Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness Deluxe Edition Album
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness The Canyons EP

1

Zombies Intro

0:27

2

Brooklyn You're Killing Me

3:11

Okay, all right.
(Just let me think)

My Heart is a troubled captain in poisoned television waters
I had this air-conditioned nightmare like that book you gave to me last summer
That made me think that everything was so much worse than it really was
My heart is a troubled captain but let’s not get caught up in the weather
I could keep searching for the meaning, try, try to keep this all together
But you’ve got green eyes like the forest, I got lost in on the way to some other life

Brooklyn, Brooklyn my dear
Brooklyn my dear you’re killing me
Brooklyn, Brooklyn my dear
Brooklyn my dear you’re killing me

My hand is a brain-dead magnet so I keep waking up on fire
Beneath this low-rise second city that’s turning good men into liars
And maybe I’m not all that good but I was better in your west coast bed
My hand is a brain-dead magnet but let’s not get caught up on connections
I could keep searching for a meaning but I’m still looking for directions
I was baptized in your parent’s pool in Southern California then I fled

Brooklyn, Brooklyn my dear
Brooklyn my dear you’re killing me
Brooklyn, Brooklyn my dear
Brooklyn my dear you’re killing me

My hand is a brain-dead magnet so I keep waking up on fire
Beneath this low-rise second city that’s turning good man into liars

Brooklyn, Brooklyn my dear
Brooklyn my dear you’re killing me
Brooklyn, Brooklyn my dear
Brooklyn my dear you’re killing me

3

So Close

3:19

We crossed the country
In an airplane with the wings on fire
Hanging from the seatbelt sign
That’s the one thing
There’s no safety in desire
Preserving life’s as good as dying

And these could be the best or darkest days
The lines we walk are paper-thin
And we could pull this off or push away
‘Cause you and me have always been

So close
So close to giving up
So close to going all the way
So close
So close to taking off
So close to going nowhere

I heard you whisper
Over the hum of an electric chair
To live like this could take its toll
But you’re no stranger
To the high of almost getting there
Are we losing touch or taking hold

And these could be the best or darkest days
The lines we walk are paper-thin
And we could pull this off or push away
But you and me have always been

So close
So close to giving up
So close to going all the way
So close
So close to taking off
So close to going nowhere

I wanna go there
I wanna go there
I wanna go there
With you

So close
So close to giving up
So close to going all the way
So close
So close to taking off
So close to going nowhere

4

Don't Speak for Me (True)

3:24

I think I dug a hole so deep
And lately it's been hard to sleep
Maybe I should dig a little more
Buried under covers friend
Don't wanna play those songs again
Until I found someone to play them for

Don't speak for me
I'll get with it, give it just a little longer
Don't speak for me
Yeah I'll be there soon
Honestly
Every day I feel a little bit stronger than I was when I was
When I was with you
Yeah it's true
Yeah it's true

People try to box me in
Telling me it's sink or swim
Maybe I should sink until I stand
Out here where the water's deep
I think I found a voice in me
And someday we will walk upon dry land

Don't speak for me
I'll get with it, give it just a little longer
Don't speak for me
Yeah I'll be there soon
Honestly
Every day I feel a little bit stronger than I was when I was
When I was with you
Yeah it's true
Yeah it's true
Yeah it's true

I couldn't find myself in you
You led me the long way down
I couldn't find myself in you
You led me the long way down
I couldn't find myself in you
I couldn't find myself, it's true

Don't speak for me
I'll get with it, give it just a little longer
Don't speak for me
Yeah I'll be there soon
Honestly
Every day I feel a little bit stronger than I was when I was
When I was with you
Yeah it's true (you don't speak for me)
Yeah it's true (you don't speak for me)
Yeah it’s true (you don't speak for me)

No, you don't speak for me

5

Fire Escape

3:24

I met up with an acrobat
In Brooklyn or some place like that
With life and taxis flying past
We tore that dance hall down

Pocket change and subway cars
Our big ideas filled empty bars
You might be from the moon or mars
Either way, I'm never going home

So, lets hang an anchor from the sun
There’s a million city lights but
You're number one
You're the reason I’m still
Up at dawn
Just to see your face
We'll be going strong
With the vampires, baby
We belong, we belong awake
Swinging from the fire escape

I was drinking from the wishing well
Some junkie metal-head hotel
When we boarded the carousel
The roof was caving in
On the stage my Oxblood friend
Was singing songs about the end
The bankers in the lion's den
Were dropping lines like beggars in the snow

So, lets hang an anchor from the sun
There’s a million city lights but
You're number one
You're the reason I’m still
Up at dawn
Just to see your face
We'll be going strong
With the vampires, baby
We belong, we belong awake

Swinging from the fire escape
Swinging from the fire escape
Swinging from the fire escape

Walking home your hand in mine
Tattoos on the river line
The morning birds are taking flight
Either way I thought that you should know

You're number one
You're the reason I’m still
Up at dawn
Just to see your face
We'll be going strong
With the vampires, baby
We belong, we belong awake

Swinging from the fire escape
Swinging from the fire escape
Swinging from the fire escape
Swinging from the fire escape

6

Dead Man's Dollar

3:31

Don’t wait until the morning
Don’t wait until the light
Hits the cracks in the floor
Been living in the flight path
Not perfect but it’s all that we can afford
I spent the whole day working
Been trying to pin these dreams to the
Wings of a check
Don’t wait until the morning
So tired but I don’t want
To go to sleep yet

Yeah I’ve been killing myself to make the Dead man’s dollar
Been killing myself to make the dead Man’s dollar
Been killing myself
Killing myself
‘Cause I want to make a life
Make a life for you

I, I want to make a
I, I want to make a
I do
Yeah I want to make a life
Make a life for you
I, I want to make a
I, I want to make a
I do
Yeah I want to make a life
Make a life for you
I want to make a life but I want to live
There too

I know this isn’t easy
You got that baby sleeping all by yourself
Feels like I’m always leaving
I swear to god one day I’ll be there to help
Till then

I’ve been killing myself to make the Dead man’s dollar
Been killing myself to make the dead Man’s dollar
Been killing myself
Killing myself
‘Cause I want to make a life
Make a life for you

I, I want to make a
I, I want to make a
I do
Yeah I want to make a life
Make a life for you
I, I want to make a
I, I want to make a
I do
Yeah I want to make a life
Make a life for you
I want to make a life but I want to live
There too

You and me and the dark make light
Let’s work all day and stay up all night
You and me and the dark make light
We can work all day and stay up all night
All night

I, I want to make a
I, I want to make a
I do
Yeah I want to make a life
Make a life for you
I, I want to make a
I, I want to make a
I do
Yeah I want to make a life
Make a life for you

I, I want to make a
I, I want to make a
I do
Yeah I want to make a life
Make a life for you

I, I want to make a
You and me and the dark make light
I, I want to make a
Let’s work all day and stay up all night
I, I want to make a
You and me and the dark make light
I do
Yeah I want to make a life
Make a life for you

I want to make a life but I want to live
There too

Don’t wait until the morning

7

Shot Out Of A Cannon

3:53

Even with the lights and the power down
Even when the earth shakes and breaks your crown
Even if the cops run us out of town I wouldn’t care
And when you speak but you make no sound
Flying like a kite on the battle ground
I’ll be ready
Hold me steady
When we travel through the air

Shot out of a cannon
I’m defying gravity and you’re the drug that’s keeping me
From landing
Yeah
We could fall or we could fly or we could borrow wings
I’m tired of standing
Yeah
Catapult our destiny tonight we’re leaving for another
planet, planet
Shot out of a cannon, cannon
Shot out of a
Cannon

We could tell the world that we disappeared
We could tell the way out was up here
We could tell the truth even if no one would ever care
‘Cause I’m ready
Hold me steady
We can travel through the air

Shot out of a cannon
I’m defying gravity and you’re the drug that’s keeping me
From landing
Yeah
We could fall or we could fly or we could borrow wings
I’m tired of standing
Yeah
Catapult our destiny tonight we’re leaving for another
planet, planet
Shot out of a cannon, cannon
Shot out of a
Cannon

In the dark, in the dark, in the dead of night
You’ve got a heart, got a heart, like a neon sign
In the dark, in the dark, when I’m flying blind
You’ve got a heart like a neon sign
It’s true

Shot out of a cannon
I’m defying gravity and you’re the drug that’s keeping me
From landing
Yeah
We could fall or we could fly or we could borrow wings
I’m tired of standing
Yeah
Catapult our destiny tonight we’re leaving for another
planet, planet
Shot out of a cannon, cannon
Shot out of a
Cannon
Shot out of a
Shot out of a
Shot out of a
Cannon, cannon
Shot out of a cannon

8

Walking In My Sleep

3:50

Sleep, sleep
Even when I'm walking in my sleep

Ghosts on the corner
I used to think that's all we'd ever be
Come home to California
Hey, wild heart, I'd give up everything
To see the world in blinding color

I keep going back there
To the crowded street where
I could see you walking in my sleep
I'll never stop trying
You're my silver lining
Even when I'm walking in my sleep
In my sleep, sleep
Even when I'm walking in my sleep
In my sleep, sleep
Even when I'm walking in my sleep

This is me in a bedroom
Broken window, sunlight coming through
This is you, shotgun on a highway
When you feel that same sun coming into view
And you see the world in blinding color

I keep going back there
To the crowded street where
I could see you walking in my sleep
I'll never stop trying
You're my silver lining
Even when I'm walking in my sleep
In my sleep, sleep
Even when I'm walking in my sleep
In my sleep, sleep
Even when I'm walking in my sleep

Come on, wake me up
Come on, wake me up
Feels like I've been walking, walking in my sleep
Come on, wake me up
Come on, wake me up
Feels like I've been walking, walking in my sleep
Walking in my sleep
Come on, wake me up
Come on, wake me up
Feels like I've been
Feels like I've been walking in my sleep

I keep going back there
To the crowded street where
I could see you walking in my sleep
I'll never stop trying
You're my silver lining
Even when I'm walking in my sleep
In my sleep, sleep
Even when I'm walking in my sleep
In my sleep, sleep
Even when I'm walking in my sleep

9

Island Radio

3:47

I was on the rollercoaster
Found the ground just in time
I was underwater when the siren came
Saved my life
Everyday started out last night
Every night started over
I was on the rollercoaster
Found the ground just in time
Underneath the power lines

Last transmission from the island radio
Double vision wrapped in last night’s party
Clothes
I can’t spend another night alone
I tried swimming but I can’t get home
Last transmission from the island radio

I could load the catapult and meet you on the
Other side
You could fold the map in half
I wouldn’t have to take this ride
Every day’s just another flight
Every flight’s almost over
I could load the catapult and meet you on the
Other side

Last transmission from the island radio
Double vision wrapped in last night’s party
Clothes
I can’t spend another night alone
I tried swimming but I can’t get home
Last transmission from the island radio

I wish that you were on what I was on
But you were only on my mind
I wish that you were on what I was on
But you were only on my mind
I wish that you were on what I was on
Yeah I’m so gone

This is my
Last transmission from the island radio
Double vision wrapped in last night’s party
Clothes
I can’t spend another night alone
I tried swimming but I can’t get home
Last transmission from the island radio

10

Love And Great Buildings

3:48

My heart is an apartment building on the verge
A testament to days more optimistic
But market shifts can cause storm systems to
Converge
Till all your high-rise dreams seem unrealistic

I wanna keep the lights on
I could raise the rents and resurface the pool
I could take the banks on repay all my debts
Get my ass back to school

Love and great buildings will survive
Strong hearts and concrete stay alive
Through the great depressions
Yeah, the best things are designed to stand the test 0f time

Brick and plaster, beams and broken windows
Shadows pass on sidewalks cracking to the curb

I wanna keep the lights on
Repair the foundation
Maybe hire a crew
Plant a little garden
Start the renovation
Get my ass back to you

Love and great buildings will survive
Strong hearts and concrete stay alive
Through the great depressions
Yeah, the best things are designed to stand the test of time

Hey hey hey…. Oh
Hey hey hey…. Oh oh
Hey hey hey…. Oh
Hey hey hey…. Oh
Hey hey hey

Love and great buildings will survive
Strong hearts and concrete stay alive
Through the great depressions
Yeah, the best things are designed to stand the test of time

Love and great buildings will endure
Blue skies and bloodlines are the cure
For the great deceptions
In a world that’s such a blur
We’ll stand the test of time
We’ll stand the test of time
We’ll stand the test of time

11

The Birthday Song

5:39

You can pick yourself up, you can start walking straight
Tonight you’re the life of the party
When the bar lights come on at your paper parade
You don’t have to chase down the moon
‘Cause I’ll leave the light on for you

It’s not your birthday
And it’s not the fourth of July
Tomorrow’s a work day
You’ve got a life and a spaceship to fly
You’ve got a woman
And this beautiful yellow-haired daughter
Come back to earth kid
You know you can’t chase the stars under water

You can play all the notes, you can write all the words
You’ve headlined in all the big cities
But when the spotlights are off and the crowds have gone home,
you could be going home too

It’s not your birthday
No, this isn’t Mardi Gras either
Tomorrow’s a work day
You’ve got a life and a spaceship to fly
You’ve got a good job
And this beautiful yellow-haired daughter
Come back to earth kid
You know you can’t chase the stars under water

It’s not your birthday
You should be done waking up on the floor
Come back to earth kid
Don’t you know you’re not a kid anymore
You married a good girl
She gave you this beautiful yellow-haired daughter
Come back to earth kid
You know you can’t chase the stars under water

No it’s not your birthday
So blow out your candles
It’s better than letting them burn out

1

Canyon Moon

3:10

(McMahon, Hollander, & Griffin)
The sun ran out on a cold October
Somewhere under the canyon moon
Camera jammed in a slow exposure
California in her rear view

She couldn’t handle another season
Another ocean of fiction blue
Said a prayer to a dashboard Jesus,
Death Valley and worn out shoes

Then the road turned into desert everywhere
The sun ran out on a cold October
She disappeared, she disappeared
Take all your troubles, put them to bed

Burn down the mission, the maps in your head
Shot like a bullet, don’t know the way
The ricochet, kind of got away from you
The leaves are falling, the church bells ringing
Marching band in a high school dream
Little town and a faded beauty
They still remember when she was queen
Then the road turned into desert everywhere
The leaves are falling, the church bells ringing
She disappeared, she disappeared
Chorus
The sun ran out on a cold October
And where she ended up, no one knew
Chorus

2

Cecilia and the Satellite

3:44

(McMahon, Flannigan, & Grahn)
I locked myself in a hotel room
Then waited all night for the walls to move
I’ve loved some girls that I barely knew
I’ve made some friends, and I’ve lost some too
Crashed my car, I was seventeen
My mother in the seat riding next to me
The things I’ve learned from a broken mirror
How a face can change when a heart knows fear
For all the things my eyes have seen, the best by far is you
If I could fly, then I would know
What life looks like from up above and down below
I’d keep you safe, I’d keep you dry
Don’t be afraid, Cecilia, I’m the satellite
And you’re the sky
I’ve café crawled through Amsterdam
Been around the world with a punk rock band
And I’ve seen London, and I’ve played Japan
I’ve been knocked down, I got up again
For all the places I have been, I’m no place without you
Chorus
For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you
Chorus

3

High Dive

3:51

(McMahon & Viola)
I took the train home
Facing backwards
Another hopeless chase
Echo Park, Indian summer
I wrote a new song
About your new life
Like steps I retrace
Block letters in your little black notebook, yeah
Flashbacks get me close
I’m almost there
Headlight in the driveway
You stand in the window waiting
The stars are out tonight
One million fires burning
Out there on the high dive
You dance with your headphones on and I
Could watch you all night long
Dancing to someone else’s song
Black jacket
A blue motorbike
Passed the mission in the moonlight
Teenagers in the alley kissing
Smell the gas burn
Saw your street sign
Doing 80 in a 45
Throwing shadows you could hear if you listen, yeah
Flashbacks get me close
I’m almost there
Chorus
Flashbacks get me close
But I’m staring at someone else’s
Headlights in your driveway
You stand in the window waiting
The stars are out tonight
One million fires burning
Meet me on the high dive
You’ll dance with your headphones on
So I can watch you all night long
Dancing to someone else’s song

4

All Our Lives

3:53

(McMahon, Goldstein, & Lee)
I saw this old friend at the Eveleigh bar
Life hadn’t treated him so well
A heart so gold, and words so blue
In a body home from hell
He said, “If I could tell you one thing, I would tell you this:
There’s only one mistake that I have made
It’s giving up the music in my fingertips
By trying to get to heaven through my veins.”
All our lives
I watched you search beneath the fallen skies
This was no path to glory
You always walked before me
But you came back to warn me
All our lives
I saw this woman with tears in her eyes
Driving beside me yesterday
She turned her head, then I turned mine
And I watched her drive away
I thought, “If I could tell her something, I would tell her this:
There’s only two mistakes that I have made
It’s running from the people who could love me best
And trying to fix a world that I can’t change.”
Chorus
I remember being young and staring at my hands
In the middle of the night, the first light of the morning
My room like a church, voices down the hall
I barely made ‘em out, but sometimes you don’t want to know
Now that I’m older, I can tell you this:
The mornings I miss, but I don’t really miss the voices
You’ve got a choice, I’ve got the hands
Skeletons and plans, you’ve got to let ‘em go
Chorus

5

See Her On the Weekend

3:51

(McMahon)
Up around ten with a headache kicking
Guess I fell asleep with a cigarette
My girl’s back home with the morning sick
Got a baby on the way, not here yet
And I’m alright, I think we’re good
Yeah, I drink more than the doctors say I should
I’ve been a little hard to reach, but my girl is at the beach
And I’ll see her on the weekend
I’ll see her on the weekend
I’ll see her on the weekend
I’ll see her at the end of the week
Friday comes, lately I’m sleeping
Until the sun fills up my rented room
I pack my things, get my car started
Yeah I’ve been gone but I’ll be home real soon
Cell phone’s dead, and she’s calling
Message box is full
Chorus
Cell phone’s dead, and she’s calling
Message box is full
Up around ten with a headache kicking
Guess I fell asleep with a cigarette
My girl’s back home with the morning sick
Got a baby on the way, not here yet
And I’m alright, I think we’re good
Yeah, I drink a little more than the doctors say I should
I’ve been a little hard to reach, but I know you’re at the beach
And I’ll see ya on the weekend
I’ll see ya on the weekend
I’ll see her on the weekend
I’ll see her at the end of the week

6

Black and White Movies

4:08

(McMahon & Viola)
As the summer came and left with the rain
Pushing shadows down the road
In this old beach town when the sun goes down
All the grey turns into gold
Got no plans, just a feeling
I’m no architect at all
There’s a fan on the ceiling
And a telephone that you should call
Are you home tonight?
Are you laying in bed watching black and white movies?
All alone, tonight?
Do you ever rewind to the summer you knew me?
Black and white movies
You were out at dawn with a wetsuit on
That’s the picture in my mind
Now the waves still crash on the bonfire ash
That the tourists leave behind
Waves of sound, waves of static
Through the windows in my room
And the seeds that you planted
In a coffee cup, that never bloomed
Chorus
Are you home tonight?
Chorus

7

Driving Through a Dream

4:27

(McMahon & Viola)
Straighter than the flatline freeway
That’s the way your hair falls down
We could watch the trains from the tightrope
Chase the dark
Out here on a desert fault line
That’s the way the world goes ‘round
I’m losing track of time inside this racing heart
Your racing heart
Staring out the window with your head on my shoulder
Try to get some sleep, we’ll be driving through a dream
Riding through the heart of the dark that you fought like a soldier
Try to get some sleep, we’ll be driving through a dream
Clinging to your late-night courage
Anything to pass the time
Lying in the back seat trying not to fall apart
Waiting for your life to start
Chorus
And the night is long, the road is longer,
You say you sleep better when I’m awake
I’ll stay awake for you
Chorus

8

Halls

3:51

(McMahon & Viola)
Pouring rain in Tucson, Arizona
Checked into the Congress Hotel
Met the band in a bar next to the lobby
Looking for another story I could tell
When I left town we were headed for the altar
And I told you I’d be back before too long
Cut my hair, and I found me a new girlfriend
Thought a broken heart could write a perfect song
And it did, and I was right, so now you’re gone
You echo in the halls
I feel your shadow on this empty stage
I hear your music through the walls
I see your picture on the blank page
Oh, you echo in the halls
Played the show, left another message
Booked a ticket for tomorrow in Tempe
3 a.m., doing cartwheels down the hallway
I’ve been drinking since the day I set you free
But on this airport morning will you wait for me?
Chorus

9

Rainy Girl

3:03

(McMahon & Viola)
Rainy girl
I can’t wait to meet you
And I can’t wait to hear your name
And sing it to the skies above
Rainy girl
Wash away my memory
Swimming through infinity
For you will be my love
Sometimes when I’m falling in my dreams
I can feel you falling next to me
I guess we’re going everywhere together
Rainy girl
The sun is coming up for me
Blackbird on a wire sings
A song so blue
Chorus
Home at last, following a cloud
Chorus
Rainy girl
I can’t wait to meet you

10

Maps For the Getaway

4:00

(McMahon, Viola, & Flannigan)
Parked outside the house we used to live
And there’s a light left on inside
Think of all the days we spent
Orchestrating accidents
Lights that used to blind us
Somehow they will guide us through the night
Following the outline of your face
I can see your breath move in the dark
Through all the autopilot years
The tears of joy, the face of fear
Now that we’re not hiding
Somehow you’re still riding in my car
No cash in the bank, no paid holidays
All we have, all we have is
Gas in the tank, maps for the getaway
All we have, all we have is time
Parked outside the house we used to live
Staring down the green roof and the walls
The balcony, the hills, the pain
The years of hope, the months of rain
Now that we’re outside it
I guess we survived it after all
Chorus
All we have is time
No white picket fence, no job with the government
All we have, all we have are
Mornings in bed, coffee and aspirin
All we have
No cash in the bank, no sign of yesterday
All we have, all we have
Is gas in the tank, maps for the getaway
All we have, all we have is time

11

Lottery Ticket

3:17

12

Art School Girlfriend

3:53

13

Maps for the Getaway (Canyons Version)

3:57

Parked outside the house we used to live
And there’s a light left on inside
Think of all the days we spent
Orchestrating accidents
Lights that used to blind us
Somehow they will guide us through the night
Following the outline of your face
I can see your breath move in the dark
Through all the autopilot years
The tears of joy, the face of fear
Now that we’re not hiding
Somehow you’re still riding in my car
No cash in the bank, no paid holidays
All we have, all we have is
Gas in the tank, maps for the getaway
All we have, all we have is time
Parked outside the house we used to live
Staring down the green roof and the walls
The balcony, the hills, the pain
The years of hope, the months of rain
Now that we’re outside it
I guess we survived it after all
Chorus
All we have is time
No white picket fence, no job with the government
All we have, all we have are
Mornings in bed, coffee and aspirin
All we have
No cash in the bank, no sign of yesterday
All we have, all we have
Is gas in the tank, maps for the getaway
All we have, all we have is time

14

Cecilia and the Satellite (Canyons Version)

4:02

I locked myself in a hotel room
Then waited all night for the walls to move
I’ve loved some girls that I barely knew
I’ve made some friends, and I’ve lost some too
Crashed my car, I was seventeen
My mother in the seat riding next to me
The things I’ve learned from a broken mirror
How a face can change when a heart knows fear
For all the things my eyes have seen, the best by far is you
If I could fly, then I would know
What life looks like from up above and down below
I’d keep you safe, I’d keep you dry
Don’t be afraid, Cecilia, I’m the satellite
And you’re the sky
I’ve café crawled through Amsterdam
Been around the world with a punk rock band
And I’ve seen London, and I’ve played Japan
I’ve been knocked down, I got up again
For all the places I have been, I’m no place without you
Chorus
For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you
Chorus

15

Halls (Canyons Version)

3:47

Pouring rain in Tucson, Arizona
Checked into the Congress Hotel
Met the band in a bar next to the lobby
Looking for another story I could tell
When I left town we were headed for the altar
And I told you I’d be back before too long
Cut my hair, and I found me a new girlfriend
Thought a broken heart could write a perfect song
And it did, and I was right, so now you’re gone
You echo in the halls
I feel your shadow on this empty stage
I hear your music through the walls
I see your picture on the blank page
Oh, you echo in the halls
Played the show, left another message
Booked a ticket for tomorrow in Tempe
3 a.m., doing cartwheels down the hallway
I’ve been drinking since the day I set you free
But on this airport morning will you wait for me?
Chorus

16

High Dive (Canyons Version)

4:10

I took the train home
Facing backwards
Another hopeless chase
Echo Park, Indian summer
I wrote a new song
About your new life
Like steps I retrace
Block letters in your little black notebook, yeah
Flashbacks get me close
I’m almost there
Headlight in the driveway
You stand in the window waiting
The stars are out tonight
One million fires burning
Out there on the high dive
You dance with your headphones on and I
Could watch you all night long
Dancing to someone else’s song
Black jacket
A blue motorbike
Passed the mission in the moonlight
Teenagers in the alley kissing
Smell the gas burn
Saw your street sign
Doing 80 in a 45
Throwing shadows you could hear if you listen, yeah
Flashbacks get me close
I’m almost there
Chorus
Flashbacks get me close
But I’m staring at someone else’s
Headlights in your driveway
You stand in the window waiting
The stars are out tonight
One million fires burning
Meet me on the high dive
You’ll dance with your headphones on
So I can watch you all night long
Dancing to someone else’s song

1

Maps for the Getaway (Canyons Version)

3:57

Parked outside the house we used to live
And there’s a light left on inside
Think of all the days we spent
Orchestrating accidents
Lights that used to blind us
Somehow they will guide us through the night
Following the outline of your face
I can see your breath move in the dark
Through all the autopilot years
The tears of joy, the face of fear
Now that we’re not hiding
Somehow you’re still riding in my car
No cash in the bank, no paid holidays
All we have, all we have is
Gas in the tank, maps for the getaway
All we have, all we have is time
Parked outside the house we used to live
Staring down the green roof and the walls
The balcony, the hills, the pain
The years of hope, the months of rain
Now that we’re outside it
I guess we survived it after all
Chorus
All we have is time
No white picket fence, no job with the government
All we have, all we have are
Mornings in bed, coffee and aspirin
All we have
No cash in the bank, no sign of yesterday
All we have, all we have
Is gas in the tank, maps for the getaway
All we have, all we have is time

2

Cecilia and the Satellite (Canyons Version)

4:02

I locked myself in a hotel room
Then waited all night for the walls to move
I’ve loved some girls that I barely knew
I’ve made some friends, and I’ve lost some too
Crashed my car, I was seventeen
My mother in the seat riding next to me
The things I’ve learned from a broken mirror
How a face can change when a heart knows fear
For all the things my eyes have seen, the best by far is you
If I could fly, then I would know
What life looks like from up above and down below
I’d keep you safe, I’d keep you dry
Don’t be afraid, Cecilia, I’m the satellite
And you’re the sky
I’ve café crawled through Amsterdam
Been around the world with a punk rock band
And I’ve seen London, and I’ve played Japan
I’ve been knocked down, I got up again
For all the places I have been, I’m no place without you
Chorus
For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you
Chorus

3

Halls (Canyons Version)

3:47

Pouring rain in Tucson, Arizona
Checked into the Congress Hotel
Met the band in a bar next to the lobby
Looking for another story I could tell
When I left town we were headed for the altar
And I told you I’d be back before too long
Cut my hair, and I found me a new girlfriend
Thought a broken heart could write a perfect song
And it did, and I was right, so now you’re gone
You echo in the halls
I feel your shadow on this empty stage
I hear your music through the walls
I see your picture on the blank page
Oh, you echo in the halls
Played the show, left another message
Booked a ticket for tomorrow in Tempe
3 a.m., doing cartwheels down the hallway
I’ve been drinking since the day I set you free
But on this airport morning will you wait for me?
Chorus

4

High Dive (Canyons Version)

4:10

I took the train home
Facing backwards
Another hopeless chase
Echo Park, Indian summer
I wrote a new song
About your new life
Like steps I retrace
Block letters in your little black notebook, yeah
Flashbacks get me close
I’m almost there
Headlight in the driveway
You stand in the window waiting
The stars are out tonight
One million fires burning
Out there on the high dive
You dance with your headphones on and I
Could watch you all night long
Dancing to someone else’s song
Black jacket
A blue motorbike
Passed the mission in the moonlight
Teenagers in the alley kissing
Smell the gas burn
Saw your street sign
Doing 80 in a 45
Throwing shadows you could hear if you listen, yeah
Flashbacks get me close
I’m almost there
Chorus
Flashbacks get me close
But I’m staring at someone else’s
Headlights in your driveway
You stand in the window waiting
The stars are out tonight
One million fires burning
Meet me on the high dive
You’ll dance with your headphones on
So I can watch you all night long
Dancing to someone else’s song

1

Canyon Moon

3:10

(McMahon, Hollander, & Griffin)
The sun ran out on a cold October
Somewhere under the canyon moon
Camera jammed in a slow exposure
California in her rear view

She couldn’t handle another season
Another ocean of fiction blue
Said a prayer to a dashboard Jesus,
Death Valley and worn out shoes

Then the road turned into desert everywhere
The sun ran out on a cold October
She disappeared, she disappeared
Take all your troubles, put them to bed

Burn down the mission, the maps in your head
Shot like a bullet, don’t know the way
The ricochet, kind of got away from you
The leaves are falling, the church bells ringing
Marching band in a high school dream
Little town and a faded beauty
They still remember when she was queen
Then the road turned into desert everywhere
The leaves are falling, the church bells ringing
She disappeared, she disappeared
Chorus
The sun ran out on a cold October
And where she ended up, no one knew
Chorus

2

Cecilia and the Satellite

3:44

(McMahon, Flannigan, & Grahn)
I locked myself in a hotel room
Then waited all night for the walls to move
I’ve loved some girls that I barely knew
I’ve made some friends, and I’ve lost some too
Crashed my car, I was seventeen
My mother in the seat riding next to me
The things I’ve learned from a broken mirror
How a face can change when a heart knows fear
For all the things my eyes have seen, the best by far is you
If I could fly, then I would know
What life looks like from up above and down below
I’d keep you safe, I’d keep you dry
Don’t be afraid, Cecilia, I’m the satellite
And you’re the sky
I’ve café crawled through Amsterdam
Been around the world with a punk rock band
And I’ve seen London, and I’ve played Japan
I’ve been knocked down, I got up again
For all the places I have been, I’m no place without you
Chorus
For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you
Chorus

3

High Dive

3:51

(McMahon & Viola)
I took the train home
Facing backwards
Another hopeless chase
Echo Park, Indian summer
I wrote a new song
About your new life
Like steps I retrace
Block letters in your little black notebook, yeah
Flashbacks get me close
I’m almost there
Headlight in the driveway
You stand in the window waiting
The stars are out tonight
One million fires burning
Out there on the high dive
You dance with your headphones on and I
Could watch you all night long
Dancing to someone else’s song
Black jacket
A blue motorbike
Passed the mission in the moonlight
Teenagers in the alley kissing
Smell the gas burn
Saw your street sign
Doing 80 in a 45
Throwing shadows you could hear if you listen, yeah
Flashbacks get me close
I’m almost there
Chorus
Flashbacks get me close
But I’m staring at someone else’s
Headlights in your driveway
You stand in the window waiting
The stars are out tonight
One million fires burning
Meet me on the high dive
You’ll dance with your headphones on
So I can watch you all night long
Dancing to someone else’s song

4

All Our Lives

3:53

(McMahon, Goldstein, & Lee)
I saw this old friend at the Eveleigh bar
Life hadn’t treated him so well
A heart so gold, and words so blue
In a body home from hell
He said, “If I could tell you one thing, I would tell you this:
There’s only one mistake that I have made
It’s giving up the music in my fingertips
By trying to get to heaven through my veins.”
All our lives
I watched you search beneath the fallen skies
This was no path to glory
You always walked before me
But you came back to warn me
All our lives
I saw this woman with tears in her eyes
Driving beside me yesterday
She turned her head, then I turned mine
And I watched her drive away
I thought, “If I could tell her something, I would tell her this:
There’s only two mistakes that I have made
It’s running from the people who could love me best
And trying to fix a world that I can’t change.”
Chorus
I remember being young and staring at my hands
In the middle of the night, the first light of the morning
My room like a church, voices down the hall
I barely made ‘em out, but sometimes you don’t want to know
Now that I’m older, I can tell you this:
The mornings I miss, but I don’t really miss the voices
You’ve got a choice, I’ve got the hands
Skeletons and plans, you’ve got to let ‘em go
Chorus

5

See Her On the Weekend

3:51

(McMahon)
Up around ten with a headache kicking
Guess I fell asleep with a cigarette
My girl’s back home with the morning sick
Got a baby on the way, not here yet
And I’m alright, I think we’re good
Yeah, I drink more than the doctors say I should
I’ve been a little hard to reach, but my girl is at the beach
And I’ll see her on the weekend
I’ll see her on the weekend
I’ll see her on the weekend
I’ll see her at the end of the week
Friday comes, lately I’m sleeping
Until the sun fills up my rented room
I pack my things, get my car started
Yeah I’ve been gone but I’ll be home real soon
Cell phone’s dead, and she’s calling
Message box is full
Chorus
Cell phone’s dead, and she’s calling
Message box is full
Up around ten with a headache kicking
Guess I fell asleep with a cigarette
My girl’s back home with the morning sick
Got a baby on the way, not here yet
And I’m alright, I think we’re good
Yeah, I drink a little more than the doctors say I should
I’ve been a little hard to reach, but I know you’re at the beach
And I’ll see ya on the weekend
I’ll see ya on the weekend
I’ll see her on the weekend
I’ll see her at the end of the week

6

Black and White Movies

4:08

(McMahon & Viola)
As the summer came and left with the rain
Pushing shadows down the road
In this old beach town when the sun goes down
All the grey turns into gold
Got no plans, just a feeling
I’m no architect at all
There’s a fan on the ceiling
And a telephone that you should call
Are you home tonight?
Are you laying in bed watching black and white movies?
All alone, tonight?
Do you ever rewind to the summer you knew me?
Black and white movies
You were out at dawn with a wetsuit on
That’s the picture in my mind
Now the waves still crash on the bonfire ash
That the tourists leave behind
Waves of sound, waves of static
Through the windows in my room
And the seeds that you planted
In a coffee cup, that never bloomed
Chorus
Are you home tonight?
Chorus

7

Driving Through a Dream

4:27

(McMahon & Viola)
Straighter than the flatline freeway
That’s the way your hair falls down
We could watch the trains from the tightrope
Chase the dark
Out here on a desert fault line
That’s the way the world goes ‘round
I’m losing track of time inside this racing heart
Your racing heart
Staring out the window with your head on my shoulder
Try to get some sleep, we’ll be driving through a dream
Riding through the heart of the dark that you fought like a soldier
Try to get some sleep, we’ll be driving through a dream
Clinging to your late-night courage
Anything to pass the time
Lying in the back seat trying not to fall apart
Waiting for your life to start
Chorus
And the night is long, the road is longer,
You say you sleep better when I’m awake
I’ll stay awake for you
Chorus

8

Halls

3:51

(McMahon & Viola)
Pouring rain in Tucson, Arizona
Checked into the Congress Hotel
Met the band in a bar next to the lobby
Looking for another story I could tell
When I left town we were headed for the altar
And I told you I’d be back before too long
Cut my hair, and I found me a new girlfriend
Thought a broken heart could write a perfect song
And it did, and I was right, so now you’re gone
You echo in the halls
I feel your shadow on this empty stage
I hear your music through the walls
I see your picture on the blank page
Oh, you echo in the halls
Played the show, left another message
Booked a ticket for tomorrow in Tempe
3 a.m., doing cartwheels down the hallway
I’ve been drinking since the day I set you free
But on this airport morning will you wait for me?
Chorus

9

Rainy Girl

3:03

(McMahon & Viola)
Rainy girl
I can’t wait to meet you
And I can’t wait to hear your name
And sing it to the skies above
Rainy girl
Wash away my memory
Swimming through infinity
For you will be my love
Sometimes when I’m falling in my dreams
I can feel you falling next to me
I guess we’re going everywhere together
Rainy girl
The sun is coming up for me
Blackbird on a wire sings
A song so blue
Chorus
Home at last, following a cloud
Chorus
Rainy girl
I can’t wait to meet you

10

Maps For the Getaway

4:00

(McMahon, Viola, & Flannigan)
Parked outside the house we used to live
And there’s a light left on inside
Think of all the days we spent
Orchestrating accidents
Lights that used to blind us
Somehow they will guide us through the night
Following the outline of your face
I can see your breath move in the dark
Through all the autopilot years
The tears of joy, the face of fear
Now that we’re not hiding
Somehow you’re still riding in my car
No cash in the bank, no paid holidays
All we have, all we have is
Gas in the tank, maps for the getaway
All we have, all we have is time
Parked outside the house we used to live
Staring down the green roof and the walls
The balcony, the hills, the pain
The years of hope, the months of rain
Now that we’re outside it
I guess we survived it after all
Chorus
All we have is time
No white picket fence, no job with the government
All we have, all we have are
Mornings in bed, coffee and aspirin
All we have
No cash in the bank, no sign of yesterday
All we have, all we have
Is gas in the tank, maps for the getaway
All we have, all we have is time

1

Synesthesia

4:21

I saw pictures from the space shuttle
North America at night
I could almost see my house
I could almost see the rest of my life
Now my mothers in the hospital
And my friends are in the news
Collecting trophies for the songs they wrote
When we lived in the shadow of the moon

Guess I never make a gold record
And I have never been to mars
But I've traveled 'round this world
Shooting fireworks at falling stars
No prison bars
And my fathers got a decent job
I hear he's finally pulling through
There's more to life than singing songs we write
When we are in the shadow of the moon

I see colors
When I hear your voice
Grab your wings they're putting gravity on trial
I see colors
I don't hear the noise
Because we're only flying for a while
Because we're only flying for a while

I saw this picture of my niece
Twisting high above a narrow beam
And my brother looked so proud
Like he woke up in this perfect dream
And I've know you all my life
But I knew you long before that too
Lets go dancing to the songs we wrote
When we lived in the shadow of the moon

I see colors
When I hear your voice
Grab your wings
They're putting gravity on trial
I see colors
I don't hear the noise
Sometimes you're only flying for a while
I could love you
In the falling rain
Grab your wings
This is a storm we're meant to ride
Like Synesthesia
Aboard a stalling plane
It's like we're only flying for a while

I see colors
When I hear your voice
Grab your wings
They're putting gravity on trial
I see colors
I don't fear the choice
Because we're only flying for a while
And I could love you
In the falling rain
Grab your wings
This is the storm we're meant to ride
Like Synesthesia
Aboard a stalling plane
Sometimes we're only flying for a while

I can see the colors running
When I hear the music play

2

Catching Cold

4:01

Looking in your eyes
I was waiting with my black umbrella
Wearing your disguise
Now you're only wasting time on me
I know your every move
Baby girl you used to make me nervous
Shuffling the pages
Talking through a violent sleep


It will only take a little while
'Til your highs will become your lows
Barely moving then your running wild
Catching fire like your catching cold

Waiting for the change
Like your waiting for the rain I'll be there
Standing in the shadows underneath our family tree
I know your every move
Baby girl you gave the blood that saved me
I'll never leave your side
Now you'll always be a part of me

It will only take a little while
'Til your highs will become your lows
Barely moving then your running wild
Catching fire like your catching cold
If the moonlight comes to steal your smile
Call me up when your eyes don't close
It will only take a little while
Catching fire like your catching cold cold

It will only take a little while
'Til your highs will become my lows
Barely moving then your running wild
Catching fire like your catching cold
If the moonlight comes to steal your smile
Call me up when your eyes don't close
Keep on moving don't go running wild
Catching fire like your catching cold cold

3

Learn to Dance

3:17

Another set of white lines
Followed until the morning
Another deep end, deep end dive
Into a cold pool cut with chlorine

We were only 15
When we had to shake the shadow
Of a spirit drifting
And learned to dance in a world where there's no tomorrow
Lets learn to dance in a world where there's no tomorrow
No tomorrow

You can learn to dance
You can learn to dance
You can learn to dance
In this world you can learn to dance when there's no tomorrow
You can learn to dance
You can learn to dance
You can learn to dance
In this world we can learn to dance when there's no tomorrow

She was my twin sister
We saw the world through different lenses
Thought we found forgiveness
Then cut her hands and her arms
on our mended, mended fences

But she learned to dance
But she learned to dance
You can learn to dance
In this world you can learn to dance when there's no tomorrow
You can learn to dance
You can learn to dance
You can learn to dance
In this world we can learn to dance when there's no tomorrow

Now we live our own lives
But in the night when my spirits drifting
And I come up from the deep end dive
I see the eyes of my unborn children
And I'm filled with the love I will give them
Cause it's the love I was given
It's the love we were given
It's the love I will give them
To teach them

So they learn to dance
So they learn to dance
You can learn to dance
In this world you can learn to dance when there's no tomorrow
You can learn to dance
You can learn to dance
You can learn to dance
In this world you can learn to dance when there's no tomorrow

4

After the fire

3:26

Why dream?
We're breaking out of this machine
Lets bathe the walls in gasoline
and watch the fires go

We'll burn this house
We'll raze the fence that keeps us in
The cabinets and the medicine
Beds like box cars in a row

And when the wave comes sweeping
The cold blood sleeping in your veins
Your veins
After the fire
The sun comes crashing
Through a could so black and full of rain
Of rain
After the fire
I swear one day
You will forget them locking us away
Away
After the fire

Locked in
The days will end as the begin
With yellow moonlight on your skin
This madhouse, it's no home
Let's go home
Get the matches
Cut the phone

And when the wave comes sweeping
The cold blood sleeping in your veins
Your veins
After the fire
The sun comes crashing
Through a could so black and full of rain
Of rain
After the fire
I swear one day
You will forget them locking us away
Away
After the fire

We were dancing with the ashes falling
We were singing by the open flame
Let it burn
Tomorrow is another day
We were dancing with the ashes falling
We were singing by the open flame
Let it burn
Tomorrow is another day

When the wave comes sweeping
The cold blood sleeping in your veins
Your veins
After the fire
The sun came crashing
Through a could so black and full of rain
Of rain
After the fire
I swear one day
We will forget them locking us away
Away
After the fire
We will forget them locking us away
Away
After the fire