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

Benjamin Gibbard Choir Vandals

Burn down like old cathy candles

Marked up with the choir vandals

Reading: destroy destroy destroy

Two-speed cycles streamered handles

Evenings with the roman scandals

I just want to be someone you know…

Benjamin Gibbard Farmer Chords

I can’t begin to compete with you

and everyone knows I know you know it, too.

It’s a complicated fear

that grows with every year

and it’s walking on it’s own finally

All I can offer are farmer chords,

these simple rhymes and you painted in words

You can sing this when alone

or whistle it through your teeth

and it will feel like home

no matter how far you’ll be

from my lonely arms outstretched

just beyond your reach

singing “ooh, baby, please…”

I can’t begin to compete with you

and everyone knows I know you know it, too.

It’s a complicated fear

that grows with every year

and it’s walking on it’s own finally

Benjamin Gibbard A Hard One To Know

you call a truce and then you start a fight

You change your signals like traffic light

‘Cause you’re a hard one to know

Around your heart you’ve tied a fishing line

And you cast it out there just to see who bites

‘Cause you’re a hard one to know

I toss and turn but I just can’t get to sleep

When I start thinking ’bout what you do to me

You’re like a flower garden buried in snow

You’re a hard one to know

You give your love our like an auctioneer

Your moves are jumpy and your words aren’t clear

‘Cause you’re a hard one to know

First you smother than you disengage

Your tears of joy dissolve to tears of rage

‘Cause you’re a hard one to know

I toss and turn but I just can’t get to sleep

When I start thinking ’bout what you do to me

You drag your feet as you swing to and fro

You’re a hard one to know

And I try to love you but You Won’t let me be

You say it’s ending before it can begin

You tell me to stay and then you tell me to go

You’re a hard one to know

Benjamin Gibbard Lily

Lily is a blinding light devouring the dark

Lily is a 5 alarm fire that rages inside my heart

And all I want to do is tell her that my love is true

Tell her that my love is true

Lily is a big brass band who fills the air with song

Lily is a destination and she’s where my arms belong

‘Cause whenever she is there with me

I know where I’m supposed to be

I know where I want to be

‘Cause I just flip when I kiss lips

And all my senses reel

Lily’s the Pacific Ocean and I’m standing at her shores

And Lily she is never-ending

There’s so much left in store

So all I want to do is tell her that my love is true

Tell her that my love is true