Purple

by Rae Sterling

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released July 1, 2013

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Track Name: Thin Skin
Open my book and write on my pages
I'll just absorb your graffiti in stages
First every line of your pen made with ink
Then every word that you wrote me to think
I'll swallow them whole as they sink to my binding
I'm harder to rewrite you are finding, you are finding

Let anyone in, there's no lock on my door
Walk straight through my gates, come and traipse on my floor
The windows are open to day and to night
Welcoming strangeness, both darkness and light
But watch what you leave in the shadows and nooks
The thing that you brought will outlive what you took, what you took

Don't tell her to toughen up
Don't tell her "tough it out" again
Break down the armor
All things can harm her
But all within, go on through her thin skin

Your bullets and needles can pass right on through
Let blood flow outside and my bones come unglued
My muscles and skin will stretch over the wounds
Though what they hide from your view is in ruins
The pain that I feel is but nothing to me
Than what it can do after you set it free, set it free

Don't tell her to toughen up
Don't tell her "tough it out" again
Break down the armor
All things can harm her
But all within, go on through her thin skin

Though my body's full of holes
There's no direction to the flows
What was inside comes out again
What is left, I'll take it in
Walls may be easier to make
But walls like that are hard to break
So I will choose the lesser sin
Keep my wall up, paper-thin

Break down the armor
All things can harm her
But all within, go on, go on through her thin skin
Break down the armor
All things can harm her
But all within, go on through her thin skin
Track Name: Purple
Blood runs purple through my veins
And when I bleed, leaves purple stains
Swollen, bruised, my heart remains
Bound by heavy, purple chains

Even in Frost, you warm my bones
Though your wooden walls were cold as Stone
Your arms in the Chapel and to the South
A Valentine sweeter than any mouth

Blood runs purple through my veins
And when I bleed, leaves purple stains
Swollen, bruised, my heart remains
Bound by heavy, purple chains

Tall as Kings upon a Hill
You took my heart, but I found my will
And the candles laid at Memorial's feet
Flickered and died, more bitter than sweet

Blood runs purple through my veins
And when I bleed, leaves purple stains
Swollen, bruised, my heart remains
Bound by heavy, purple chains

Chip away, chip away, chip away at the stone
Vines creepin up the walls strangle bricks in their homes
The footpaths are rocky and long overgrown
Chip away, chip away, chip away at the stone
Always masking heavy eyes
Reveals something true to lies
Anchors rusted steadily through
But the pulse beats strong from me to you

Blood runs purple through my veins
And when I bleed, leaves purple stains
Swollen, bruised, my heart remains
Bound by heavy, purple chains (x2)

Oh, bound by heavy, purple chains
Track Name: Trouble Me
I can't hide from you in my sleep
I might've buried you a bit too deep
And now I carry you around
You're my shadow underground

And you are the name of my suffering
I call it out sometimes just to know where I've been
And when I'm surrounded I might whisper it
Just a reminder to never quit

I know the visions are not real
But I still like the way they feel

If I keep on going, never stop to think
I'll hover forever right on the brink
It's when I slow down that I start to fall
Back to the place where I hid it all

Lost in a crowd, I look around
Even though I know you won't be found

What do you want from me?
'Cause you're, you're botherin'
You're botherin' me
You trouble me

Now every morning when you fade
I tie up the heartstrings that you frayed
I gather the stones inside my gut
Manage to walk if not to strut
And maybe I'll see you again
Outside the dream, inside the end

What do you want from me?
'Cause you're, you're botherin'
Oh, you're botherin' me
And I cannot hide from you in my sleep
No, you're, you're worryin'
You're worryin' my dreams
You, you
Track Name: I Don't Need You To Dance
There's a party goin' on in my house
But I'm not even there
You're dancin' with my friends
While I pretend not to care
The music's got you groovin'
And the crowd will get you grindin'
But all I need is an empty room
And a party to put my mind in

I don't need you to dance
I don't need a dark and crowded floor
I don't need you to dance
Just turn it up a little more
Don't worry that I'm all alone
'Cause I can rock out on my own
I don't need you to dance

There's a party goin' on in my head
I'm the only one who came
So while you dance with my friends
I'm doin' much the same
Nobody to get me grindin'
But the music's got me groovin'
By myself in my old jeans
Just try to stop me movin'

I don't need you to dance
I don't need a dark and crowded floor
I don't need you to dance
Just turn it up a little more
Don't worry that I'm all alone
'Cause I can rock out on my own
I don't need you to dance

And I, I want to feel connected
And I don't want to feel rejected
I, I wanna feel like livin'
So I'll make the best of what I'm given

I don't need you to dance
I don't need a dark and crowded floor
I don't need you to dance
Just turn it up a little more
I don't need you to dance
I don't need a dark and crowded floor
I don't need you to dance
Just turn it up a little more
I don't need you to dance
I don't need you to dance
I don't need you to dance
I don't need you to dance
Don't worry that I'm all alone
'Cause I can rock out on my own
And I don't need you to dance
Track Name: Before I Go
Wanna turn you upside down 'til your heart's where your head should be
Wanna bend the wires 'round 'til you hear when you oughtta see
Wanna yell and make a scene with you standin' near
Wanna take a boat out past the breaks and let you steer
I want to climb way up the tower
Reset the clocks, relive the hour

And all I want is a word from you
But all I need is a glance or two
Before I go, before I go

Brick by brick you build me up until I can't take the weight no more
Blow by blow you break me down until I'm left on the bottom floor
When the clothes are stripped away I see another veil
When the voices cease to tell I hear another tale
My fire escape won't hold me soon
And you, you smile at me from behind the moon

And all I want is a word from you
But all I need is a glance or two
Before I go, before I go

The monster sleeps, he snores, his claws begin to scratch
My dreams, once bound, once young and frail, detach
Put my money down and beg for luck to last
Hold my breath below and pray for waves to pass

Doesn't matter what I want, it's gonna be what it's gonna be
Doesn't matter what you do, I'm gonna see what I'm gonna see
So if you wanna get feisty with me, well, you're not the first
And if you wanna tear me down, well, it could be worse
If I (if I) was sure (that I) I'd done (my best) enough (to rest)
I'd let (my youth) it go (to truth) embrace the rough

And all I want is a word from you
But all I need is a glance or two
Before I go, before I go

And all I want is to stay up high
But all I need is to say goodbye
Before I go, before I go