DON'T KILL THE BLACKBIRD
September 2013

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Hello
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty & Anne Dawes

Now I'm finally knowing
Where my mind is going
Cross a thousand miles
And seeing you before me

Look at you now, look at you now
Hello Hello
Look at you now, look at you now
Hello Hello

Seems it's been forever
Since we've been together
Now the sky is falling
And I don't mind the weather

Take you away with me
Cause I can't wait to see
How this is going to be

Now the ground is falling
And the sky is growing
Hear our voices calling
Where the hell we going?

Don't Kill The Blackbird
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty

Something's darkening the sky
All the fish are left to dry
And I can hear my mama cry, mama cry
Something's gone that used to fly
And I'm afraid to find out why
Don't kill the blackbird

So many feathers falling down
Making such a quiet sound
Scattered angrily around, all around
There was a song he used to sing
And I still don't know what it means

Please don't kill the blackbird
Don't kill the blackbird
Cause there's a song he used to sing
And I still don't know what it means

When do the baby birds awake?
When do we pay for our mistake?
Cause mama lived for mama's sake for so long
But she longed to hear his song
And could not bear to be so wrong

I can still hear it in my mind
But it's leaving me behind
Silence echoing around, all around
It was the song he used to sing
And I still don't know what it means

River of Fire
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty & Raspin Stuwart

Well I've been walkin' down the road way too long
Searchin' for somethin'. Somethin' gone wrong
I'm lookin' to the left, lookin' to the right
Where's my ticket to paradise?

Now the river of fire still runs deep
Deeper than the blue far as I can see
Someone's gotta win. Some gotta lose
Seems like lately I've been singin' the blues

River of Fire
River of Fire
River of Fire
Burned my soul

Takes a hard-headed woman, a soft-hearted man
The mind of a child to understand
The innocence of guilt, that's who I am
I got both worlds in the palm of my hand

Soon you will realize who all you left behind
Cause life passes on so quickly
Just love until the end
And we're all goin' to find out
Where it all begins. In the...

River of Fire
River of Fire
River of Fire
Burned my soul

Well I've been walkin' down the road way too long
Searchin' for somethin'. Somethin' gone wrong.
I'm lookin' to the left, lookin' to the right.
You're my ticket to paradise

Shut It Down
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty

I once met a girl on craigslist
Not a good idea
I once met a girl on craigslist
Wished that I could disappear
A year and a half with a hole in my head
Hole in my heart!
She could pick a good fight!
And not just when you think it would be
She'd come right out in the middle of the night

Ooooh, shut it down!
Ooooh, shut it down!

I once met a girl with a hole in her heart
She hated her father like no one had ever seen before
I once met a girl with a hole in her head
A hole in her head, but somehow she survived
Angels look and feel so serene
But look deep in her eyes and she's just mean

I once met a girl on craigslist
I think I made a tasty meal
Shoulda gone on match dot com...
No no, I'm done with that ordeal!
Faded beauty seems so surreal
But I ain't yet so jaded I can't feel
A year and a half with a hole in my head
A hole in my life and I can't get it back!

Oh Mary
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty

1-2-3... Was I not glad to be so free?
4-5-6... There was nothin' left to fix
7-8 & 9... We're goin' to be just fine
10-20-30... I have never felt so dirty

When I was a boy I could never find the joy
Locked within a toy of aluminum alloy
Where will you be when I count to three
Count on me to lose you when you're so close to me

Oh Mary. What's so scary about you, Mary
Oh Mary. Is that you gave me sanctuary
Oh Mary. Now I'm picking up the pieces and I'm picking up the phone
Cause I never want to be the one who left you all alone

A-B-C... Now I'm getting it for free
D-E-F-G... But I'm down on bended knee
H-I-J... I might would rather pay
K... Now I've said way much more than I should say

See Jack Run? See him run so fast away?
Shot like from a gun because she begged for him to stay
Why oh why do we set our sites so high?
When I look down I am so petrified

Oh Mary. What's so scary about you, Mary
Oh Mary. Is that you gave me sanctuary
Oh Mary. Now I'm picking up the pieces and I'm picking up the phone
Cause I never want to be the one who left you all alone

I know you're the one who's cryin'
But inside it's me who's dyin'
I put us where we are today
And there's nothin' more to say
But there's so much more to say

Roll With The Changes
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty

My sweet is getting bitter
She saw me out with the babysitter
And I'm never going to live it down
No I'm never going to live it down

My flame is going to burn me
She's had enough. She's going to learn me
One day when no one's around
I'm afraid she's going to hunt me down
Follow me with a basset hound
Dig a six-foot hole in the ground
No I'm never going to live it down

You've got to roll with the changes
Roll with the changes
Roll with the changes
You've got to roll with the changes
Roll with the changes
Roll with the changes
You've got to roll with the changes
Roll with the changes. Roll

My heart is bound to beat me
She'll give me hope and then defeat me
No one's ever gonna bring it back to me
I'm the only one can get it back, you see?
She was never going to come around
Dig me outta this hole in the ground
No I'm never going to live it down

Anything Could Happen
Lyrics © 2013 Chauncey Bowers

Try and be happy
Just try and sing
Cause anything could happen
Anything

I've heard it said
We're all puppets in a dream
Strings above our heads
Nothing's as it seems

But try and be happy
Just try and sing
Cause anything could happen
Anything

Well maybe I'm a dreamer
Like everything's for sale
Happy endings
Fairy tales

I've heard it said
We're all puppets in a dream
Strings above our heads
Nothing's as it seems

But try and be happy
Just try and sing
Cause anything could happen
Anything


Unraveled
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty

Sit back and laugh at yourself
Put your heart on the shelf once again
You remember me then
So how can you open yourself
To the man who gave you such pain
Left you out in the rain again and again

Hey, you remember me now
I'm the one with the mind that wandered
Spoiled and squandered away

Well I know that you had the right
You should fight the good fight and forget
Chase me outta your mind
Only peace you could find

But now it's me wishing that you could see
Through the fog of the years that passed us
But never could last us till now
Still here we are. Never mattered how far
Cause for all of the miles we traveled
Our lives came unraveled somehow

Stop for a while and listen to me
You know that I'd hurt you somehow
Don't know what's meant to be
Be careful how tender your heart
Don't you leave it so open. Be smart
Just hide it from men like me
Who think they can see in the dark

So now you can put it all back
Get your life back on track and just be
You've seen all you should see
Don't you worry 'bout me

Hey, you remember me now
I'm the one with the mind that wandered
Spoiled and squandered away
Still here we are. Never mattered how far
Cause for all of the miles we traveled
Our lives came unraveled somehow

Just Like Me
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty and Raspin Stuwart

I wish I knew you when you were younger
Seems that those were better days
Now you spend the hours lookin' over your shoulder
Are you lost or just afraid?
Why are you runnin' away?

You are livin' in a cloud of confusion
You are just livin' in the past
Look to the future and hold on tight
Cause for all the days you've pained
You've nothin' lost and nothin gained

It's been a while drivin' miles
And crackin' smiles until it hurts me
Butt-crack o' dawn I'm lookin' long
Into the sky that lies before me
You see? Well,
I've been a child. Been a man
I've been hungry, even thirsty
Now can you see?
Can you see?
You pretend to be free
Just like me

Well, you and I have been up and down this mountain
We both could blindly lead the way
Down the wrong path where no one follows
You should find another way
Cause I've got nothin' left to say

Set You Free
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty and Philip McCarty

There's an open gate where we all must pass
You go first and I'll go last
To the other side. I know not where
Then one day I'll meet you there

As you fell I shared your crash
Your body shattered and my heart lost
Took one more breath then turned to ash
On to the other side you've crossed
So I set you free

You graced your days with none to spare
Your life a stroke on a canvas bare
Why you'd go I'll never know
Just close my eyes and I let you go
I set you free. I set you free

It's so hard to say goodbye
Still I let your spirit fly
With you was born a piece of me
It still grows as I set you free
I set you free. I set you free
I set you free. I set you free

I Wish I'd Never
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty and Carrie Wade

If I'd been born with just an ounce of smarts
I'd a turned around and run for parts
Unknown but to the darkest hearts
We'd never seen before
I wish I'd thought one minute more
I wish that I had known before
I walked down that road along with you
But time won't turn back again
It's through when it's through

Every day I walk a mile
I have to stop and think a while
Of all the things I left behind
Try to put it from my mind
Far away and far along
How could I have been so wrong
To walk down that road along with you
So hard to consider that it's true
A woman I wish I'd never knew

I wish I'd never
I wish I'd never
I wish I'd never seen a day
We were together

All the times that I look back
It seems that there was just no lack
Of things we said and never meant
Places that we never went
If I could leave it all behind
I would never change my mind
Cause I could never walk again with you
Oh I could never say again I do
Those years are never comin' back
It's true

What's it take to let go even sooner
If I could just walk by like I never knew her
Hard as it seems
I know there'll come a day
But til then I just can't stay
No I can't stay
Oh no I can't stay


Pavan
Lyrics © 2013 Paul McCarty

I forget the names of my children
Still I love them all because I carried them along
Through all the chambers of my life
And they carry on

Long before the end of their father
Came a greater lady who would carry me along
With all the chains around her life
Yet she carried on. She carries on.

Just give me peace.
Let me go on my way
And then you'll know.
One day you'll know.
Cause I'll just fly. So say goodbye.
Long may the wind be at your backs
As the moon illuminates your every step back home
As you find your own, you'll never be alone.

How I long to just be on my feet again
Carry you along just as you've held me through the years
And kept your deepest fears inside
Or so you tried. You never cried.

You can hold onto me for so long
Until I go, and then you'll know
To say goodbye, cause I'll just fly
Long may the wind be at your backs
As the moon illuminates your every step back home
As you find your own, you'll never be alone

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WICKED SAINTS (debut album released June 2011)

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All lyrics © 2011 Paul McCarty

Walkin' On The Water

Walkin' on the water
Whistlin' on my way
Walkin' on the water
just to see what you will say
and you can say what you may
but you can't get me to lay
down and listen to your rules
cause they're written by your fools.
But if you follow me here
you better leave behind your fear
or learn to swim.

Well, did you know that I could fly
so big and so high?
Did you know that I could fly?
Did you think to ask me why
I left you sittin' in my wake?
Did you think that I could take
all of your girly-girl suggestions?
Cause they raise a lot of questions.
But if you follow me here
you better leave behind your fear
or bring a parachute young lady
and pull the cord.

Walkin' on the water!
You know you set me free
Walkin' on the water!
If you think you'll follow me
that's where I'll be.

There's change on the horizon.
I'm gonna put some in my pocket.
There's change on the horizon.
You better think before you knock it.
Cause it's comin' to put you down.
You better not be around.
If you so much as look in my direction,
you're gonna feel my insurrection.
But if you follow me here
You better leave behind your fear.
Oh, and leave your politics behind you as well.
Better leave your politics behind you as well.
Don't bring your politics around here at all.

Walkin' on the water!
You know you set me free
Walkin' on the water!
If you think you'll follow me
that's where I'll be.

The Way I'm Strung

I've looked so long in the places that I know,
searching for the faces that remind me of your soul.
You were never far, always just beyond the bend.
Just beyond the other bend. Will it never end?

There was a girl who looked so much like you.
Eyes ever blue, but her words were never true.
Why do I fall for all the phoniness & pain.
So hard to maintain and it's driving me insane.

It's just the way that I'm strung.
Tighter than a drum.
It's just the way that I'm strung.
Nothing else to be done.

I was so sad when I saw the map of you.
So many airplanes flew just to prove that I was true.
When you moved along then my life became a song.
Not a happy song. What else could go wrong?

Finally unlocked the encasement of my heart.
Still torn apart. Broken and scarred.
When the lights came on and you knew who I was,
you pulled and let me go and then my life became a buzz.

 

Nothing To See

I miss all your kisses, whispers in my ear
I made so many wishes that you were still here
I tried buyin' your love, tryin' your love
Nothing worked out, now I'm dyin' for your love
I still remember the feel of your hair. Loved having you there
I tried every time but your left in despair
But when you were still with me, I tossed in my sleep
Cause I could not accept all the secrets you'd keep

So now I'm walkin' in the moonlight, alone by the sea
Beggin' for the reason why I could not be
The man that you wanted. I'll always be haunted
I'll turn and look back but there's nothing to see

T'was the night before Christmas the last time you were there
I walked around listless and stared at the air
Your bags were all packed. By the front door they lay
If I wanted you to stay it woulda been a good time to say
But in the mornin' I woke up and rubbed the sleep from my eyes
The woman I loved was long gone by sunrise
But the sun never rose the same way again
The path that you chose broke my heart into ten

Now my hands are all wrung. My eyes are all dry
My songs are all sung to an empty blue sky
And though you don't wanna hear it, I need you to know
I got back my spirit by letting you go

 

Give Me Time

You offered me a raincheck for tonight
Like I've got something else to do.
But I'd rather stay and make you feel alright.
Spend my time here with you.

Ooh, I'll clear the smoke that filled the air
But the fire between us is not to blame cause it's still there
We already cried for those who lied and went nowhere
But I can't leave you behind.
Cause I feel for you. You're all that's on my mind.
Give me time.

Days ago was like a mushroom cloud above
White flecks of ash floating by.
But in the morning you just filled my house with love.
What a woman. Make me sigh.

Ooh, you gave me reason to stay here
To wake up and feel you as you whispered in my ear.
We already cried for those who left us to our tears.
But I can't leave you behind.
Cause my love for you is all that I can find.
Give me time.

Soon the rains will come. The first leaf reappears.
Many more will come this way.
Days go by, the months they roll on through the years.
You're more beautiful each day.

Ooh, all of the storms have cleared the air.
But the fire between us keeps me warm cause it's still there.
We already left so much behind. It's everywhere.
But I can't leave you all alone.
All I have for you is wasted on my own.
And I want you like it's all I've ever known.
Give me time. Give me time.

 

Run Todd Run

Run! Run Todd Run!
You're a better man than that.
Why would you lie down next to that?
Run! Run Todd Run!
Why would you propagate with that?
We don't need more of them like that!

Big & tall, tough & mean like a machine
But you're not as mean as she
Just be as tough as you can be and stay alive.
You can drive through the snow! What a show!
But you can't shovel it like her
And you can't bury us like her
And you can't hide it quite like her
Unless you lie to yourself like her.

Run! Run Todd Run!
There's a better life for you
If you could only see it through.
Run! Run Todd Run!
Leave her domineering ways
And her caffeinated days

Big & tall, tough & mean like a machine
But you're not as mean as she
Just be as tough as you can be and stay alive.
You can drive through the snow! What a show!
But you can't shovel it like her
And you can't bury us like her
And you can't hide it quite like her
Unless you lie to yourself like her.

Be a man not a mouse
Why don't you get out of that house?
If you cannot stand and fight
Then you should hide the kids from sight.

Run, run, Todd run!
Run, America, Run.
Run, run, run, run, Todd run!

 

Died Along The Way

If I ever get away, I will never come back.
If I ever get away, I will never come back.
Time and time, again and again I'm found.
But if I ever get away, I will never come back.
Oh I will never come back.

When I step out of these walls, we will never meet again.
When I step out of these walls, we will never meet again.
Time and time, again and again, I return to feel regret.
But when I step out of these walls, we will never meet again.
Oh, we will never meet again.

We died along the way.
We died along the way.
The ride was long and our way was wrong
And we died along the way. Yeah, yeah!
We died along the way.

One day when I awake, you will be gone.
One day when I awake, you will be gone.
Time and time again I live this nightmare with you.
But one day when I awake, you will be gone.
You will be gone.

We died along the way.
We died along the way.
The ride was long and our way was wrong
And we died along the way. Yeah, yeah!
We died along the way.

 

Mama

I looked for a way
I wanted to say
But it's like foreign words to me
There will come a day
When I will break my silence
Live up to my conscience
Then mama, I'll turn to you and ask
where have you gone on to, alas
Will I ever hear your voice in this world?

So I turn my head
Cause it could never be said
What stolen dreams I had
I give back to you
There's still some sorrow
Closure I'd borrow
But mama, you knew what I could be
There's so much that only you could see
Will I ever hear your voice in this world?

No, no, no, no, no, please no.
No, no, no, no, no, please no.

Everyone stumbles
But only I'd crumble
Nobody was there to bring me back
Where were you then?
So I cry to the walls
No one answers my calls
But mama, you're always in my heart
When the whole world has fallen apart
Will I ever hear your voice in this world?

No, no, no, no, no, please no.
No, no, no, no, no, please no.

Will I ever hear your voice again?

 

Roses & Thorns

Been thinking of the rest of my days.
All of my years together with you.
Love come what may. Happy and true
And I'll take every moment with you.
And I'll kiss you through roses and thorns.
Through sharp rocks and cool grass
I'll walk to your side.
Grey hair or curled, you'll be my world
And I'll love every moment with you.

You know, you are the one that I've waited for
all of my life through today.
And now that you're here
Every day is the best it's own way
As I look to the next.

Let yours be the hand that I hold
The warmth in my heart,
through fire or through cold
Give me your hand as we grow old
And I'll give every moment to you.

I'll stay with you.
Words and deeds will not cover our needs, that is true.
But let us be full.
Do as we say and we say as we do
And we'll always be true.
Cause that face there is you
The only love that I knew.

And I'll kiss you through roses and thorns.
Through sharp rocks and cool grass
I'll walk to your side.
Grey hair or curled, you'll be my world
And I'll love every moment with you.

I know yours is the face I'll be waking to.
All of my dreams lead to you.
Together when dark turns to black
I will follow you back to horizons aglow
And the sun will rise up I know.

 

Which Way The Wind Blows

Which way the wind blows.
Which way the wind blows.
I want to know which way the wind blows.

How high the sky goes.
How high the sky goes.
Tell me please how high the sky goes.

Truth is we'll never know.
Truth is we let 'em go.
And somewhere they will grow.
Which way the wind blows.
Which way the wind blows.

Where the moon goes.
Where the moon goes.
I want to follow where the moon goes.

And then the sun rose.
And then the sun rose.
I laid my head down and then the sun rose.

 

Bring Me Home

Walked alone. Walked alone.
Walked a long way from home. All alone.
Far from home. Far from home.
Deep into the unknown. Far from home.

Long way to go. There's so much I'll never know.
So many roads. I don't know which one will bring me home.
Bring me home. No more days shall I roam.
Bring me home.

When I prayed, I was not afraid.
Jesus said to let it go when I prayed.
So I let it go. I let it go.
I don't worry anymore. I let it go.

Long way to run. There's so much I've never done.
So many roads. I don't know which one will bring me home.
Bring me home. No more days shall I roam.
Bring me home.

So far gone. My feet are worn down to the bone.
Keep movin' on, though I'll bitch and cry and moan.
Not a soul for miles. I'm the only one can bring me home.

Bring me home. No more days shall I roam.
Bring me home. Bring me home.
Bring me home. Not a one more day shall I roam.
Bring me home. No more days shall I roam.
Bring me home. Nevermore shall I roam.
Bring me home. Bring me home. Bring me home.