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Back Blackhawks Over Los Angeles
1. Calling (4:19)
2. Blackhawks Over Los Angeles (3:03)
3. Party In The Hills (3:54)
4. All The Nations (3:03)
5. A War Called Home (3:20)
6. Letter Home (3:47)
7. Orchid (3:02)
8. Dirty Little Secret (3:20)
9. Downtown (4:08)
10. The King Has Left The Building (3:34)
11. Mission Statement (3:15)
12. Diver (3:32)
13. More Than Words* (3:29)
14. Novella† (2:58)

01 CALLING

(4:19)

The wings that take this sparrow break with this weight of mine
Another message lost into the void of time

Does anybody out there get the message that I send
Would anybody read it then send it back again
A call to mend connection lost through memory and bone
A call to find a new way to communicate and grow

I sold my voice to pay for my security
Now I write my sentence on its walls

I'm calling
Is anybody else out there
Is anybody tuning in

One thousand years that I waited for a sign
A dream may last just seconds, changing you for all time
Frantic, incoherent, just a reach in the dark
A message for my lonely thoughts a sparrow for my heart

I'm calling
Is anybody else out there
Is anybody listening
Can anybody hear me

The wings that take this sparrow break with this weight of mine

I'm calling
Is anybody else out there
Is anybody listening
Can anybody save me

The wings that take this sparrow break with this weight of mine
Another message lost straight from this heart of mine
A message out to anybody tuning in
That this whole world is slowly caving in

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02 BLACKHAWKS OVER LOS ANGELES

(3:03)

Curfew tonight in Hollywood
As the insurgents are drawing near
Helicopters and ecstasy
And the shot heard round the world

The camera shines for channel zero
As the cool kids are running scared
The army has got a brand new toy
And they're just waiting for the word

Tonight it begins so lock your doors up tight
Blackhawks over Los Angeles

The civil strife between the left and right
As the occupation falls
The homeless have taken Beverly Hills
And there's smoke from city hall

We never have seen it coming down this way before
Blackhawks over Los Angeles

And on and on they drone
In the spotlight glare, this is crazy
All broken glass and panic attacks
Silicone and pillbox hat
There's panic in the streets tonight

Curfew tonight in Hollywood, sirens drawing near
Gonna call down an airstrike as the shock reins clear
There's panic in the streets, there's a calling on the wire
And the cameras got it all as we walk on through the fire
As a crowd begins to gather, a shot rings out

We never have seen it coming down this way before
Dont really know where else to hide

And on and on they drone
In the spotlight glare, this is crazy
All broken glass and panic attacks
Silicone and pillbox hat
There's panic in the streets tonight

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03 PARTY IN THE HILLS

(3:54)

These chemicals won't take you any lower
So let the smoke begin to fill the room
As you look at me for something else to blame

Breathe in deep as the poison fills your lungs
It's nights like these that make mornings I hope will never come
So hold your breath and follow me
Clockwork devices are all we'll ever be

So you do your dance obliterating everything you see
And I do my best to waste it all away

This machine replicates and hums along
The medication ranges but the high is all the same
Just a walking catastrophe now
Crashing into you

So it all goes up in flames erasing what will never be
And we'll do it all again tomorrow

So it goes and now it's gone
The life we choose is how we fall
The way we destroy is the art of it all
This portrait illustrates what you have made me out to be
These colors never run, they only fade in time

I've turned to see your reaction
Aint what I thought it would be
From somewhere in the distance
I hear the sirens scream

Dancer, I remember the night you set this place on fire
With you out there in the middle of the room
Sitting pretty but you know you have

No defense, you have no defense
As we both go down in flames
You hold your breath and wonder why
No defense, you have no defense
Then you do your dance obliterating everything in sight

So it goes and now it's gone
The life we choose is how we'll fall
The way we destroy is the art of it all
This portrait illustrates what you made me out to be
These colors never run, they only fade in time

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04 ALL THE NATIONS

(3:03)

In London, in Brooklyn
By the side of the road in the rain
This airport in this ghost town
Another set of eyes breaks me down again
I know there's something going on with my perception
I see the same face in every new direction
And every set of eyes tells me something
I know about myself but never seem to wonder

This place my heart has never seen a wound that I don't know
And all the nations tell me is we're all the same way

In Berlin, in DC
Going south on a cocaine train
A church yard, your back yard
Keeping on till we find our way home again

To all of the nations and two light towns
In the airports and gutters
The eyes shout all the same

This place my heart has never seen a wound that I don't know
And all the nations tell me is we're all the same way

Together we've been through it all and
We've seen it all and we aint going nowhere
In life we can never try to break us down and
Get along

Together we sing alone
Together we sing alone
In life we'll never be alone
In life we'll never be alone

And celebrate the space that keeps us from ever getting it
From ever getting it

This place my heart has never seen a wound that I don't know
And all the nations tell me is we're all the same way

Together we've been through it all and
We've seen it all and we aint going nowhere
In life we can never try to break us down and
Get along

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05 A WAR CALLED HOME

(3:20)

We are the last remains
We are the bridge over troubled water
We are the renegades
We are awake to what's going on

I was the son of the promised land
Who's father's youth was lost in Vietnam
One nation believed all the TV said
Killed Kennedy and screamed god is dead

Come sing along with me
Our song it can't be wrong
We are the last remains that carry on

We are the bombs that rain
Upon the ones that have done no wrong
We are the oil fields
That'll burn till all hope is gone

So raise the flag and prey on everything gone wrong
In CEO we trust to carry on

We are the break down
Come on and get down
Forever young, gonna tear this shit down
To write a story, our own story
To be the ones that'll change direction

Cause I've been asleep too long
And I can't remember how I got so numb
To what's going on

We need no hand grenades
No machine guns to make us strong
We are the every day
They got armies well we've got ours

So sing along with me
We are the beating heart
That pumps the blood through veins that carry me on

So put your flag down
Come on and get down
We are the ones that'll tear this shit down
To write our story, our history
Without bombs or religious glory

Cause we've been asleep too long
With no real answer to how it got this far

Tonight I will not close my eyes
How can we ever sleep again
How can we ever sleep the same
How can we ever sleep the same

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06 LETTER HOME

(3:47)

Well I feel stupid writing this
Cause it's almost like I'm getting ready
For something I'm not ready for
I guess I just wanna let you know
Wish I could be face to face with you
And tell you how I feel

I wasn't gonna write this, you see
My buddy and I had a deal
I just hope and pray that
Neither one of us has to deliver
As it comes down to it

I will always be with you
I will always be watching
I miss you all
Tell my girl that I love her
I'll be dreaming of her

And I don't wanna fight anymore
And I'm still not sure what I'm doing here
I'm praying they're praying, who are we praying to
That'll not understand
And if you get this letter I'm sorry I didn't make it back

I will always be with you
Always watching
And now I know that I'll never die alone
No matter where I am

Hold on, please don't forget me when I'm gone
Cause I forgot why I ever left at all
These times take the best of men
And leave nothing for the rest of them
And I judge myself in every way
And I can no longer look at myself in the same way

And I don't wanna be a coward
But does any of this mean a thing
The sacrifice, whose sacrifice

I will always be with you
I will always be watching
And now I know that I'll never die alone
No matter where I am

Hold on please don't forget me when I'm gone
Cause I forgot why I ever left at all
Why I ever left at all
Why I ever left at all
I just had to let you know

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07 ORCHID

(3:02)

I am the future, I am metaphor for war
I take my medicine as I'm praying on all fours
Wesit in fields of rust, Corinthian and time
I'm synthesis in motion, I am freedom and decline

Raise me to shine like an orchid from the cracks
Wash me aside when my levees finally break
In opposition we are never free
When our cause becomes our slavery

The poet and the warrior
The future or the way we were
Stand down, rise up, we all know
The secret to the life we chose
So we are

I am law to save me from who I am
I am love spent then reborn again
We are orchid torn away
All is forgiven when we pay

The poet and the warrior
The future or the way we were
Stand down rise up, we all know
The secret to the life you chose
Stand down rise up, we all know
Stand down rise up, we all know

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08 DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

(3:20)

Wouldn't understand if I told you so
Wouldn't care to see if I tried to show
Wouldn't know what to do if I made you feel
Like I feel today so don't bring me down
So don't bring me down
Cause the world keeps turning

A little stranger than fiction in life
Everybody's got their own world to live through
We've all got our song to write
It starts a dirty little secret that won't stay quiet

Silhouette against the angry sky
These skycrapers a mile high
Won't hide me long enough to get by
These troubles of mine are never that far behind

And words keep coming to the helicopter's sound
All this shit's going down in the world right in front of me
I'm a suicide cause with a sidewalk soul
I got somethin in my head
And I'm going for a walk around

A little stranger than fiction in life
Everybody's got their own world to live through
We've all got our song to write
It starts a dirty little secret that won't stay quiet tonight

I got nothing but time to take a walk and find
What I never could explain or make you understand
There's nothing in here you'd be interested to hear
So ignore me if this doesn't rhyme

I swear there won't be
I swear there won't be a next time
So walk on by if you see me in your way
Cause you wouldn't understand if I told you anyway
You wouldn't even care if I tried to explain

A little stranger than fiction in life
Everybody's got their own world to live through
We've all got our song to write
It starts a dirty little secret that won't stay quiet

A little stranger than fiction in life
Everybody's got their own world to live through
We've all got our song to write
It starts a dirty little secret that won't stay quiet tonight

Won't stay quiet tonight

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09 DOWNTOWN

(4:08)

Tonight, I feel you comin down
I feel you coming over me like broken glass
Fallin down to cut my dreams

Now if these walls could only talk
They'd say no more than I can say here with a grin
A bottle and Saint Anthony

My thoughts are turning on me now
And the pace with every footstep takes me farther down
The dark end of the street that you call home

Confessions, stories, chances left behind
All show their faces in every stranger that I find

There's something you don't wanna know
There's something I don't wanna say
Transmission on the radio
No direction no way home
There's something going wrong with us
There's something broken in our eyes

Caress the emptiness and pour another drink
And wash away these memories
These dirty walls with gasoline

The faces here dont have a thing to hide
They tell the story of every broken heart survived

There's something you don't wanna know
There's something I don't wanna say
That if we make it out alive
There's more to life than to survive
There's something going wrong with us
There's something broken in our eyes

Tonight I feel you coming over me
Tonight I don't wanna feel a thing
Now we never ever planned to go this far
Now we never thought that it would get this dark

There's something you don't wanna know
There's something I don't wanna say
Transmission on the radio
No direction no way home
There's something going wrong with us
There's something broken in our eyes

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10 THE KING HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

(3:34)

Where have you gone and run to, where have you been
I've been doing some hard thinking I've been growing thin
Well I've slept in storms and alleyways and broken princess' heart
Assassinated kings on Christmas day, and watched the world fall apart

Well I betrayed the world
I sang of freedom to the ones I left behind
And I aint never going back
Empire, don't cry for me anymore

Now who have you gone and become, who are you now
When the home you left so easily is a memory now
I'm the stranger you have always known and never will forget
I'm the trigger on your trigger finger
I'm the only ride you got

I drank the wine, I parted seas and walked the mile
I betrayed you all with the promise I'd come back
Empire, dont cry for me anymore
When dust and ash will be all you are
You will know that I was never really there for you

You hold me in your hearts
As you raise hell in my name
Dissect me, tear me apart
For all you know our names
All you know is pain
All you know is what you lost

Empire, dont cry for me anymore
When dust and ash will be all you are
You can let go

One thousand armies, one grain of sand
One whispered prayer, one burning hand
In black heart fields of gold
One people shatter history
One people blind the faith in me

The king that would never
Could never, ever
Show them all, be salvation

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11 MISSION STATEMENT

(3:15)

I believe you earn your soul
Gotta feel the pain to grow
Our best intentions blowing in the wind
I got trouble on my mind
You've got a little on your mind
We both aint running but we don't belong

I still believe in the changes
I still believe in the sound
Of all voices screaming now
We are forever bound
Forever bound

I still believe in all that we can do
When the valley gets too dark
We'll lead each other to the mark
Cause I still believe

I heard a word, sincerity
If you've got yours then sing with me
We are the change that we've been screaming for
Who's gonna help us now
Who's gonna show us how
We got a story now lets write a song

I still believe we can make this
There's something bigger than what breaks us
All voices screaming now
So never let me down
Forever bound

I still believe in the song of the underdog
In the bottom of my heart along the railroad tracks
I still believe

I got the world on my mind
Do I have you by my side
There's more to this than meets the eye
There's more to life than we can buy

Forever bound
I still believe in all that we can do
When the valley gets too dark
We'll lead each other to the mark
Cause I still believe

That we still have got a chance
Along this lonely road
We're never who we say we are
I heard the word, I feel the change
And I see something in the way

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12 DIVER

(3:32)

There is a place I know through misery and stone
Under myriads, neglected and cold
Where sadness blossoms overgrown

There's a shadow in the garden
Where we sit and wait alone

There is a grave beneath the shadow somber with neglect
No roses have been granted
No prayer has been sent

There's a shadow in the garden
Where my love and I wait
Silent as the day we left it all behind

My little diver, we'll rise again
Diver, we'll live again
Diver, and the cities we once dreamed will open for us

And the ruins of another time another world
Will greet us on the way, at the end of it all

There's a shadow in the garden
Where my love and I wait
Silent as the day we left it all behind

My little diver, we'll rise again
Diver, we'll live again
Diver, and the cities we once dreamed will open for us

Like a dream in darkness reaching out for you
Bone and dust in shrouded velvet me and you

To feel the sun against my back
You know I'd do it all again
You know I'd live it all again
You know I wouldn't change a thing
To walk out of this place and live

You know I'd do it all again
You know I'd do it all again
You know I'd do it all again
You know I'd do it all again

I wouldn't change a single thing
Just like a dream, we'd live again
We'd live again

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13 MORE THAN WORDS

(3:29)

Whats the point of asking if you know why
Whats the point of caring if we dont try
Whats the point of fighting if we never understand

Give a little just to show you're out there
That will stand for something more than words
I've been thinking to myself its something I aint getting
I've been lying to myself its something I dont want

In just a moment it can all change
With just a promise I will never be the same

Now I'm so sick of wasting time
Throwing things away
Now are you with me or are you against
Together but always alone

Why does everything we care for wither
Into a question we cant answer
Are we getting better are we growing all the time
Or have we reached the end of all we'll ever find

Another heart ache, another question
Another moment we will never be the same

Now I'm so sick of wasting time
Throwing things away
Now are you with me or are you against
Together but always alone

Are you there
Cause I cant see you anymore
All I see is anger as you turn around and tell me
This will be the last time

Now I'm so sick of wasting time
Throwing things away
Now are you with me or are you against
Together but always alone

More than words
Together but always alone
More than words
Together but always alone

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14 NOVELLA

(2:58)

My dreams in color crawl with regret
Black and white, there's still us shouting out
We might not make it through

This chapter covers time without you
You're a ghost within these pages I call home
That's nothing new

Cause I'm inclined to say I don't mind
That you still come around this place
Survive me every time

Every scar and all the pain that we find in between
All the words are like razor blades
Well it all seemed far, the distance we are
Another world, another time
Like another life we left behind

It's not enough to say I know you
It's like you have all your secrets
I don't know and never will
Like a riddle laden page it's nothing new
A silent gesture, screaming out my name
You know this one's for you

Cause I'm inclined to say I don't mind
That you still keep me guessing
Every chapter, every time

Every scar and all the pain that we find in between
All the words are like razorblades
Well it all seemed far, the distance we are
Another world, another time
Like another life we left behind

Well I got my wings and all my good luck things
Pressed between a single page in melodrama
Well this binding's not at all what it used to be
Can't hold this page any longer
Any longer

This story I too shall breathe
Through chapters four, five, and three
We've done it all with every start
The rest is human, dark and bleak
With fiction, fodder, and disbelief
And somewhow we always make it through

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