Benjamin Gibbard Lady Adelaide

Lady Adelaide shows no emotion

Colder than a wave in the Arctic Ocean

She waited all her years for those 3 words

That never reached her ears

They just went unheard

Porcelain and frail, slender shoulders

A breeze of gusty gale could knock her over

She knew a handsome man who she gave her body

But he did not take her hand

And her heart broke softly

Now she’s a bird with broken wing

She likes the ideas of things

More than what they are bound to bring

Lady Adelaide

And with her beauty in slow fade

She is so fearful the will say

That she is a bed that’s been unmade

Lady Adelaide

Benjamin Gibbard Bigger Than Love

It’s bigger than love

Brighter than all the stars combined

It’s dwarfing the sun

Burning within my heart and mind

I live with my memories, the bustling fervor of New York

Where on 59th street we quarreled and broke the bathroom door

‘Cause you were just drinking ’til you could hardly see

Oh how much I loved you but I couldn’t bring myself to leave

It’s bigger than love

Brighter than all the stars combined

It’s dwarfing the sun

Burning within my heart and mind

Our summers in Paris, the Seine overflowing with champagne

And I knew you stepped out but you knew that I had done the same

And we had a child there but we couldn’t raise her on our own

So our house got crowded and I’d never felt so all alone

It’s bigger than love

Brighter than all the stars combined

It’s dwarfing the sun

Burning within my heart and mind

It’s bigger than love

Brighter than all the stars combined

It’s dwarfing the sun

Burning within my heart and mind

Stranded in Asheville failing to fix a broken head

You’re in California doing the work of lesser men

Oh what of our daughter, oh what of the love that we once shared?

It’s living inside us battered but not beyond repair

Our fate decreed

A singularity

A solemn tune

I play at night and dance around the room

It’s bigger than love

Brighter than all the stars combined

It’s dwarfing the sun

Burning within my heart and mind

It’s bigger than love

Brighter than all the stars combined

It’s dwarfing the sun

Burning within my heart and mind

Benjamin Gibbard December

I’ll take this chance to tell my friends

What I’m thinking of

On second thought

I’ll think some more and tell you later on

She don’t even care

That I would die for her love

My mind is full of several things

Assembling the thoughts

I’ll take this chance to tell my friends

What I’m thinking of

She don’t even care

That I wouldn’t die for her love

I’ve had this plan for many years

But now I can’t remember

I wanted to assassinate December

I wanted to assassinate December

Benjamin Gibbard Alcoholiday

There are things I want to do

But I don’t know if they’ll be with you

If they will be with you

There are things I want to say

But I don’t know if they will be to you

If they will be to you

But she’ll never get a feeling when you’re taken by the hand

And let a course you can come in

When to beg but I’m not ready

Baby I’ve been fucked already

Falling into line when I’m doing nothing

We’ve got nothing worth discussing

When to go but it’s all hazy

People say I’m going crazy

There are things I want to do

But I don’t know if they will be with you

If they will be with you

There are things I want to say

But I don’t know if they will be to you

If they will be to you

And she’ll never get a feeling when you’re taken by the hand

And led of course you can come in

When to beg but I’m not ready

Baby I’ve been fucked already

Falling into line when I’m doing nothing

We’ve got nothing worth discussing

When to go but it’s all hazy

People say I’m going crazy

All I know

Is all I know

What I’ve done I leave behind and

I don’t want what’s sure to find me

All I know

Is all I know

What I’ve done I leave behind and

I don’t want what’s sure to find me

All I know

Is all I know

What I’ve done I leave behind and

I don’t want what’s sure to find me

Benjamin Gibbard Metal Baby

Metal baby

My metal baby

I’m a mother and she’s got me on the run

Metal baby

I met her baby

Got her finger round the trigger of a gun

I’m not the sort of person

She’ll admit she knows

She’s not the sort of person

Whose driven white as snow

Metal baby

My metal baby

Made me take her to the heavy metal show

Metal baby

My metal baby

Drank her perfume when I didn’t want to go

I’m not the sort of person

She’ll admit she knows

She’s not the sort of person

Whose driven white as snow

Metal baby

My metal baby

I’m not ready to be parting to her plans

Metal baby

My metal baby

Left the city with a heavy metal band

I’m not the sort of person

She’ll admit she knows

She’s not the sort of person

Whose driven white as snow

So

Benjamin Gibbard Oh, Woe

Oh, woe why do you stay

And make me feel this awful way?

You filled my heart with your solemn tune

And an endless burning blush hue

It’s been a basement of a year

And all I want is for you to disappear

But oh, woe you caught my eye

And I thought that I’d give you a try

But you’re nothing like the way you looked

In all those famous songs and books

And now I see how you snuff the light

And it’s so confounding trying to cut you down

Trying to find a place to begin

Oh, woe please hear this plea

To walk away and leave me be

I’ve weathered more than I can take

Of your ever-present lonely ache

Benjamin Gibbard Broken Yolk In Western Sky

Broken yolk in western sky

My stomach turned, my mouth went dry

And I knew I’d never know fear before

I pressed my palms into the seat

And with one last look at you next to me

I kicked open the sliding door

And I threw myself out on the road

Torn flesh and broken bones

And in the shoulder’s patchy grass

I faded into your past

I know it was a cowardly thing to do

And that an explanation is not an excuse

I just need you to understand

My love is like some kind of greed

Of equal portions ‘want’ and ‘need’

And I cannot divorce the two

I could not sleep at all

With all the rumble strip close calls

And in the gravel and scattered trash

I faded into your past

When you think twice you arrive at the same conclusion

And it’s bad advice only if you use it

And then you disappeared from view

And you became somebody new

Near the exit’s overpass

I faded into your past

Benjamin Gibbard Carolina

Every scream went bleeding through these paper walls

and all the make-up in the world couldn’t hide the scars

I leave today, I’m packing light: a suitcase, some toiletries

The rolling hills and willow trees of Carolina wait for me

You never learned, the rules have changed since we were nine

This isn’t school: boys don’t assault the girls they like

The taste of blood, the claim of love: these two will here on cease

to be sprouting from your fists and tongue ’cause Carolina waits for me

Fields of grain go whipping by from the window seat

I’m drifting in, I’m drifting out catching up on sleep I couldn’t get

Indentured since the very crest of 17

I left my keys and broken dreams ’cause Carolina waits for me

I will never forgive a single day

Mile markers seem to call my name and say,

“you’re safer now, through every town,

we’ll light your way in reflective green all the way”

The entire state of Carolina waits for me

Benjamin Gibbard Guiding Star

When everything you own is lost

And every friendship has it’s cost

Your rolling stone has gathered moss

And all your clouds color the sun

And all your karma has undone

Remember you’re my number one

Hey

You’re my guiding star

I do know who you are

Your my guiding star

Don’t you think you’ve heard this song before

Jesus Christ is knocking at my door

Kind of like the way he wears his hair

Kind of like the way he walks on air

Could his golden halo be the sun we all know?

Benjamin Gibbard Dream Song

He’s been waking all through the night

And pacing ’round in the moonlight

‘Cause these same dreams won’t let him be

Their cameras photograph everything

That he’s been burying down beneath

And show him what he don’t wanna see

He counts the hours creeping by

His thoughts racing, eyes stuck open wide

Tossing and turning through the night every night

He has this one where he’s being pursued

by every woman he ever knew

And at first grasp he wakes in gasps

He watches her laying there sound asleep

And wonders who’s chasing her through her dreams

And when they do if it scares her too

He counts the hours creeping by

His thoughts racing, eyes stuck open wide

Tossing and turning through the night every night

And oh how he needs to get some sleep

But who waits down there so deep

Leaves him shaking at the knees

Oh

He counts the hours creeping by

His thoughts racing, eyes stuck open wide

Tossing and turning through the night every night

And oh how he needs to get some sleep

But who waits down there so deep

Leaves him shaking at the knees