Future Islands Heart Grows Old

Looking for something the lord would make,

Meters of sleep–buried under the neck

Bereave animal dreams, instinct to keep you

Instance to bleed you

Instinct

Saturday folds, by the time I put my wishing words away

The sound of an old door laughing

Creaks to signal

Your wishing words were saved

The heart grows old

The heart grows old with you

No one in this world could hope to take your place

The heart grows old

The heart grows old and rues

The end of our days

The heart grows old with you

And it breaks my mind in two

Because I know–and you know

That it was never meant to be

Baby I was just too young

To appreciate all of your seams

Now I’m cutting myself

Watching you cutting yourself

Bleeding myself

The heart grows old

The heard grows old and rues

The end of our days, the heart grows old with you

The heart grows old

The heart grows old and croons

Into the blue–the heart grows old with you

Save me, save me from loving you always

Save me, save me from loving you always

Save me, save me from loving you always

Save me, save me from loving you always

Future Islands Long Flight

I got back from a long flight,

You said you’d meet me there,

I’ve been tripping off constellations and stars.

I found you at home, what was our home,

With another man, oh man.

Been keeping you in my heart.

And so I whispered into your ear,

“What are you thinking about?”

You just looked up at the stars

And so I whispered into your ear,

“Who are you thinking about?”

It couldn’t be me

You can’t look me in my eyes anymore,

Without the rivers to tend.

Because you remember our love was true,

But you just needed a hand,

And you can’t look me in my eyes anymore,

Without yourself to defend.

You know you hurt me so bad,

Just ’cause you needed a hand.

And I went off and saw things I’ve never seen,

I really wanted you there.

But you ruined what was love

Just ’cause you needed a hand

This is the way that it all falls.

This is how I feel,

This is what I need:

You, by me–right here–by me,

Right now.

And so I whispered into your ear,

“What are you thinking about?”

You just looked up at the stars

And so I whispered into your ear,

“Who are you thinking about?”

It couldn’t be me

You can’t look me in my eyes anymore,

Without the rivers to tend,

‘Cause you remember our love was true,

But you just needed a hand.

And you can’t look me in my eyes anymore,

Without yourself to defend.

You know you hurt me so bad,

Just ’cause you needed a hand.

And I went off and saw things I’ve never seen,

I really wanted you there.

But you ruined what was love,

Just ’cause you needed a hand

Just ’cause you needed a hand.

Future Islands Vireo’s Eye

A loose, and hazy time

When you were not my Clementine

And I was not your diamond’s eye

Bereft, as daisies lie

For our love was not lost in style

You were strong, I was a child

We, we’re not kings here,

We’re not kings here

We’re just strangers

And Love, has died in song

Carried down by ancient tongues

Ferried around the water’s thrum

And winds, along a line

Along a whirl, a lonely girl

To be, to see, to sweat, and bleed

To fall on your sword-on your sword

On your word

We, we’re not kings here,

We’re not kings here

We’re just strangers

Be still, by my side

For you are not my Clementine

And I am not your diamond’s eye

To Sleep!

By right of you, I can’t endure

In the light of things, I can’t ignore

In spite of all the rose’s thorns, and hopeless works

We, we’re not kings here,

We’re not kings here

We’re just strangers

We, we’re not kings here,

We’re not the kings here

We’re just strangers

We, we’re not kings here,

We’re not kings here

We’re just strangers

We, we’re not kings here,

We’re not the kings here

We’re just strangers

And angels

Future Islands An Apology

This is what I know,

The canopy loss of our home

Is a far cry, while I’m away.

Tethered to finding a rope,

We walk in precarious ways.

And go alone at night

To Misery’s bed.

In Misery’s bed, we stay.

So far away

Here in the tremble and pulse,

With the rush and the weight of the world.

I am a cannibal, known,

Begging the lashes to break.

You find me awake in a dream,

A scream in the dark, so it seems.

Or is that just how it leaves?

The shadow I cast now the breeze.

So far away

So this is how it goes,

With the loss of our canopy home.

That falls with the leaves from the trees,

As we pass.

And I wasn’t there in the last,

But I was surely there from the first.

Here, in my chest where you burst,

I keep the crush

And the weight of the world.

So far away

Future Islands Fall From Grace

You were mine when I was young

Why does it take so long?

When you were here, it was warm

Now it’s just a bitter storm

Now I’m older, turning white

Watching days turn into nights

Now I’m older and I’m grave

Tell me, what’s been left to save?

Pardon my reflection

In the mirror, at your feet

Before you go, please tell me

“Was it all inside of me?”

“I’ll leave here in the morning…”

You were mine when I was young

Why does it take so long?

Now I’m older and I’m grave

Tell me, “What’s been left to save?”

I held you in the morning

In the doorway of the sea

“Pardon my reflection

I was all inside of me”

We slowly fall from grace

We slowly fade away…

Future Islands Cave

In parting ways

And parting hearts

A dress of leaves blows to the winds

Take these sacrificial remnants—untended

Bashed to dust

And trust distressed

Red cheeks—caved in

I don’t believe anymore

Don’t believe anymore

Cuz all we know, is gone and cold

I don’t believe anymore

Don’t grieve anymore

Cuz all I hold, is all I own

Is this a desperate wish for dying?

Or a wish that dying cease?

The fear that keeps me going and going and going

Is the same fear that brings me to my knees

I don’t believe anymore

Don’t believe anymore

Cuz what was gold, is gone and cold

I don’t believe anymore

I won’t grieve anymore

Cuz all we are, is bled and gone

I am the air, the after

Always in the clouds

Searching for some answer

Parted now, I am the shore—repeated

Becoming air

I’m finally free

I don’t believe anymore

Don’t believe anymore

What I can’t see, can’t hold to me

I don’t believe anymore

I won’t grieve anymore

Cuz what was gold, is gone and cold

I don’t believe anymore

Don’t believe anymore

Cuz what was gold, is gone and cold

I don’t believe anymore

Don’t believe anymore

I won’t grieve anymore

Won’t grieve anymore

For you

Future Islands Balance

You can clean around the wound

But if you want it to heal

It just takes time

And you can call up to the moon

But if you want something to change

You’ve gotta change your life

And take your time

It just takes time

It just takes time

It just takes time

Hard work and your time

The sun will leave the room

Will leave you to the night

And that’s alright

Because before the morning comes

There’s a certain calm

And then there’s light

It just takes time

It just takes time

A little trust and your time

You can change your life

It just takes time

A little trust and your time

And I can sit and talk

Because I was just like you

So arrogant and brave

Impetuous and blue

But trust me as a friend

And I’ll do all that I can do

And I’d do anything for you

Because I want to see you through

It just takes time

Hard work and your time

You can change your life

It just takes time

A little trust your time

A little trust and your time…

Future Islands Before The Bridge

I will walk you home and I will leave you there

I’ll take the books you stole

And leave the heart that bared – this soul

I hope you have what you need

(I hope the moon is listening)

I hope you have what you need

(I gave my soul, my body)

I hope you have what you need

(I hope the moon is listening)

I hope you have what you need

(I gave you soul and body)

And if things hadn’t changed

I would have buried you deep in my arms

And if things had stayed the same

I would have carried you as far as the stars

Whatever has us know

I can’t forget, somehow

For, to forget a love, is to regret

And, what is love, is regret

And, what isn’t love is a test

And if things hadn’t changed

I would have buried you deep in my arms

And if things had stayed the same

I would have carried you as far as the stars

Do you believe in love?

Do you believe in love?

Hold your tongue…

Hold your tongue…

Whatever has us now

I can’t forget somehow

For, to forget a love, is to regret

Future Islands Old Friend

I whisper the tongue like an old friend

I cherish my time here alone

I wait in the eyes of the passing nights,

To help me laugh brushfires again

By the swallows sleeve, I’m a new hand

Cutting out the shapes that burn me

I can touch the mouths of these child gods

And these true minds that hurt man

And the will will go up

To the crashing sails

And the crushing wails

Of my old pan

This wind screams while I’m asleep

And dreams that these white eyes

Will smile again

And the will will go up

To the crashing sails

And the crushing wails

Of my old pan

This wind screams while I’m asleep

And dreams that these white eyes

Will smile again

I take to the road like an old man

I cherish my time here alone

I process the lines of the passing lights

Losing myself, I change my plans

By the western walls, I’m a cursed hand

By the eastern seas, I’m hardly wrong

I can swing myself down from these trees

When I crave a glimpse of weary sands

I whisper the tongue like an old friend

I cherish my time here alone

I swing myself down from these trees

To help me laugh brushfires again

Future Islands Beach Foam

Standing on a beach somewhere

Looking for something to see

As the beach rolls in, I swear

It’s bringing something to me

Baby, one day I’ll have what I want:

Someone to stand next to me

But until then, I’ll just wait and watch

As the pull rolls into me

Beach foam baby

Midnight baby

Beach foam, beach foam baby

Midnight baby, midnight baby

Midnight

Standing on a shore somewhere

Looking for something to be

As the beach rolls in, I swear

It’s bringing something to me

Baby, one day I’ll have what I want

Baby, one day I’ll follow the stream

But until then I’ll just wait and watch

As the pull rolls into me

Beach foam baby

Midnight baby

Beach foam, beach foam baby

Midnight baby, midnight baby

Midnight

Beach foam baby, beach foam

Beach foam baby

Midnight baby, midnight baby

Midnight