Neptune Lyrics

Iron in the Fire
Take these words into your car
It’ll be a little while till I linger where you are

Bring on summer in its prime
I’m like the man who can’t see color but he smells the turpentine
Joy, I know it will be mine
Just give me the sound, just give me the time

I will commit my soul to your door tonight
And I’ll last till the gas fumes float on higher
I will commit my soul to your door tonight
In a dying love I’m nothing but a stone cold liar
But oh, I got an iron in that fire

I had a vision, it was laid out in a line
In the mirror of a moment, distended in my mind
As if I’d taped your photo to the wall
It drowned out the sun and hastened the time
Waiting on a kingdom call

I will commit my soul to your door tonight
And I’ll last till the gas fumes float on higher
I will commit my soul to your door tonight
In a dying love I’m nothing but a stone cold liar
But oh, I got an iron in that fire

I will commit my soul to your door tonight
And I’ll last till the gas fumes float on higher
I will commit my soul to your door tonight
In a dying love I’m nothing but a stone cold liar
Not the first to be lit but I’ll be the last to expire
‘Cause the lion of the dark is a sheep in the morning light
But oh, I got an iron in that fire

Spirit Cold
How do I wake my spirit cold?
We always say when our history’s told
If only we knew the things we know
There’s a question ages old

Let me down easy, let me down slow
If all good things ever come and go
Let me back down in a place I know
Hold the nail for the hammer stroke

Oh, this my trash, this my tome
Oh, this my blood, this my bone

How do I learn my dreams to mold,
To lay them bare in the morning cold?
If they’re still out there then the chasm grows
For all you know, for all you’ve known

Let me down easy, let me down slow
If all good things ever come and go
Let me back down in a place I know
Hold the nail for the hammer stroke

Oh, this my weapon, this my loam
Oh, this my blood, this my bone

How do I wake my spirit cold?
Most people die but others just go
She’s still out there and the chasm grows
Steady are the feet in the morning glow

Oh, this my trash, this my tome
Oh, this my weapon, this my loam
Oh, this my mountain, this is my home
How do I wake my spirit cold?
There’s a question ages old

River Wider
The dog days of August
And a feeling of being awake
Oh my God, my whole damn world’s
Hotel walls and mind decay

How come I never got used to
The feeling of sleeping in a cage?
Too long driving, too damn hungry
A tied-up hound but nothing stays

Never swam a river wider wider
Couldn’t climb a building taller
Never seen a morning rising brighter
Never tasted sweeter cellar cider
Couldn’t hold a hammer stronger
Never had a need for shining china

I sit right where I used to
My desk chair in a corner in a haze
Oh my God, my whole damn world’s
A smoked out pine in a sonic blaze

I still have direction
But I’m digging in my thoughts all day
I see the devil like I used to
I hear my rhythm out of phase

Never swam a river wider wider
Couldn’t climb a building taller
Never seen a morning rising brighter
Never tasted sweeter cellar cider
Couldn’t hold a hammer stronger
Never had a need for shining china

No Man Alive
You know I think it was born of a feeling that I got when I left from your home
Then it turned into something repeating, and I couldn’t let it alone
Who’d have known that I’d ever be reeling simply from being on my own
Oh, I craved and I craved and I craved and I craved to get back that feeling I’d known

With the way you were looking that evening when you showed me out to your door
Oh, I felt like we’d both been caught stealing from the garden your parents had grown
It’s a long way from earth to the heavens, but I didn’t care anymore
I just waited and waited and waited and waited until I could get you alone

Who ever heard such a voice of excitement?
No man alive had ever been there
Staking our claim on an unchartered island
Ooh it was too much to bear
No man alive had ever been there

Well we didn’t make it together, but I didn’t go on alone
See, the feeling was no longer tethered to the sweetheart it used to call home
Now it spread like a blanket of heather, covering soil and stone
Oh, it bid me to lay with a bird of a feather and then to set out on my own

Who ever heard such a voice of excitement?
No man alive had ever been there
Staking our claim on an unchartered island
Ooh it was too much to bear
No man alive had ever been there

I think it was born of a feeling that I got when I left from your home
Oh, I waited and waited and waited and waited to get back that feeling I’d known

The Runaway
Very old and free is this voice I heard
Echoed in the breeze and the buffalo herds
All that I learned from the beasts and these birds is it’s home to me
And that’s all right when they sing “hooyip, hooyip, hoo hoo”

Burial at sea is this bus stop line
According to the customs and creed of this culture, my tribe
But that was never me, that request was not mine
I wanted to choke on the rifle smoke
Yeah, I wanted to go down with my right hand broke

In the motorcade, I’m a runaway
And I’ll never change, not tomorrow
La da da da da da da da, da

Safe and merrily, a life dignified
Rapids on the stream make the wild ride
Your life is but a dream if you bide and bide
But I’ll be on that boat when the water’s white
Yeah I wanted to learn to love before I die

In the motorcade, I’m a runaway
And I’ll never change not tomorrow
La da da da da da da da, da

Somebody said hey is there any end in sight?
Somebody said hey to this foolish, fruitless ride

In the motorcade I’m a runaway
And I’ll never change not tomorrow
In the motorcade I’m a runaway
And I’ll never change not tomorrow
La da da da da da da da, da

Infrared
I came along an empty planet
Where I was born beside a lake
The days were long, and there was nothing in my eye
Not a tear, not a bird, not a snake

And Phillip claimed I must have missed him
At the point of faith and misbelief
The red man died without a spear there at his side
I never learned the shape of a maple leaf

In infrared
Is there anyone talking?
In infrared
Is there anyone hocking
A sign of life, something bright throwing heat?
In infrared
In a little black box
They won’t forget
Through the ticks and the tocks
In a little wood chest
A little heart with a beat

She awoke the vast reflection
The way we hold, let go, repeat
To synthesize a joy in someone’s afterlife
I never knew, I never know, I never tried

In infrared
Is there anyone talking?
In infrared
Is there anyone hocking
A sign of life, something bright throwing heat?
In infrared
In a little black box
They won’t forget
Through the ticks and the tocks
In a little wood chest
A little heart with a beat

Horse to Water
The night sky had broken, the new year had spoken
I was beside myself, I stood out in the cold
In an empty parking lot, my breath was streaming hot
I willed the car to start to bring me home to you

Lead me back from the darkness like you do

Before I knew you, I lived in the rearview
To wish back an image of myself I thought was true
So now when colors fade and on that day of days
I needed you to say it wasn’t one to rue

Oh and lead me back from the darkness like you do

Headlights and cold rain distorting the dark panes
Wipers clicking and my thoughts they followed suit
I felt like Willy Loman, the mighty plans I’d spoken
Guess they were illusions of a man who dreamed too big

But I remember you dancing in autumn when we met
You won’t believe I saw it then so many years ago
There was something about you I struggled to forget
My blood was rushing down to you

You were leadin’ me back from the darkness like you do
Leadin’ me back from the darkness like you do
Leadin’ me back from the darkness like you do
Leadin’ me back from the darkness like you do
Leading me back like a horse to water knowing I’d refuse
’Cause you’re a wanderer too

Backwards and Forwards
Oh my God, my honey, I think about it all the time
Evenings dark but sunny play back across my mind
And the dark walls, in the back bar, in the corner of that small town
Are yellow from the candlelight
I play it backwards and forwards and anyway I please
No direction feels true

But you do, you do, in a way that I’ll always love
You know you do, in a way that I’ll always defend
So how do I do right by you now?

Oh my God, my honey, was I really so out of line?
The feeling once was heady, the feeling once was mine
And the currents, the ripples, the slow flow to the ocean, from the backwaters of our old lives
They pull us sideways and forwards and any way they please
No direction feels true

But you do, you do, in a way that I’ll always love
You know you do, in a way that I’ll always defend
So how do I do right by you now?

Two Blue Eyes
Cold breaks the mirror there
Hope beige as paper ware
Rope and my father’s scroll
I’m open as a bell before the toll

Days upon the lonely pyre of our youth
I fell in love with two blue eyes, and that’s you
She’s awake, she cries, we carry on
Eyes are closed to see the sun is gone
And then the day is done

Child cries for mother’s hand, she runs
Smoke in the mirror and, these guns
Hold me so near again
I’m broken as a bell after the war

Days upon the lonely pyre of our youth
I fell in love with two blue eyes, and that’s you
She’s awake, she cries we carry on
Eyes are closed to see the sun is gone
And then the day is done

Don’t be long no, don’t be a drifter no, I let the basin fill
Don’t be long no, don’t be that leftover minute
Oooo we are

Cross My Mind
When I am surrounded
I hear myself responding
I hear myself all tongue-in-cheek
To match the fear of falling

When I am surrounded
I find myself a splendor
I find myself a trawling line
Trapping all she tenders
I find myself

There’s less inside me now
There’s less inside me this time
Steal my breath and cross my mind
There’s less inside me now

When I am surrounded I
Feel myself resounding
I feel myself a shingle down
Limerence abounding

When I am surrounded
I see myself receding
I see myself a tile floor
A pattern worth repeating
I see myself

There’s less inside me now
There’s less inside me this time
Steal my breath and cross my mind
There’s less inside me now

Growing
Years of simply growing to the light by the window barred and small
Nobody came to greet me, nobody came to meet me
Nobody came at all

Years of simply growing to the light understated as my truth
I was a student of a rough-hewn
I was a lover in a dorm room
Now I’m not

Oh, I’m sitting there
I’m certain everything I know is a lie
Oh, I’m sitting there
I’m certain everything I know is a lie

Bad behavior put me in the dark, I’m a solitary son
I know exactly where the times goes
And how the ticking in my mind slows

Oh, I’m sitting there
I’m certain everything I know is a lie
Oh, I’m sitting there
I’m certain everything I know is a lie

Wayfarers
My new Wayfarers cut the glare, but that don’t make it dark out there