Union, Reunion

by Noah Glenn

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released May 15, 2012

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Track Name: Conversion
I could take a walk around the world
Maybe pay my way diving for pearls
They say if you seek, you will find,
But I know I’d never find another girl like my girl

No one could ever snatch you from my hand
I’d do more than anybody can
My fingers’ grip is so tight
You never ever ever slip through like a grain of sand

I don’t care if it’s in Fahrenheit or Celsius
My blood boils for you

I could try to run far from the wrath
But I won’t get as clean in another bath
I realize I’m far away,
But I will do what it takes to get back on the path

Take your pick, measure in miles or kilometers
I’d travel so far for you
I don’t care if it’s in Fahrenheit or Celsius
My blood boils for you

Other people stretch their arms for gold
They’ll never be content when they are old
'Cause they may find what they seek,
But they’ll get no joy from the things that they hold

So, I will use a different set of rules
I won’t measure my life out by jewels
Some will try to prove they’re true using false gods,
But the only thing they’ll prove is they are fools

Whether dollars, euros, or pounds, it makes no difference
You’re worth more than any currency
Take your pick, measure in miles or kilometers
I’d travel so far for you
I don’t care if it’s in Fahrenheit or Celsius
My blood boils for you
Track Name: Hummingbirds
You and me sit on the balcony, watching hummingbirds
We can’t count the beating of their wings; they’re beating like our hearts

Oh, when I don’t feel okay
Oh, you know just what to say

Hold me
Let me forget nothing

You and me sitting by the sea, drinking hummingbirds
We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve watched the sun go down

Oh, you are not the same
Oh, we’ll give you a new name

Hold me
Let me forget nothing
Track Name: Sleeptalker
Sometimes we stay up all night
But it’s only because we worked all day
When else are we gonna do
The things that we wanna do
And say all the things that we normally cannot say?

You know you talk in your sleep
I guess you’ve got no secrets to keep
Even when you dream

Sleeptalker, Sleeptalker

Our future seems so unsure
But isn’t that what futures are for?
When else could we possibly do
All the things that we’ve dreamed we might do
But haven’t gotten around to so far?

I write down what you say in your sleep
Cause we don’t have any secrets to keep
Even when we dream

Sleeptalker, Sleeptalker
(Sometimes I can’t understand thing
Sometimes I know exactly what you mean
Keep on talking as long as you’re talking to me)
Track Name: Listless
Please don’t ask me to define
Why your glances feel like wine
It really is no fault of mine
That I feel the way I do

If I tried to write it down
Or express it in a sound
Attempts would shatter on the ground
There is no book about you

My love for you is not a list of attributes
To which I add, from which I could subtract
It’s something more intangible
Than just a page to fill with facts
Encyclopedias don’t tell me what the gist is
And a love based on lists would be listless

People ask me how I knew
That the one for me was you
Like there’s some checklist they could do
To contain what they can’t hold
But there is no equation
Or some cryptic calculation
That you’d compute if you had patience
And thus unravel every fold

My love for you is not a list of attributes
To which I add, from which I could subtract
It’s something more intangible
Than just a page to fill with facts
Encyclopedias don’t tell me what the gist is
And a love based on lists would be listless
Track Name: Science Cannot Understand
Close your eyes and lay your head down
Need not wonder if I’m around
Reach your arm out you’ll know where I am

Mathematics can be undone
That’s what happens when two are one
Some things science cannot understand

I am of dirt. You’re of my rib.
Of you and I will be our kids
I’ll live quietly and work with my hands

And then when that day comes
And I make my way home
Don’t mash your teeth and groan
Like those who live with no hope

Listen to me as I tell this
I don’t want to be so selfish
As to seal myself in a concrete tomb

So plant a tree above my body
And its roots will drink deep of me
Growing food our grandkids will consume

Or spread my ashes in the garden
Grow tomatoes, carrots, cardamom
I will feed you still for years to come

We return to the dust
That was used to make us
Until then we still drudge
In this dirt that's been cussed
Track Name: The Flame Has Ever Burned
Since I joined the union, the flame has ever burned
When there's a reunion, to dust we shall return

There will be beauty here

You planted your seeds,
but you never expected them to grow
Now your harvest has come,
and you're reaping what you did not sow
Track Name: Already/Not Yet
No sense harvesting a fruitless tree
Cut it down and you’ll expose the rot
So disgraceful to be spoken out loud
Things that have been done in secret
You were formerly at home in darkness
Now you know the feeling of the light
Everything that has been touched by this light
Has no choice but to be visible

Already/Not Yet

Measure time because the days are evil
Don’t be foolish; understand the plan
Speak to one another like a hymnal
Some notes here and some are yet to come
Is the kingdom future or now present?
May not know until you fall asleep
Wake wake awake awake, o sleeper
You are called to rise up from the dead

Already/Not Yet

Wake, wake oh sleeper
Where, oh death, is your sting?
Track Name: Better Than I Know Myself
You're whispering a secret
But I know it like the back of your hand
Hands that know just how to hold me
Hands that even know the old me

Everything I ever buried
Everything thing that I can't bear
Laid bare we're both the same
Married by our very name

You know me better than I know myself

Something going on in your eyes
I know what nobody else sees
You're looking right through me
You're seeing into me

Your eyes know how to read me
You know all the words before they come out
The greatest book I ever read
Is the one inside your head

You know me better than I know myself
Track Name: Johnny Appleseed
If I sow the land
Like Johnny Appleseed
When the harvest comes
What will I reap?

I don’t know what to do
I don’t know what I’m gonna do

If I lost it all
Like my grandfather did
Would I rise again
Thankful for the fall?

I don’t know what to do
I don’t know what I’m gonna do

If I hear your voice
Like I’m sure You want me to
What would I do?
And how can I be sure?

If I built a boat
Just like my namesake did
I would want to know
Who would be on board

I don’t know what to do
I don’t know what I’m gonna do

We don’t know what to do
They don’t know what we’re going through
Track Name: Rubber Cement
I am a weak and fragile vessel
I have no power to defend
I shatter myself to a million pieces
You put me together again with rubber cement

Left to myself, I'm no more than a savage
If left up to me, I'd never repent
It takes someone stronger to bring me my senses
I'm sticking you to my side with rubber cement

I've arrived unarmed to the battle
I gave myself up to every blow
I've seen what becomes of golden cattle
But I still cannot let mine go
Track Name: Phantom Suite (I: Phantom, II: Selah, III: Ashes to Ashes)
Part I: Phantom

Like a phantom
Moving to and fro
It’s all in vain
Heaping up wealth
But he don’t know where it will go
When he don’t remain

Show me the end
The number of my days
Fleeting is life
Not much more than a breath
Selah

Like a phantom
I walk about
And I make an uproar
For what do I wait?
The earth is a cloth You consume like a moth
All that I adore

Let me know my end
The extent of my days
Here I sojourn
Really not much to see
Selah

Part II: Selah

(A rest)

Part III: Ashes to Ashes

Let the poor man be lifted
Let the rich man be humbled
Let both know they will meet the same fate

Green grass withers beneath the scorching sunlight,
Just as all men will fade

We brought nothing in the world
We'll take nothing away
(Ashes to ashes, dust to dust)
(There's just one God over the living and the dead)

Green, green grass withers beneath the scorching sun,
Just as all men will fade away
Like a phantom
Track Name: We Wake From Our Sleep
Youth fears time
But time steals youth away
We age everyday
We age everyday

Life fights death
But only brings delay
It comes anyway
Death comes anyway

This is not a sad song
This is not a sad song
No, this is not a sad song
Death's just temporary

Morning comes and we wake from our sleep
We wake from our sleep
We'll live endlessly