Lyrics

Click on an album for lyrics.
No Dividing Line
Love and then Hope
Last Drive (Darren Smith solo album)
Tell the Rising Sun
Hum of the Motor
Any Place At All
Legends & Lies

No Dividing Line

"The Wear"

 

Hand to me
Your struggles of the moment
Because I can take a little more than I’ve got
Or so I believe
I know it may not look that way
Made my own troubles into such a lot

Stay on a while
Can you help me help you?
So at least for one night
I’ll be the one who was there
Stow away the truths
That you know about me 

I am almost sure now
And I’ll convince you somehow
That we are better not worse
For the wear 

Bring down the heat
I warmed it up from yesterday
Giving time a chance to make the taste
No story goes
Straight to the good part
That would render all our triumphs to be such a waste 

So fuel up again
‘Cause I’ve a lot left in me
And I intend on this night
To bring you nothing but care
Read me your rights
It was time they’re honored 

You pulled me this far somehow
So I’ll take the heavy oar now
We will be better not worse
For the wear

Like the well worn letters on this guitar
We wait for the wine, knowing years are so good to it
There’s something to be said for us coming this far
It would be such a shame if we didn’t learn from it
That’s why I’m here to lend the strength that you have earned from it

So fuel up again
‘Cause I’ve a lot left in me
And I intend on this night
To bring you nothing but care
Read me your rights
It was time they’re honored

I am almost sure now
And I’ll convince you somehow
That we are better not worse
For the wear
We will be better not worse
For the wear

 

"Borrowed Troubles"

Where can I run?
That I haven’t run a hundred times before?
And why should anyone trust me anymore?
Hold me to my word for once
I’ve finally lost my nerve
And my intent to take even more thing from you

How will all my debts get paid?
When I don’t know the ones I’ve made?

Now I can’t borrow any more trouble
Until I lose some of my own
Every old lie gets more than doubled down
Even on its own
You know, I’ve borrowed time
And I’ve borrowed faith that love is blind
Now I owe so much
Could you be so kind
To borrow these troubles of mine?
Borrow these troubles of mine

World, give me strength now
Because I’ve never been the force I meant to be
And there’s no heaven here that can help me
So I must help myself
I can beg and borrow, steal some more, and then die some more
But there’s not much of me to go
As I think we both know now

How do I redeem myself
When I do only bad things well?

Now I can’t borrow any more trouble . . .

Lay them out
And if you sort through them you’ll find
That all the blame is aimed right at me
For all these troubles of mine
All these troubles of mine

I can’t borrow any more trouble . . .

"Hey My Love"

I still walk around, and I wonder
What are the pieces of you that I have left?
I look up above, and I feel you
Helping me still try to do my best

Recite from memory
The things we’d see together, you and I
And all but for our fate we’d be there now
And you know, there will never be
Another one who can shelter me
So my love, please tell me how
Hey my love, I could use you now

Those were ragged days, in the summertime
When we couldn’t keep the light out if we tried
Now my life’s a maze that I stagger through
The only way I’m going to make it’s with you by my side

So can I hold on to everything we ever were
While I figure out what’s left of me?
I’m going to hold the shards of my life out
For you to gaze upon them

So my love, tell me what you see
Hey my love, you’re still good for me

Hey my love, hey my love
Where’s that horizon we all come upon?
Hey my love, hey my love
Save me a place there, out on your ocean

I remember now
What I meant to say
In the honey-colored light of that last day
It’s that everything
You ever were
Is all the proof I'll ever need you were heaven made

Hey my love, hey my love
Where’s that horizon we all come upon?
Hey my love, hey my love
Could you save me a place there, out on your ocean?

"Star"

So many things I’ve done
Seemed like good ideas at the time
I still don’t know whether they were
Or even if they were mine
But I did try, I tried
I did break myself in the long pursuit of what’s right
And now as I lay dying
I have one favor to ask
Can you help me to have mattered?

Can you hold my star?
Can you carry it on?
You can raise it high in a moonless sky
And there not forget me when I’m gone
When I’m gone, star
When I’m gone

Bid at the auction house
On a tired piece of land
I knew whatever I made of myself
Would have to be with my two hands
And I did toil, oh, and toil
’Til the sunrises and the sunsets ran together
And that’s when I met her
I mean met you, and I knew
That my life could not get better

Because you hold my star
Now you can carry it on
You can hail my shine in your hardest times
And there I’ll protect you when I’m gone
When I’m gone, star
When I’m gone

For the reason that I’m not ever leaving you
Maybe gone is the wrong word to use
But without you in my arms
I’ll be so much less, and so hard-pressed to stay
Oh, but I’ll stay

If you hold my star
And you carry it on

"High Horses"

Think of the life up there
Living long but knowing that you’ll never
Breathe the warm blend of dirt and bread on a city morning street
You know I’ve heard them laugh, but they never get along
Just like the hombres on the bottle
When the sound dies, you see their eyes and they’re all staring at their feet

Until they round ‘em up
Going town to town on high horses
Should I sit and drink and feel sorry for myself?
No let’s hit the hills, until we hear the sound of old voices
And we’ll come to be on a high horse of our own
Yeah we’ll come to be on a high horse of our own

This border’s all reversed,
All the guards should be facing north, not the “Bienvenidos”
From 2 to 5, they stole our lives while we were sleeping in the shade
We’ve got to bring it back
To a time when there was no time that we spoke of
Now all we do, is do what they do, and so we think we’ve got it made

Until they round ‘em up . . .

Incendiary visionaries, point them to the north
We’re not feeling very missionary-friendly anymore
We’ve all grown wary, of Virgin Mary pinned on every door
We’re not feeling very missionary-friendly anymore

We should round ‘em up
Going town to town on their high horses
Let them sit and drink and feel sorry for themselves
Yeah, let’s hit the hills, where we can hear the sound of our own voices
And we’ll come to be on a high horse of our own
(¡Orale! ¡Vamos a caballos!)
We’ll come to be on a high horse of our own
¡Vamos a caballos!
We’ll come to be on a high horse of our own

"Cradle in Me"

I watch the light play on your countenance
As I promise to do better
I see the shades of old predicaments
Through which we fought together
We’ll grow stronger
And love longer than a dreaming mind can see
If you cradle in me

You take these days on like an enemy
Deserving to be vanquished
You’re always so hard at the remedy
But there our love will languish
Without holding
And rewarding all the things we’ve come to be
Like when you cradle in me
Cradle in me

I’m the one that feels safe
When you’re rolled right into my arms
I don’t know who is holding whose
Embedded heart
But I know that we’re real
When all that I see
Is you cradled in me
Cradle in me

So for the next however long we have
It’s for me to indulge you
Breathe deep so that I know
This harmony now holds you
And when we’re older
My tired shoulders will stand ready for you to be
Still cradled in me
Cradle in me
As I’m fading
I will be praying that the last sight my eyes see
Is you cradled in me
Cradle in me

"Together Now"

Even back in the schoolyard
They kept one on each other
But every time he looked
She’d look away

Growing up together
But still one step apart
Except in his heart
Where she always stayed

Sure enough years later
When they strike up a talk
Turns out he’s always been there
In her thoughts

Now all she needs to say is yes
Love and life will help define the rest
So all he’s got to do is ask
With a lot of courage, and a little class
They’ll be together now at last
Until the end of time

If this all sounds familiar
Well, it should come as no surprise
See, I’ve been trying to catch your eye
For twenty years

And now it’s unexpected
That I’m in your path again
So tell me how’ve you been, and why those tears?

I’m so glad we finally have
A chance to talk
And I feel all our time apart
Was just time we lost

Now all you need to say is yes
Love and life will help define the rest
So all I’m gonna to do is ask
With all I have, before our time has past
We can be together now at last
Until the end of time
We’ll last

I changed my mind about how things happen now
Because for we’re once, we’re in control
Let’s go

All she needs to say is yes . . .

"New Sunrise"

Supposed to happen the other way
So many stories about it
We’re the ones who stray, the ones who should be doubted

I was feeling too good about myself
Too good about us
To notice I was losing your love, and you my trust
I was losing your love until you lost my trust

There’s blame we can share
That is something I can bear

But I can’t take the heartbreak
Of another sundown
Head in my hands, with a half drunken bottle of wine
So if you’re calling to apologize
I think I know where the healing lies
Come on over and we’ll call it a new sunrise
We’ll start it over, and we’ll call it a new sunrise

You deserve my forgiveness
Though I never earned your scorn
There isn’t always a reason for mistakes we have born
I’m like a fire
You’re like an angel who’s torn
There isn’t always a reason for mistakes we have born

But December to May
Is long enough away

And I can’t take the heartbreak
Of another sundown
Head into night with only half left of everything
So if you’re ready to repair our lives
We’ll trade the guilt for some compromise
Come on over and we’ll call it a new sunrise
We’ll start it over, and we’ll call it a new sunrise

We’ll rise again
We’ll rise again

Living near my phone
And I’m so tired of this alone

And I can’t take the heartbreak
Of another sundown . . .

"Already Told Me"

We could go back
We could go over it and over again
With just the same outcome
So I think we’re better off trying to make it better
And keep it that way

I want to live up to who you think I am
And I think I just might
Made it through the hardest part ‘cause

You’ve already told me, “I love you”
Now I’m just trying to make it true
Forever, because that’s how I’ll love you
Forever I need you to love me too

The mountain falls
Through the simple interference of time
That could be yours and mine
So we’ve got to save and save it again
And we can be fine

I want you to know I want to understand
Everything about you
And I know that’s a long way off, but

You’ve already told me . . .

If there’s a better way to say all this
Then I hope you’ll stay around
While I search for every word and every sound
To say we are the best thing I have ever found

I want to live up to who you think I am
And I think I just might
Made it through the hardest part

You’ve already told me . . .

"Shine"

You standing alone there
I pray your waiting for no one but me
The wind brings up the water
And I fall back to swimming in your sea

Hey, that reminds me
Of a very different season
Yeah, that reminds me
Of everywhere we’ve been
And you should know if I had the chance
Well, there ain’t no chance
I wouldn’t do it again

So long to yesterday
I can’t wait till tomorrow is today
We’ll take them one then another
Like the streetlights in L.A.

Hey that reminds me
Of another place and time
Yeah, that reminds me
Of why I need you to be mine
I realized I could never get away
Because I need to stay here
In your shine, shine, shine

All the sun on the lake
And all the gold of the Mayans
They’ve got nothing on my California girl
All the sun on the lake
And all the gold of the Mayans
They’ve got nothing on my California girl
They’ve got nothing on my California

Hey that reminds me
Of exactly why I called
The truth is, the fact is, that reminds me
Of really nothing at all
It’s not that I’m trying to forget
It’s that I’m sure the best is yet to come
No, I’m not trying to forget
It’s that I’m sure the best is yet to come

"Not Alone"

Pen and paper lying there
With no thoughts or hand to guide them
The dry well is abandoned for its sins
But never let to hide

Sometimes we need a hiding place for the truth
To fight its way
Through the lucky strikes of our youth
Battle weary then
We can stop pretending
That we are not alone

Morning glass across the lake
Brings the first real peace in years
But no relief or sympathy
For another hope drowned by fear

Sometimes real love is just a look and a question away
Still we let it go
As if there’s ever a right thing to say
Having missed again
We’re left to wonder when it is
That we are not alone
We are not alone

Are we strangers forever
To ourselves, and so the world?
Cover me
From the downpour of memories
That wash me from the streets
I’ve yet to walk upon
That I’ve yet to walk upon

Sometimes home comes to you
It’s like a ricocheted bullet
That somehow still flies true
And when you’ve lived your way
To that fateful day, you’ll know
That we are not alone
No, we are not alone
When you find it’s true
It all falls right back on you
You’ll now that we are never, never, never, never
Alone

"This Good"

I can’t remember now all that I said that day
And I can’t deny that I was in a desperate way
Not for lack of vision but for lack of grace
Or my disbelief, despite your embrace

That’s why I told you that I’d try
When you told me that I should
But nobody ever told me it could be this good

Forgive my stammering, oh, and forgive me my tears
But I lived like I had died through too many forgettable years
I stand here as a child on the edge of a stream
And I’m wanting to dive but afraid to release

But now I’ve told you that I’d try
And you told me that I should
But nobody ever told me it could be this good

Nobody told me
Anything, so where I’d been was all
I thought the world could be
’Til you showed me
That I had been all wrong
And then alright
Here, I’m alright
Alright

When I slept at all I would sleep with the light on
Until you unveiled all the peace of the night
And how every morning’s an unbroken promise
Now I will promise to you I will do more than try

So I have told you that I’d stay
Because you told me that I should
But nobody ever said anything could be this good

I told you that I’d try
When you told me that I should
But nobody ever told me it could be this good

"Goodnight"

Faith feels better than love right now
So it’s two in the morning, but I’m still alright
Loneliness sounds better than company to me
What I mean by that is, baby goodnight
All I want to say, hey, is baby goodnight

Let’s just leave these problems to die
All this resurrecting prolongs the fight
There’s so little air left in this room
I’m sure it’s not enough for two

You know the world has the right idea
You just keep turning round toward the morning light
Through the shadows on our lives sometimes we must walk alone
So when we return, it’s to another good night
If we’re going to come back, better make it goodnight

The only way left is to leave it to lie
That “one more thing” that we say keeps us crying
Like the fire burns itself down
We’ll keep on fighting until I’m not around

I told you before, just like you told me before
I told you before, just like you told me before
Let’s move on to after

"Lay Me Down"

Even just the dress against your leg
Bears the mark of an invitation
I was hoping that I wouldn’t be
The first one to beg like this
And I was thinking we’ve both been
So patient

It’s all coming together, and now
We do just about everything that way

So baby if you want to lay me down
It could be good for you, could be good for me
We’ve tested the waters of our love
In every way but one
So carry us out upon that sea
Lay me down, lie next to me

I’ll admit it, the wait’s been good
And I will admit I never guessed I could
You’ve brought me to an Eros
That I never knew exists
But I can’t take one more
Unfulfilled kiss

So I’m better than ready
To be better than anyone you’ve known

So baby if you want to lay me down . . .

The God I know has got to know love
And there is no dividing line
Between the wrong time and the right time
And we are between the wrong time and the right time

It’s all coming together, and now
We do just about everything that way