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LYRICS

NIGHTBIRD

Jennifer Niceley

 

Let the Nightbird sing

Let the Nightbird sing

Just beyond the windowpane

I believed in what I couldn't see

Now here you stand before me --

 

What do I do with this key in my hand?

Hard not to give you my power

When I come down will I miss the view

From my lonely tower...

 

Let the Nightbird sing

Let the Nightbird sing

Wait for what the new day brings --

 

Let the Nightbird sing

Let the Nightbird sing

I'll fall back into the mystery

The air has changed, the winds are moving fast

I turn my face away from the past 

 

Would you walk, would you walk with me

Through these forbidden gardens --

Are you willing to really seek

Such illuminations...

 

Let the Nightbird sing--

Guide me to the land of my dreams

Wonder will you come with me

Can you hear the Nightbird sing? 

 


GHOSTS

Jennifer Niceley

 

Sweat mixed with rain, tears

A few things remain

untamed

 

Caught walking in a field

I cannot claim

Beyond the claims 

of love

Oh the bonds of love…

 

Watching the water rise

Dammed up river rolling by

Released, running fast

Picking up pieces of our past —

***

When something small gets lost

And it goes unnoticed

What does it do

to the bigger balance? 

 

There’s the invisible

Over here’s the vanished

There must be ghosts 

all around us…

 

Watching the water rise

Dammed up river rolling by

Released, running fast

Picking up pieces of our past — 

 

Sweat mixed with rain, tears,

A few things remain untamed

 

 

LAND I LOVE

Jennifer Niceley

 

Standing on a hill

I see so many things

Crow in the field

Hawk in the tree

Fox on the bluff, on the run

Deer in the wood

Sun coming up

Land I love

 

Standing in the river

I see so many things

Reflections on the water

Worlds I cannot reach

One move and the fish all slip

Quick into the black

Reminds me of so many things

That are never coming back 

 

Standing on, standing on

the solid earth

For better, for worse

No promise of return—

In a dream I see everything lost

Nothing left

But the love that was felt

 

 

WHAT WILD

Jennifer Niceley

 

What wild is left keeps coming in

What wild is left keeps coming in

 

It’s summertime in Tennessee

And the vines and weeds own everything

Coming up from the cracks in the concrete

Standing tall beside abandoned buildings--

Rain, rain, rain, makes them stronger

Come a drought and none will last longer

Trumpet, Passion, Love, Honeysuckle vines

Pokeweed, Chickweed, Thistle, Dandelion

What wild is left keeps coming in

What wild is left keeps coming in

 

I see them filling up the ditches

All along the railroad tracks

In little forgotten corners

Among beer cans and plastic bags

They just climb over fences, squeeze through the sidewalk

Pay no attention to our little lines

All our little laws---

 

Makes me think about you and me

We’re trying to stay strong, we’re trying to live free

Gotta keep our hearts full of love

Let our souls shine no matter what

Say what we’ve got to say and let the world look away

If it must —

What wild is left

keeps coming in

 

GOODBYE KISS
Jennifer Niceley

When did you learn
life can be savage, and unfair
When did you learn
no number of tears
can bring back the lost lamb?
When did you learn
not every fallen feather
needs to be gathered…
When did you learn
although the road goes on somewhere
you don’t have to take it there —-

Well I wish I’d learned
long before this
Every breaking morn
arrives like a goodbye kiss …

Songs from the East
Birds I cannot name
bringing in a new day--
See how the creatures
seem to just carry on
in the face of so much lost

Well I wish I’d learned
long before this
Every breaking morn arrives now
like a goodbye kiss —
Unanswered questions
Unfinished visions
keep hanging around like fog
in the trees —-

 

STRANGE TIMES

Jennifer Niceley

 

Twisting river still cradling

this whole valley, all our vanities

Idle hands, vanished dreams

 

Paving over flowers and graves

Garbage settles between the hills

It’s okay, it’s how we live

In these strange times

In these strange times

 

Leaning against a Poplar tree

In a small, important wood

Animal tracks around me

Grace is what they say God gives

But will we remember to ask

Or just remain

bewildered

 

In these strange times

In these strange times

 

Surely the wind will continue to moan

for those who have lost

what will never be found —-

 

******

 

One

Jennifer Niceley

 

One wanted to be two

Two wanted to be one

Came with the morning dew

Flew with the setting sun

 

So I erase the records and the roads

From my body and my soul

Lost to you now 

forever

Like a question

never answered

 

But things still matter like love

in this world

Oh even if everything ends—

Things still matter

like love in this world

And I’d do it, all over again

 

EARTHLY LOVE

Jennifer Niceley

The bee and the flower go together

Just like the bat and the dark

The seam that God has woven for the world,

we're tearing it apart---

But covered in the mist that comes

up from the summer storm

I'm casting my luck on this land,

I've opened my door ---

 

Oh Earthly Love

You know that big red sun is coming up

But there's a west wind, following us

It's gonna blow away

Every trace of us

 

The seed and the sparrow

Snake skin in the grass

The deer and the arrow

None of us none of none of us---

Nothing's here to last

 

Oh Earthly Love

I see that big, red sun coming up

But there's a west wind, following us

It's gonna blow away

Every trace

 

NOT LEAVING THIS TIME

Jennifer Niceley

 

So many hours lost to the fuss

Flowers and animals know better than us

Standing at the gate

With my heart opened up---

I'm not leaving this time

 

Winter comes with its ice and its gray

Dreams of Spring won't shorten the wait

Feels like everything's slipping away

But I'm not leaving this time

I'm not leaving this time

I'm not leaving this time

 

The wind will carry my fever away

I'm not leaving this time

 

SLEEPWALKING

Jennifer Niceley

 

In the morning light the spider webs

glow from the hills

And the fog will take its time to rise

from the river and the fields--

It's the soil, it's the air

It's the sky looked at, from exactly there...

 

I was just sleepwalking

through the world

Until I found my way back home

 

All my dreams were dreams of you

Your slopes, your groves, your twisted roots

Til I slept again, in solitude,

among your beauty

among your wounds--

And the time I was trying

to run so free

You were beckoning, "come,

tend to me"

 

I was just sleepwalking

through the world

Until I found my way back home

****

A LITTLE MORE

Jennifer Niceley

 

Sitting in this empty house

looking out, at the trembling leaves

I love to hear

the cicadas sing--

But somehow that bright, white,

late-afternoon sun looks like

It don't want to give, nothing

to no one

 

But all I've been asking

All I've been asking for

Is a little more,

a little more--

 

It's a wonder we can hear the freight train

when it blows

There's so much new noise

in the air

Sometimes I start to feel

I start to feel old

Wishing things would slow down,

just slow down

 

And all I've been asking

All I've been asking more

Is a little more

a little more

a little more

 

SHADOWS AND MOUNTAINS

Jennifer Niceley

 

For him

she sacrificed her visions

Like a lioness, laying down her strength

In the name of love

and passion

She's given up most everything

 

What sad quest

has this been

She asks, looking back

What endless night

without stars

Trying to make his eyes

a mirror

 

Now she's standing by the lake

looking in

Searching for herself

again

 

She remembers

as a little girl

Feeling just like

a rising star

Who knows where it was

along the way

But somehow something got

rearranged

 

Now she's standing by the lake

looking in

Searching for herself

again --

Last night she went driving in the rain

Said she needed time to think

Streetlights turned into starlight

She just kept on going straight

Into the shadows

and mountains

Shadows and mountains

Shadows and mountains

all around

 

BEAUTIFUL

Jennifer Niceley

 

All dolled up

Little girl's grown up now

Feeling tough

Longing for that deeper cut--

All the lights of the city

And the stars up in the sky

Cannot compare tonight

To the desire in her eyes

 

Oh you know it's hard to walk

But it's easy to run

Down the dark back alley

of love

 

He said let's take a drive

get out of town

Going fast, with the windows down

She had honeysuckle vine

twisted all around her mind--

And just like the orchid flower grows

better in the shadows

There were things she would just let be

Call it the cost of living free

 

Oh you know it's hard to walk

but its easy to run

It's hard to walk

but its easy to run

Down the dark backroads

looking for love

 

Past the bones in the ditch

sun-bleached, half hidden now

by the leaves

fresh from falling --

On to the fence laying down

by the path, half overgrown

that leads to the quarry

She was feeling good

until something in the reflection in the glass

made her wonder:

Am I beautiful?

Am I beautiful?

Am I beautiful?

 

DARK EYES

Jennifer Niceley

 

Grew up singing underground

Drifting off every night

to those sad, faraway sounds--

I spent so much time

spent so much of life

dreaming of the sunlight

instead of just

feeling it

 

Dark eyes, dark eyes

Do you still like

what you see?

Dark eyes, dark eyes

will you wait just a little longer

for me?

 

When I was a little girl

I walked right up

to the alter

I put out my heart out, gave it away

wanting so bad to believe--

Something about that scene

oh that little church

in the country

You know it still haunts my dreams

 

Dark eyes, dark eyes

Oh when will we remember

how to fly

Dark eyes, dark eyes

I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna do it

Nothing can stop me--

this time

 

STRANGE ANIMAL

Jennifer Niceley

 

I was always destined

to love you

I knew it when I saw the winter

in your eyes--

I wondered

could we

Oh could we keep each other warm

 

And now here you are asleep

so peacefully beside me

But you're still somehow like a

 strange animal

 

Oh I know I might never know

you completely

But I dare to know

you this deeply

 

Is it just another part

of the heart's bravery?

Bravery --

 

SYCAMORE TREE

Jennifer Niceley

 

There's a bank where the cedars and the sumac grow

They know, they know, they know

Wherever I go, whatever I follow

a part of me never leaves there

A part of me is always breathing

that river air

 

Oh the long afternoon

so still and quiet

stirred only by the hawk's lonely cry

so still and quiet

oh the long afternoon

 

Oceanic night

the sky's alive

the sky's on fire

Oceanic night

the moon shows all her scars

it's so clear and bright

Oceanic night

 

Hear the water over the stones

Hear the water over the stones

Hear the water over the stones

 

Under the Sycamore tree

giant, saintly

under the Sycamore tree

you begin to blend into things

you begin to blend into things

under the Sycamore tree

 

Holding on to a dream

Holding on to a dream

Holding on to a dream

 

NIGHTWALK

 

Jennifer Niceley

 

We can walk

as far as we want

We can walk and walk

The day's almost over

We can walk and walk

 

Past the horses in the pasture

Running wild, like they're still free

Like there's no fences around them

No boundaries--

And we can go to the end of the bend

Through the twisted trees

With the herons flying above us

In their slow, silent mystery

 

I want be

like that

I want to feel

like that

I want to see the world

like that

 

And we can go as far as we want

Into the dark

Forget where we are

Forget who we are

And when we see the deer cross before us

One stops, to look at us

You can almost see through it

It moves

like a dream--

 

I want to be

like that

I want to feel like that

I want to see the world

like that

 

LUMINOUS

Jennifer Niceley

 

Don't say a word

Don't say a word

I just want to gaze into your eyes

tonight

 

Wouldn't it be nice

tonight

to sleep out on the grass

It's been such a long day

in this world

We could lie out under the stars

Remember just how luminous

we are

 

But don't say a word

Don't say a word

Don't say a word