Lost River

by Hotels & Highways

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released 08 March 2011

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Track Name: Train Whistle
Spin the globe; wherever it stops, I’m going
Hit the map with the dart in your hand
Gonna blow this train whistle till I find out who I am

And the old man says, “Son you’ve got to live to learn,
Yeah we’ve all got fire, but we all don’t let it burn.”
Let it burn

Spin the globe; wherever it stops, I’m going
Hit the map with the dart in your hand
Gonna blow this train whistle till I find out who I am

“What you know about crying? What you know about dying, boy?
Got to live with that sadness before you can let it go.”
Let it go

Spin the globe; wherever it stops, I’m going
Hit the map with the dart in your hand
Gonna blow this train whistle till I find out who I am
Track Name: Work It Out
Work it out, work it out darling
Work it out, work it out darling

What did I expect to find?
I went to sleep alone
I reached for you in the middle of the night
I reached for your soul

In your place I find nothing
Guess I made my own bed

Work it out, work it out darling
Work it out, work it out darling

When you’re asking me to love you
Baby, can’t you see
I can’t give words to you
You’ve got to tell me what you need

All the things I should have said, but nothing...
Guess I made my own bed

Work it out, work it out darling
Work it out, work it out darling

I don’t know why
We never try
Baby, I know we can

Work it out, work it out darling
Work it out, work it out darling
Track Name: Meant To Be
I know what I do there, I know who I am
I know how to get back to where it all began
I know the ice is melting and the sound that it makes

Well the river runs much deeper every day

Tires tearing up the driveway, a plow banking up the roads
The darkest days behind us, the steady falling snow
Out here a breeze is blowing, a sun set out to sea

If this is meant to be a home to me
Why do my fingers ache for the frost?
Nothing ever seems to go perfectly

And the river runs much deeper every day

If this is meant to be a home to me
Why do my fingers ache for the frost?
Nothing ever seems to go perfectly

And the river runs much deeper every day
Track Name: Heaven Knows
Heaven knows I could have been driving all night
Heaven knows I should have done so
Every mile makes me a little darker inside
Every road makes me a stranger at your door

Skeleton keys like memories rattling in my heart
Never been alone like a lonely night we spent apart
So please unlock your door, try another memory
Lanterns on your porch burn right in front of me
Your driveway rolls right by and I head for the state line

Heaven knows I could have been drinking all night
We both know sometimes I do so
Every drop makes me a little darker inside
Every drink makes me a stranger no one knows

Skeleton keys like memories rattling in my heart
Never been alone like a lonely night we spent apart
So please unlock your door, try another memory
Lanterns on your porch burn right in front of me
Your driveway rolls right by and I head for the state line

Your driveway rolls right by and I head for the state line
Track Name: Night Song
Until the end of time you will be alive in me
We don’t have to try, we don’t have to change a thing
It’s a simple truth: I see into you and you see me
We are travelers only passing through

And then suddenly you’re pulled away from everything
Shapeless and weightless and free
So where do you go when you go home, my darling?
And when you go I will follow, my love
Track Name: Twenty Questions
Hey there Sun, when you gonna shine?
I’ve got plans upon plans upon plans waiting in my mind
Hey there Sun, when you gonna call my name?
Part these clouds when you can, they’re getting in my way

Hey there Moon, you pull me like the tides
I can run, I can struggle all I like but you won’t let me hide
Hey there Moon, when you gonna let me rest?
I’ve got dreams I’ve got to get to, it’s where I’m at my best

Hey there Wind, I’m stuck here on the ground
In all your time and travel ‘round the world, any secrets that you found?
Hey there Wind, I feel you in my hair
In the end I want to be like you, say I’ve been everywhere

Hey there Sun, when you gonna shine?
I’ve got plans upon plans upon plans waiting in my mind
Track Name: Figueroa
In the morning, I’ll watch the day break
On Figueroa Mountain, hills all around
Beside you, I’ll make a promise
After that imagination fails me, what should I expect?

When I first knew you we were like children
Beacon Hill, a foot of snow, I held you
One day you had to go

When I was all alone I found the light to guide me home
It wasn’t something I could see until you showed me

We went a-searching, we crossed this country
To find a place to call our own we left behind all we had known

A moth to flame, a bird flies south, these things don’t change
We found out all we need to know: you want it close, you let it go

So in the morning, we’ll watch the day break
On Figueroa Mountain, hills all around
If you want it close, you let it go
If you want her close, you let her go
Track Name: People Have Spoken
We’re running out of candles; we’re all out of cake
But don’t you dare call the party off or we’ll forget your name

Promise that we’ll live forever
Promise that you’ll cover the rent
The People have spoken, but they’re not making sense

The whole world is thirsty; let’s sing ‘em a song
While we bathe with the beauties and water our lawns

We’re gonna tell you the answer
But we’re not gonna tell you when
The People have spoken, but they’re not making sense

Oh but God only knows it’s such a slippery slope
It’s a slippery slope

God only knows the answer
But the Devil’s gonna get you yet
The People have spoken, but they’re not making sense
Track Name: Nothing Hurts Like Nothing
I thought I’d wake up endlessly, soak the sheets with restless sleep
Figured that’s the way it ought to be
But the sheets are dry and comforting, I sleep as sound as anything
Yeah, I know, it surprised even me

Well there’s nobody to talk to, so what?
And no one in this town could give a fuck
I don’t know just when it hit me, but the writing’s on the wall
Nothing hurts like nothing hurts at all

Why don’t I drink this bottle dry, start the day by getting high
Figured that’s the way it ought to be
Well I haven’t drank an excess drop, I walk right by the smoke shop
I’m dry as a bone, dry as can be

Well there’s nobody to talk to, so what?
And no one in this town could give a fuck
I don’t know just when it hit me, but the writing’s on the wall
Nothing hurts like nothing hurts at all
Track Name: Live Now
Miles roll out in the shadow of a mountain
There’s a pen in my fountain, tell me I’m saved
Feeling older now like a tear in an ocean
Nobody knows when we’re out of days

I’m gonna live now, I’m gonna live now
I’m gonna live now now now now now

The clock comes down like a hammer on a gavel
I’ve got a fistful of regrets to ease my pain
Soon enough I’ll check out of every highway motel
The wheels humming like the static on my radio dial

I’m gonna live now, I’m gonna live now
I’m gonna live now now now now now

The winter creeping in, I can feel it sinking in my soul again
I hope I make the bloom
The trees tapping on the eaves, something bitter in the breeze
A cold snap reminds me spring will find me

I’m gonna live now, I’m gonna live now
I’m gonna live now now now now now

Miles roll out in the shadow of a mountain
There’s a pen in my fountain, tell me I’m saved
Track Name: Soul
Momma sent Jimmy down to the store
Gave the little man ten dollar more
She said, “Jimmy, you’ve been a good boy
And you’ve got that soul now spread some joy.”

Jimmy knew Susie from the second grade
Her papa worked hard putting food on the plate
Something about Susie and her baby blues
Made little Jimmy want to share his loot

Yeah he’s got that soul and now he’s gonna let it go

Susie took that dough got herself a treat
Saw Old Man Buddy walking down the street
All that food too much for her
She said to Buddy, “Would you like some sir?”

“Hey little girl, now if you don’t mind
Tell an old man how you got so kind.”
She told him ‘bout Jimmy and his heart so strong
The boy’s got soul and he passed it on

He’s got that soul, now he’s gonna let it go
If you got that soul, now you gotta let it go

Momma gave Jimmy, Jimmy gave Sue
Sue gave Buddy something new to do
If you wanna see how the story goes
That suggests you got some soul, now you’re gonna let it go
If you got that soul, yeah you gotta let it go

Soul starts moving train to train
Up them mountains, down them plains
Soul starts changing hand to hand
That’s how soul moved across this land

If you got that soul, now you gotta let it go
If you got that soul, you gotta let it go

Momma gave Jimmy, Jimmy gave Sue
Sue gave Buddy something new to do
Since you’re gonna stick to the story’s end
That suggests you got soul, my friend