THE HEALING POWER OF SUNSHINE

by Tommy Santee Klaws

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released 06 June 2005

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Track Name: Live Arms
Awoke standing up and fell from inside rooftops. Liar's laws says I've been holding love back from the start. And how you fall. Oh, how I hold you in my arms. And I've been caught off guard, so when I fall, I fall hard. And these things I hold dear to me: my sunshine, my family, and amphetamines. Dear, it's a bad time to smile, 'cause those needles, they are full of fire. These arms are alive and the sun will shine through cloudy skies. These arms are raised high and I give myself to the night. Oh, paranoia. Do you put trust in what people tell ya? Leave California, or could you be far from your father? Whoa, who loves ya? Lay still and these live arms will hold ya.
Track Name: Violent Son
Memphis, warm and gray, where you were borrowed and betrayed. Dead when I walked through that door. Why's there blood on the walls and the floor? Oh, I will never forget that his grave is a broken staircase. Leave your arms, oh, to your sides. I'll keep the sun out of your eyes. Won't this heart ever grow strong? Are you here or are you gone? There were no demons or saints to join the violence I did lay. Oh, Memphis on a crooked night, oh, I fucked him- I fucked him up right. Leave your arms, oh, to your sides. I'll keep the sun out of your eyes. Won't this heart ever grow strong? Are you here or are you gone?
Track Name: Foma
I have a hate that's growing in my eyes. They've cradled mangers beneath fire's light. Tamed the beggars, the whores, and the seas, to show her ghost what's needed to breathe. You see weaklings beating their wings while snakes and spirits hover above me. And my love, it often lies. And truth set sail to steal paradise. Lover is a stormy sea that leaves you beaten and shivering. Lord, I prefer laughter to weep. Just promise you'll take me in my sleep. Mother, mother, how I pray, won't your ghost leave me alone today? And if you love me, you love all that's weak. And if you leave me, please know it is hurting. And if you lose me, don't turn out the light, 'cause I'll be waiting for you in the night. And my love, it often lies. And truth set sail to steal paradise. Lover is a stormy sea that leaves you beaten and shivering. Lord, I prefer laughter to weep. Just promise you'll take me in my sleep. Mother, mother, how I pray, won't your ghost leave me alone today? "Where's my good son gone," I heard my father say. I whispered in his ear, "Your good son has gone away."
Track Name: Emergency
Mother, I got cold hands and don't know where to put them. I got blue in my blood and don't know where it came from. I misplaced her blue dress and the last time I slept. She drowned herself in honey. Oh, God, I wish I'd been there. We're useless and we bleed from hearts that'd rather not beat. I recall silhouettes from the window where the sun hit. I am laughing sickness of mother's bleeding blood breasts. Setting fires to seas just to see who'd fail me. Learned from nightmares and dreams what Sunday School should've taught me. I was twelve years old when mother lesson-learned me.
Track Name: Guns Play
I had dreams intense last night. I saw her face through the blinds. She laid her head down and sighed, "I- I killed your family last night. I killed your family last night." I felt the touch of a ghost and my dead mother whispers in my ears. She tells me she's sewn to the floor from the curve of her back to her toes. She spoke of fighting for the Lord, but she's unsure who's winning the war. With guns to our sides, my brother was first. Taken by two shots in the chest. My sister was next, with one and pride. Shot in the head. The uglies are dead. Remember me in a cold, cold sweat, and dream the dream that gets you upset. Yes, I'd like to get children fed. Yes, I'd like to drown them all dead. Please, help me get mommy home. In stormy weather, covered in dirt and bones. Fire, wake up, don't lay down and die. The sun will rise and keep us alive.
Track Name: The Detour
In the night, I drive, it will be mine. Into the scorching sun, it will be mine. Until the end of time, it will be mine. Under the stormy sky, it will be mine. I'll take the detour and watch the music kill ya. Why bother when I can tell she'd much rather burn in hell? When these chest pains quit to hurt, I hope your love does fill me up.
Track Name: Learning To Love Living
Oh, please don't you act like you don't know what you've done. These boys and girls have been prepared for their time to come. And how is it you love to live a life you can't seem to stand? Oh, I've been holding back and I've been holding on. Sure, you're moving up, 'cause, dear, you are dead and gone. And you remind me of what it's like to live life without a home. I'll be waiting for the sun to come and take me by the hand. And I'll be waiting for the Son to come and take me by the hand. I'll be waiting for the sun to come and take me far from here and I'll be waiting for the Son to come and take me far from here, oh.
Track Name: Rain In Hell
Won't you rain all over me? Let the sunshine enter me. I'm crazy about curtains closed and I am the city that's too damn cold. Will you hold me down and not let go? 'Cause what's mine is mine is yours to show. Will those wounds heal and not let on that I've lost the wisdom I'd once known. Hearts are weak and they die by three. This is the last time you'll see me bleed. It's the roses that grow that I loathe, and the mold on your legacy shows. Will you wade for me in the water? Will you wade for me in the sea? Son, you say that you're not pleased. Well, rain in hell and then we'll see. Seven ghosts all follow me, get me sick, then send me to sleep. Leaves on trees all follow me and carry voices so ghosts may breathe. Will you wade for me in the water? Will you wade for me in the sea? Son, you say that you're not pleased. Well, rain in hell and then we'll see.
Track Name: Take What I Can
When you were young, do you remember how you learned that when the sky falls the Lord will come deliver us all? Or do you pretend to forget the world won't end? While the children are so scared to breathe their own air. Love is all that they want. So do what you dream and don't give up. Love is all that they want. It takes time to forget what you were taught. Love is all that they want.
Track Name: He's Sharp
Jesus, there's something wrong. I'm sure you know. Jesus, where have the birds all gone? Where'd they all go? Jesus, you've cried these tears before, before. Jesus, don't say you do when you don't. You don't. The Son is coming back to give us what we lack. Jesus, he's all dressed up for death, for rest. Jesus, he's called your name when he's bored. He's bored. Jesus, he's alive and dead. He's both. A ghost. Jesus, should I just give up, get gone, get going? The Son is coming back to give us what we lack. He knows all that we've done and still gives us love. Jesus, I'm so blinded by little things. I'm so unsure.
Track Name: Doornail
My eyes are a sea of a baby's ghost. And when they are closed, I pray, oh, I pray for home. In my voice, could you tell I drowned when I spoke? My body goes cold and knows it's time to leave. The blood flows down my dress, past my knees. I laid myself down to rest in the bright red seas. Baby's ghost drowns in the bright red seas. Baby's ghost shines all over me.
Track Name: Sing To The Lord
In their beds, in the night, God will love your children right. They will kick and they'll scream how it's been hell just to believe. Terror's got tired eyes in front of mirrors and blinding lights. It's easier now that you're gone. We only buried you this morning. Fire, fire fills the sky. Will you be there when I die? What's the point of speaking up when we can't even speak of love? Higher, higher, at least I try, instead of stacking days to my side. Did you notice me at all when summer died and turned to fall? I will sing to the Lord. I pray He breaks all of your bones. Your family burns at dawn. Damn, this city's gone on far too long. Burning houses to the ground, melting smiles into permanent frowns. The sun never shines, 'cause i'm up, up all night. The sun never shines, 'cause it's a waste of my time. The sun never shines, but loves to sharpen knives. All God's children say the sun will never shine, will never shine.