Dawes The Way You Laugh

I suppose we are born from our silence

But you seem to take yours with you

Like a child that refuses to bloom

You forced me to face all of your beauty

Then turned your beauty away from yourself

This road that we’ve taken doesn’t seem to stop here

But doesn’t seem to go anywhere else

And your heart rests in your chest

Like a charm ’round your neck

That you couldn’t find words to refuse

And this high horse you ride

It has broken its stride

As it leads us through worlds built for you

So walk with me a little bit further

So I can find the tenderness you keep inside

God made you with a taste for the madness in love

But you confuse your gift with your pride

And I can’t help you with removed that bandage

I will leave you all to yourself while you heal

As I’m learning time is a language

And it’s the best way to explain how I feel

And while the magician you meet

Sweeps you off your feet

Saying he’ll teach you tricks all for free

I’ll be in the way that you laugh

As he cuts you in half

And holds you up for the crowds all to see

So forgive me for feeling so strongly

But I feel like we can finally agree

That true lovers always end up lonely

‘Cause they know how good it could be

I’ve heard the men in your wake

Describe you as a snake

As you slip away when they start to wilt

But I firmly believe

You’re a lot more like Eve

As she enjoys a bit of her guilt

Dawes Now That It’s Too Late, Maria

The flicker of the candle looks like a one way conversation

Reacting to something nobody else could see

While I sit at the table and relive the whole situation

Until the valet who wants to go home comes in and gives me my keys

And tonight every single star is shining

The power lines all sizzle and buzz

And now that it’s too late, Maria

I see it all for what it was

There’s nothing sadder than a streetlight shining on a stretch of empty sidewalk

Or maybe the fog that I’ve been living in has lifted for the first time in weeks

Every day’s been a step forward perfecting the art of the small talk

So I never have to say something I might really mean

But I remember all those final words that you told me

How I was too green to be blue

But now that it’s too late, Maria

I can see how that was true

Now when I am in your city I come across the company you’ve been keeping

They all hit it off so well with some infamous ghost of my past

It’s so hard to imagine what you could have possibly told them

Some wonder how I’m doing but most don’t even ask

But now every single door stands open

I even signed some autographs

And now that it’s too late, Maria

We can both look back and laugh

There’s always more to say but I’m just skipping to the ending

When you move back to Texas and I meet a girl who wants to change her name

When we both start to forget the problems that were never worth having

And everybody goes on living watching nothing really change

There will always be a part of you that’s with me

And you sure as hell had better feel the same

And now that it’s too late, Maria

There is no one here to blame

Dawes My Way Back Home

A ballerina in Phoenix

The pines up north

The sunrise from a highway

That was not there before

If I can place it all together

Make out the nature of the call

I start to feel the love and the silence

That was always at the root of it all

And in my constant quest for truth

I am condemned to facts alone

And though my dreams all lead me nowhere

I won’t forget my way back home

From the corner of a coffee shop

Or from the center of a stage

From the words used in a love note

Or from an empty page

While I struggle with these beauties

And my renditions end up dry

I’m like a bird that crashes into the window

That was drawn to the reflection of the sky

And the more I try to speak

The more I lose that earthly tone

And before heaven proves me hopeless

I won’t forget my way back home

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

I admit that these answers that I seek

Are all to questions I’ve never known

But I pray to keep on looking for as long as I can roam

And when the world finally fulfills me

I will not forget my way back home

Dawes Time Spent In Los Angeles

These days my friends don’t seem to know me

Without my suitcase in my hand

Where I am standing still

I seem to disappear

But maybe that’s how I found you

Maybe that’s taught me exactly what I want

Maybe meeting you so far away from home

Is what makes it all so clear

But you got that special kind of sadness

You got that tragic set of charms

That only comes from time spent in Los Angeles

Makes me wanna wrap you in my arms

When people ask me where I come from

To see what that says about man

I only end up giving bad directions

That never lead them there at all

It’s something written in the head lights

Is something swimming in my drink

And if I were the moon

It would be exactly where I fall

Cause you got that special kind of sadness

You got that tragic set of charms

That only comes from time spent in Los Angeles

Makes me wanna wrap you in my arms

I used to think someone would love me

For places I have been

And the dirt I have been gathering

Deep beneath my nails

But now I know what I’ve been missing

And I’m going home to make it mine

And I’ll be battening the hatches and pulling in the sails.

But you got that special kind of sadness

You got that tragic set of charms [x2]

That only comes from time spent in Los Angeles

Makes me wanna wrap you in my arms

Dawes Side Effects

If there was no word for love now

We’d see how strong it really is

We could find out what it looks like

Or if it ever did exist

‘Cause every time you said you loved me

Seems like the point escaped us both

And the current interrupted

The moment that you spoke

Now there’s a loophole in the theory

That I cannot figure out

‘Cause if love was what they said it would be

Then you’d be here with me now

It’s a loneliness perfected

It’s how to laugh when you should cry

The side effects of broken promise

Becomes a way of getting by

So the next time that you see me

And our exchange feels somehow cheap

Know that I feel every word you’re saying

But from just a few steps out of reach

Where the view is a little hazy

And the noise a little loud

‘Cause if love was what they said it would be

Well then you’d be here with me now

If love was what they said it would be

Then you’d be here with me now

Dawes Take Me Out Of The City

Take me out of the city

Where my shadow can roam

Let me breathe in the morning

Let my way be my home

Take me out of the city

True love I will not find

Take me in new one’s heart

Take me out of my mind

I feel my reflection slide

Along the eyes that march me past

I found my direction high up, close to sun

That I’ve kept to my back

Take me out of the city

Where God’s never been

Where my soul is my sorrow

And it’s bound by my skin

Take me out of the city

May I never return

Let the song of the mountain

Be the one that I’ve earned

I feel my reflection slide

Along the eyes that march me past

I found my direction high up, close to sun

That I’ve kept to my back

Take me out of the city

Where my shadow can roam

Let me breathe in the morning

Let my way be my home

Dawes When The Tequila Runs Out

Everyone that greeted me, was moving slow and drinking fast

I was lost inside a painting on a wall

A pretty baby with a cigarette, was looking for a place to ash

Stumbling toward the voices down the hall

They had thriller on the stereo, not the album, just the song

For two dancers all in white, that no one really knew

There were a lot of leather jackets, there was a haircut reading palms

There was a line outside the bathroom that didn’t really move

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be feeling no pain

Some girls forgot their bathing suits but felt like jumping in the pool

Right after making sure the underwater lights were on

I was staring at a silhouette, I was blushing like a fool

Letting everyone pretend they hadn’t planned it all along

Then our host bust out of his bedroom, with his glasses slightly bent

He gets up on the diving board to tell us how he feels

“Ladies and gentlemen we’ve begun the initial descent,

And now it’s time to pull up on the wheel”

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be feeling no pain

On the floor of the living room, I saw my past life passed out

Laying next to her handsome new flame

I didn’t recognize his face too much ‘cept for the grimace on his mouth

He looked a lot like me, he seemed to be in pain

I didn’t hear the picture window break, I didn’t see the rising sun

But I could feel the morning breeze

Then I heard her tired voice speak up and say “I think this party’s done”

She asked if I could drive her home, and then she added please (Please)

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be drinking champagne

When the tequila runs out, we’ll be feeling no pain

Dawes My Girl To Me

Go ahead and let your hands stay entwined,

I swear I could not possibly mind.

And when she lets down her guard,

Don’t kiss her too hard.

She’s sure to repay in kind.

Don’t let your courtesy last too long,

My love blooms when I know it’s gone.

So if I’m in the room,

It should be fair to assume:

You can both act how you want.

And I won’t cross the line you drew

Cause I’m not here to compete

Oh and I don’t know what she tells you,

But she’s still my girl to me.

She’s good with quick goodbyes

And whenever she rolls her eyes

That’s her admission of guilt

On the temper she built,

And for me that’s her most familiar side.

I’m always watching my bridges burn,

But if she didn’t leave then she can’t return.

And I don’t know you too well,

But it’s not too hard to tell

I miss her but I’m not concerned.

And I’m glad to see that someone stayed

I don’t want to see her grieve

But it doesn’t matter what you say,

She is still my girl to me.

Oh that’s the way my sister might give a kiss

Oh, how I feel so passively missed.

And she says in your ear, as if I wasn’t here

The quixote knows who he is

Oh, call me names if it comforts you

There are worst things I could be

But it doesn’t matter if it isn’t true-

She is still my girl to me.

Dawes We’re All Gonna Die

Hey kid at the show tonight..

The face beyond the barricade

How ya dance and ya sing to every single line

Like it was you up on that stage

I mean to know your secret

I’m asking you for help

How do I fall in love with anything

Like you seem to do so well?

I gotta get back to when it came out

The way it was supposed to sound

Before money was ever changing hands

And my feet were on the ground

When I could feel the wind’s direction

When I knew what songs to sing

And he said, “Try not to get upset

Let it all go by

Because how can it be that bad

If we’re all gonna die?”

So I started to think about

That girl that disappeared

And if really was the road that pulled me away

Or if I’m still a victim of my fears

As she showed me, the machine ran

That our words protect us from

How she could keep me in the moment

How that’s all there ever was

As she called, I asked to see her

Even if it’s just a couple days

I could meet her out in Georgia

She could fly out to LA

And if the plane goes down on her way to me

I think I know how she would react

She’d smile and close her eyes..

Think about her life..

While some voice screaming in the back

“We’re all gonna die.”

So try not to get upset

Everything is fine

Hey, it’s not that big a deal

We’re all gonna die

Dawes Strangers Getting Stranger

Did you hear the one about a joke without a punch-line

Or the song about a movie of a book

Like a stolen bouquet meant to be given away

To the girl that never gives you a look

Well that’s how I’ve been spending all my meantime

Wondering if it’s doing any harm

Resetting myself to when everything felt

Like a book I’m holding under my arm

But it’s not that I want back all my innocence

Just the joy of losing it again

The favorites get their favors

And this stranger’s getting stranger everyday

The great one’s all get greater

And this stranger’s getting stranger everyday

We got doctors that know everything about us

We can level cities by the end of the day

The world is turning back into dust or maybe it’s just

We’re becoming all the god’s that we’ve praised

Or maybe the world is finally moving on without us

While we wait to see who’s winning some debate

It’s like we’re running a race after spinning in place

We’re pulling left when we’ve been moving straight

But me I think I’ll keep on spinning

And smile as I hit the ground

The favorites get their favors

And this stranger’s getting stranger everyday

The great one’s all get greater

And this stranger’s getting stranger everyday

Like a tree that doesn’t look for it’s root, it grows

Like a bird on the day that it’s season is through, it knows

The favorites get their favors

And this stranger’s getting stranger everyday

The great one’s all get greater

And this stranger’s getting stranger everyday