Angel on a Wire

by Union Pulse

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Someday, they tell me, the skies will clear And our hearts will be free Under the surface, I swear to god that I try What of the real world, our rebel heroes Have said "no such thing" Either way, I guess we're stuck day to day I ain't no one's hero babe I don't have that much to lose Still my words get bought and sold Is this fast enough for you? I can't remember the things I felt long ago, far away So help me God, and I forgot yesterday When I was seven, I told myself I'd be gone by fifteen Since then I've found a few excuses to stay
Angel on a wire close to a ghost Both too sad to be saved Stranger on the train tracks in the rain Lost in puddles with waves I found something new when I walked out on you There's a light every dawn I've been missing The days got so dark that I prayed for a spark There's a girl in my dreams I've been kissing Find me a home to call as my own Find me a hand to hold Find me a heart as cold as i've known Light me a fire in your soul Smoke escaping lips, cold winter hands Grasp one last cigarette Steam beneath a sky that's gonna' cry Blue eyes I won't forget She rips my heart out of my chest Please burn to the ground all the rest Two hearts all alone in the ash One rises to run from the mess
She says she's gone and won't be coming back Up on that high wire pride and balance act I've got my fingers crossed Strings snap, the burning tent falls to the ground lets hope she's not afraid of circus clowns I got my fingers crossed By the way, I love you By the way, I care For what it's worth, I miss you When I wake and you're not there By the way, when the sun breaks through the clouds I think of you, and you always made me proud And every day I thank my lucky stars That I can always tell you once again I used to cry because i'm so far away But I have woken to a brighter day Where I think of you Too close for comfort is a sunburnt face The ground between us is a safer place Where I think of you
I'm sorry i've always been so dark I can't remember sunny days with you I'm sorry for all the times I've lost And made you feel like you did too But most of all I'm sorry That I never knew Watching over me, how it was for you What it feels like from up here I'm sorry the winds can blow so cold What it feels like from up here And this young heart grows slowly old I looked around myself today I couldn't feel the sun at all Have you seen yourself this year I've just been waiting for the fall
Sera says she was pretty yesterday But why, she can't explain Sera says she woke the morning after And it was gone again Sera says it's a little strange She can't describe the change Sera says she leaves this afternoon On the road to Illinois Sera says she's got no plans to marry Any other boys Sera says she thinks of me I'll always keep that memory Sera says that for awhile she didn't want to live And all she did was cry I can't find the words for what it means to me That she never said goodbye Sera says this morning someone died And everyone's quiet today Sera says the grace of God will save us And wash our sins away
I need you to take it easy, remember the way you pray And maybe to shine a candle instead of a pitch black tease The night is a bit too easy when you're running away from right And maybe it's hard to handle, but get up from off your knees Take it easy - you gotta' take it easy. The skyline along the freeway was changing along with you As hours passed so slowly the moment was all we knew I know you're afraid of daylight, I've seen you on the run But imagine eternal darkness : then imagine a midnight sun Take it easy - you gotta' take it easy. Tuning a rusty six-string under wicked moonlight's eyes Take a trip down heaven's alleys, let the rainy night baptise Walking behing a shadow you ain't what you seem You're never as close to daylight as the deepest darkest dream
When I was five years old I stole a diecast airplane from the corner store I've always had this silly habit Of holding onto things just a little too tight I didn't mean to take it, but that's no excuse So my mom made me walk back inside I was in tears as I showed it to the man Behind the counter; I think he understood. When I was nine years old, I stole Twenty-five dollars from a Christmas tree in a church There were paper mittens filled with generous donations And I rooted past the checks to find the cash That afternoon I threw it squarely on the steps Then with false suprise I picked it up She let me spend it and within a couple nights I had a dream that i was running from the law When I was thirteen years I stole a skateboard From the sidewalk just outside somebody's house I thought awhile and since their house was pretty nice I figured they could afford another one Within a week I had removed the plastic wheels And my friend painted my intials on the bottom We stood like sultans in the snow on the skateboard With no wheels, and then flew down St. Mary's hill When I was seventeen, I stole a drumset From my high school in an unmarked big brown box I rode the elevator from the second to the first floor With an odd look on my face A couple days of rock and roll in a basement And I could hear a voice I thought was gone for good I packed that unmarked big brown box up right away And took the elevator back upstairs
Skies have brightened since the early rain And down in Chicago it's a first down Atlanta in front of Carolina They blow their whistles and sound like birds It's been a long afternoon He feels like he's open for the first time I been asleep since I can remember And while i was out it got so cold I think I have lost something I knew so well I think I forgot where I came from When she left I was not so concerned With her absence, but rather I feared In the souls of her shoes, All the little rubber ridges And the mud she'd track in when she returned To be honest, I forgot she was gone Like so many white rooms erase the bourbon But tonight after winds so fast I spun Seeing is believing and she's back home I think I have lost something I loved so dear I think I forgot where I came from One shot, two shots...three, four five It's cold out here, we gotta' do somethin' to stay alive One shot, two shots...three, four five I'm talking in my sleep I think I have lost something I knew so well I think I forgot where I came from
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I wanna fall for you...if you want me to You never thought it through - show me your tattoos I'm so afraid to trust letting go inside And I'm alone tonight even if you tried How does that help me tonight? Hanging by a thread A letter laced with love still inside my mind The pages I could write keep me warm instead A little flame alight flickers in the wind And I'm alone again, even if you tried How does that help me tonight? It's all in my head How does that help me tonight? I'm going back to bed


Third studio album from mid-western alt-country boys Union Pulse.


released January 11, 2007

Written by James Tristan Redding. Produced by Mike Hoffmann and James Tristan Redding. Words and music copyright 2007 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.


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Union Pulse Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded by singer-songwriter James Tristan Redding, Union Pulse was an idiosyncratic icon at the intersection of Americana, roots rock, and alt-country. The band embodied James Redding's soul bound lyrics and leg bending rhythm. In their decade of recording and touring they released five original albums (and one live EP) and delivered over 700 performances throughout the lower 48 states. ... more

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