three for silver

The Way We Burn

Three For Silver Album Artwork
  1. This Time Tomorrow
  2. Evening Shade
  3. Down In The Cut
  4. Wildwood
  5. The Way We Burn
  6. Time Was
  7. Devil On My Shoulder
  8. Take Me Away
  9. Let ‘Em Down Easy
  10. She Hung The Moon
  11. Get Thee Hence
  12. Light In The Shade

Lyrics

This Time Tomorrow
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
twelve bells tell the time
but my heart picks the key
you need a place to hide?
ask the lovers or the junkies
there’s a riot in the town
there’s a fire in the woods
you know the saints, they’re gonna thank us for makin’ them look so good

so give me one of the sour
give me two of the sweet
me three of the strong
and four of the weak
you’re five times damned, if you forget the spice
we got six more hours till the dawns breakin’ light

chorus
because this time tomorrow i’ll be gone
this time tomorrow you’ll be singin’ a very different song
this time time tomorrow i’ll be gone
what’s that you said?
it’s better we stay together than go alone

that first shot grazed
but the second went through
we may have survived
but the poison’s in the wound
and now I can’t live for tomorrow
hell, I sure can’t live today
so let them pay for our sorrows
while we find a better way

I need the heaven’s rust
like I need the siren’s moan
I need the thunder’s blood
runnin’ naked down my throat
and if that’s god in the hearth
why’s the kettle so upset?
if this engine doesn’t start
may the devil take you yet

chorus

light may shine
but darkness spreads
tonight we’ll speak with the voice of the dead
flowers bloom
vines curl
let’s move with the rhythm that shakes the world

chorus

Evening Shade
traditional
arranged by Three For Silver
the day is past and gone
the evening shade appears
oh may we all remember well
the night of death draws near.

we lay our garments down
beside our bed to rest
‘tis death will come disrobe us all
of what we here possess

Down In The Cut
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
gold are the coins
loud are the cheers
could’ve made a week’s pay down at the pier
ram down the cork
know where it’s at
you know those blue town dandies gonna get their spines cracked

be close to your friends
beware of yourself
better cook me up some news or some gossip or else
I like my facts rare
I like my rumors bleeding
We’re gonna feast on those words that don’t bear repeating

chorus
down in the cut
nothing to do
roll down the window let the light shine through
down in the cut
nowhere to go
throw it into first and take it real slow

I think that gun is wiser than the hand on it’s grip
if you were never loved than you’ll never be missed
I could win any game with those marbles in your head
if you want to try your luck down at the bookie’s instead

tear’s for the body, skull for the cap
spit for the foam, eyes for the tap
shore for the bar, shell for the cup
the waves for music, and your life for good luck

chorus
down in the cut
man’s his own
let it all ride on a game of pope joan
down in the cut
do what you can
i got the curse of Scotland right here in my hand

be not afraid, I die everyday
buried billions of myselves
know more than knowing can glean
think more than thoughts can tell
there is nowhere to go, no one to save
you’d rather die in this life than live in a grave

chorus
down in the cut
fire’s deep
blue and the gold, they’re gonna make us all bleed
down in the cut
nothing to see
you got to sell it all back to the company
down in the cut
nothing to do
roll down the window let the light shine through
down in the cut
nowhere to go
throw it into first and take it real slow

Wildwood
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
chorus
come to the church of the wildwood
come lay your reason down
come to the church of the wildwood
come where the lost are found

there’s a light in the forest, it calls to you
a darkness brighter than day
hold me to the earth
let your leaves push the sky away

from springs fresh wood I’ll carve you old
so you weather young in the rain
your strength will feed us
from the crows down to the clay

chorus
come to the church of the wildwood
come lay your worries down
come to the church of the wildwood
come where the lost are found

summer cracks you riverbed dry
lightning burns in the west
roots push up the weeds with a sigh
but by fall there’s nothing left

your cheeks blush autumn in the burning leaves
the sap begins to cool
in death you were not deceived
but in life you may be fooled

chorus
come to the church of the wildwood
come lay your hammers down
come to the church of the wildwood
come where the lost are found

now your dreams freeze winter in the frostlight
all snowflakes melt the same
we snap your limbs in the cold nights
to tap ice wine from your veins

chorus
come to the church of the wildwood
come lay your reason down
come to the church of the wildwood
come where the lost are found

The Way We Burn
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
it’s a nickel past one more shot
there’s a new moon hangin’ like a hole in the sky
we’re on our way to forgetting
but it gets easier every night

it’s not the fall that kills you
it’s not the lesson that learns
it’s not the way we strike the match
it’s the way we burn

it’s a quarter past too far gone
there is gun powder frozen in the ice
it’s too late to thaw
but it’s alright for dreaming tonight

it’s not the words that warm you
it’s not the sky that turns
it’s not the way we fuel the fire
it’s the way we burn

hinder in cinders
drowning in doubt
your soul only weighs as much as what carves it out
searching the smoulder
mouthful of ash
slow to start
but burned out so fast

whittle me down to a nib
and write our end

Time Was
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
let the north be warmed by the wind of my breath
let the east be darkened by my shadow
let the south be cooled by the frost of my steps
let the west be lightened by what I know

chorus
time was I’d rise every morning
pick myself up off the floor
time was I’d work till the evening
but I don’t gotta work anymore

I only need the silence to hear the hum of my blood
I only need my name to tell you who I was
I was only ever free to die
no chance to change my luck
maybe that’s the reason why my life has come unstuck from me
now I’m the salt in the sea, the smoke on the breeze, the red on the leaves
and if we met
in that awkward moment between birth and death
I suppose I was just the person I would be
but now I’m everyone that I wasn’t before
because I’ll die last in the hearts of those who love me

chorus
time was I knew where I was goin’
where I was from, what I was for
time was I’d work to keep this engine runnin’
but I don’t gotta work anymore

I worked hard to keep the sun on my face, wind at my back
grass beneath my feet, and my blue skies stacked
I had to lock every storm under my hat
now I can only read my thoughts by the lightning’s flash
Give me eyes to hear, ears to see
the crowd for quiet, and solitude’s company
What did I do?
I did the best I could
I never made a stand
but at least I knew where I stood

chorus
time was I could see all the angles
wait and laugh, I always knew the score
time was I would work at my failures
but I don’t gotta work anymore

time was my blood would brown
splashed on the rocks of the shore
time was I’d work not to make a sound
but I don’t gotta work anymore

Devil On My Shoulder
words by Willo Sertain
music by Three For Silver

there’s a devil on my shoulder
he looks mistaken
like someone else’s dream
he says, "it’s alright, we’ll be dancing tonight"

There’s an angel in your pocket
she seems kinda lost
like a southern bound wind
she whispers, "it’s ok, we’ll dance the night away"

But when I see the rain coming
its sings the sweetest song
and I know
there’s no reason to cry tonight
but I feel so lonely inside
I don’t know what to do
but I’ll be here
when the sun comes shining through

There’s a whisper in the darkness
it calls me home
to your loving arms
I’ll be there soon

with a vision in my mind
it’s very subtle
but when it comes my way
why should I fight such a beautiful sight

Take Me Away
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
if you can follow
then you can stray
like a small dark light
held against the day
like the darkness that waits
at the edge of your sight
but don’t be afraid
remember you are the darkness as much as the light

so don’t you pay to have me buried
when I’ll burn for free
I will rise from the earth as an old oak tree
I’ll be twisting in the wind, moaning your name
it’s understood every drink is gettin’ drunk in the rain

chorus
take me away from the things of man
wash the flames from these burnin’ hands
take me away from the things of man
you give the world to the devil, he’s gonna treat it like hell
it’s time you understand

I wanna be in the place
that good men won’t go
you know the ocean is the king of every river
because that water keeps low

so why don’t you just cut me into pieces
leave me out to dry
let the ravens take me up into that hungry sky
why was this game so hard to play?
did I join to early, or just fold too late?

chorus
take me away from the things of man
wash the flames from these burning hands
take me away from the things of man
you give the world to the devil, he’s gonna treat it like hell
time to make a stand

throw out the dice
don’t expect to win
I sweep out the dust
but it settles back in

Let ‘em Down Easy
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
there’s no promise won’t stay kept
no lie won’t stay told
no vow won’t stay broke
no joke won’t get old
I try to let ‘em down easy
all things seek their rest
I tell you the farther from this life
the nearer to the next

when the tree’s are scratching on the full moon’s back
when there’s eyes in the branches, and claws in the thatch
when the stars are hiding, and the clouds are lyin’ down
you’d better kneel in the mist
put your ear to the ground

chorus
i tell you death is not the end
as that dirty dust settles in
it is there your reward begins
i tell you death is not the end

kids want their mothers
mothers want their kids
victims cry, “who dunnit?”
it’s the killer know who did
bitter sisters keep on fightin
true lovers never tire
while the cook says, “there’s always more room on the fire”

chorus

come join us, please join us
we need no strength to carry on
there is no rest for us
because nothing is ever gone

whether your cup runneth over
or your well is runnin dry
whether your fire is burnin low
or there’s a redness in your sky
you were made to cross the river
made to wade up on this shore
not like it’s something no one’s done before

chorus

She Hung The Moon
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
she hung the moon
and the stars in the sky
pushed up the mountains
left the deserts out to dry

she is a prayer upon my lips
written on air and sent with this
simple tune that I hope she will hear

pulls back the blanket of the night
let’s in the daylight
like the sun was shining for you

she hung the moon
and the stars in the sky
poured out the rivers
taught the ravens how to fly

she is a land without a map
but I dont need a way back
I’ll stay lost inside for good

but it’s a deep and subtle game
played it so hard you forget your own name
not just the sand or the peal
but the engine of the world
and i’ll sing out until it gets through

she hung the moon
and the stars in the sky
rolled out the field
stirred the wind with a sigh

she is the lock and the key
conductor of the symphony
that keeps the world in tune
she hung the moon

Get Thee Hence
words by Lucas Warford
music by Three For Silver
I been away, lord knows
goin’ down slow, we’ll meet at the close
you know your streets are renamed, your people too
they tell me everything’s changed
but nothing’s new

with a peace so deep
feel like I could sing the whole world to sleep
I travel with just my soul to keep
as I head out on my own

when the work is done
I’ll rip the heart from the setting sun
feed it to the moon as it rests on the deep
I’m gonna you how bright you could never be

chorus
when the storm begins I’ll get up and take the wind
they say that nothing ever ends
I think that’s fair
will I ever get beyond my own footsteps
or hear a sound that isnt kept in the air

open up
won’t take a minute
that lock is stuck, I got a key’ll fit it
you wanna leave, but don’t wanna part
that’s a pain lyin’ closer than the blood in your heart

I’ve been away too long
I’ve been alright, I’ve been all wrong
I’ve dug through air
and flown through the earth
wanna meet me somewhere?
how ‘bout the center of the earth!

chorus

I climb up high, seek rest, and find none
I sink down low, seek friends, I find some
my lord speaks to me through sermon’s of rust
I send prayers of sweat, and sing psalms of blood

string me up, put me to the wall
through me from the tower, it’s not so far to fall
push me in the flame, burn off the sin
still you know I’ll be back again

if it burns, let it burn
if it bleeds, let it bleed
when you’re lost it’s then you’ll recieve
this red candle and a bag of fast luck
I gotta grow old, I don’t gotta grow up

chorus

lose me
choose me
run your knives right through me
let your words confuse me
till we can let go

Light In The Shade
words by Willo Sertain
music by Three For Silver
black velveteen, sweet marceline
i’ll never know what could have been
if i should go, if i should turn
tend to your wounds, soothing the burn

come out and play, sweet adelaide
but you’ll never know how sweet is the day
if i should go, if i should turn
tend to my wounds, soothing the burn

when he looks out
does he just see
distance and shadow, light in the shade?
and when touching wind and whispers
am i losing