RIVER HOUSE [LYRICS]


EVERYTHING

Like a thief in the night, with a dog in the fight, took the world by surprise. Woke the woods from a sleep, blew the wind through the trees, shook the dust from the leaves. / Everything, this is gonna change everything, this is gonna change everything, this is gonna change everything. / All the reds turn to blue, all the old turns to new, when we get a look at you. You flipped the whole thing around, brought the sky to the ground, you are here with us now. / CHORUS / The one who stays in my love, who takes his life and gives it up, he is the one who has enough, oh, he has everything. / CHORUS

 


DEJA VU

Been alone long as I recall in a bed I didn’t make. Wear a key on my neck like a sword to keep the dragons away. There is a friend who understands in the middle of the night, says do you wanna sit by me, do you wanna sit by me / A feeling that I can’t ignore, a vision that I can’t erase, I’ve seen you in my dreams before, but now I see you face to face. / Walk by the church on Dogwood Street, but I never go in.  They’ll see my Sunday best and they’ll know that I’m not one of them.  There is a friend who understands in the middle of the aisle, says do you wanna sit by me, do you wanna sit by me./ CHORUS / There is a light, there is a light. There is a light, there is a light. There is a light, there is a light. There is a friend who understands in the middle of the night, says do you wanna sit by me, do you wanna sit by me./ CHORUS 

 


WOULD YOU BE WELL

Would you be well from crushing anxiety and live inside a peace you can't understand? Would you be free from all that entangles you, trade what you couldn't do for all that I have? / Would you be held safe in the solace of a kinder and deeper love? I’ll hold you tonight. Would you be seen for all that you really are? Come let your weary heart lay in the light. / Would you be well from fearing you couldn't be as dear as you are to me? You’ll always belong.  Would you be free to stand on your legs again, and run like the holy wind that's blowing you home? / Would you be free to stand on your legs again, and run like the holy wind that's blowing you home?

 


DIAMONDS

Shadows can speak louder than anything, and you believe the lies they're saying. / You are not an afterthought, love himself dreamed you up, dressed you in diamonds, called you his star. Been hiding all this time, your hands over your eyes, I see you darling, you have my heart. / Not good enough, that’s what you tell yourself, invisible, nobody notices. / CHORUS / You're a precious thought hidden in the heart of God, how good it is to know you.  You became a word none of us had ever heard, how good it is to know you, how good it is to know you. / Walk with me now and learn a different song, the one that I've been singing all along. / CHORUS

 


LAY MY HEAD DOWN

I hear it all the time, the familiar voice of my pride.  Whatcha gonna make of yourself?
Whatcha gonna show everyone else? I need to find release from a life of efficiency. This climb to progress is a road to nowhere / When it comes to you, I don't have anything to prove. You make me rest / You make me lay my head down, you make me lay my head down. / I’ve been guilty of trying to win your heart as if your love wasn’t certain, as if I could earn it. But you’re coming close, telling me all I need to know, where to find a drink and how to open my hands. / CHORUS / You’re not the one who has been hiding, I turn around and you're behind me. You've got a cure for all my striving. Your goodness, your mercy, they always finds me. / CHORUS


SURPRISING ME

I once imagined you an old man in the clouds. Maybe you used to speak, but you're too weak and tired now. / But you're surprising me, the way you say my name, a whisper in my ear that kills my fear, revives my faith, revives my faith. / I used to worry, you’d want the perfect words. Into the thinnest air, I said my prayers, I hoped you heard / But you're surprising me, the way your quiet feels. You put your hand against my anxious lips, and make me still, and make me still. / And you're surprising me, you know what makes me hurt. You say you'll never be apart from me, you never were. / And you're surprising me, this joy I never knew. I cannot hold it back, this river that I fell into.  I cannot hold it back, this river that is loving you, is loving you.


WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH

Walking down a foreign street I heard, a cloud of words around my head but none I understood. Riding on the subway and it’s packed, the thing I need’s a face I know that knows me back. / When you open your mouth, I hear the language that I missed, in the warm voice of an old friend. When you open your mouth, I am sure of this, I am home again, when you open your mouth. / Walking in my neighborhood I think, even on familiar ground my heart can start to sink.  I am just as stubborn as I’m scared, that no one really gets me and nobody really cares. / CHORUS / Walking down the steps from our front door, strange to think that our name will not hang here anymore.  You take my hand and slowly I can see, anywhere that you go is where I’m supposed to be, where I’m supposed to be. / CHORUS


SUNDAY IN THE PARK

We watch as the boats sail down the coastline. I smile as your fingers find their way to mine.I am lost in a dream, maybe perhaps we’re inside of a painting. Baby, you are Sunday in the park. / You put on your coat, I’ll wear my red dress. The dog is eating our lunch, I couldn’t care less. I am lost in your eyes, where points of a thousand bright colors collide. Baby, you are Sunday in the park. / The kids have all moved away, we’re growing older. The crowds have thinned in the park, it’s getting colder. I’m still lost in your kiss, so tell me that we’ll spend forever like this. Baby, you are Sunday in the park. Baby, you are Sunday in the park.


BLACK MOUNTAIN

How did we get here, when did we decide, we were better off starving than swallowing our pride? You had to come so far down, to look me in the eye. / Black mountain, I wish I could, see you running free and young, through those woods. Black mountain, is there still time, to make amends, to hold your hand in mine? / Now that I’m older, I see my fingerprints, on half of the shovels, that dug us into this. How much love’s it gonna take, to cover up these sins? / CHORUS / Well if we can’t go back and change what has been said, maybe we can find a better way ahead. Oh, I know that there’s still time, and there’s still hope, there’s still an us, no matter what we might have done, I’ll meet you on / CHORUS 


TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIM

Today if you hear him, skipping rocks on the river, laughing in the garden, like when you were young. / Today if you hear him, walking through the pine woods, racing down the big hill, calling you to come. / Don’t be too grown, oh, for your own sake. Let the children come, let us become like children today. / Today if you hear him, let your feet take off running, don’t worry who is watching, let him kiss you on the face. / CHORUS / Let the children come, let us become like children today.


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