Noah And The Whale Rocks And Daggers

The rocks

they will always hold in the sea

and erosion can’t stop their being

oh no currents can defeat them

and I am thankful for the love

these rocks have always given

and although

this boat is steady now

one wave could pull me under

and I’ll be stranded out at sea

and I will pray that those rocks

will be there for me

and the sun always shines down on your shoes

could be a blue blue christmas for you*

‘cos when the sun always shines down on your shoes

could be a blue blue christmas for you

I love the way that your hair is always neat

and your skirts fall below your knees

and your love is so pure and so clean

oh, it comforts me [x4]

I love the way that you’re always surprised

oh, to find truth in all my lies

‘cos you trust me and ignore my disguise

oh, it comforts me [x4]

but there’s no need to play with my heart [x15]

Noah And The Whale Lifetime

[Verse:]

We got high a thousand times in your brother’s room

Talked about how we break free, guess it came too soon.

We grew up, drifted apart, now you’re getting married

While I’m waiting for my life to start.

[Chorus:]

Are you ready to make that call?

It’s gonna be a lifetime.

It was only a few years ago, but it feels like a lifetime.

[Verse:]

The year your brother left home is mostly you and me

We spend our whole summer there on his balcony.

We were young, that was then

And I can’t help the feeling that is never coming back again.

[Chorus:]

Are you ready to make that call?

It’s gonna be a lifetime.

It was only a few years ago, but it feels like a lifetime.

Are you ready to make that call?

It’s gonna be a lifetime.

It was only a few years ago, but it feels like a lifetime.

[Bridge:]

And we used to dream of what was beyond these walls

And we used to pray that one day we’ll see them fall

And there’ll be nothing, nothing but time

And there’ll be nothing, nothing but time.

Noah And The Whale Jocasta

When the baby’s born

Oh let’s turn it to the snow

So that ice will surely grow

Over weak and brittle bones

Oh let’s leave it to the wolves

So their teeth turn it to food

Oh its flesh keeps them alive

Oh its death helps life survive

Oh the world can be kind in its own way

Oh well your future’s a machine

With the mechanics of a dream

And it’s your mind that spins the wheel

And your heart that makes you feel

All the guilt for all your sins

Oh and as that wheel spins

Oh well it plays as they believed

And for your husband you have grieved

Oh the world

Still deceives you as it turns

And in my lucid moments I could see

Oh that the heart may be

The weakest part of me

Oh and the moon controls

The movements of the tide

Oh but it has no weight on the movements of my mind

But if you turn your hands to flames

Oh the light will burn the same

Whether you just pass it through

Or if it’s what you meant to do

And your sense of culpability

Is from the guides that you perceived

Their constant lie that you believe

Will show you grace

Oh when you turn to a ghost

Oh but now the love you found

Is raising you from muddy ground

And oh the death will let you down

‘Cause your curse will still go on the same

Noah And The Whale Give It All Back

Oh well the world never seemed bigger

Than the summer of ’98

Living out in the suburbs

Planning my escape

I grew my hair to my shoulders

Formed a band with a couple of friends

And we called ourselves The Devils Playhouse

Influences like Bruce and the band

And we’d sing and play

Simple three chord rock and roll

And miles away

The other kids would just grow old

But we’re making our own way out

Yeah we’re making our own way out

Well we’d practice every week in my bedroom

While my parents were working in town

And one morning in our school assembly

Played a cover of “Don’t Let Me Down”

The performance was nervous and awkward

But the passion was real and profound

And the kids in the audience laughing

While the band just stared at the ground

But the victory

For the kids who believe in rock and roll

I know for me

That performance lives, it never grows old

But we’re making our own way out

Yeah we’re making our own way out

Well I’d give it all back just to do it again

Yeah I’d turn back time, be with my friends

Yeah I’d give it all back just to do it again

Turn back time, be with my friends

Yeah I’d give it all back just to do it again

Turn back time and be with my friends

Yeah I’d give it all back just to do it again

Turn back time, be with my friends

Tonight

Noah And The Whale Death By Numbers

As our rotting bodies

Pay back the earth its love

In a vile fleshy matter

We’ll crumble into dust

I’ll be picked up by the wind

And blown into strangers eyes

Defuse into their bodies

And their tears when they cry

‘Til I have 5000 people carry me

‘Til I have 5000 people carry me

Oscar and Lucy

Will buy themselves a coffin

Oh a single box of wood

That, together, they will rot in

And their bodies will decay

And combine with one another

Oh a single act of love

Far greater than any other

And in death they’ll leave just a part of them

Oh in death they’ll leave one part of them

Oh when I’m minerals in the soil

I’ll diffuse into a tree

It’ll have 5000 brances

Which will have 5000 leaves

And I’ll be in every one

Oh and when a leaf blows free

I will land upon the earth

And grow another tree

‘Til I have 5000 trees made of me

‘Til there are 5000 trees made of me

When Darkness surrounds me

Oh when darkness surrounds me

Oh when darkness is all I can see

When Darkness surrounds me

Oh when darkness surrounds me

Oh when darkness is all I can see

When Darkness surrounds me

Oh when darkness surrounds me

Oh when darkness is all I can see

When Darkness surrounds me

Oh when darkness surrounds me

Oh when darkness is all I can see

I will have 5000 bodies

I will have 5000 trees

Which will have 5000 branches

Which will have 5000 leaves

And I will have 5000 lovers

And I’ll have 5000 bees

Made of me

Noah And The Whale The Line

She looks out her window

And the stars don’t feel that far away

She watches the wind blow

Blowing all her problems away

But then she’ll ask, as she cleans up the glass

“Is this the line?

Is this the line?

Is this the line between heaven and hell?

Is this the line where I get up and walk out?

Is this the line where you get drunk you yell?”

She fixes her make-up

Treading lightly on the floor

Hoping he won’t wake up

As she makes her way towards the door

But then she’ll say, as she waves him away

“Is this the line?

Is this the line?

Is this the line between heaven and hell?

Is this the line where I get up and walk out?

Is this the line where you get drunk you yell?”

She says “I’ve lived my life like a diamond

Bright and hard like a diamond”

She says “I’ve lived my life like a diamond

Bright and hard like a diamond”

Noah And The Whale The First Days Of Spring

It’s the first day of spring

And my life is starting over again

Well the trees grow, the river flows

And its water will wash away my sin

For I do believe that everyone

has one chance to fuck up their lives

Like a cut down tree, I will rise again

I’ll be bigger, and stronger than ever before

If I’m still here hoping, that one day you may come back

If I’m still here hoping, that one day you may come back

There’s a hope in every new seed

And every flower that grows on the Earth

And though I love you, and you know that

Well I no longer know what that’s worth

And I’ll come back to you, in a year or so

And rebuild ready to become

Oh the person, you believed in

Or the person that you used to love

If I’m still here hoping, that one day you may come back

If I’m still here hoping, that one day you may come back

Noah And The Whale There Will Come A Time

One day things will turn out as planned

You’ll have her in the palm of your hand

But it’s not tonight, no not tonight

One day she’ll look at you and say

I never thought I could feel this way

But it’s not tonight, no not tonight

There will come a time

Where you will need your friends tonight

There will come a time

Where you will need someone tonight

One day she’ll hang on to your arm

Chasing the night all the way ’til the dawn

But it’s not tonight, no not tonight

One day soon you’ll find a way

To learn to lie and what you’re thinking you say

But it’s not tonight, no not tonight

There will come a time

Where you will need your friends tonight

And there will come a time

Where you will need someone tonight

And when it feels like everyone’s turning their backs on you

And when it feels like everyone’s turning their backs on you

Oh well the sun’s not out but you know you got to see it through

Oh well the sun’s not out but you know you got to see it through

There will come a time

Where you will need your friends tonight

There will come a time

Where you will need someone tonight

[x3]

Noah And The Whale Second Lover

Oh, and when will our heartbeats fall into line,

And the click-clack of our boot heels beat out the same time?

Oh, and when will your hand find itself in mine?

Oh, and when will your hand find itself in mine?

And though I don’t know your real name

Your real age, or your shoe size

I will leave this bedroom chair

And this keyboard behind

And I will love you in reality and dreams

And I will love you in reality and dreams

And though it kills me to know

That when we are through

You go to your real lover

Who’ll put real kisses on you

Oh well, an ‘X’ is about the best that I can do

Oh well, an ‘X’ is about the best that I can do

And so this lonely, lonely heart

Has no use left for living

After finding her love

In a heart so unpermitting

And I will die and never ever hold your hand

And I will die and never ever hold your hand

But I’ll kiss my lips and I’ll blow it to you

It’ll be the last thing that I ever do

And wherever you go and whatever you do

There’s a man underground that will always love you

Oh, wherever you go and whatever you do

There’s a man underground that will always love you

Wherever you go and whatever you do

There’s a man underground that will always love you

Noah And The Whale Love Of An Orchestra

If you gotta run, run from hope

I know I’ll never be lonely

I’ve got songs in my blood

I’m carrying all the love of an orchestra

gimme the love of an orchestra [x3]

So now in my deepest sorrow

there’s no need for despair

I’m carrying all the love of an orchestra

gimme the love of an orchestra [x3]

If you gotta run, run from hope