Noah Gundersen Slow Dancer

She watched the valley burn like a slow dancer doing turns

My name was on every tongue

And all of the smoke and ash

Like the memory of the time gone bad

Hanging like a shadow

To light it up again burn like a holy fire

Light me up again if it makes you feel free

Light me up again call me a snake and a liar

And I will be the fire that keeps you warm

Matches to gasoline I could not keep my fingers clean

Enough for your gunpowder heart

And as I lit the fuse and ran for cover where were you

Standing with your hands on the flame

Light it up again burn like a holy fire

Light me up again if it makes you feel free

Light me up again call me a snake and a liar

And I will be the fire that keeps you warm

Light it up again burn like a holy fire

Light me up again if it makes you feel free

Light me up again call me a snake and a liar

And I will be the fire that keeps you warm

Noah Gundersen Silver Bracelet

Silver bracelet in my cup

Holder marks like bread crumbs on your trail line

And the pictures on the fridge

From the booth in Tennessee that one time

When I was in love and you were in love with me also

Holding my hand

Kissing my mouth like you wanted to

Back before the money took its toll

Back before the rhythm lost its soul

Back before I made up my mind to go

And the house we shared together

Little pink up Cripple Creek she sent me

Through the times of joy and plenty

Just as well the times of crippling doubt

What I didn’t know is

Not knowing shows where your heart is

Not but it’s not like I could’ve just stopped ‘cause I felt so

Back before we worked it to the bone

Back before we really should have known

Back before I made up my mind to go

Noah Gundersen Selfish Art

Sometime

Making songs for a living

Feels like living to make songs

And sometimes

I get an uneasy feeling

That I’m doing something wrong

‘Cause nothing really feels like home

And I just want to be alone

Calculate the hours till the power in the well goes dry

I’m watching as the stage goes black

How long until we all go back

To being nothing at all

Nothing but a spark in someone’s eye

Am I giving all that I can give

Am I earning the right to live

By looking in a mirror

There’s nothing more sincere than selfish art

Sometimes

When I’ve got nothing to say

I think breaking a heart

Could maybe be the start of some new page

And sometimes

I play a couple war games

Using live ammunition

So I can fix what I’m missing

Most of my songs are true

Most of my songs are due to some broken people

So I could write a single

I’m watching as the stage goes black

How long until we all go back

To being nothing at all

Nothing but a spark in someone’s eye

Am I giving all that I can give

Am I earning the right to live

By looking in a mirror

There’s nothing more sincere than selfish art

I’m watching as the stage goes black

How long until we all go back

To being nothing at all

Nothing but a spark in someone’s eye

Am I giving all that I can give

Am I earning the right to live

By looking in a mirror

There’s nothing more sincere than selfish art

There’s nothing more sincere than an empty heart

There’s nothing more sincere than who we are

Than who we are

Noah Gundersen Twenty-Something

Winter makes the most of all our compromising intellect

Throws us to the safety of our clothes

Coupled up with strangers in the front yard smoking cigarettes

Shiver as our cherry’s burning slow

Nothing feels like home anymore

I wanna lie down

I wanna lie down beside you

I wanna lie down

I wanna lie down beside you

Twenty-something sounds dismissive not far from the point

Man, it’s just hard to miss the writing for the wall

And all this forced and trite ambition, all my favorite criticisms

Makes it even easier to stall

Nothing feels like home

Nothing feels like home anymore

I wanna lie down

I wanna lie down beside you

I wanna lie down

I wanna lie down beside you

I wanna lie down

I wanna lie down beside you

Noah Gundersen Number One Hit Of The Summer

Is this the good life

You were imagining

Tied up and tired

Of everything

Overreacting

Everyone’s laughing

Totally distracted

Just one of the masses

Cut up, cut up to pieces

(Ooh, ooh, ooh…)

Deer in the headlights

Frozen in the street

Head above the water

Still swimmin’ up stream

Fade in, fade out

A car crash

We can’t stop now

When everybody’s watching you drown

So fade out

All of the bodies

Up against the line

Coming over

One at a time

The only way out

Of this god damn landfill

Number one hit of the summer

You can go and fuck yourself

Fade in, fade out

A car crash

We can’t stop now

When everybody’s watching you drown

So fade out

Fade in, fade out

A car crash

We can’t stop now

When everybody’s watching you drown

So fade out

Fade out

(Ooh, ooh, ooh…)

Noah Gundersen Boathouse

Boathouse, coming down the river

Boathouse, carrying my son

Boathouse, carrying his mother

You know she’s the only one

Caroline, my heart is aching

But I can’t quit this town

Caroline, my heartless drinking

I can’t quit this town

So go on, wave goodbye

Haul out, packing up his suitcase

Haul out, crying like the rain

Haul out, screaming “this ain’t living,”

And I know you’re right

Caroline, I’ve been wondering

Why you didn’t pick a better man?

Caroline, my Mona Lisa still can’t match your smile

So go on, wave goodbye

Boathouse, coming down the river

Boathouse, carrying my love

Boathouse, carry them to safety

Up from the Mississippi mud

For I lost my love

Noah Gundersen Halo

Under my halo

I have trouble seeing clear

You held my hand tight

Waiting to watch me disappear

I wasn’t honest

To tell you the truth

I wanted it all but I want you too

All of the lessons disappear

Still haven’t learned to be comfortable here

Making my mind up

Making an effort is a start

It’s easy to die here

Easier still just to fall apart

All the excuses; All the copouts

Take it like a man and shut your mouth

Yeah I could make it on my own

I watched my grandfather die alone

Now that I’m alone here

Feels so familiar; Feels so strange

Running in circles

Chasing the echoes of your name

When I try and tell you

You say I don’t care

Goddamn it I do and don’t you dare

Make me reason to get even for the flood of your tears

I watched you disappear

I was disappearing

You reappearing

I was disappearing

Disappearing

Noah Gundersen Fire Don’t Die

There’s a wildfire on the mountain

Burning up forest

The years have made dry

You can see it comin’

It don’t matter

You can run

But there’s no place to hide

All night we kept pouring water

Drained the pond

But the flames burned bright

Through the smoke and from the ashes

We could see all we built

When it died

Oh, the world keeps on turning

Oh, this fire won’t die

Oh, rivers keep moving

You can jump in the current

Or get lost in the tide

Heavy-hearted, heavy-burdened

I could see you were tired of the fight

All the years spent singing verses

With no sign of a chorus in sight

Raise your voice

Oh, my sister

Tell the world you won’t lay down and die

You’re so pretty

When falling, angel

Gotta jump from the nest

Where you hide

Oh, the world keeps on turning

Oh, this fire won’t die

Oh, rivers keep moving

You can jump in the current

Or get lost in the tide

Oh, the world keeps on turning

Oh, this fire won’t die

Oh, rivers keep moving

You can jump in the current

Or get lost in the tide

Noah Gundersen The Current State Of Things

I’m always tired but I won’t sleep tonight

And I’m all run dry

I can’t turn off the light

Because all that I’ve been living for

Is a better way to make it

All that I’ve been living for is a dream

With the magazines and television

Calling out my name

All that I want lately is a change

Lines, yellow and white

Are all I’m thinking of

These days, oh

And time will change our minds

But not as fast as life

And I’ve found that I am not so strong

And I’ve found that I’ve a long, long way to go

Because all that I’ve been living for

Is a better way to make it

And all that I’ve been living for is a dream

With the magazines and television

Calling out my name

All that I want lately

Is a change

Is a change

Noah Gundersen Bag Of Glass

When I was younger

I had a hunger

Down in my stomach

You couldn’t touch it

Sing loud and I really meant it

Just hoping that people would notice

Dumb kid with a bad haircut

More than anything wants to be famous

Have people listen to all of his songs

I’ve got no good sense for time

Every year passes quickly by

I only hope its worth it when I’m gone

Ohhh my dreams I carry with me

In a bag of broken glass

It’s not the parts of busted hope

It’s the memories of the past

Make the good things last

I owe alot to my little sister

For sticking with me

Tho I subjected her

To so much hardship

And nights all alone

While I’m out drinkin

With some new friends

Will soon become old friends and ill forget them

Find some new ones to carry my load

I’ve got no good sense for time

Every year passes quickly by

I only hope its worth it when I’m gone

All my dreams I carry with me

In a bag of broken glass

Its not the part of busted hope

Just memories of the past

Make the good things last