The New​/​Old CD

by David Houston

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1.
It's the human condition That's why we are here To struggle and fail Moved by desire and fear The balance we're after The turmoil we face It's just an illusion Some enchanted place But it's the human condition To feel pity and pain It's not what we're after But then what's in a name We say there's no evil There's no bad there's no good Just something to rise above That's well understood But it's the human condition To see the light on the path We fill our hearts with compassion And then hope it will last We say that we look for love It's the reason we sing It's just like an arrow Without bow and string But it's the human condition To live a life of regret Misunderstanding emotions We'd sooner forget Mother of darkness Father of light It slips through our fingers Into a gray twilight But it's the human condition This wasteland of ours We travel this highway Between the earth and the stars
2.
We were sitting in this coffee shop on "J" when she finally opened up It wasn't what I had expected but I wasn't shocked She said her heart was breaking and I think it's true One look in her eyes told me what I already knew She said she's dying for your love Her heart is breaking and she can't stop crying She's dying for your love How long will it take before her heart breaks She's dying for your love It's gotta be the worst mistake I've ever made As she said this I could see her heart was still in chains It's funny how even love can be misused Why it can even happen to me and it can happen to you She said she's dying for your love Her heart is breaking and she can't stop crying She's dying for your love How long will it take before her heart breaks She's dying for your love Why can't she tell you Why can't she walk right up and say How she fells What is she so afraid to reveal She said she's dying for your love Her heart is breaking and she can't stop crying She's dying for your love How long will it take before her heart breaks She's dying for your love She wanted to know if the pain she felt would ever stop How long was it going to keep tearing her apart I got choked up and couldn't say a thing I don't think the tear in my eye was ever seen She said she's dying for your love Her heart is breaking and she can't stop crying She's dying for your love How long will it take before her heart breaks She's dying for your love She said she's dying for your love Her heart is breaking and she can't stop crying She's dying for your love How long will it take before her heart breaks She's dying for your love
3.
Avalanche 06:28
I stepped in to an avalanche It covered up my soul When I am not this hunchback that you see I sleep beneath a golden hill You who wish to conquer pain You must learn to serve me well You strike my side by accident As you go down for the gold This cripple that you cloth and feed Is neither starved nor cold He does not ask for your company Not at the center of the world When I'm on this pedestal You did not place me there Your laws do not compel me To kneel grotesque and bare I myself am the pedestal For this ugly hump at which you stare You who wish to conquer pain You must learn what makes me kind The crumbs of love you offer me There the crumbs I've left behind Your cross is no credential here It's just the shadow of my wound I have begun to long for you I who have no need I have begun to wait for you I who have no greed You say you've gone away from me But I can feel you when you breathe Please don't dress in those rages for me You know you are not poor And please don't love me quite so fiercely now When you know you are not sure This is your world beloved This is your flesh that I wear And I stepped into an avalanche
4.
Walk Away 04:41
We close our eyes In the morning when we wake up we hear Only what we want to hear We do only what we want to do That's our life me and you But do we open our eyes When trouble is near Do we stand up and say No more lies no more tears Or do we walk away And close the door On a world that is screaming for love That's a world we're all afraid of Just like the violence we see on TV It's okay If it don't happen to me But do we open our eyes When trouble is near Do we stand up and say No more lies no more tears Or do we walk away I know we're all right I know we're okay I know in my heart That love is the way But still I close my eyes And walk away It's the only way to get through the day To many starving children I say Lets pretend the world's a much nicer place No more nightmares to face But do we open our eyes When trouble is near Do we stand up and say No more lies no more tears Or do we walk away And close our hearts To the pain and the suffering we see It's so easy it comes naturally We turn our backs on all the misery Lets not get involved that's the key But do we open our eyes When trouble is near Do we stand up and say No more lies no more tears Or do we walk away But do we open our eyes When trouble is near Do we stand up and say No more lies no more tears Or do we walk away Do we walk away
5.
I burn your incense to excess Je brûle votre encens à l'excès I drink your oriental tea Je bois de votre oriental thé I wear the vest you gave me constantly Je porte le gilet que vous m'avez donné constamment But that doesn't mean I love you I talk about you to a fault Je parle de vous à un défaute de vous à un défaut I kiss the hymn of your name J'embrasse l'hymne de votre nom I keep a picture of you next to me Je garde une image de vous à côté de moi Je garde une image de vous à côté de moi But that doesn't mean I love you Qui ne veut pas dire Je t'aime That doesn't mean I love you I play your music to dam loud Je joue votre musique à haute voix de barrage My neighbors complain to me Mes voisins portent plainte à moi I can't begin to tell them how I feel Je ne peux pas commencer à leur dire que je me sens But that doesn't mean I love you Qui ne veut pas dire Je t'aime That doesn't mean I love you Qui ne veut pas dire Je t'aime That doesn't mean I love you I dream about you to extreme Je rêve de vous aux extrémités I feel your body next to mine\ Je sens votre corps à côté du mien Intermingled and intertwined Mélangé et entrelacé But that doesn't mean I love you Qui ne veut pas dire Je t'aime That doesn't mean I love you Qui ne veut pas dire Je t'aime That doesn't mean I love you
6.
Silly Moon 03:35
Silly moon why are you hiding What on earth could you possible fear Silly moon has someone hurt you Are you pining for a lost loves embrace Silly moon I thought you knew- How much we all loved you Silly moon wont you come out tonight Silly moon we all love you Silly moon I know what your thinking Why do the ones we love hurt us the most Silly moon there are no answers No rhyme no reason to the games that love plays So silly moon stop your crying Stop believing that nobody cares Silly moon wont you come out tonight Silly moon we all love you So silly moon stop your crying Stop believing that nobody cares Silly moon wont you come out tonight Silly moon we all love you Silly moon I thought you knew How much we all loved you Silly moon wont you come out tonight Silly moon we all love you
7.
Life is a river flowing free Love is the motion that we see We see a man Afraid to love Afraid of life Who hides behind a wall of dreams Life is the movement of your hand Love is only a one night stand One could say It's how you play Not who wins And loneliness must be a game Don't let love do that to you Don't let pride make you a fool Don't let heartache sway you Don't let the pain break you Don't let it do that to you Life is a fire love is the flame And we the candles get burned in the game The game of life The game of love A game of chance I didn't think I can play it again Don't let love do this to you Don't let pride make you a fool Don't let heartache sway you Don't let the pain break you Don't let it do that to you Don't let love do this to you Don't let pride make you a fool Don't let heartache sway you Don't let the pain break you Don't let it do that to you
8.
Seven Or Ten 03:48
My friend Joey she talked about A place down south where she first found out How much it means to love someone She turned and smiled at me She said come over here and sit with me As I tell you of my love It's warm and understanding And I need someone who can be Warm and understanding to I want to hear you say I love you I need you I want you More than you'll ever know As I told her of the times I'd had Somehow she seemed so sad Could it be she meant those words she'd said Each morning as I'd wake up I'd think of you and how we broke up It took me so long but now I see I had to leave to find out How much I loved you so how about Coming home to live we me I need to hear you say I love you I need you I want you More than you'll ever know
9.
The door it opened slowly My father he came in I was nine years old He stood so tall above me His blue eyes they were shining And his voice was very cold He said I've had a vision And you know I'm strong and holy I must do what I've been told So we started up the mountain I was running he was walking And his ax was made of gold The trees they got much smaller then The lake a ladies mirror Then we stopped to drink some wine He threw the bottle over It broke a minute later Then he put his hand on mine I thought I saw an eagle It might have been a vulture I never could decide Then my father built an alter He looked once behind his shoulder He know I would not hide And you who build the alters now To sacrifice these children You must not do it any more A scheme is not a vision And you never have been tempted By a demon or a god You who stand above them now With your hatchets blunt and bloody You were not there before When I lay upon the mountain And my fathers hand was trembling With the beauty of the word And you who call me brother now Forgive me if I inquire Just according to whose plan When it all comes down to dust I will kill you if I must But I will help you if I can When it all comes down to dust I will help you if I must But I will kill you if I can And have mercy on our uniform A man of peace a man of war The peacock spreads his fan
10.
Cruel Love 03:43
Another night just like any other I sit at home alone and I wonder I wonder where you are tonight I wonder whose arms are holding you tight Another dream just like all the others Only this time I wake to discover Discover love that's gone forever Discover love to late to make it better Cruel love I don't want to play your games any longer Cruel love Set me free from the spell that I'm under Loneliness is just an illusion I know it's true but still I'm refusing Refusing to believe that it's over Refusing to admit that I've lost her Cruel love I don't want to play your games any longer Cruel love Set me free from the spell that I'm under What are we supposed to do Lose a broken heart or two Every time it starts to rain I can barely say her name Cruel love Cruel love Another night just like all the others I sit at home alone and I wonder I wonder if it's worth the pain I wonder if I'm ever gonna see you again Cruel love I don't want to play your games any longer Cruel love Set me free from the spell that I'm under Cruel love Cruel love
11.
Legends 03:36
He stands all alone The darkness his only companion He still has the sight The fires burn brightly within him And you'll sing your songs about magic tonight And I'll sing along though I know it's not right 'cause you've got the story wrong He's never really gone He walks in and out of our dreams The serpent has wings The power it brings is enticing The old man in white Blinded by light of reveling And you'll sit there and laugh about magic tonight And I might laugh to but I know it's not right 'cause you've got the story wrong He's never really gone He walks in and out of our dreams Out though an ocean of time He sees though your heart and mine And you'll sit there and laugh about magic tonight And I might laugh to but I know it's not right 'cause you've got the story wrong He's never really gone He walks in and out of our dreams You've got the story wrong He's never really gone He walks in and out of our dreams
12.
Holding you close Watching you smile The feel of your skin Pressed so close to mine Listening to This moment of silence I can't believe That I'm here with you The smell of your hair The touch of your hand The sight of your thighs On my naked eyes Speaks of your love With silence I can't believe I'm here with you I can't believe I'm here with you
13.
Priests 04:55
And who will write love songs for you When I am lord at last And your body is some little highway shrine That all my priests have past That all my priests have past My priests they will put flowers there They'll knell before the glass But they'll wear away your little window love They'll trample on the grass They'll trample on the grass And who will aim the arrow That men will follow through your grace When I am lord of memory And your armor has turned to lace Your armor has turned to lace The simple life of heroes The twisted life of saints They just confuse the sunny calendar With their red and golden paint Their red and golden paint And all of you have seen the dance That god has kept from me But he has seen me watching you When all your minds were free When all your minds were free And who will write love songs for you When I am lord at last And your body is some little highway shrine That all my priests have past That all my priests have past
14.
All alone in her room There's just one candle lit against The darkness and the gloom And you know how she feels 'cause you've been there yourself Along with everybody else Life goes on she turns the page But I don't think it's over yet She cannot forget Love when it ends Taken before it can begin Love when it dies It's something that I see in your eyes Down from her shelf She takes her favorite book and then Bleeding from the heart She sings out a song That rips into her flesh And cuts her deep down to the bone They say time heals all wounds But not this pain and not this scar Nothing goes that far Love when it ends Taken before it can begin Love when it dies It's something that I see in your eyes Now she stares into her glass Hours go by before she finds Nothing is there Just a ghost from the past It haunts her every move It's like a shadow of death And these two hearts locked in love The bitter taste of bitterness When facing the gun Love when it ends Taken before it can begin Love when it dies It's something that I see in your eyes Alone in her room She turns toward the emptiness To where love has moved And like a sword in gods hand It cuts you down and leaves you cold No matter where you stand And so I'm told of a girl The lights go out the camera dims The passion begins Love when it ends Taken before it can begin Love when it dies It's something that I see in your eyes It's something that I see in your eyes

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released October 12, 1998

Erik Kleven - Bass, Rat-a-Tat Pat - Drums, Malissa Olsen - Keyboards and Vocals, Christina Maradick - Viola, Krystyna Ogella - Cello, Hannah Lingrell - Vocals, Karen Stephens - Vocals

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