...To This Day - Lyrics

DARK ANGEL EYES
by Robert Burke Warren ©1998

Dark Angel Eyes
Watching the world through a window
Tasting the blood of a broken heart
Dark Angel Eyes
Living your life in black shadow
Light up the sky like a falling star.

CHORUS:
You’ve got everything I want
You’re leading me astray
You’ve got everything I need
To help me lose my way...

Dark Angel Eyes
No crisis of conscience upon you
No golden handcuffs to keep you at rest
Dark Angel Eyes
The powers have got nothing on you
Taking desire and making it flesh.

CHORUS

Dark Angel Eyes
I’m watching you dance in the fringes
I smell the sweet poison in your sweat
Dark Angel Eyes
I’m watching you clog up your engines
Lips on the luckiest cigarette.

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RUBY RED
by Robert Burke Warren © 1998

I remember how you used to be
Tender heart and easy flowing tears
You and me against this cruel town
Secret smiles for all their rage and fear
But I was never enough
Your pain burst the seams on our ragged love
And now you’re gone
Like a dream at dawn.

CHORUS:
Ruby Red - no need to explain
Why you changed your face
Why you changed your name
Why you walked away
Why you couldn’t stay
You left our love for dead
Ruby Red.....ah ah ah ah.......

Now you think you’ve finally got control
Where lights are cold and darkness sucks you in
Smiles for all your clientele - they think they know you well
But you’re foolin’ them.
The hand you’re dealt seems so hard
But you don’t seem to care
As long as you hold the cards
And you say the deal
Is you try not to feel....

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
I see you on the avenue
You won’t come when I call to you
You say “She’s not here anymore
I knew you when - but that was then.....”

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JOSEPHUS CRIES
by Robert Burke Warren © 1998

Josephus cries for the suffering pines
He knows the trees are bleeding
For the making of turpentine
Josephus cries for the suffering pines
The Georgia breeze is sticky sweet in the Indian summertime...

CHORUS:
Daddy died in the War of Northern Aggression
His spirit rose while Dixie played
Whiskey flowed from cuts and battle bruises
‘Till the sadness was sown into the red clay.

Josephus cries for the falling leaves
He knows the trees are weeping
For a harvest bittersweet
Josephus cries for the falling leaves
Descending from the branches
Laying whispers at his feet.

CHORUS

Josephus cries for the midnight train
He knows it will be passing
The Confederate graveyard gate
Josephus cries for the midnight train
The Northbound Southern Crescent
Heads for land he was taught to hate.

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MILLEDGEVILLE
by Robert Burke Warren © 1998

Please don’t send me back to Milledgeville
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I’ll be good yeah I promise I will stay well
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Won’t sit in the curing shack and weep
I won’t go for days without any sleep
Please don’t send me back to Milledgeville.

Please let me play hide and seek with the neighborhood kids
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In the magnolia tree they can never find where I’m hid
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I love to lift them up so high
‘Cause they’re not afraid to fall or fly
Please let me play hide and seek with the neighborhood kids.

CHORUS:
Let me stay here with my devils - fallen saints and rebel angels
Voices soft as new rose petals in my head
Said it’s OK...let me stay.

Please let me walk down Alabama Road
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I promise I won’t take off a stitch of clothes
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I’ll show you where Jesus gave me the sign
At the Texaco down by the Georgia State line.
Please let me walk down Alabama Road.

CHORUS

Please don’t send me back to Milledgeville
I’ve got a Mason jar full of pills
And I’ll dose myself so much you’ll see
You won’t have to be ashamed of me.

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FALLING INTO GRACE
by Robert Burke Warren and Jack Friederichsen © 1997

CHORUS:
I’m falling into grace, slowly sinking to a better place (2x)

When nothing goes as I planned
I’m gonna be a better man
When things fall out of place
I’m gonna recognize my face
Turning into something that feels alien
Watching all of my moves like I’m outside my skin
I am a stranger to my new strange ways
The dreams don’t begin until I awake.

CHORUS

When I’m backed against a wall
I’ll have another clue for you all
When I slip into something wrong
I’m gonna sing a new theme song.
Here come all the questions that went unanswered
All the silence that fell on voices unheard
Every wish that wandered down a blind alleyway
Like ashes they fall
And I sweep them away.

CHORUS

When nothing goes as I planned
I’m gonna be a better man.

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TOMBOYGIRL
by Robert Burke Warren © 1998

Something ‘bout that scent she throws
When she wears her Daddy’s clothes
Girls and the boys all wanna know her name
No makeup to hide behind
No high heels, no low neckline
Attitude just makes her shine like mad.

Denim drops, elastic pops and flannel flies as sweat gets swapped
She says it’s not so lonely up on top...

CHORUS:
Tomboygirl
Come and play with all my toys
Tomboygirl
Let me be your sissy boy.

Salt sweet pasion in her pores
When she pins you to the floor
Work those lips ‘till they are sore and swollen
And if you think that you can stand
On the borderline of no man’s land
Break your plans take her hand and see.

She’s the one who can have fun - she don’t need no smokin gun
Just what’s on the tip of your tongue...

CHORUS

With your jeans slung low - so your tattoos show
On your bruised-up hips...you got a black and blue kiss....

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I WANT HER FAITH
by Robert Burke Warren © 1997

She lives alone in an old hotel
In the worst neighborhood I’ve seen
Eighty summers have come and gone
And she’s seen her share of pain.
From her window she watches quietly
As the Devil’s work is done
She just smiles when I ask politely
Why she goes to church when Sunday comes.

CHORUS:
I want her faith I want her strength
I want to believe in a better place
Put my trust in a mystery
I want her faith.

She says it’s not at all like you think it is
Just broaden your mind and see
A miracle in an act of kindness
The hidden heart of your enemy.
She’s no fool she’s not waiting for a spectacle
She doesn’t need the sea to part
She says it’s not just sweet surrender
She says it’s work and the work is hard.

CHORUS

She lived alone in an old hotel
Now she’s gone and I don’t know where
If all that she believed was true or false
She will find her answers there.
And I don’t wait for a sign like I once did
I just pray when the day is done
Hoping one day I’ll get used to it
Having faith that the faith will come.

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RADIO CHURCH
by Robert Burke Warren © 1998

I was born again along a Mississippi road
Driving towards the Appalachain moon
Preacher’s broadcast kissed my soul with tongues of flame
Testifying judgement coming soon.
White lines of I-20 touched my fevered brain
Lead me on like angels in a dream
On the Delta straightaway I taste my tears
As ecstacy fills up my car with steam

CHORUS:
Radio, Radio.............Radio Church
Show me the way.....................

Bonfire in the backyard of all craven things
Wake the children up and let them cry
Like these flames the truth will burn away our sins
Santa Claus and fairy tales and lies....

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BRIDGE
Embers in tha AM dial
Glowing like my Saviour’s smile
Through my windshield I can see
The world unseen

All the bitter grapes that hung on tangled vines
Distilled into the sweet blood of my Lord
All the things I loved ran straight for Lucifer’s light
As I stand in the shadows of the word.

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GIVE ME MY LOVE
by Robert Burke Warren © 1996

The face of a stranger wrapped in the dying of the day
Back up against the pavement and arms outstretched to say
“When I came in this world this was not part of the deal -
If I can’t get what I want, give me something I can feel...”

CHORUS:
Give me my love, give me my love
Give me my love, give me my love
Give me my love...

Pushed out into this world we all have a different map
There are so many ways to find the things we lack
Sometimes we hold them close or we just push them away
I wish I knew if there was a better way to say.

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BRIDGE
Looking back on plans mislaid, things unsaid, messes made
Try to crack the code we use, things we choose
Things we lose...

To some it’s the throb of pain and to some a tender kiss
To others it’s touched by shame and to some it don’t exist
And all I know is every person I’ve ever seen
We all say it differently but we’re saying the same thing.

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CHAOS IN YOUR WAKE
by Robert Burke Warren © 1995

After years of practicing
I could not feel a thing
In between laughter and tears
Hours drifting into years.
But while I slept with eyes awake
You moved in and claimed your stake
Shepherding my secret will
I let you move in for the kill.

CHORUS:
And all of the chances that you take
You’re leaving chaos in your wake
Leaving the scene smiling so mean
Everybody’s best mistake.

The colored glasses that I wore
You took and smahed them on the floor
And now I stand outside the crowd
Because their voices are too loud.

CHORUS

I said goodbye to friends and family
But since you’re gone I don’t know this new me

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BLUE IMPALA
by Robert Burke Warren © 1998

Your paper face, your silent smile
Peel back the years, erase the miles
Bittersweet scent, cliche cologne
Photograph ghost in sepia tone.

CHORUS:
A blue Impala, one hand on the wheel
I will remember you, you were just passing through.

Sometimes you rise into my dreams
Some strange disguise in mad shifting scenes
I’m like you now, back then did you know?
Did that make it easier to let go?

CHORUS

Questions go unanswered, mysteries will remain
Wonder why and I ask the sky
But all I hear is the rain.

Just a wild seed in the tailwind of time
Cruel as a storm with calm in your eye
You left us all with so very much
So much to claim but nothing to touch.

CHORUS

Questions go unanswered, mysteries will remain
Wonder why and I ask the sky
But all I hear is the rain.

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JACKSONG
by Robert Burke Warren © 1999

My little night owl, smile in the darkness
Breath on my skin, butter soft breeze
Sun is a-risin, a fulfilled promise
Stand up to it all, fall to my knees.

Come on, come on
Bring the rain, bring on the sun
Come on, come on
Now I know I’m the lucky one...the lucky one.

Strange little merman, fresh from the sea foam
Sent from the deep, teach me belief
I’ll lift you skyward, my heart will rise with you
Pleasure so strong, pain’s no relief.

Come on, come on
Let’s take our time, let’s not run
Come on, come on
Now I know I’ve already won...I’ve already won.

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