“Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.”     ― W.H. Auden

Remedy

Wrapped inside you like a diamond

waiting for my dark to burn away

counting on your heartbeat’s constant rhythm

to carry me back to myself

All of my thoughts,

like junkyard dogs

guarding scraps of nothing,

filling my head with senseless things

that keep me from you 

but I found the remedy 

I found the cure for everything 

take me into your hands

help me love a world that I don’t understand 

Lying in the grass, I listened

underneath a black sky soaked in stars

til I heard the sound of my heart spinning

all my anger into love

Out of the fire of false desire 

beat up but I’m breathing

fighting to stay wide awake

while all the world’s asleep

'cause I found the Remedy 

I found the cure for everything 

Take me into your hands

help me love a world that I don’t understand 

And you’re taught to want

all of life’s shiny trinkets

and you’re hoping that they will save you 

but when it’s all over

none of these things will matter

and you’ll ask yourself  “did I love?”

I found the remedy

I found the cure for everything 

take me into your hands

help me love a world that I don’t understand 

words : bird york / hum and howl ascap

music : bird york / ascap and Larry Klein / bmi

©Bird in the Hand Music

 

Had A Dream
He comes undone
says he lost the map his life was on
says everything is unraveling
I take his hand
then I kiss him like the world is ending and say,
where logic ends faith begins
'cause I had a dream
that our hearts
were like flowers opening up
every time that we love
And I’m wondering
if we just try and risk everything for love   

how
can we ever go wrong

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Embrace this life
every punch and kiss on this wild ride
the end could be a moment away  
We’re strong enough,

yeah we get knocked around but we get up

'cause it's hope

that's flowing through these veins

'cause I had a dream
that our hearts
were like flowers opening up
every time that we love
And I’m wondering
if we just try and risk everything for love

 how can we ever go wrong

Nobody said it would be easy

Nobody said it would be fair

All we can do is try to keep our fears from running us.

Just let your innocence be your cure-
words: bird york /  hum and howl ascap
music: bird york / ascap and rick mussalam : bmi

©Bird in the Hand Music

Freedom

Hurry up don’t let sunlight go to waste 

grab your coat and we’ll make a clean getaway 

We’re just going to leave behind

these worry machines we call our minds 

run off to the sea

watch the sunlight kick off the diamond waves  Freedom, it’s calling, it’s calling

Freedom 

Freedom 

our hearts light, we’re golden 

Freedom

from everything 

Chasing waves as the seagulls cry and dive 

Kicking sand as the crazy man walks by

talking ’bout the end of the world

wish he’d take a break and live for right now  ’cause we understand

that this moment is all that we have

Freedom, it’s calling, it’s calling

Freedom 

Freedom 

our hearts light, we’re golden 

Freedom

from everything 

When the tightrope won’t stop shaking 

and opinion starts to wear you down 

time to pull our secret weapon on out 

and laugh these bullets right from our hearts Freedom

words and music : bird york / hum and howl ascap

© Bird in the Hand Music

Lovely Thing

Drunk on a morning sky 

it’s the kind of day

you wanna wrap your arms around

Watching the white birds fly as they

circle up and float in space

preaching their religion without a sound

And I’m bursting with everything

and I’m light as a cloud

'cause love is filling me up 

it’s taking the edges off

my heart 

love just won’t let me be 

I’m floating just like a leaf

in it’s stream 

what a lovely thing

And I know the world’s gone mad

crazy with greed 

but I can’t fix it all today 

’cause my rollercoaster heart is

gliding up it’s track, oh yeah 

and there ain’t a damn thing in it’s way 

and I’m stupid with aimless glee

and I’m talking to the trees

'cause love

is filing me up 

it’s taking the edges off

my heart 

love just won’t let me be 

I’m floating just like a leaf

in it’s stream 

what a lovely thing

 

words: bird york / hum and howl ascap

music: bird york/ascap and peter fox

©Bird in the Hand Music

 

Near You

There's a war out there raging

and I've got thorns in my heart again

and I feel loneliness creeping

in every room of this house

all I want is to be near you

all I want is to be near you

all I want is

to be near you

There's a home I've been building

out of hope and the brick of prayer

and when all the world's trembling

come and lay with me there

'cause all I want is to be near you

all I want is to be near you

all I want is

to be near

you

(come on now my darlin'

hear me when I tell you

you are not alone

feel my love inside you)

 

words and music : bird york

©Bird in the Hand Music

 

 

 

Save Me

In the afternoon she sits and waits for him to come

two swollen ankles count the time 

Nervous fingers trace across the cold linoleum 

Yellowed walls receive her sigh

“Oh can you hear me, Joe?” 

she calls into the empty room

Her lips are trembling now

can’t hear the voice she needs to hear

she says “Save me, save me,

why don’t you save me from the pain of losing you

 Save me, save me,

why don’t you save me from this hell I’m going through” 

The dinner table looks so strange without him sitting there

the bed is empty on his side 

For forty years this house has held the fire of love they shared 

but now the garden slowly dies 

He said he’d never leave her all alone to face the day 

What kind of God is this

that’ll take him back and make her stay

“Save me, save me,

why don’t you save me from the pain of losing you

 Save me, save me,

why don’t you save me from this hell I’m going through” 

The kids try to come around,

try to make some time to see me,

I know, the busy lives they lead

keep them from these memories

Save me, save me,

why don't you save me from the pain of losing you

take me up now

be by your side

wanna leave this world behind

words and music: bird york

©Bird in the Hand Music

Wicked Little High

You’re a wrong turn 

a big fat No 

you’re the fifth drink before a long drive home You’re the thing to avoid

the bars to my cage

you’re all I think about everyday

you’ve got that thing that my wildest dreams are made of 

you set my world on fire 

’cause I die everytime you walk by 

I can’t hide that I’m drawn to you

Desire is such a wicked little high

when the one you want is blind to you 

you’re the 3rd scoop 

the second pack 

you’re the reason for therapy 

why I should go back 

Hey mister Wrong,

you’re the tingle in my jeans 

you’re everything I don’t want

but everything I need

I see other guys but their kisses don’t mean nothin’

’cause you’re what I have in mind 

’cause I die everytime you walk by 

I can’t hide that I’m drawn to you

Desire is such a wicked little high

when the one you want is blind to you 

You’re a wrong turn

a big fat No 

you’re the fifth drink before a long drive

 

words and music: Bird York/ hum and howl ascap

©Bird in the Hand Music

Open Wider

Like a mantaray

gliding serene through strange farmland 

newly runaway,

I got away clean in your car,

in your hands

sliding the warm, black tongue highway 

your hands there, so smooth between my legs 

the cornfields sigh with freedom 

Feel the world open wider (turning me inside out) 

See the trees, wild in the breeze,

dancing insane

Quiet older guy,

driving us deep into nowhere 

I’m soldered to your side

while stuttering stars, spit and strewn,

wink and stare 

the wind whips so wildly from our speed

stirring such a frenzy deep in me

my heart becomes unbolted

Feel the world open wider (turning me inside out) 

See the trees, wild in the breeze,

dancing insane

Fifteen years old,

a love hungry girl,

a flower,

in the fist of the world

flying

in a fat blue car

eyes wide

fresh heart

words: bird york / hum and howl ascap

music: bird york and Jon Flannery

©Bird in the Hand Music

In The Deep

Thought you had all the answers

to rest your heart upon 

but something happens

don’t see it coming

and you can’t stop yourself 

now you’re out there swimming in the deep 

in the deep 

Life keeps tumbling your heart in circles

til you let go 

til you shed your pride and you climb to heaven

and you throw yourself off

now you’re out there spinning

in the deep 

in the deep 

now you’re out there spinning 

now you’re out there swimming

in the deep


words : bird york/ascap

music : bird york and michael becker ascap

©Bird in the Hand Music

Come Be With Me

Funny how your eyes keep wandering 

everytime I speak of deeper things

my love has no walls, it has no strings 

so if you want to go, if you want to leave 

when you’re ready

when you’re ready 

when you’re ready, come be with me 

I don’t want to be angry anymore

so speak your truth now even if it hurts

’cause your silence has been whispering 

that you’re still looking and it’s not for me
when you’re ready

when you’re ready 

when you’re ready

come be with me
words : bird york

music: bird york and michael becker

© Bird in the Hand Music

 

Up In Flames

Everybody’s got that thing

that kinda makes them insane

everyone has gone half crazy

might as well hang

with you

you’re outta your mind but your hands are smooth 

Everybody’s lost the point

quite a long time ago

only thing left that can’t be bought or sold

is what’s burning down below

and I’m burning

so let’s stop thinking, baby 

let’s forget our names 

let’s go up in flames 

I know there are a thousand ways

that we don’t agree, (yeah there are, you know it)  but all that seems to matter right now

is where you’re touching me 

and I feel it unleash me 

and there’s no reason, baby, to explain

when we’re up in flames

feel me hold you like a dream 

reeling, right up on the edge of it

so let’s start praying, baby,

in our way

up in flames 

’cause it’s our freedom, baby,

it’s our escape 

when we’re up in flames

up in flames

 

words: bird york  hum and howl ascap

music: bird york and larry klein

©Bird in the Hand Music

 

Have No Fear

Have no fear in your heart 

though you feel you’ve been broken and lost 

there’s a world where we will meet up again 

there’s a place that mends your hurt

and takes you in 

There are times faced alone 

when you find all the holes in yourself

you don’t have to walk the night on your own 

I will say a prayer for you to lead you on

I will say a prayer for you

when you have gone

words : bird york

music : bird york and michael becker

©Bird in the Hand Music

Until The Lightning Comes

Lay your hands gently upon me

show me what love is

conquer my shore

this strange romance slowly igniting

all of the longing

we try to ignore

and just like ghosts in the midnight hour

holding close we wait in the dark

ooooo until the lightning

ooooo until the lightning comes

ooooo until the lightning

ooooo until the lightning comes

A slow tango under the bedsheets

don't mean it's lasting

don't mean it's true

and all your reaching for the real damn thing

all your deceptions

are sure to undo

and so you go

and you take the dive

jumping off you feel like you're dying

ooooo until the lightning

ooooo until the lightning comes

ooooo until the lightning

ooooo until the lightning comes

words and music : bird york / hum and howl ascap

©Bird in the Hand Music