Monday, November 30, 2009

Other Cars

when you called last night I could tell you were on the road
probably on your way to work
the background was loud but your voice made it through
the sounds of engines revving
how many times have you driven that road
with my voice in your ear
your laughter on the line made me feel a little less alone
at my kitchen table

can you feel me baby
through the telephone wires?
if we talk long enough
do you think you could come home?

we talked about us for a while in metaphors
and "how ya doin'"s
it killed me to hear you ask if I had someone else there
when I only ever want you

can you feel me baby
through the telephone wires?
if we talk long enough
do you think you could come home?

when you called last night
i could hear the sounds of other cars



well, your mom she bragged too much
about how you are the most beautiful girl
she was queen of ethiopia
but all her riches couldn't save you from the world
yeah, just like it always goes
the innocent one gets caught
in the middle, and they chained you to a rock
to wait and think of a man

no one ever asked you what you wanted

that man he took you far away
you were free again 'til you fell in love with him
I can't say I'm surprised
that was always your mama's big plan
Perseus, he married you
and turned your family to stone
with that Medusa's head upon his shield
now you're stuck here all alone

no one ever asked you if this is what you wanted

you used to dream of flying high
and fighting battles with those gods up in the sky
you used to dream of making change
maybe start a school or at least rearrange
how they thought of you
and now you're just somebody's wife
yeah now you're just another life

no one ever asked you if you go what you wanted


Sunday, November 29, 2009


I've been feeling lately like you never come around
baby, how can that be when to you I am bound
around my wrists I still feel the heat of your hands
but even chains can't hold the best-laid plans

you came walking in with fire in your eyes
all at once I felt my need arise
maybe I should have had a little foresight
I couldn't help myself, it just felt right

now we're paying the price for playing with fire
and we're burning our hands and starting to tire
of seeing all our days eaten away
and all our nights rejuvenate
so we are right back where we start

I don't know why we're being punished but I guess we are
I can understand the urge to run when things get hard
I'm not asking for your life, just a little time
see, these chains aren't so bad when your hand is in mine

now I'm paying the price for playing with fire
and I'm burning my hands and watching you tire
of the waiting that we've had to do
and knowing you, I'm guessing soon
you'll say that we should just move on

I will be left waiting for you
in the midst of mountains warming in the sun
even if I could I wouldn't move
until you come make me the one

now the fire is slowly dying
the last breaths of us, they are sighing
to extinguish embers in waves of doubt
baby, please, don't let them go out

now I'm paying the price for playing with fire
and I'm burning my hands as the flames expire
I just want you back again
to feel your heat on my skin
to breathe some life into these coals


Some background info, if you're not familiar with the story of Prometheus... Greek mythology says that after the creation of the world, two brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus, were chosen to give gifts to the animals. Epimetheus gave the creatures gifts to help them survive, but had run out by the time he got to humans. Prometheus felt responsible for his brother's mistake, and stole fire from Hephaistos and Athena to give to the humans. When his actions were discovered, Zeus punished him by chaining him to a craig in the Caucasus mountains, where every morning an eagle would eat Prometheus' liver, which grew whole again during the night.