tonight
Beneath this velvet sky
And these two street lights
That glow so close to home
The home I used to know
Well, keep glowing
Glow

In this moment I feel blessed
That I know I’m no better
No better than the rest
That I’ve got yellow lemonade
On sun-filled Summer days
That I’ve got love to fill my heart
And wash my cares away

And I could let it all go
Let it all go
To know that peace is a river
And love is a blanket
And everyone deep inside must know

The Sunday paper says the world is falling down
But the weather’s getting better
Things just might turn around
Well, maybe one day
A voice soft as rain will will wake the children inside us and we’ll say

That we could let it all go
Let it all go
To know that peace is a river
And love is a blanket
And everyone deep inside must know

Peace is a river
Peace is a river
Peace is a river

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