Hardwood Floors

by Jonathan Kingham

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released October 10, 1999

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Track Name: Drive
Just a bit past sundown, sky is still red
And I’m trying to find a way to drive you from my head
And I’m a million miles from nowhere but I don’t care

Watch the city lights fading in my mirror
And every mile more it becomes a little clearer
That there’s only one thing left for me to do

So I’ve gotta drive, never turning round again
Only slowing down just enough time to fill her up again
And when your memory comes to me at night
And I’ve nowhere left to run
I just face the west and chase the setting sun

And just the other day on a crowded city street
I swore I saw your face and my heart skipped a beat
And I quickly moved to the other side of the road

I couldn’t stand for you to see me in this state that I’m in
I’d try to force a smile and I’d ask you how you’d been
But I know that the pain in my eyes would surely show
Track Name: Rain
I see those black clouds coming,
Rolling cross the hills
Right up to my front door,
Then they begin to spill
Out there precious raindrops
Falling down like liquid pain
Filling up my day with sorrow
And pounding in my brain

And old noah had it easy,
With 40 days and nights
That’s just a little summer shower
Must have been nice
Cuz if you’ve been living where i’m living
You better learn to float
If you’ve been living where i’m living
Gonna need more than a boat

It’s rain pouring down
And the flood’s all around
And I fear I might drown
Cuz this rain does not end

Now it’s time for the clearview forecast
Live at 7 o’clock
He says there’s a chance of sunshine
And chance the rain might stop
But I know the man is lying,
So I switch to channel 10
And sure enough the truth be told
There’s another storm rolling in

So why bother with the weather man
When the weather’s all the same
Why bother with the weather man
When you know it’s gonna rain
You’d be better off packing that suitcase
And running for the train
So why bother with the weather man,
When his forecast’s all in vain
Track Name: Can't explain this feeling
I have never seen such beauty
Or that smile that lights her face
The way she glides across the floor to me
Defying gravity and defining grace

No I can’t explain this feeling that's come over me
Her touch it makes me tremble and her smile it makes me weak
Whenever she’s around me I find it hard to speak
No I can’t explain this feeling that's come over me

I have never seen that look before
The one that cuts me to the bone
And I have never felt a touch so gentle
That’s says you’ll never be alone

No I can’t explain this feeling that's come over me
Her touch it makes me tremble and her smile it makes me weak
Whenever she’s around me oh I find it hard to speak
No I can’t explain this feeling that's come over me
Track Name: Hardwood Floors
We danced so close I thought I’d lose my mind
In this old world where love’s so hard to find
We danced and reeled across the hardwood floors
Young lovers not knowing what love held in store

Oh but life was so simple in the summer of 89
I was yours and you were mine
I still remember the first kiss beneath the willow tree
Your smiling eyes could set the captives free
But sometimes I wonder why it can’t be the way it used to be

Two kids, one road and an endless sky of stars
Full tank, full moon and the night was none but ours
Top down, hopes up and our hearts out on our sleeves
Young lovers so blind and a love that’s so naive

Oh but life was so simple in the summer of 89
I was yours and you were mine
Yeah but I still remember the first kiss beneath the willow tree
Your smiling eyes set this captive free
But sometimes I wonder, I lie awake and wonder,
Why it can’t be the way it used to be
Track Name: Lay this burden down
Late At Night I Lie Awake In The Hours When I Should Sleep
With A Heart Full Of Worries And A Head Full Of Numbers
When All I Should Be Counting Is Sheep
And The Blankets Lie In A Twisted Mess
At The Foot Of My Bed On The Floor
A Reminder Of So Many Nights Like Tonight
And A Sign Of So Many More

And Deep Down Inside Me There’s A Battle That’s Raging
It’s A Battle To Gain Control
So I Stand At The Crossroads To Make My Decision
Do I Hold Them Tight Or Let Go
And Its Amazing How After All Of This Time
Your Worries Can Become Your Friends
A Faithful Crutch You Can Lean On
But They’ll Kill You In The End

So I’ll Run To The Edge Of The Water
I Will Throw Them Into The Sea
I Will Laugh In The Face Of Danger
I Will Shout My Victory
I Can Smile In Uncertain Times
I Know Change Will Not Change Me
And I Will Lay This Burden Down
I Will Lay This Burden Down
I Will Lay This Burden Down
Track Name: Walk away
You stepped out of the doorway folded your arms and looked at the sky
Six o’clock in the morning but the moon was still high
The last pale fires of starlight were dying in the west
And I remember the way that you trembled when I held you to my chest

It’s ironic the things that we wanted never seemed to get said
Now we’re left with this hunger that never got fed
I would be lying if I did not say
That I know that I was the one who walked away

I walked away but I crumpled like paper
And I walked away but I shattered like glass
When life pulls you down the road
And love begs you not to go
Bury it deep and retreat and walk away

We can blame it on timing or we can blame it on chance
But there’s no sense in denying what I said with my glance
Something was pulling me farther away
Though my eyes were weary from searching all I saw was my way
Track Name: Take my ashes to the river
She was the parson's only daughter
And a poor sharecropper's dream
Her voice as sweet as falling water
From the cool clear mountain stream
We came to share a love forbidden
A union cursed by family
To be forever unforgiven
When we swore eternity

We settled hard on twenty acres
Ploughed the fields and worked the land
But the fever came to take her
With its unforgiving hand
I tried to soothe her shaking body
But no peace could I provide
She said I hear the angles singing softly
From across that Great Divide

Take my ashes to the river
Where the water's cold and deep
Take my ashes to the river
Pray the Lord my soul to keep

One mournful morning in late November
Faithful to her last desire
I burned her body down to embers
Scooped the ashes from the fire
Down on the banks of the Blackstone River
For to drown her memory
As her spirit I delivered
I heard her calling out to me
Track Name: No exception to the fool
She used to tell me I was the one
And we’d talk for hours till the moon kissed the sun
I swore in the moonlight I would never leave
But here I am alone tonight the moon and me

And I hear the wind whisper her name
But an old memory is all that remains
All of my friends say only a fool
Would go and walk out on a love so true
But if you know me, I’m no exception to the fool

All my friends warned me, a fool doesn’t know
When to hold on and when its time to go
But I swore over whiskey that would never be me
But here I am alone again just the whiskey and me

And I hear the wind whisper her name
But an old memory is all that remains
All of my friends say only a fool
Would go and walk out on a love so true
But if you know me, I’m no exception to the fool

I’ve tried to put it behind me but I haven’t yet
What I did to her she can’t forgive and even a fool can’t forget

And I hear the wind whisper her name
But an old memory is all that remains
All of my friends say only a fool
Would go and walk out on a love so true
But if you know me, I’m no exception to the fool
Track Name: Unnatural shades of blue
He asked her where she’d been,
His hand clenched in a ball
But her answer was never good enough
And his fist went through the wall
But some nights she wasn’t so lucky
Some nights his aim was true and he
Painted her body with his fists
Unnatural shades of blue, unnatural shades of blue

Unnatural shades of blue
No make up can disguise
Unnatural shades of blue
In the ring around her eye
In the ring around her eye

And those nights when the bottle did the talking
Those were the worst
He’d tell her all the things she wasn’t good for
And he’d scream at her and curse
Whoever said with sticks and stones
The pain is never true
Has never felt the deepest pain
Of an unnatural shade of blue, unnatural shade of blue

Unnatural shades of blue
No make up can disguise
Unnatural shades of blue
In the ring around her eye
Unnatural shades of blue
Now it’s long sleeves in the summer time
She cries herself to sleep and swears
That this is gonna be the last time

Some days she wonders what it is she did
And God knows she’d be long gone if it wasn’t for the kids
She keeps telling herself over and over
Everything’s going to be fine
Then the screen door slams again
And its one more last time

Unnatural shades of blue
No make up can disguise
Unnatural shades of blue
In the ring around her eye
Unnatural shades of blue
Now it’s long sleeves in the summer time
She cries herself to sleep and swears
That this is gonna be the last time
Track Name: AM Radio
Turn down the lights turn on the radio
Dial up the AM find me something slow
Maybe an all night station at the end of the dial
Where I can hear the sweet voice of Etta
Some horn blowin from Myles
And we can slow dance
Yeah we can slow dance real slow
We can slow dance to the all night glow
Of the AM Radio

Kill the TV pull the Venetian blinds
Kick off your shoes and slip your hand in mine
Unplug the telephone and deadbolt the door
I’ll swing you on the 1 and 3 until its 2 or 4
And we can slow dance
Yeah we can slow dance real slow
We can slow dance to the all night glow
Of the AM Radio

So I’ll sneak into the kitchen
Pull some vino from the shelf
Pour a tall glass for you and a taller one for myself
Push back the furniture pull back the rug
Forget the glasses we can sip from the jug
And we can slow dance
Yeah we can slow dance real slow
We can slow dance to the all night glow
Of the AM Radio

Yeah we can slow dance
We can slow dance real slow
We can slow dance to the all night glow
Of the AM Radio