Portland- These Broken Hands Lyrics

07 August 2009

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This post is old… It's probably been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the year. That probably means that there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any adivce is out of date and irrelevant. Or more likely, it was the wafflings of bored-past me with too much time on his hands. If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.

I mentioned a while back that I would post lyrics from These Broken Hands by Portland, plus after a quick search of the interweb came up with nothing I thought I would finish off my task!  If you are interested in a review of the album you can find it in a previous entry on this blog.


Portland: Carry You - Lyrics
Come in and take out,
All of your luggage and baggage
You carry around in your head
And I'll carry you, carry you.

Hold on if you can,
The sun will be rising and
I'll lead you out of this land
With these hands, I'll carry you, carry you.

Would you say you love me,
Even though, I hardly know you?

Would you say you love me,
Even though, I hardly know you?

Move slow and take time,
Open your heart,
Tell me now what's on your mind
And you'll find I'll carry you, carry you.

Stay strong, in your heart,
And I'll try to give you more
Than what's torn you apart from the start,
I'll carry you, carry you.

Would you say you love me,
Even though, I hardly know you?

Would you say you love me,
Even though, I hardly know you?


Portland: Tonight - Lyrics
You can say what you want but I won't back down,
You and your friends go talk about
The big issues you can't work out
Your head's so full it needs clearing out
You can work 'til you're old have a pension plan
And die one day before your fun began
No traveling plans for you old man,
Your sorrow's up as the sun goes down.

But tonight no you're not alone,
No you're not alone tonight
See our numbers grow like a river flows

When we're young soon we're old so the stories told,
Well a lifetime past, where did it go?
And beauty fades where no one knows
Then it comes to you in the final throw
It's the meaning of and the reason for it's a destiny to explore
And wisdom seems to gather pace,
The mirror shows your aging face

But tonight no you're not alone,
No you're not alone tonight
See our numbers grow like a river flows

Hold on, where are you going to?
Hold on, now what were you gonna do?
'Cause you won't be shown and you can't be told
'Cause there's too much here for letting go
And the risk you take is the price you paid,
'Cause you sold it all anyway.


Portland: Burning Sky - Lyrics
Sail down the river flows,
The sun went down 'bout an hour ago & you know
You're a place too far for me to reach
But not far enough for you to leave
Would you go?

You're a mystery to me; yeah yeah yeah
You're a mystery to me, yeah

I slowly wake to a burning sky,
The air hung heavy so I questioned why did you go?
I'm slipping now into a nightmare dream
And the only truth is you're not here with me
And you know, you know, you know.

You're a mystery to me; yeah yeah yeah
You're a mystery to me, yeah

Sail down where the rapids break,
Sunshine your light and let the morning wake in my heart, my heart
You're a rock too high for me to reach
An abandoned boat on a lonely beach with the stars, the stars

You're a mystery to me; yeah, yeah, yeah
You're a mystery to me, yeah

I slowly wake to a burning sky,
The air hung heavy so I questioned why did you go?
I'm slipping now into a nightmare dream
And the only truth is you're not here with me
And you know, you know, you know.

You're a mystery to me; yeah, yeah, yeah
You're a mystery to me, yeah

Well, yeah, you head strong but your heart weak
Yeah your emotion soul seeks this kind of confidence
Life breeds without effort or trying to
Unless this time without breakdown, you couldn't hold back
You couldn't hold out, like a freed bird from a caged town
Well you panicked but now you're flying there.

So now you move back so you can make room,
Now let your blood sing it to the same tune that your heart beats
It was a symphony written.  You said orchestral was the feeling
As you took flight from the ceiling,
That had you bound in those feelings for so long but now you're strong.


Portland: Hold On - Lyrics
If I ever thought you were lonely
If I ever thought you cared
I would hold hold, those storms may come
I'd be strong

And if I ever thought you were worried
If you ever thought I was wrong
Darlin' hold ion, 'cause storms may come
We can be strong

And don't you know I love you
And don't you know I care
Carry on my love, we're nearly done again
You gonna just

Hold on, hold out
Have we got more to think about
So hold one, slow down
Have we got more than you cane live without?

If I ever thought you were sorry
If I ever thought You'd turn
Me and you, oh we've got strength to see it through
So come on, come on


Portland: These Broken Hands - Lyrics
These broken hands won't mend themselves without you
My mind was lost, a line I cross to doubt you
This journey's end is here my friend without you
But you know by now that I'm somehow without You

But I won't lay down
But I won't lay down

The sun may rise and clear these skies without you
And since my birth I roam the earth to find you
Now nothing's what it seems to be
hen You're not here with me
I'll find my way on Lord I pray I do

Don't lay down, don't lay down
These broken hands won't mend themselves
My mind was lost a line I crossed
This journey's end is here my friend
This journey's end is here my friend

Don't lay down, Don't lay down
'Cause this deep water you've been swimming in
Won't let you drown.


Portland: The Letter - Lyrics
I hear there's a letter,
That you wrote for me to read tonight.
It tells me you're leaving,
But you wrote to say that it was alright.
They came and bound your hands;
And led you away from me,
I couldn't help the tears,
They treated you so violently.

Remember you speaking,
You taught me of love, life and myself.
But I couldn't help weeping,
I knew that your time was close at hand.
NoI couldn't bear to see
All the pain they put your through.
It was too much for me,
The streams iof blood it flowed from You.

Don't let them strike you again now my friend,
You have the power to make it all end.
Why do you silently take all the pain?
When deep in your heart you were bearing my shame.

They came and bound your hands,
And led you away from me.
But you gazed into my eyes,
And spoke again so lovingly.
'Cause this is for you,
The pain I'll go through to make all things new.
Without me tonight,
You've no hope in sight, and for you I'll die.

And the came and bound my hands
And led me away from you.
This is the only way I'll have
Of saving you.


Portland: Believe In You
I saw you, I saw you drowning,
Well I could've lent a hand
But I was weak myself
But father where were you?
I'm just a child inside,
A child that I can't hide

Well I believe in you, will I believe in you
And my faith's not lose and my hope's not gone
And I still put love in you,
And the words you speak well, they're lifting me
To a place I never knew

I heard you, heard you calling,
Well your reasons hard to see,
When I thought you'd all you'd want from me
And slowly you'd console me,
Seems you're living in the past;
Of a childhood gone that couldn't last

Well I believe in you, will I believe in you
And my faith's not lose and my hope's not gone
And I still put love in you,
And the words you speak well, they're lifting me
To a place I never knew


Portland: Betrayed You - Lyrics
I've betrayed you I know
I've betrayed you I know
If I fall I fear, I fear you'd let me go
Well I fell before
I've betrayed you I know

I won't be where you want me to
I won't put faith in things you do
I won't be walking far behind
When you call out

I've betrayed you I know
I've betrayed you I know
If I fall I fear, I fear you'd let me go
Well I fell before
But still you love me so

I'm scared of making guarantees
They fail to hold the words I speak
But I know you need more from me
But sometimes I feel so weak


Portland: Well Alright - Lyrics
All you rules weigh in on me
You rule you roost gleefully

Is life made for working?
Does life work for me?
Time has the answers or so it seems
For you to read my book
Write my next line
You've ceased to speak
You think I'm doing fine
Well alright, alright

All my thoughts weight in on you
Well you leave and you find
You can't find peace of mind and it's true

Is life made for working?
Does life work for me?
Time has the answers or so it seems
For you to read my book
Write my next line
You've ceased to speak
You think I'm doing fine
Well alright, alright


Portland: Talk to Me - Lyrics
Four men marching to stop a war,
They were here before,
The year before,
'Cause their sons had died and yeah well,
their mother cried for the loss of life,
Took down the ribbons tied to the old front door

And do you feel like there's no change you could've made,
Mother please, we could all do more!
And so she let them go, but what she didn't know
The last time that they'd spoke was at her front door

A worthy cause you'd say,
A war to bring peace some day,
But when will that day come?
To slay a father's son,
And just because He's not one of us,
Oh well take up your guns

And do you feel like there's no change you could've made,
Mother please, we could all do more!
But son how long until you're forced to kill against your will,
She cries clinging to the kitchen floor

Bring your weapons to me;
I'll break them on my knee
Talk talk talk to me,
Talk talk talk to me

So came the battlefield,
Yeah the war was real,
And the blood it sealed
The fear of a young man's death
To take a life was hard
And this soldier's mind was surely scarred,
but war was war.

And do you feel like there's no change you could've made,
Mother please, we could all do more!
But son your days have gone, and your light that shone can shine no more
She cried clinging to the kitchen floor

Bring your weapons to me; I'll break them on my knee
'Cause all can fight a war in futility,
but talking's what we need, can't you see
Talk talk talk to me,
Talk talk talk to me.


Portland: Eamonn's Leviathan - Lyrics
In the deep blue circling waters of the oceans of the word
There's a legend, many stories, many myths
From days gone by of old mans talks and dreams cast from the shore
That rolls home on the morning mist

Leviathan's your brother and your sister to the stars,
Like a part of creation,
Like the beating of your heart
Well like time has no beginning, like a friendship has no end
Like the soul and the spirit of leviathan

To the sands that make the shore line, like the clouds that ride the sky
To the winds of time that shift and change
There's a question I'm not sure of and an answer I never heard,
The reason lying somewhere unexplained

Why you spend most your days fleeing from the blowing sails,
Never tiring, never leaving you alone
Why they kill you for no reason, with their spears and their harpoons,
Get drunk on your death and then turn home

Leviathan's your brother and your sister to the stars,
Like a part of creation,
Like the beating of your heart
Well like time has no beginning, like a friendship has no end
Like the soul and the spirit of leviathan

One day we'll know hoe much it will take,
To stop all this killing before it's too late
And the seas will return to wash the sands clean
But your soul and your spirit be forever set free
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