lifeblood: songs: lyrics: feed and water the horses


down the dark hall
of my deep sleep
where the past
drops in like unwanted guests
rattling their chains of thought
shuffling their feet
peering into things
i thought i'd laid to rest
and for all i've left undone
there's another dream to come

once there were wars fought
over spice and salt
and a stick of gold
became the standard measure
nothing much has changed
in this modern age
and it won't until
the pain's not worth the pleasure
and for all we've left undone
there's another war to come

i want to
feed and water the horses
the course is long and dry
can't do it alone
we've known we can't
although we try
and try and try
we may not deserve you
we'll come to serve you
by and by
feed and water the horses
where they lie

i miss the smell of ink on paper
and its morning pull
all of the news comes via link now
all so virtual
i don't know what to think
i don't know what to feel
the beginning of the end
or reinvention of the wheel
and for all we've left undone
we're still evolution

i want to
feed and water the horses
the course is long and dry
can't do it alone
we've known we can't
although we try
and try and try
we may not deserve you
but we'll come to serve you
by and by
feed and water the horses
where they lie

i realize
that the beasts lie
very near our plans
peacefully sleeping
but faithfully keeping
their ready for the burdened man
but if you knew something
(peacefully sleeping)
could take you to something
(faithfully keeping)
you were dying for
(their ready for)
you burdened man
wouldn't you need it
(wouldn't you need it)
wouldn't you feed it
(wouldn't you feed it)
wouldn't you praise it ever more

feed and water the horses
the course is long and dry
can't do it alone
we've known we can't
although we try
and try and try
we may not deserve you
we'll come to serve you
by and by
feed and water the horses
where they lie

words and music by emily saliers


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