Make it Beautiful

by Candlepower

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1.
03:19
new morning, same sweat bruises along the horizon, no word yet this is my new mercy some days drowning, some days only wet devil comes, he’s asking around so i throw down my weapons and follow without a sound this is my new worship two arms stretched out to you and one foot underground i need a sign a blue dime don’t need a miracle scene or the everyday—maybe something in between this is my new power turning holy wine into gasoline i have everything to lose and no one left to fail i need a bullet through the clouds so i can step on through and ride your vapor trail twenty years worth of trouble in ten but every night you fill this shattered cup again this is my new prayer take all this pity and pain and make it beautiful, amen
2.
it’s new year’s day little lonelier than yesterday little tougher than the movies say that’s ok it’s a new square one and now we’re tilting back toward the sun but winter cannot be outrun till it’s done so it’s gonna get colder good news grows in the telling or it fades away i’m telling this story to you so we can make a better one someday ghosts overhead we were taught to never leave behind our dead we learned to live between the words misread and unsaid but life is made of second acts no overtures or fade-to-blacks we put these burdens on each other’s backs so let’s relax and help each other lay them down the only way out of winner takes all is we all promise never to win now we both know who we’ve been two villains two heroes two absolute zeroes two fighters two leavers two untrue believers too strong to get out and too tired to stay all the way in victory is semisweet so many nights awake in full defeat too many memories i can’t repeat and can’t delete so no more empty threats we outlived the romeos and juliets forever making new regrets but love forgets and the first two words are the hardest
3.
here’s a letter to the world that always wrote to me where good men followed dreams into the book of history i was so naive that i did not believe just how bad a good man i could be cause i need a one word answer an all day sunrise a clear blue conscience a perfect getaway i’m always on the wrong side of yesterday i could reach the mountaintop and cue the violin i could turn a promise into a tailspin i would hardly mind if i could only find someplace where a loser still could win
4.
when the call comes in the lights go out we’re back inside this hurricane tomorrow won’t go down without a fight tonight is all that’s left out here on memory lane what would it take for you to believe i’m on your side, on your side this runaway train is locked from the inside i go along whenever you’re the one tragedy chooses i’ll be holding on i’ll be standing strong till gravity loses you pass those nights when sleep won’t come so you stand up and shoot out the light feels like Jesus can’t bleed fast enough to keep the pace and it’s one too many chutes and no more ladders in the night
5.
my love for you is an act of war a lights-out struggle on a trap door you can call me a friend or your enemy but i will never go quietly it’s all i have even when it’s not enough my war for you is an act of love we’re a work of art, we’re an act of will we’re a shooting star and a poison pill you’re the life support, you’re the heart attack you’re two steps forward and free fall back i will fight for you till you turn around i will win you i will bring you back when you run aground i never lie down with hope to spare but come tomorrow it’s always there come tomorrow it’s always there
6.
time and space are relative einstein said back when he lived the only thing that doesn’t change makes everything else rearrange is the speed of light, it’s the speed of light your love for me must be the speed of light the man in the moon said the earth was blue you don’t have to leave to know that’s true i had to run before i knew how to crawl the first step was hard but i’ve had trouble with them all but now the night grows darker and the day grows dim and i know i never will see you again and i almost made you happy there’s a river of love that runs through all times but there’s a river of fire that burns with no light the flame is the pain of dreams gone up in smoke from the lies we deny and we breathe until we choke but there’s a river of love that runs through all times
7.
03:32
well i’ve heard it said we only hurt the ones we love i guess nobody loves you more than me but you say instead i’m a snow white dove made for someplace more than i can see today i’m as old as my dad when i was born some days i can’t see doing forty years again unless i can feel your spirit strong and real holding up my back against the wind so i can lean in i know where it says if i reach up my hand that you’ll pick me up every time i fall in but how can i see you coming for me when every night i’m down in here again tell me it’s all right, tell me it’s my time tell me there’s a plan somewhere with my name i might have seen a lot of darker nights than this but tonight i’m gonna need a brighter flame now God i won’t ask you for new promises or to take away this cup you’re gonna send just tell me that one again, where the punch line says you’ll be waiting for me at the end
8.
03:10
chanel and cigarettes a baby aspirin moon hanging on above our perfect thought balloon but we’re not what we were cause you’re not who you are this may be your flame but it’s everybody’s scar and i know you believe you’ve got nobody else to be maybe i believe it too but then in a trick of the light i see a little bit of you in you and me in me you’re the one i love you’re the warmest snow that ever fell but when i look at you i see you buried under a spell you’re the only one you’ve never made to cry ask me if i’ve given up and i’ll say every night; i do every night and now we’re surrounded on the battleground love will conquer all losing every round and i know you believe you’ve got nobody else to be maybe i believe it’s true one day when i need no light i will see every bit of you in you and me in me
9.

credits

released May 20, 2014

produced by scott kauffmann, brian t. murphy, and alex foote

guitars: brad lyons, alex foote, rob ritchie
piano, keyboards, accordion, glockenspiel: brian t. murphy
bass: brad lyons, ben mars
drums, percussion: mason ingram
vocals: scott kauffmann, melanie penn, joely pittman layton, brian t. murphy, brad lyons

recorded in NYC and vermont in 2010 and 2013
engineered by brian t. murphy
mixed by md thompson for ivory tower productions, houston, tx

additional engineering by chip fabrizi and alex foote
additional mixing by oscar zambrano

all songs by scott kauffmann
except “the speed of light” (julie miller) / “river of love” (t-bone burnett)

copyright © 2014 by scott kauffmann

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