Outside the Lines

by Tae Phoenix

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released March 10, 2014

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Track Name: Damned Old Flame
Listen little sister there's a story you must here.
Please learn my lessons and avoid all my tears.
There's a man out there with a bullet just for you,
And if you don't watch out he's gonna shoot your heart clean through.

When there's a demon in your sheets with fire in his eyes,
Let him take you higher but don't believe his lies.
If you can't see through his motives, you're a puppet on his string.

The only trouble here is the damned old damned old flame.

He likes to take advantage of the stories you've been told,
So baby best examine all the goods you're being sold.
If you're programmed by the system then you'll fall for all his games.

The only trouble here is the damned old damned old flame.

...and if he's hurt you before and he knocks on your door, girl don't let him in again, oh!
The only trouble here is the damned old damned old flame.

Listen little sister there's a story you must here.
Please learn my lessons and avoid all my tears.
Your value can't be measured, but he'll make you feel ashamed.
Baby girl please watch out for the damned old damned old.
The only trouble here is the damned old damned old
The only trouble here is the damned old damned old flame.
Track Name: Let the Light In
I've never been to Georgia, or to Memphis, Tennessee.
Never been down on the Bayou, or to Jackson Mississippi.
But I know, I know the soul song, comes from that part of the world.
It's in my shattered bones now, everybody's broken girl.

Those cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone.

I went to see my doctor. She said you were heaven sent.
So I went to old Montana to see your firmament.
And I sat with Sister Annie. I asked her to pray for me.
'Cuz I've lost all my conviction in the judgement day to be.

And she said, "the cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone."

Oh...

I went down to the station just to watch the trains roll in.
And I wondered if it was worth it to watch them roll out again.
And I heard the whistle callin'. Saw the light of the Empire line.
And I asked who might be listening, who might send me down a sign.

And I heard, "the cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone."

Cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone.

Cracks are gonna let the light in.
Cracks are gonna let the light in.
Cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone.
Long time comin' long time gone.
Long time comin'.... she said.
Track Name: Ordinary Things
All these ordinary things, they don't please me.
Pretty boxes, shiny rings. How they tease me.
I have searched down in my mind and the only thing I find is trouble baby.

If you're looking for a girl to play a part
Please have mercy on me now and break my heart.
I can't let go of this life, just to be your loyal wife.
Please get it baby.

Whoa.....

So if you've got some souls to save, oh please please release me.
Release me babe.

Will you run away?
Now you know.
Please don't run away.
No no no.
Track Name: Tricks On Me
Everyone's a monkey in someone else's circus, but aren't you tired of playing the clown.
I'm not the kind of person who suffers it politely when someone's vibe is bringing me down.
And you are not entitled to my time and attention if I do not enjoy your company.
You say you're such a nice guy but I see through your pretension, and I'm not the least intrigued by what I see.

No no no....

So back off! The conversation's over.
Step back! Respect the boundary.
Go find someone else to bother,
And don't try no more of your tricks on me.

You are not my monkey and this is not my circus.
You do your little dance all the same.
You're acting like a player, but you're playing like a loser.
Don't you know you can't win that game?
And you were not invited to address me like an object.
I'm not dressed up for you it's plain to see.
And if it's true that men are either assholes or nice guys.
You'd be in the former category.

So back off! The conversation's over.
Step back! Respect the boundary.
Go find someone else to bother,
And don't try no more of your tricks on me.

Why would I sleep with you if we cannot be friends.
And knowing me is second place in all your best-laid plans.
Best laid plans.

So back off! The conversation's over.
Step back! Respect the boundary.
Go find someone else to bother,
And don't try no more no no no
Don't try no more
Don't try no more of your tricks on me.
Track Name: Down & Dirty Way Intro
[None] Just some badass instruments.
Track Name: Down & Dirty Way
Oh I ain't a cheating woman. Honey I can't do you wrong.
No I I ain't a cheating woman and I just can't do you wrong.
But a woman's got her needs, and mine are mighty strong.

There's a fella next town over damn near put me in grave.
Oh the fella next town over damn near put me in grave.
Said I can't stop thinking of him in a down and dirty way.

Well you turned to me in anger and you got right out of bed.
You pulled a gun out your drawer and you said, "I'll shoot him dead!"
I said, "hey simmer down baby, you know I love you just the same.
But I want some of my own now, in a down and dirty way."

Now I know that you go sneakin' every night I ain't no fool.
I know that you so sneakin' every night I ain't no fool.
All I need is your permission and we can both go break the rules.

Well you said that I'd gone crazy then you pointed to the door.
You told me, "don't come back now, you're a damn dirty whore!"
I said, "hey simmer down baby, you know I ain't the one to blame
When we both need extra lovin' in that down and dirty way."

Well you hemmed and hawed and hollered 'till you went red in the face.
Then you hemmed and hawed and hollered 'till you went blue in the face.
Said, "all my friends'll laugh at me and I'll be a big disgrace."

Now it's my turn to get angry, said, "I put up with that too!
You think you get to run around and keep me tied to you?"
I said, "hey simmer down baby, you got to let me go and play.
Or I'll leave and find my lovin'
Or I'll leave and find my lovin'
Or I'll leave and find my lovin'
In a down and dirty way."

Oh yes sir, I will.
Track Name: Moment I Try
All of nineteen
Barely old enough to be
All that I see
In that baggage claim seat

Crying girl child on her lap
No ride in sight
Calling mama for money she ain't got
Try to do what's right

Moment I try try try
Moment I try try try
Moment I try try try
Moment I try try try

If she's afraid you can't see it on her face.
"We'll be okay, just got to get to his place.
He got too drunk to come and get us
So we'll go there.
Have to try one more time for her sake
But I'm aware.

Moment I try try try
Moment I try try try
Moment I try try try
Moment I try try try"

She says, "he only hit me that one time,"
an hour into the drive.
I say, "I'll turn this car around now
get you out alive."

Moment I try...

She says, "I know him sober. Gotta help him survive.
I know he wants to change.
Love will keep us alive."

Moment I try
Moment I
Moment I try
Moment I try

All of nineteen
Barely old enough to be
Track Name: Jerusalem Burning
Distant life came crashing in
Catalyst and spark
We were drenched down to the skin
As we left the park

Mechanisms in my head
Run on dying batteries.
Can I take one more breath
Between calamities?

This is Jerusalem burning
Just the price we pay
Somehow the wheels keep turning
No matter how we pray
And all the things I wish I were fall away in shame.
This is Jerusalem burning do you, do you feel the flames?

In the silence we're aware
All of this must end
Open arms in summer air
I cannot pretend
Ancient wires come alive
With current on the wind
Do I have your promise now
Dare I ask you in?

This is Jerusalem burning
Just the price we pay
Somehow the wheels keep turning
No matter how we pray
And all the things I wish I were fall away in shame.
This is Jerusalem burning do you, do you feel the flames?

Cuz the suicide logic's been skinning my bones
Turning me to a pillar of stone
Making me believe things no one knows
If battalions of angels were dancing in my eyes
You'd still know the difference between truth and lies
And my disguise

Oh.....

Can I get a witness? Hey yeah.
Can I get a witness? Hey yeah. Hey yeah.
Can I get a witness? Hey yeah. Hey yeah.
Can I get a witness? Hey yeah. Ooooh.
Track Name: Outside the Lines (Featuring Julia Massey & Whitney Mongé)
Julia:
No lightning at the bottling plant.
We see through eyes of storm.
You will hear the heartbeat of wings so sweet.
As it takes you with open arms.

All:
So let's draw our map without a grid
And shake the hands of time.
And by the lights up there in the stratosphere
Let's live outside the lines.

Whitney:
Well it ain't what you have or how much you make
It's what you create that's dear.
When your body breaks, there's nothing to take
No life beyond what's here.

All:
So let's draw our map without a grid
And shake the hands of time.
And by the lights up there in the stratosphere
Let's live outside the lines.

Tae:
When the days have grown cold, when we're all getting old
We'll laugh as our time flies by
And in our whispering well, our stories will dwell.
And they'll sing us this lullabye.

All:
So let's draw our map without a grid
And shake the hands of time.
And by the lights up there in the stratosphere
Let's live outside the lines.
Let's live outside the lines.
Track Name: Let the Light In (Breakdown Mix)
I've never been to Georgia, or to Memphis, Tennessee.
Never been down on the Bayou, or to Jackson Mississippi.
But I know, I know the soul song, comes from that part of the world.
It's in my shattered bones now, everybody's broken girl.

Those cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone.

I went to see my doctor. She said you were heaven sent.
So I went to old Montana to see your firmament.
And I sat with Sister Annie. I asked her to pray for me.
'Cuz I've lost all my conviction in the judgement day to be.

And she said, "the cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone."

Oh...

I went down to the station just to watch the trains roll in.
And I wondered if it was worth it to watch them roll out again.
And I heard the whistle callin'. Saw the light of the Empire line.
And I asked who might be listening, who might send me down a sign.

And I heard, "the cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone."

Cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
The cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone.

Cracks are gonna let the light in.
Cracks are gonna let the light in.
Cracks are gonna let the light in.
Long time comin' long time gone.
Long time comin' long time gone.
Long time comin'.... she said.
Track Name: Studio Jam
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