A Bowl Too Full

 I see you thinking
I see you look my way
but Love I love your love too much
to want you to throw it away
once there was a one
but he had another
I live on the rim of a bowl too full
of hope
too full of me alone.
Within your hands
my heart
yours
your eyes reveal
the face of my love
once there was a one
he was my other
I live on the rim of a life
that was split into two.

I'm a little bit in love but this time
gonna keep my heart on my mind
and I won't wait for a sign
to say it's time
'cause I'm standing on the edge
and I've got nothing to lose
don't give me anything and I'll be fine
I'll be fine
I'll be fine
I'll be fine

A twist of fate
it'll twist my arm
and I can't look away from what is
staring me staring me down
my one forever
I live on the rim of what I don't know
what I can't know.

Able

 I'm a little disabled
when hope invades the room
I'm a little disabled
at the thought of being loved by you
and I don't know how
you saw me standing in the dark
but darlin now
I want to open up my heart
'cause you think I'm able
to live a life I dreamed of long ago.

I'm a little disabled
when wishes do come true
I'm a little disabled
at the thought that I am loved by you
and I don't know how
we found each other in the dark
but darlin now
you are in my heart
'cause I think I'm able
to live a life I dreamed of long ago.

There's not much to say
that's not been said before
about a love that was life
a losing battle in war
that left me so disabled
that I can't kiss you goodnight
by your door.

About a Cake

 You gave me a crumb from your cake
that was as big as the sea
such a lovely cake
just a taste for me
then you took it to the kitchen
put it in the pantry way up high
yeah you took it to the kitchen
hid it from my sorry starving eyes.

so I stood at the foot
of a shelf to the sky
I could smell that sugar
that sugar should be mine
so I started climbing
Jack, he's never been so high
and I kept climbing
I should have known what I would find
she licked her fingers
and she looked at me
mouth full of venom
her eyes full of cream
in my hunger I had not foreseen
that when I found you
she would have picked you clean.

so I woke from my hope
with a bad belly ache
I am still so empty
so long I've had to wait
but I'll start cookin
I've got something on my shelf
and I'll keep cookin
I can cook it up myself.

All These Years

 I am a witness to your affection
when I am drawn I cut into
your hard soul
and they don't know you like I know you
they don't breathe in your same hallowed breath
they don't know you like I know you
they don't feel your pain inside my chest.

I've been blessed but I've been ill used
by a world who doesn't care
whose hope it loses
and they don't know me like you know me
they don't recall my face when we met
they don't me like you know me
they don't hold my youth inside their hands.

I've stood for you for all these years
when I could never stand beside you
beside you
and I will fall
whenever you fall
whenever you fall.

I know that this is who you are and I accept
that I am woven in a circle
in the center of your soul.

I've stood for you for all these years
when I could never stand beside you 
beside you

And every time you go I wonder
will you return or will you stay
upon a lonely field of clover
will night grow long as I still wait?

Bad One

 I'm a bad bad bad bad girl
not the good kind of bad
just a bad one
I'm every mother watching from the sidelines
while I'm playing on the opposite team
I know you know each play
even better than I
but I watch it while you let them slip away
I'm not breaking my own heart
I am tearing it apart
cause I know that all this trouble's cause of me
I'm a bad girl
hey I'm a bad girl
There's no man like my man
to love impossible things
tell me what's the time in the Holy Land
if it's wailing time in me?
seven hours seven days
what a struggle what a shame
and all because I'm no good
I'm no good at games.
I'll wait for the day
when you're running through my yard
I'll wait for the day
I'll wait for the day when you say
when you say I've been good.
I want more than I've got
I want more than everything
and I want it tied up in a pretty box
that doesn't seem like a lot to me
Today could be the day
when loving's not so hard
today could be the day
today is the day when you'll say..
I'm a bad bad bad bad girl
(but the good kind of bad
not the bad one).

Bus Driver

 I drive a bus in the city
my only passenger is pity
I can't stop although I've tried
stopping I just can't abide
for stopping grants a chance from which I hide.

If I let you on this bus of mine
it's bound to crash it's bound to slide
on a slippy mess 
of pain and fear and pride
I speed onward in disgrace
I have lost but I still race
for something that I thought I wanted won
now nothing can be done.

Show me the bravest man
as brave as only brave can be
I'll be the broken mass of blood there in the street
as I watch him walk away.

If I let you on this bus of mine
it's bound to crash it's bound to slide
on a slippy mess
of pain and fear and pride
I see love upon your face
but I can also see the trace
of the tragedy and torture up ahead.

You make me brave as brave
as I have ever dared to feel
with all your sweet and all your solidness I know I'll kill
as I open up my doors
but I won't drive alone no more.

Constance

 I've got a little light on inside of me
I've got a little joy that nobody can see
I am the color of a rose in July
I feel so full of what I know I must hide.
I found the sweetest honey in my tree
I found the song that I've been waiting
to sing
but somebody found you
before me.

I've got a little dungeon inside of me
I've got a broken heart that no one can see
I am the color of a November day
I feel so sick about the things I can't say.
my lips can't taste that honey that I see
my heart can hum the tune that's written
for me
that somebody's got you
and this someone can't see..

that I know this story
and I know how it ends
I know that it's nothing
but I sure can pretend
and I will wait wait wait
with my true lover's name
pressed upon my patient lips
and I will plan that day
when I'll steal his heart away
with my silence
and the constance of my wish.

I've got a little light on inside of me
I've got a little joy I want you to see
I am the color of the sun in the sky
I feel so free from all that I used to hide.
I know I'll find that sweetness that I seek
out there's a lovely tune I know I can sing
that someone's still got you
and this someone now sees..

that this is my story
I don't know how it ends
I don't know nothing
but you sure can depend
that I won't wait wait wait
for another single day
to slip right through my finger tips
and that today's that day
when I'm gonna make my way
with my defiance
and the constance of my wish.

Ding Dong

 I'm not scared
and I don't care
that I'm a thief and he's a coward
I couldn't wait another hour
no, darlin, no
I am not afraid.
something in his eyes
said he knew me better than I knew myself
I was his favorite color
I would become his hell
I knew what I wanted
I knew I had to tell
said save me please
I'm on my knees
I knew what I had to do
was not afraid to be a fool
the only thing that scared me
was the thought of losing you.

I let the wicked witch
of the West into my room
I let her loathe me
I let her steal my broom
then I found my cyclone
and that old house became her tomb.
those dreams, indeed are dead and gone
but now my sleeping days are done
and I can wake up crying
wake up numb
but I know I will never run
cause now nothing scares me.

I'm still alive without you
if I can survive without you
then there's nothing that I cannot do.

I'm not scared
I'm gonna stand my ground
now that I've settled
for never settling down
no darlin, no
I am not afraid
I am not afraid.

Dinner Music

 A little dinner music
while you eat your heart out
you can serve but you can't take it
when it's on your plate
it has always been my dream
to go well with a good steak
it has also been my dream
to keep you from staying awake
whatever you take me for
whatever you wish I'd be
I can never be less or more
than the song I've promised to sing.
Each word I sing was conceived
in my finest moments of despair
my self-sufficience so inspired
by your thoughtful lack of care
if I'm helping you to rest
I'm doing something good at least I guess
if only that were good enough for me
you see
whatever you take me for
whatever you wish I'd be
I can never be less or more
than the song I've promised to sing.

And you say and you say
what you really feel
I'm not like the other one
I won't rest until I'm done.

Everything

 Everything is all right with me
right now I've got everything I need
I don't have a lot
but I love what I've got
and that's the key.

The sun is as bright as can be
it washes us warm and clean
pure as the honey 
you give to me, my honeybee
I don't dare to keep you to myself
but you'll always fly home to me.

And it feels so good to look out at the world this morning
it's good to be alive
I can't tell you what it is about today but
things will be all right.

Our love is as big as the sea
it washes so sweet over me
I am not a lot
but you love me for what I am
they say a circle was drawn around us both
here in the sand.

Everything is all right with me
right now I've got everything I need
I don't have a lot
but I love what I've got
and that's the key.



Fortune (Redder Than Roses)

 I had a hatred of my wrist
wide as a Western plain
white as a whisper
on a winter's day
was my hatred.
I had a heart then
I had hope
but I didn't have a hand in my own
fortune or freedom
you can't reap what you never learn to sew
and all I wanted was someone
to make it all all right
but that someone just wasn't coming
so I suffered with all my mite.
I had a hatred of my lip
faint as a faithless face
flat as a river
on the saddest summer day
was my hatred.
I can't keep keeping
what I kept for the sake of pain
kept for the sake of sorrow
for deflection of the blame
when what is wrong is there is nothing
wrong with me tonight
except my wish for you to touch me
and the thought that you just might.
you said
look what you can carry
look what you can take
and my lips would be redder than roses
if I could believe the things you say.

Ghosts

Green

I Am

I Do

Little Lotus

Lost & Found

Middle Daughter

New

On Nature

The Prophet

Try Try Try

Vampire Song

Wish You Well

Your Hymn