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Nothing Good Can Come From This

(Amy Speace)


Nothing good can come from this

Can we pull back and take it slow

The breathless fall toward a kiss

Head over heels before you know

Oh desire oh the draw

Oh the newness of it all

It's a tumble it's a twist, it's getting harder to resist

Nothing good can come from this


Nothing safe here nothing sound

Keep the train along the track

There's still time to turn around

If we don't no turning back

Or kick wide open that same door

Just like I've always done before

It's a tiny little town and there's too much here to risk

Nothing good can come from this


Easy come and easy go if there’s anything I know

This could bring me to my knees

Right back to where I've been, into a war that I can't win

The battle for the best of me


Oh desire oh the draw

Like the spice of alcohol

Just another thing to miss

Another ghost upon my lips

Another taste I can't resist

The breathless fall toward a kiss

Nothing good can come from this


Come Pick Me Up

(Speace/Hubbard)

Come pick me up and drive me around

Show me the secrets that you hid in this town  

My blind spots are big and I can't see the ruts

I'll go where you go, come pick me up   

 

Don't want tomorrow

Don't want the light to come in

You lead, I’ll follow

I'll take whatever you give

 

Chorus

 

The store fronts are closing

Trash trucks are starting to run

Air's warm but I'm freezing

I never needed no one

 

Chorus

 

Take me to someplace so dark that I can't see the stars

Take me to someplace where nobody knows who we are

 

Chorus


Better Than This

(Amy Speace/Kate Klim)

 

I swore I wouldn't call

You said you might stop by

So now I'm staring at the walls

Trying not to care, trying to fill the time

 

I cleared you out some space  

You never quite unpacked

There's no way to know

 If you're running off or if you're coming back

 

(CHORUS)

I can do better than a half kiss

I can do better than a near miss

I can do better, I can do better than this

 

Words you've almost said

I know you don't know how

It’s like you've hedged your bet

You gotta play your hand or sit it out

 

Chorus

 

I don't wanna waste another moment feeling like an afterthought

I don't wanna be another woman grieving for the years she's lost

 

Chorus


Three Days

(Amy Speace/Ben Glover)

 

Moses gotta walk for three days

That’s how long it takes

From sea to sand down to Birmingham

Moses gotta walk for three days

 

Jonah gotta kneel in that beast

Bow and beg for release

No way around the time no running from the crime

Jonah gotta kneel in that beast

 

(CHORUS)

No easy way out, no easy way through

We do what we gotta do

 

Judas gotta hang from the Elder Tree

For 30 pieces in a potter's field

A kiss to obey, honor and betray

Judas gotta hang from the Elder Tree

 

CHORUS

 

Jesus gotta lie in that dirt

Deep in the heart of the earth

Roll away that stone, oh Jerusalem

Jesus gotta lie in that dirt


That Kind Of Girl

(Speace/Culwell)

 

No one could tell - my little hell - I kept it inside

Wrestled with doubt, the next day I'd count the bottles of wine

When the phone rings, don't do a thing, don't wanna talk

Don't wanna hear who I am, don't wanna hear who I'm not

 

I let you get to me

It felt the end of the world

I let you level me  

I didn't know I was that kind of girl

 

I always thought I had a heart made out of bone

But it splintered to glass when I couldn’t ask

As you'd leave to go home

Why would you open a door you could never walk through

Why lay the cards on the table when I couldnt choose

 

I let you get to me

It felt the end of the world

I let you level me  

I didn't know I was that kind of

 

Girl, who'd let love take her down

Girl who'd wade into a lake with stones tied to her gown

 

I let you get to me

It felt the end of the world

Then I let you level me  

I'd never done that before

Stand there wide eyed

With my hands by my side

Till I couldn't deny

I was down on my knees

But maybe I needed to see that

I was that kind of girl


One Man's Love

(Amy Speace/Beth Nielson Chapman)

 

She and I shared a lie

Even though we never met

Both deceived we both believed   

The promises he never could have kept

Did she know about me, like me pretend to not see

What a blind sleepwalking dream it was  

Too much lost, too high a cost

For one man's love

 

One man's love so divided so untrue

One man's love undecided overdue

One man's love somehow was enough

To break two hearts at once

 

It's cut and dry beyond goodbye

There's really nothing left for me to say

I hear his name sidestep the shame

But I still can't get far enough away

There's no winner in this

And to reach forgiveness  

There's a sorrow I must rise above

This I know in letting go of

One man's love

 

One man's love so divided so untrue

One man's love undecided overdue

One man's love it was enough

To break two hearts at once


Hymn For The Crossing

(Amy Speace/Ben Glover)

 

Don't need a golden box for my bones

Don't need your weeping and wailing

Dont need my name carved into stone

Just sing me a hymn for the crossing

 

Don't speak of nights darkened by regret

Don't speak of today's light fading

Don't speak at all just sit here by my bed

And sing me a hymn for the crossing

 

The many miles we have roamed

Each one a mark upon our bones

In the end we leave alone

So until then, just sing me home

 

Don't fight the storm, the sorrow of the sea

Don't be afraid when it's raging

Don't fight the waves

Let them rock me off to sleep

While you sing me a hymn for the crossing

 

(CHORUS)

 

Farewell my friends, although I’d love to stay

Can’t keep the Old Man waiting

When he calls for you I’ll be at the gate

To sing you a hymn for the crossing

I’ll sing you a hymn for the crossing


In Chicago

(Amy Speace/Neilson Hubbard)

 

Every mile is a broken bone

Between satellites and a place called home

Turn the wheel and point it north

I'll be waiting on south side of 24th

 

In Chicago all alone

Won't you come see me won't you come

In Chicago barely hanging on

Won't you come see me won't you come

 

Had a heart attack all by myself

Sipping on memories from the bottom shelf

Telephone cord is tied in knots

Can't hear your voice to connect the dots

 

Chorus

 

What's the point of bluebirds singing

You never sang that way for me

On the wire are they clinging  

To the dreams they'll never see

 

Chorus

 

Every mile is a broken bone

Between satellites and a place called home

I won you back and I've lost before

I'll be waiting for your knocking on my door


Trouble Looks Good On You

(Amy Speace/Doug Williams/Telisha Williams)

 

Don't you think I didn't see you coming

Hiding in the shadows then showing up right on cue

By the way you've been moving

I could tell you were gonna be trouble

But darlin, trouble looks good on you

 

Maybe, baby

You're thinking that you just can't miss

Sneaking into steal a kiss

Or maybe two, what would I do

Well, If you gonna do it

You better do it on the double

Cause darlin, trouble looks good on you

 

Clearly I'm nearly

About to let down my guard

But can I trust my heart

I wish I knew if you'd be true

I been working every day

Trying keep myself away from trouble

But darlin' trouble looks good on you


Raincoat

(Amy Speace/Kate Klim)

 

The day that I lost you I was waiting beside you

Watching the bags circle round

We'd caught the last flight from Memphis to Austin

Just wanting to get out of town

There was no conversation

We were headed different directions

 

You hailed a cab while I watched the clouds gather

The night waiting to unleash her rage

Without any warning it all seemed to shatter

I stood there alone at the gate

 

It's a strange kind of sadness  

And it's hard to explain

You were my raincoat  

You were my raincoat

You were my raincoat

Now you're the rain

 

Through unsteady weather thought we'd hold on together

Cause I promised to never let go

But now I can see my mistake was believing

I could love you enough for us both

 

Chorus

 

There's thunder and lightening, the river's been rising   

Tornado's still come every Fall

All our predicting can't spare us the downpour

Or the cruel empty center of calm

When love kicks up a storm then is gone

 

Chorus


Strange Medicine

(Amy Speace)

 

My family owns a place along this shore.  We’ve had it long as I remember

It was passed down from my mother’s sister dying with no children to her name

We’d come out from the city every weekend July to September

I came seeking comfort while a child grew I knew I could not claim

 

I’ve been walking on this beach for 20 years to find what I lost here

Somewhere among the memories of broken shells and pebble sand

In the dawn I’d watch the sun of the Atlantic, peak her head above the water

As if rising from the dead and I’d beg her just to hold me in her hands

 

My mother tried to teach me her prayers

To route out any trace of sin

Beaded wishes through her hands

Strange medicine

 

I’ve been walking on this beach for 20 years to find what I lost here

Somewhere among the memories of broken shells and pebble sand

In the dawn I’d watch the sun of the Atlantic, peak her head above the water

As if rising from the dead and I’d beg her just to hold me in her hands

 

My mother cast me out with her prayers

To keep the shame from burning her skin

Made it mine alone to bear

Strange medicine

 

My mother let me down my father let me down

My sister let me down my brother let me down

My friends let me down, my lover let me down

Neighbors let me down, strangers let me down

My eyes let me down My ears let me down

My lies let me down my tears let me down

Sleep let me down Grief let me down

God let me down yes God let me down

 

My mother tried to shield me with her prayers

Hide from the family what I hid within

All alone I took that bitter pill

Strange medicine

 

My family owns a place along this shore.  We’ve had it long as I remember

It was passed down from my mother’s sister dying with no children to her name


Epilogue (I Don't Know How To Stop Loving You)

(Amy Speace)

 

I'm a woman made of haste, wishes and madness  

In the desert of my birth, religion and sadness

I learned to search in faces for a familiar evador

In yours I found the saint, the sinner and savior

 

We never said goodbye somewhere we stopped talking

You stayed in Southern California while I kept on walking

You know you never really told me when you knew that you chose her

So I folded you inside my dreams, like an old concert poster

 

Soon I'll close my eyes

They're tired but wide open

Now that I'm not so broken

Now that I'm not afraid

On my knees every night

Yeah I'm new to believing

It's better than the grieving

At least that's what they say

There's no way but through

But I don't know how to stop loving you

 

In the evening here the hawks sail the shattered sky

The breeze against the cedars is a welcome lullabye

If the quiet had a color it would be that shade of green

Maybe somewhere near the ocean you're thinking of me

 

Soon I'll close my eyes

They're tired but wide open

Now that I'm not so broken

Now that I'm not afraid

On my knees every night

Yeah I'm new to believing

It's better than the grieving

At least that's what they say

There's no way but through

But I don't know how to stop loving you