Lyrics

All songs written by Caitlin Canty

Reckless Skyline (2015)

Get Up

Written by Caitlin Canty and Steve Addabbo

Get up get up get up
No time to rest or run for cover
Get up get up get up
Before the road pulls you under

Sleeping on embers breathing in rivers
Waking up shivering on summer’s hottest night
Salt crusted sweat dries dust deep in white lines
Dreaming that you’ll find it in the nick of time

Get up get up get up
No time to rest or run for cover
Get up get up get up
Before the road pulls you under

Knock the breath out of your madness
Burn your photographs at the edges
Send your heart back from where you left it

Took a long way to come here
Got a long way to go

Climbing up switchbacks
Walking through tall grass the color of matches
On summer’s hottest night
Charred bark and dusty ash
Burned out two years back
Dreaming that you’ll find it in the nick of time

Knock the breath out of your madness
Burn your photographs at the edges
Send your heart back from where you left it

Took a long way to come here
Got a long way
Get up

True


How can I be true to you
And true to me
Once it was the same thing

All along I followed you
Faithfully
And you followed me

Would you hold me now
The fire’s cold
We’re down to embers
Got a head full of champagne
I could float away
We’re only tethered here

How can I belong to you
And belong to me
Once I saw it clearly

I cannot fail you
You cannot fail me
Once it was the same thing

Would you hold me now
The fire’s cold we’re down to embers
I got a head full of champagne
I could float away we’re only tethered here
Tell me you know we’re only tethered here
Show me you feel the same
Tell me you know

How can I be true to you
And true to me
Once it was the same thing

One Man

Wears her best for one man
Placed her bets on one man
Her hopes rest on one man
Have you seen this man

The highway bends for one man
The sun sets on one man
A silhouette of one man
Rivers race to one man
Carve their way to one man
The moon traces one man
Have you seen this man

How could you know one man
How could you hold one man
Could you lie for one man
Have you seen this man

Wears her best for one man
Placed her bets on one man
Her hopes rest on one man
Her last breath for one man
Her last breath for one man
One man
Only one man

My Love For You Will Not Fade

I’ve seen you tearing down the highway
I’ve seen you standing in the shade
I’ve seen you holding a baby
My love for you will not fade

The wind he whispers to the golden light
The wind he glances off the lake
Autumn is putting up a good old fight
My love for you will not fade

The pen is only for the paper
The ink aches for the page
The water wants to be a river
My love for you will not fade
My love for you will not fade
My love for you has not faded

I won’t go gentle in the deep dark night
Like wind painting lace on the waves
I’ll roll you over in the pale moonlight
My love for you will not fade

Black river hotter than the July sun
Wild fire on a bloodshot day
When our ashes have burned to dust
My love for you will not fade

I wrote seven lines only seven lines
Only took seven lines to send it away
You wrote seven lines only seven lines
Only took seven lines to send it away

My love for you will not fade
My love for you will not fade
My love for you is not faded

I’ve seen you tearing down the highway
I’ve seen you standing in the shade
I’ve seen you holding a baby

The Brightest Day


How fast we ran into the garden
Honeyed air the breath of morning
He took my hand the birds were calling
Said we could stay

The hills they rang out with our laughter
As we walked and wandered farther
We lay our bodies in the river
And washed away

Now the sun is growing tired
She lays her head down in the fire
And I would stay right here forever
But someone waits for me

I keep trying to find the garden
I doubled back voice sore from calling
I left him there
Did I imagine
The sweetest taste  
The brightest day

Enough About Hard Times


Written by Caitlin Canty and Matt Lorenz

Enough about hard times you fell on your own knife
enough about leaving unless you’re going to go

Trying to make the wine last longer than one night
Trying to find out what you’ll never know

You left the window open
Now what ain’t gone is going
Our hands are only cold at night

The storm door glass is broken
I can’t see what I’m holding
So tired of trying to know what’s right

Enough about hard times you fell on your own knife
Enough about leaving unless you’re going to go

Trying to make the wine last longer than one night
Trying to find out what you’ll never know

Leaves on the highway rolling
They don’t care where they’re going
Still chasing jet trails in the sky

And there’s no way of knowing
If it got lost or stolen
But now my arms are open wide

Enough about hard times you fell on your own knife
Enough about leaving unless you’re going to go
Enough about leaving unless you’re going to go

Wore Your Ring

I wore your ring until the stone fell out
I wore your ring until the stone fell out
Lost the damn thing

I wore these boots until the ground wore through
I wore these boots until the ground wore through
Feel the stones now

What will I do
What will I do
What will I do to your love

What would I wear if not your hand me downs
What would I wear if not your hand me downs
Would I be cold
Would I be proud

What will I do
What will I do
What will I do to your love

My Baby Don't Care


My baby don’t care about it
My baby don’t mind at all
He wouldn’t have moaned about it
He wouldn’t have carried on

Couldn’t care at all

I’m telling him where we’re going
I answer each time he calls
I waited until the morning
I waited until the dawn

Couldn’t care at all

Why you gotta let me down

My baby don’t care about it
My baby don’t mind at all
My baby don’t care about it
My baby don’t mind at all
My baby don’t care at all

Southern Man


I Never

I was watching the sun paint
A reckless skyline
Could be sitting on a front porch
With a summer sigh
There’s a beacon of some sort
Light to galvanize
I never have dry land
Always have sky

I was walking to the water
Took the long way around
Heart dry as tinder
Hardly made a sound
I waited on the answer
Hand turned to brine
I never have patience
Always have time
[Always have time, I always have time,
Never have patience, always have time]

I was waiting on my old man
Working 5 to 9
Kept looking for a loophole
To help him kill the time
Dry as any desert
He drank everything in sight
He never has water
Always has wine
[Always has wine…]

Can you keep the pain out
And just let in the breeze
When I leave the door open
The wind blows in all the leaves
Will I know when I get there
Or just drive on by
I never have answers
Only ask why
[Only ask why...]

Where is my daughter
Where is my son
Will he be honest
She strong enough
How they sparkle
Brightest penny you’ll find
You’ll never be ready
Always be fine

January sidewalk
Your hand to mine
Found every reason
To lay or lie
Old pair of blue jeans
Pair of denim eyes
I’ll never be yours

Southern Man

Southern man in a northern land
You know where to put your hands when we dance
Call me darlin
You’re a hard man to understand
Southern man

Swing me ‘round to an old time band
Hold me close with two strong hands
All my plans don’t mean nothing
You’re a hard man to withstand
Southern man

Working man with calloused hands
Gentler than a gentleman
Hold me tight
The world is put right
You’re a good man to stand by
Man of mine

I can’t let my hair down

Southern man in a northern land
You know where to put your hands when we dance
Hold me so tight
You’re a good man to stand by
Man of mine

Unknown Legend (Neil Young)

Written by Neil Young

She used to work in a diner
Never saw a woman look finer
I used to order just to watch her float across the floor
She grew up in a small town
Never put her roots down
Daddy always kept moving so she did too

Somewhere on a desert highway
She rides a Harley-Davidson
Her long blonde hair flying in the wind
She’s been running half her life
The chrome and steel she rides
Colliding with the very air she breathes
The air she breathes

You know it ain’t easy
You got to hold on
She was an unknown legend in her time
Now she’s dressing two kids
Looking for a magic kiss
She gets the faraway look in her eyes

Somewhere on a desert highway
She rides a Harley-Davidson
Her long blonde hair flying in the wind
She’s been running half her life
The chrome and steel she rides
Colliding with the very air she breathes
The air she breathes

Cold Habit

Wind’s blowing notes off the empty beer bottles
You’re making a small ember glow
Summer can’t hold off the cold forever
Soon our hands will be burning from the snow

A cold habit

Lazy smile shining at me every time I think of leaving
Leaning back below the porch light talking low
You could say the sun sets in the east and I’d believe it
All I know
I will miss you when I go

And your cold habit
Cold, cold habit

Wind’s blowing notes off the empty beer bottles

 

To The River by DOWN LIKE SILVER (2014)

Light That Match


Written by Peter Bradley Adams and Caitlin Canty

Light that match
Strike those pins
Knock me down
Knock me down again

Once we rode the waves
Sun in our hair
Salt in our teeth
Felt the water break
Pull the sand from under our feet
Nothing burns my tongue now
Nothing scrapes my knee
I stay out of the sun now
I keep my hands clean

Light that match
Strike those pins
Knock me down
Knock me down again

Once we drove all night
Wind in our hair
Blood in our cheeks
We would cut the lights
Race the moon right over the trees
Drink the bottle dry
Watch the sun rise out of the sea

Nothing breaks my heart now
Nothing moves my feet
No fire in my blood now
I walk the lighted streets

Nothing terrifies me
Nothing can shake me
No power in the lines now
No flooding on the streets

Light that match
Strike those pins
Knock me down
Knock me down again

To The River


Written by Peter Bradley Adams and Caitlin Canty

I walk to the river
Waiting to hear the water sing
I sit down beside her
Trying to hear the quiet ring
The leaves break the falling of the sunlight that covers these banks
I’ve seen the water running I’ve seen the color wash away

I come to the river
Heavy and tired to the bone
I lay down beside her
Grave as a slowly sinking stone
I see clear to the bottom
I watch how the shadows play
I’ve seen the water falling I’ve seen the colors bleed away

The light turns silver
Draining the hours from the day
The weight of the water
Pulls at the branches along the banks
It tears at the fallen and it carries the broken on its way
I’ve seen the water rolling I’ve seen the colors fade away
I’ve seen the water rolling I’ve seen the colors fade away

 

Golden Hour (2012)

Still Here

saw you on the train / buttoning your coat / got an open book / edges painted gold / how you pass another page / always on your way / you haven’t changed / I’m still here I seen them all come and go / I’m still here I walked these streets as a young boy / I’m still here I drove these roads with my eyes closed / I’m still here I’ll watch you all come and go / we never lock our doors / never get away / we live a golden hour of a golden age / there are those who go / there are those who stay / you cannot have it both ways / I’m still here I seen them all come and go / I’m still here I walked these streets as a young boy / I’m still here I drove these roads with my eyes closed / I’m still here I’ll watch you all come and go / I’ve forgotten now what I came to talk about / I remember how every memory’s slippery now / stronger than skin and bone / time will distill you down / what are you made of / what are you made of / we will all find out / what you’re made of / what you’re made of / I’m still here I seen them all come and go / I’m still here I walked these streets as a young boy / I’m still here I drove these roads with my eyes closed / I’m still here I’ll watch you all come and go

Shoot Trouble

he brought me to a firing range to stand on the good side of a gun / he knows better than to give me an ultimatum / he shoots trouble before it can run / he brought me to the county fair / held me so tight on that ride / he knows better than to let me out of his sight / he shoots trouble before it can run / run run run / we will say brave words to each other / tempt fate with our plans / play house together / a woman takes this man / when something else caught my eye / he didn’t seem to see / two weeks later over by the white pines / he dropped onto his knee / he shoots trouble / as the sun dissolves to night / my eyes ache at horizons / he tells me of a trip we’ll take / promising i’ll be right beside him / he shoots trouble / we will say brave words to each other / tempt fate with our plans / play house together / a woman takes this man / run run run / he brought me to a firing range to stand on the good side of a gun

Southern Man

southern man in a northern land / you know where to put your hands when we dance / call me darlin / you’re a hard man to understand / southern man / swing me ‘round to an old time band / hold me close with two strong hands / all my plans don’t mean nothing / you’re a hard man to withstand / southern man / working man with calloused hands / gentler than a gentleman / hold me tight / the world is put right / you’re a good man to stand by / man of mine / I can let my hair down / southern man in a northern land / you know where to put your hands when we dance / hold me so tight / you’re a good man to stand by / man of mine

Never Again

whiskey-throated daughter reaching for the water / mouth like a dust bowl eyes full of sharp stones / i’m too young to be this old / where did my time go / your sugar coated words sounded rehearsed / but if I have another one just one poetry will come / I’m too old to be this young / can’t remember all the fun must have had some / I drank more than I meant to / it’s too late for thinking straight / didn’t mean to lead you where I led you / cheap wine underlines every mistake / I’m too old to be this young / I’m too old to be this young / I’m too old to be this young / what the hell have I done / Never again / never again / poor me / pour me another one

Thorn

I like getting lost / I’ll keep wandering off / how I love an open road / gonna get outta dodge / every chance I’ve got / you know how I long to go / you’re the thorn in my traveling bone / you make it so hard to go / I don’t mind kicking back / I’ll throw my feet up and relax / cozy up let time mosey by / but I just can’t unfix my gaze / from that always drifting place / where land touches sky / you’re the stone in this old suitcase / you make me want to stay / when every road starts to look the same / and faces blend with normal names / and all I crave is that one and I could watch the lines grow on his face / you’re the stone in this old suitcase / you make it so hard to go away / you’re the thorn in my traveling bone / there’s nothing quite like coming home

Every Day

every day I wake up and the sun fades your face from my eyes / I try to keep them shut but you still go no matter how tight I keep them closed / you still go / I keep them closed but you still go / every day I wake up with fingernail lines in my palms / I guess that’s where I hold you / tight in my fists all night long / I hold on tight but you’re still gone / hold on tight but you’re still gone / so I’m gonna dream this time away til I see you again / this world’s too heavy for my head to hold all alone / every day I wake up moves me one more day closer to you / the last breath of your face is the first thing I see when I come to / I’ll keep dreaming til I dream you home / I’ll dream you home / I’m gonna dream this time away til I see you again / this world’s too heavy for my head to hold all alone / I’ll keep dreaming til I dream you home / I’ll dream you home / every day I wake up and the sun fades your face from my eyes / I try to keep them shut but you still go no matter how tight I keep them closed / you still go / I keep them closed and you won’t go

Do Not Stand At My Grave

do not stand at my grave and weep / I’m not there / I do not sleep / I’m a thousand winds that blow / I’m the diamond glints on snow / the sunlight on ripened grain / the gentle autumn rain / when you awaken in the morning’s hush / I’m the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight / I’m the soft stars shining at night / do not stand at my grave and cry / I’m not there, I did not die.

Vermont

my lungs are full of diesel fumes / my heart is full of missing you / tried to go to the roof to get closer to the sky / so tired I can’t sleep I’m separating stars from city lights / but my little home is not as high as these other buildings / I heard they’re supposed to scrape the sky but I think they’re missing / I’m missing a place there’s no replacing / where she’s listening to crickets sing / I can only hear this TV humming / it’s dark in VT tonight / too bright in this fake light / gonna drive all night leave the concrete in my dust / gonna cool my feet in mountain streams til I’ve had enough / take a long run sweat the city out of my blood / the water runs its race so fast and hard / just to end up right back where it started / the harder I try to hold / the faster it goes / I’ve been breathing out more than I’ve been breathing in / gonna head straight home til I find myself a second wind / I thought by now I’d have a little more figured out / had a mouthful of wisdom once but someone pulled it out / so I’m going back / hide and seek until I find it / my lungs are full of diesel fumes / my heart is full of missing you

Go

talking with our fingers through glowing screens / how we hide from what we mean / all these timelines on my face / it takes so much it takes / there must have been a mistake / I am not who I meant to be / to dos and sticky notes piled by my car keys / I’ve remembered where to go / forgotten how to know / I see through you / blue wires below pale skin / always connected always plugged in / we spend it all tied to tight deadlines / staring at fake hayfields and electric skies / there must have been a mistake / I am not who I meant to be / to dos and sticky notes piled by my car keys / I’ve remembered where to go / it seems harder to be happy than it used to be / hands are exclamation points / stretching to a blinding void / pulling taut on tired arms / can you see the sparks / won’t let go / can’t let go for anything / so much harder to be happy than it used to be / on our way to cubicles / to buzz around the honeycomb / to earn the time to lie in sugar beds / there must have been a mistake / I am not who I meant to be / to dos and sticky notes piled by my car keys / I’ve remembered where to go

Businessman

black suit / sharp shoes / you put salt on everything / they ring for you the bells ring / Black noose / pulled loose / certain whispered words at night / do not hold up to the light / you take all of the credit and none of the blame / you take all you want it will never be the same / the blackest numbers / the whitest lies / you walk a crooked timeline / you smell like taxi and sharp cologne / you know where the time goes / you take all the credit / none of the blame /take all you want it will never be the same / you touched my skin / poured poison in my ear / said nothing personal / you take all the credit/none of the blame / take all the pleasure none of the pain / businessman / it’s nothing personal

Sweet and Low (by Darlingside)

nothing tastes like sugar it’s all sweet and low / nothing drinks like lemonade / nothing skips like stone / nothing runs like water when your one true love is gone / every day that comes along has a silver medal on / nothing soars like falcons it’s all paper planes / nothing stings like thistles and nothing floods like rain / nothing roars like fire when you’re standing on your own / no shelter from the coming storm will ever feel like home / nothing’s cut like diamond it’s all shades of coal / nothing breaks like tidal waves nothing mends like bone / nothing tastes like sugar when your love can ne’er return / how to feel with half your heart is the toughest thing to learn

 

Down Like Silver (2011)

Wolves

Written by Peter Bradley Adams and Caitlin Canty – when I die let the wolves enjoy my bones / when I die let me go / when I die you can push me out to sea / when I die set me free / when I die let the sharks come round to feed / when I die set me free / oh the world is dark and I’ve looked as far as I can see / when the years have torn me apart / let me be / when I die let the flames devour me / when I die set me free / when I die throw my ashes to the breeze / when I die scatter me / oh the world is dark and I’ve looked as far as I can see / when the years have torn me apart / let me be / daylight is waiting for you

Lazy Snow

Written by Peter Bradley Adams and Caitlin Canty – Lazy snow the sky is falling and it’s beautiful / Lazy snow the streets are silent and it’s beautiful / warm and white let it fall on you / a quiet light let it shine on you / Lazy snow the town is hiding and it’s beautiful / Lazy snow the ground is rising and it’s beautiful / warm and white let it fall on you / a quiet light let it shine on you

Pasture

Written by Peter Bradley Adams and Caitlin Canty – Oh brother I’m tired / my courage gone away / my gun it won’t fire / and my legs can’t bear this weight / I want to run far / so far from this place / where the grass grows tall / I can hide beneath the blades / put me out to pasture / I don’t want to live on this battlefield no more / put me out to pasture / I don’t want to live on this battlefield / oh brother I tried / I can’t see it anymore / now I forget why / oh who am I fighting for / I want to lie down / my memory erased / upon the soft ground / I can feel its warm embrace / remember sun upon your face / when silent winds pushed across the plains / how long must I wait / put me out to pasture

Have I Loved

Written by Peter Bradley Adams and Caitlin Canty – Have I gone and failed you / have I gone and let you down / have I loved / have I not been gracious / were my hands not strong enough / have I lost my patience / have I loved / everything I own owns me now / everyone I love holds me down / were my plans too heavy / did I hold you long enough / did I not seem ready / have you had to rise above / everything I own owns me now / everyone I love holds me down / have I left things broken / did I not speak loud enough / were there words unspoken / have I loved

Idaho

Written by Peter Bradley Adams and Caitlin Canty – Headlights staring down the road ahead / you’re silent beside me I don’t want to ask / last night I couldn’t help the things I said / you kept your distance painting on another mask / hard times knocking at our door again / just can’t fight it, forgotten how to run / cold hands like a stranger’s on your skin / can’t sleep beside you so I rise before the sun / where can we go from here / where can we go / we keep trying to get back to Idaho / old songs keep us dancing round the room / stuck in circles nothing new to say / how long can one heart beat so confused / we can’t stay here waiting on another day / where can we go from here / where can we go / we keep trying to get back to Idaho

Any Day

Written by Peter Bradley Adams and Caitlin Canty – I’m old not broken / leaning heavy on hope and I’m hoping / I can always close my eyes to see / I’m tired not sleeping / there’s a vigil each night I’m keeping / and the sun must rise for my eyes to sleep / any day it could break / any day I’ll be beautiful / I’ll wait for the day when I make it through / I’m cold not frozen / many miles to keep and they’re growing / but I’ll drive them off til I find my way / any day it could break / any day I’ll be beautiful / I’ll wait for the day when I make it through / I’m torn not tattered / all the choices I’ve made they don’t matter / I’ll be on this road at the end of the day