~Slave to Freedom~

Born In a Box

 

i was born in a box
where the crazy people sing
i was taught to believe in nothing
question everything
love was just a dreami was raised in a world
where the happy people lie
i was taught to conceal emotion
only wimps could cry
love was just a dream

love, love, love
i believe in love
i’m a slave in love
im in need of love

then you played your guitar
and all my dreams came true
there was nothing i ever had
that i wouldnt give to you
life was but a dream

all my friends said “look out,
he’s a figment of your mind”
then they said that i should’ve known
when you left me behind
love was just a dream

love, love, love, i’m afraid of love
i’m a slave in love, i’m a fool in love

it can’t hurt me if i don’t believe
it can’t hurt me if i don’t believe
i won’t believe, i won’t believe
i won’t believe in love

bury me in a box where the crazy people sing
then forever i’ll hear your music
and give you everything
life is just a dream

 

A Muse

i wanna turn my senses off
i wanna turn my senses off
i wanna turn, i wanna turn
i wanna turn my senses offi wanna burn, i wanna burn
i wanna burn, i wanna burn
i wanna burn the building down
i wanna turn my life around

i wanna love, i wanna fly
i wanna reach beyond the sky
i wanna see you next to me
and never wonder why

i used to sing in the dark
cuz the spotlight showed my fear
but you were laughing
and so sincere

i know your secret
you’re amused

i wanna be a kid again
i wanna be a kid again
i wanna be, i wanna be
i wanna be a kid again

i wanna see, i wanna see
i wanna see, i wanna see
i wanna see the brighter side
with all it’s beauty glorified

i wanna sing, i wanna play
i wanna be on stage someday
and tell a thousand people
that you make me feel this way

i used to rock in the dark
cuz the music took control
but you were ready
to bear your soul

i know your secret
you’re amused

everything i wanna be
living and loving so free
everything i wanna do
i wanna do it with you

everything i wanna know
everywhere i wanna go
everything i wanna say
i’m gonna say it today

 

Sleep on the Ceiling

how far should i go for a feeling
when i know you string me along?
if i told you i sleep on the ceiling
would you prove me wrong?is as dirty as lying
to know and say nothing at all?
if i jumped and said i was flying
would you watch me fall?

did you leave without saying goodbye?
do i dare wonder why?
your eyes were already gone
i still held on

 

Slave to Freedom

ruby’s on a mission to the moon
with a telephone and a bottle of jack
soon he’ll be chillin’ on the rocks
and if he doesn’t crash
he might find his way backruby left a legacy behind
for people who were never satisfied
everybody fought for something more
but ruby never even tried
ruby never even tried

i’ve got a tremor in my hand
if ruby were around
i know he’d understand
nobody tells him what to do
a slave to freedom, but not to you

ruby’s pushing clarity away
he wants her but he hurts her every day
she’s the sweetest friend he’s ever known
but ruby needs to be alone

i’ve got a suitor in my bed
if ruby were around
i’d dote on him instead
he won’t make promises to me
he says he loves me, but needs to be free

can someone teach me how to love
teach me how to love
teach me how to love
without believing he belongs to me
give me back my property
if someone else can feel the way i feel
when i’m with ruby
it’s not real

ruby’s playing chase me in the dark
the fire never grows beyond the spark
everybody wants to win the game
but all that ruby wants is to stay the same

 

Ruby Roué

whispering, whispering
everybody’s whispering
everybody’s out tonight
i dont wanna gojust a little bit of fun
ruby nailed another one
i dont wanna start a fight
i dont wanna know

i dont wanna watch somebody
stumble through his door
i dont wanna wonder
if he loves her more

no real harm done
ruby nailed another one
he never made a promise
there’s nothing to break

just a little bit of fun
clearly im the crazy one
chasing ruby valentine
it’s my mistake

how could i expect him
to care if im hurt
with a blunt in one hand
and the other up someone’s skirt?

no harm, no foul
valentine’s on the prowl
all the ladies swoon
and wait for their turn

don’t cry, don’t whine
move along, next in line
he doesn’t wanna listen
he’s never gonna learn

don’t ask him to explain
there’s nothing to defend
he’d rather bear his soul
to a stranger than a friend

there’s a light at the end
that he’s never gonna see
now that he’s lost his grip on me

 

Lullaby for Defeat

my mind is ten thousand miles away
from my feet
somewhere between my heart and my legs
there’s a cavern expanding
to make room for one more defeati once knew a boy who loved his guitar
he asked me to write him a song
so i ran with a rhyme and he breathed in time
and helplessly played along

i struggled to feel what inside him was real
so the light of his spirit could shine
i stripped his extremes to the core of his dreams
but fear was all i could find

crazy
the sun was too strong
i shoulda known
he was hiding in the darkness for too long

so i painted my skin and tried to blend in
just to stay by his side
i slept every day and drank nights away
and ignored what was left of my pride

i gave him enough but never too much
mastered the rules of the game
so he chased other women in front of my eyes
and complained we were too much the same

crazy
for love to be wrong
i should’ve known
i was stepping on his shadow for too long

but how could he expect me to be strong?
he’ll never catch me when i fall
never lift me when i crawl
when i left he fell apart
said he wondered from the start
why do i need to win?
why do i need to win?

my mind is ten thousand miles away
from my feet
somewhere between my heart and my legs
there’s a cavern expanding
to make room for one more defeat

 

Chasing Tigers

what a scene
your band is rockin and your hips are swaying
is it mean
to wanna beat you at the game you’re playing?maybe i’ll make you chase me
a predator masked as prey

i could tease you while we’re dancing
make you beg for more
won’t give in, won’t let you win
i’ll beat you to the door

or i could dream like i won’t wake
live as though i’ll never die
and love like my heart won’t break

is it wrong
to light a torch and try to change the weather?
been too long
avoiding danger at the cost of pleasure

maybe i’ll let you use me
you’re killing me either way

i’ve been told that chasing tigers
turns you into meat
and if i tred above my feelings
i’ll avoid defeat

but i wanna dream like i won’t wake
live as though i’ll never die
and love like my heart won’t break

if nothing’s gonna stop me
how far can i go?
there has to be a limit
and someone has to know
i’m not sure what i’m searching for
but someone has to know.

 

Apostasy

you never ask me where im coming from
or where im going
you wrap my image
in a ball of light thats always glowingyou wanna take me home
you wanna take me home

i got my makeup at the pharmacy
thanks for asking
it hides my age
while i give up on love thats everlasting

you wanna take me home
you wanna take me home

i love to play this game
i love to rearrange my name
i love to change my clothes
so everybody knows

i only feel, im only real
i only feel when i sing

i watch you dancing
like a martyr to the spell youre under
ive got the patience
of a lightning bolt demanding thunder

i wanna take you home
i wanna take you home

i keep on wishing i could want you
without losing power
im growing weaker by the minute
dying by the hour

i wanna take you home
i wanna take you home

i love to play this game
i love to rearrange my name
i love to change my clothes
so everybody knows

i only give, i only live
i only give when i sing

why am i yearning
to play games against a total stranger?
i’ve been in love before
maybe you’re the lesser danger

 

Hurricane Ruby

why am i under the ground
kicking my coffin around
don’t tell me rock is dead
then stash it under your bedi don’t know which way to be
divide my mind into three
i’ll label one “myself”
and leave the rest on the shelf

i’ll always feel incomplete
i sent my youth to retreat
when ruby valentine
promised he’d never be mine

he told me i’d be a star
and he’d grow old at the bar
he said i shouldn’t wait
i’d never alter his fate

i’ll give change to the homeless
and protest the war
if there’s illness abound
i’ll raise funds for the cure
i’ll heal everyone’s pain
but it’s mine i’ll ignore
and nothing can take it away

i can sing to the crowd
of the souls love could save
with the ghost of my voice
that came back from the grave
but i can’t go to sleep
in the bed that i crave
and i wake up alone every day

why am i up on a stage
trapping a song in a cage
don’t tell me i’m naive
then ask me what to believe

you say i traded my soul
to resurrect rocknroll
if passion had a price
what would you sacrifice?

would you give freedom a chance?
could it stand up to romance?
are you prepared to choose
between your voice and your muse?

i turned my head to the sky
and Ruby kissed me goodbye
before a tear could crack
he told me not to come back

i’ll give change to the homeless
and protest the war
if there’s illness abound
i’ll raise funds for the cure
i’ll heal everyone’s pain but it’s mine i’ll ignore
and nothing can take it away

i can sing to the crowd
of the souls love could save
with the ghost of my voice
that came back from the grave
but i can’t go to sleep
in the bed that i crave
and i wake up alone every day

 

Rockless

my heart is breaking
feel like im faking
each day im waking
to a life i don’t lovei left my hometown
moved to the city
i’ve got so much to do
so much to say
when i look at your picture
it all slips away
you always won
the games we would play
but you gave me a chance anyway

i faked resistance
you kept your distance
oh ruby why do i lie to myself?
why do i lie to myself?
i shoulda told you its never to late
to hold you
to hope and to wait
i left you behind
for my own peace of mind
and all that i learned
was playing it cool only buries the burn

i thought you’d be there
when i came to see you
thought you’d remember
and we’d still have a chance
to surrender
to our twisted romance
just a night in your arms
is worth all the time
i spend giving you space Ruby
just for the smile
that lights up your face Ruby
now that you’re leaving
it won’t feel like home
is this the end?
will i ever see you again?

if you don’t miss me
maybe it’s better
to keep you inside me
and love the memory
if i could want you
if i could love you
but never need you
i’d be your freedom
you’d be my freedom

 

Trysticide

wake me up with the sunrise
wipe the crust from my dreamy eyes
i’ll go to work, i’ll be alright
the dream is over at least until tonightthere’s no market for passion
devotion is out of fashion
i’ll be on time, won’t miss a beat
pretend im strong enough to admit defeat

he said we’re better off apart
and it’s a happy ending
i’ve got a place inside his heart
but it’s not worth defending
i shoulda known it was too beautiful to last
but i’ll change the future before the past

in a world full of faces
pretty lives, pretty places
i’ve seen a lot, its all the same
sometimes i wish i could just stop
and drop the game

i said we’re better off apart
and it’s a happy ending
but theres a crack inside my heart
i’ve gotta stop pretending
i shoulda told him i would fight to make it last
but i’ll change the future before the past

and theres no better time than now
i gotta show him who i am somehow
i’ll cry until i’m dry
and i’ll admit it when i wanna die
he may never love me
he may act like he’s above me
but id rather be rejected
than be worshipped for a lie

wake me up with the sunrise
wipe the lust from my gleaming eyes
im on the edge, i’ll take the dive
i may be crazy but i love to be alive.