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DRAW THE LINE

Drawtheline

Released: September 2009

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DRAW THE LINE

1. Fugitive (3:45)

Is the answer none of the above
Crouched in a hole like a mud-streaked fugitive
Every day a different version of
Pouring it away like water through a sieve
Hey better realize my friend
Lord in the end now you can’t take it with
Gotta live.If only for a second
I see it twinkling in your eye
Gotta try
Well it’s flesh and blood and camouflage
Straight into the wall now something’s gotta give
Just another act of sabotage
Seen through the haze of a mind-rot sedative
When will you realize my friend
Lord in the end now you can’t take it with
Gotta live.

If only for a second
I see it twinkling in your eye
Gotta try
The world that you’re forsaking
Is surely more than just a lie
Gotta try YEAH

Hey better realize my friend
Lord in the end now you can’t take it with
Gotta live.

If only for a second
I see it twinkling in your eye
Gotta try
The world that you’re forsaking
Is surely more than just a lie
Gotta try
It’s all there for the taking
And you don’t need to justify
Gotta try

Every day’s just a different version of…

2. Draw The Line (4:25)

Well we had to pull on something
So we’re grabbing at the threads
And now the world’s unravelling
Inside our very heads
Glasses smeared with lipstick
Hungry eyes out in the street
Same old bodies moving
To the same old beat
Had to draw the line
Had to draw the line
All this talk can hypnotize you and
We can ill afford
To give ourselves to sentiment
When our time is oh so short
There are names beneath the lichen
On these cemetery stones
And carnivals of silverfish
Waiting to dance upon our bones

Have to draw the line
Need to draw the line
Had to draw the line

I’ve been doubting yours baby
I’ve been doubting mine
I’ve been out of circulation
Where the sun don’t shine
I’ve been doubting fame and wealth
Charity, even Love itself
Draw the line

I ain’t saying he’s bad baby
I ain’t saying he’s good
Merely that he ain’t so different
Neath his executioners hood
In the name of liberty
In the name of brotherhood
Have to draw the line
Have to draw the line

Need to take some pride baby
Need to take some heart
Need to take evasive action
When the rumpus start
Here we are buck naked baby
But where should we begin
When it’s not the flesh we’re after
But the howlin’ ghost within

Have to draw the line
Need to draw the line
Had to draw the line
Need to draw the line

Have to draw the line
Pack your bags we’re going home
Help me draw the line
Pack your bags we’re going yeah
Had to draw the line
Pack your bags we’re going home
Need to draw the line
Pack your bags we’re going yeah
Had to draw the line
Pack your bags we’re going home
Had to draw the line

3. Nemesis (5:28)

Neath an avalanche
Soft as moss
I am a creeping and intangible sense of loss
I’m the memory you can’t get out your head
But if I leave you now
You’ll wish you were somewhere else instead

I’m the manta ray
I’m the louse
I am the photograph
They found in your burned out house
I am the sound of money washing down the drain
I am the pack of lies
Baby that keeps you sane

Gates of heaven are open wide
God help me baby I’m trapped inside
Feels like I’m buried alive

I’m the bottom line
Of the joke
I am ecstasy
Spilling like bright egg-yolk
I’m the thoughts you’re too ashamed to ever share
And I am the smell of it
You’re trying to wash out of your hair

Gates of heaven are open wide
God help me baby I’m lost inside
Feels like I’m buried alive
Possibilities limitless
Just give me something that’s more than this
One shot and I’ll never miss
Yes

I’m the babe that sleeps
Through the Blitz
I am a sudden and quite unexpected twist
I am your one true love
Who sleeps with someone else
I am your nemesis
Baby I’m life sweet life itself

4. Jackdaw (3:56)

I’m like a jackdaw
Cawing at your back door
Scratching at your windowpane
Hey throw your window wide
And taste the April night with me again
Girl we been veering
Backwards disappearing
Down into the murky deep
Baby come on
We’ll be a long time gone
That’s time enough for sleep
And hey now don’t run and hide
Your little heart away
If it’s gone
We’ll sure never find it
Pining for lost innocence
Our hammers beating hard
Against that old facade
Some other air to breathe
That we might break these moulds
And free our restless souls
Start to believe
That we can rise above
Our pettiness and love
Like we ain’t loved before
Free on this earth
As the surf that rolls
And crashes on the shore

And hey now don’t run and hide
Your little heart away
If it’s gone
We’ll sure never find it
Pining for lost innocence

Tantalizingly I saw
Our shadows moving through the door
Traces from a different time
When I was yours and you were truly mine
All mine

And I still want you yeah
I still want you yeah
I still want you yeah
I still want you yeah
And I still want you yeah
I still want you yeah
I still want you yeah
I still want you

And baby don’t run and hide
Your little heart away
If it’s gone
We’ll sure never find it
Pining for lost innocence
Pining for lost innocence
Pining for lost innocence

5. Kathleen (featuring Jolie Holland) (3:51)

Lay down my head by the wayside
My worn out shoes
Quite why she went I can’t decide
Yeah but I sure could use
One plate of food steaming and hot
Clean linen ironed
On a fresh made bed but I ain’t got
One salty dime, one salty dime
Just close your eyes it won’t take long
It won’t hurt a bit
Telling myself I could be strong
Or some such brave bullshit
Trucks are roaring by I’m a red ghost
In their tail light gleam
I’m a tumbleweed, I’m a spit roast
Just turning in your flame
Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
Cars they sound like waves that are breaking
On some distant shore
I gazed so hard into the great aching sky
It seemed that I, I wasn’t here no more
That my rushing blood was a river
My eyes two stars
My blowing hair all a quiver
A whispering field of grass
That murmurs as you pass
Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
That whispers out your name
Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
Oh my darlin’ Kathleen

6. First Chance (6:01)

Like a bird upon release
Through the atmosphere
Like a honking flock of geese
Winter drawing near
As the fabric comes unstitched
Hearts and minds and eyes bewitched
Standing watching for the smoke to clear
First chance I get I’m gone
Moses had his tablets yeah
Noah had his ark
All I got’s a haystack needle
Stabbing in the dark
Anguished cries and old footfalls
Permeate these paper walls
Need some action all you get is talk

First chance I get
I’m gone I’m outta here
First chance I get
I’m gone I’m outta here

Here’s one for the boys back home yeah
Here’s one for your spokes
A little taste of victory
To send back to your folks
Here’s one for the fireside
The grinning groom the blushing bride
Come and feast your eyes upon the hoax

First chance I get
I’m gone I’m outta here
First chance I get
I’m gone I’m outta here

Over Lake Superior
And the Arctic Sea
Through the dark interior
The stolen territory
Want it with the cream on top
One more lifetime swallowed up
He’ll be back yeah just you wait and see

First chance I get
I’m gone I’m outta here
First chance I get
I’m gone I’m outta here
First chance
First chance
I’m outta here
First chance
First chance
I’m outta here

And it’s a long way back
From where you are
And it’s a long way back
From where you are
And it’s a long way back
From where you are
It’s a long
It’s a long
It’s a long

7. Harder (3:53)

Can’t recall the moment when the doubt
Ripped your face
Or put my finger on quite when the fog
Took your place
Now we’ve been beating on it ’til we’re black and blue
Just what good exactly is it gonna do
Always so much harder
So much harder when you have to try
Could we at least agree upon the size
And the shape
The relative dimensions that the lie
Ought to take
For your delectation a scenario
Taken so much further than it needs to go
Always so much harder
Always so much
If we could get away just for a week or two
Baby let it burn the way it used to do
Always so much harder
So much harder when you have to try
And if the ground should open up
And swallow me
It would not stop
That minute hand from ticking off
The minutes ’til the penny drop

Not a breath of wind and not a cloud in the sky
All the better then to watch the world passing by
Passing by
Passing by
Passing by

8. Transformation (3:24)

Oh my hearties bold as brass
Roll it out like summer grass
Take me back where I come from
Transformation has begun
Throwing off the clothes of day
Complications fall away
All I am is laid to waste
Transformation takes my place
And just you keep it coming
A feeling I ain’t never felt before
And the way my heart is drumming
Well caution just goes flying right out the door
And ain’t this really something
We’re walking but our feet don’t touch the floor
Anymore

Standing quiet as a mouse
Rhododendrons for my house
Water lapping at my feet
Transformation is complete

9. Stella The Artist (3:39)

Stella she gave me a state of grace
I’m armour plated 4 inches thick
Now all I got was a little taste
I’m gibbering like a lunatic

Stella the artist
Just for now at least you’re mine
All mine
No need to be modest
As the daylight creeps
Take her hand and reach through time

I felt the sting of my own rebuke
Come spinning back like a boomerang
I swam the sea of psychotic puke
Nursing my love like a guilty pang

Stella the artist
Just for now at least you’re mine
All mine
No need to be modest
As the daylight creeps
Take her hand and reach through time

You’re only saying what they all say
You’re only saying what they all say
It should be more like the old days
It should be more like the old days
Oh man

Stella the artist
As the daylight creeps
Take her hand and reach
Stella the artist
Just for now at least you’re mine
All mine
No need to be modest
As the daylight creeps
And the floorboard creaks
And your poor heart leaps
Take her hand and reach through time

10. Breathe (4:40)

And then the doorbell rings
Somebody asks you could
You spare a little time
To feel the weight that’s mine
To lower down your guard
Yeah that your heart gets snagged
Caught in the wheels and dust dragged
Dangled o’er the edge
Breathe

You feel you’re in too deep
So offer up some crumb
And drop it in the tin
Then slither back within
Your crenellated wealth
Your educated self
Your family your rude health
And all the joy it brings
Aren’t we forgetting something
Feet out on the ledge
And breathe
Breathe
Breathe

Then in the heat of noon
It finds you like some dog
Got parked up in a field
Hermetically sealed
And scratching at the windshield
And howling at the glass
At anyone might walk past
Were you not aware
Were you not aware
Were you not aware
The sea of broken lives
Mechanics doctors housewives
Feet out on the ledge
Feet out on the ledge
Feet out on the ledge
And breathe
Breathe

11. Full Steam (featuring Annie Lennox) (4:12)

All our lives we’ve dreamed about it
Just to find that it was never real
This sure ain’t no great Valhalla
Coming closer each turn of the wheel
Forlorn, adrift on seas of beige
In this our Golden Age

This hurts us as much as it hurts you
Just lie back and think of England
Bullied, suckered, pimped and patronised
Every day your tawdry little lives
So loose your head
And step within
The silence deafening

Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it
Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming but still
Running full steam ahead

In and out of consciousness
It breaks my heart to see you like this
Crying, wringing hands and cursing fate
Always so little far too late
It’s 3am I’m wide awake
There’s still one call to make

Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it
Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it

Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming
But still running full steam
Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming but still
Running full steam
Now you
And I
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it
Now you
And I
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it