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by David Houston

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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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Track Name: The Human Condition
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
Track Name: Dying For Your Love
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
Track Name: Avalanche
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
Track Name: Walk Away
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
Track Name: French Incense
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
Track Name: Silly Moon
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
Track Name: Life Is A River
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
Track Name: Seven Or Ten
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
Track Name: The Story Of Isaac
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
Track Name: Cruel Love
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
Track Name: Legends
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
Track Name: Here With You
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
Track Name: Priests
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
Track Name: When Love Ends
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