The Fast Rise And Fall Of The South Lyrics

HARNESS AND WHEEL
god loving boy with an ear against the wall
we understand where you’re coming from
there’s coal in the holes where you’re digging in the maw
we understand there should be a law
that’s what i heard
there’s hard days to come with a burden on your back
we understand why your hands are black
your harness and wheel drives a shoulder to the ground
we understand that you’re leaving town
that’s what i heard
that’s what i heard
we understand where you’re coming from
that’s what i heard
we understand where you’re coming from
that’s what i heard
we understand where you’re coming from
that’s what i heard
we understand where you’re coming from
that’s what i heard
we understand where you’re coming from
that’s what i heard
we understand where you’re coming from

AND WHAT FALLOUT!
ties wrapped around these beds
feet knowing where to stand and when to walk
crowds, rolling thunder proud
plow onward just the same as men before
and what fallout
a fast rise and fall of the south
and what fallout
a fast rise and fall of the south

WHAT A SHAME
a bliss so underrated to me
oh what a shame said she
cause this is what lives are supposed to be
a kiss so underrated to me
come closer said she
cause this is what close is supposed to be
i feel so sedated said she
some illusion said me
cause this is what lives are supposed to be
i feel so sedated said me
like i told you said she
it’s not what lives are supposed to be

ZERO G
why shake the tree?
aren’t the branches out of reach
harvest comes calling in rows
and we have us our own clear understanding
the lights in the city
going dark, going dark
and we, haggard and lost kept to the sidewalk
and we have us our own clear understanding
i make believe
there’s a rocket, super speed
weightless i can lie on the roof
weightless i can lie on the roof
and we have us our own clear understanding
and we have us our own clear understanding
we have us our own
it’s our own
we have us our own
it’s our own
we have us our own
it’s our own
we have us our own
it’s our own
we have us our own

I0008
skin the color of sand and bones
can’t you tell the world’s moved on
duck into a running river
there’s likely sinners swimming together now
break the summer and send my love
hand in hand we’ll live on the run
ghastly thoughts uneasy whores
they understand a deal like yours
skin the color of sand and bones
can’t you tell the world’s moved on
duck into a running river
there’s likely sinners swimming together now
mark the ruins where they fall
a tall tale with a southern drawl
rid my movements of the rust
that covers up the wanderlust
break the summer and send my love
hand in hand we’ll live on the run
ghastly thoughts uneasy whores
they understand a deal like yours
skin the color of sand and bones
can’t you tell the world’s moved on
duck into a running river
there’s likely sinners swimming together now

SNOW ANGEL DANCE
in three feet of snow your footprints will show
your footprints will show
a snow angel dance put me in a trance
and wrinkled my pants
give me a belt, it’s unlike me to melt
unlike me to melt
the ice queen you are
you left me a scar in the shape of a heart
find me a place with a cold northern taste
a cold northern taste
a snow angel dance made me take a glance
made me take a glance

GREENLAND
an old sprig of grass
my memories clashed
how these days at the grindstone burned with the trash
to each on his own
help me set out alone
to a land of temptations, sleep deprivations
to greenland again
oh my home
waste away like the snow almost gone
greenland again
oh my home
waste away like the snow almost gone
like dominoes fall
on top of us all
pile on heaps of the good life and tan in the moonlight
to greenland again
oh my home
waste away like the snow almost gone
greenland again
oh my home
waste away like the snow almost gone
to greenland again
oh my home
faced away like the snow almost gone
greenland again
oh my home
faced away like the snow almost gone

900 YEARS
they lied to me
don’t let them tell you how it’s going to be
don’t cry to me
the last thing i need is a half-broken girl
pick out a gown
aren’t you the one holding out for something you won’t have
there you go
most of the time you gave up i suppose
it came to blows
the worst of it lasted for 900 years
pick out a gown
aren’t you the one holding out for something you won’t have
aren’t you the one holding out for something you won’t have

RUINS
the way i bleed
the way i fought
the way your drink dribbles down your jaw
and with our starry eyes we saw
it isn’t the time and it isn’t the place
offer out a hand for me to take
this is a canopy of shade
underneath it lies our shame
it isn’t the time and it isn’t the place
these are the ruins of a great mistake
the way i lean
the way i walk
the way you trace me with the chalk
and with our sorry eyes we saw
it isn’t the time and it isn’t the place
with a rolled up fist and a blinding rage
this is a graceful looking age
they always said we’d be afraid
it isn’t the time and it isn’t the place
these are the ruins of a great mistake
it isn’t the time and it isn’t the place
these are the ruins of a great mistake
the way i lean
the way i walk
the way i lean
the way i walk
the way i lean
the way i walk
the way i lean
the way i walk

NOVA
i like to smother
the heat of summer like breathing fire
we burn another
the smoke is rising and it’s lit up against the sky
a nova
don’t leave me lonely
don’t leave me wanting for a better life
here at the ending
a new beginning stares down from a place up high
a nova
this piece of quiet
we could try it out and who would tell
she wrapped up in it
and for a minute i was there in orion’s belt
a nova

OH NO.
here we sit all wrapped up in the dark
do you think it will tear us apart
deserted garden with the steps overrun
another sign of the good things to come
do you hear
i see everyone, everything, every way out
this must be something
the fires are walking up the streets to the south
they want to spread like the good word of mouth
in the hollow held up by a rope
i could use it to draw you in close
do you hear
i see everyone, everything, every way out
this must be something
that i won’t live without
in the hollow held up by a rope
i could use it to draw you in close

ANIMATIONS
wild hunter wild
the ravings of a child
so don’t dry up, you can tell me your animal dreams
is there a missing piece
to keep from planting all the seeds
maybe a light goes up while you tell me your animal dreams
smile partner smile
come visit for a while
i’ll be right up to tell you my animal dreams
is there a miracle feat
that could make you leave your seat
maybe a three-card flourish, fast as fast could be
out on the hill
before you catch a chill
don’t dry up, you can tell me your animal dreams
is there an emerald sea
with things i can’t perceive
maybe it all adds up, the parts of your animal dreams

OL’ MOUNTAINSIDES
all in a day
out with the tide
maybe the year we see the mountainside
this is the way
how to begin
straight through the rafters round the stony bend
where can i climb without a net
we’re such a lonely blind quartet
and ol’ mountainsides will scale me yet
ol’ mountainsides will scale me yet
harbor and sea
rocks under mist
strung up in trees the twine begins to twist
summit and peak
the top of the trail
years and the miles they turn your body frail
where can i climb without a net
we’re such a lonely blind quartet
and ol’ mountainsides will scale me yet
ol’ mountainsides will scale me yet

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