Lyrics – Flesh & Metal


All lyrics by Noah James Hittner.  

1. You – Once, I saw a mountain, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you. Not as beautiful as you. Once, I climbed a glacier, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you. Not as beautiful as you. Once, I fell from the sky, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you. Not as beautiful as you. Now, I wanna swim the ocean, but I wanna swim it with you. Only with you. Now, I wanna pray to god, but I wanna pray with you. Hand-in-hand with you. Now, I wanna sing this song, but I wanna sing it for you. Only for you.

2. Nothin’ to Lose Blues – One day my friend told me to write a blues song. I thought to myself, well, it shouldn’t take too long. But I was wrong….so wrong. Still I sat down anyway. I thought that I had somethin’ to say. But I was wrong. As I sat there tryin’ to write, the birds were flyin’ by. Well their song was bright, I thought, my-oh-my, my-oh-my! I got nothin’ to be blue about. Still I sat down anyway. I thought that I had somethin’ to say. My-oh-my! I thought about the tough times, I thought about my youth. And then it hit me quick, well, I gotta tell the truth—I gotta tell the truth. The truth is, I got nothin’ to be blue about. Still I sat there anyway. Now I sure had somethin’ to say. And that’s the truth. As the day came to an end, I stared at my paper and pen. Well, I hadn’t written a word, I was so discouraged—and there it was. I had somethin’ to be blue about. I had the No-Blues Blues. The Nothin’ to Lose Blues.

3. Stay Beautiful – How do I stay beautiful, in light of those who walked away? Those who called me family, but in the end just could not stay. How do I stay beautiful, in light of those who held my hand? Those who told me, love you baby, you’re my man. But right now I don’t think I can. How do I stay beautiful? How do I stay beautiful, stay-stay beautiful? How do I stay beautiful in light of promises gone broken? Promises of truth and love, never uttered, never spoken. How do I stay beautiful with so much darkness all around? When I don’t know what I feel, when I don’t know what I’ve found. How do I stay beautiful? How do I stay beautiful, stay-stay beautiful? How do I stay beautiful if nobody looks at this man? To tell’im he can, tell’im he can, tell’im he can. Tell’im he can, tell’im he can, tell’im he can. Think I could stay beautiful if I could look into her eyes. Think I could stay beautiful, stay-stay beautiful. Think I could stay beautiful if I could hold her while she cries. Think I could stay beautiful, stay-stay beautiful. I think I’ll stay beautiful if I could finally be a man. And tell’er she can, tell’er she can, tell’er she can. Tell’er she can, tell’er she can, tell’er she can. Think I’ll stay beautiful.

4. Wonder – I sit in the darkness, sometimes, and wonder. I sit and I wonder in the darkness, sometimes. I wonder when I’m alone, am I really alone? I wonder when I am home, am I really home? Am I really home? I sit in the darkness, sometimes, and wonder. I sit and I wonder in the darkness, sometimes. I wonder if my right is actually wrong? I wonder how far away I’ve actually gone? I’ve actually gone. I sit in the darkness, sometimes, and wonder. I sit and I wonder in the darkness, sometimes.

5. Valley of the Sine Wave – I can still remember the day. Or was it the night time? Either way, I can still feel it in my spine. The day that you went away. And I remain here today. In the valley of the sine wave. And it is from that place that I sing this song. Begged you not to leave me alone. But you went and left me alone. You left me alone. You left me alone. You left me alone. Won’t you come down. Com’on down. Won’t you come down, com’on down, and show yourself. Cuz I’m sick and tired, so damn sick and tired of playin’ in the dirt for my wealth. It seems like you like to come and go. It’s time I told you so. Please stick to go, just stick to go, just stick to go. Lord, lord lord. Won’t you come down now, com’on down. Won’t you come down, com’on down, and show yourself to me. For blessed are those who have not seen and therefore do not believe. Lord, lord, lord. Won’t you come down, com’on down. Won’t you come down, and show yourself to me. Won’t you come down, show yourself to me, if you’re so mighty, indeed. Yes I’m strangely comfortable with the doubt I’ve found, matter of fact, it feels quite profound, com’on down. Lord, lord, lord, com’on down.

6. The Pines – (Instrumental)

7. Stephanie’s Interlude – (Instrumental)

8. Mountain – Well I’m climbin’ that mountain, but I don’t know, how high on that mountain, I’m supposed to go. But I’m climbin’ that mountain, hey, I’m climbin’ that mountain anyway. But I don’t know. On the side of that mountain, it’s gettin’ cold. On the side of that mountain, I’m growin’ old. On the side of that mountain, on the side of that mountain, I’m growin’ old. Well the top of that mountain, is in the clouds. And I can’t see it, and it’s got me down. The top of that mountain, the top of that mountain, it’s got me down. Had a chat with that mountain, just the other day. And he looked me right in the face, and he took my name. That old mountain, that old mountain, he took my name.

9. Borderline (take my time) – Well I got two things on my mind. You and this song, and how to make’em rhyme, how to make’em rhyme. Darlin’, how to make’em rhyme. And with these two things on my mind, I’m gonna craft this song, but I’m-a take my time, gonna take my time. Darlin, gonna take my time. Gonna take my time. Well I got two things on my mind. The distance between you and me and that borderline. That god damn borderline. And with these two things on my mind, I’m gonna shorten’ that distance baby, but I’m-a take my time. Darlin’ gonna take my time. Gonna take my time.

10. Change One Thing – These days they just roll on by. No matter how hard I try, you know they won’t slow down. They won’t slow down. I been thinkin’ ‘bout you and I. How we spent all our time. I guess I want you around. I want you around. Cuz when I think about my life, if I could change one thing girl, you’d be with me. And when you think about your life if you could change one thing girl, what would it be? Would you be with me? These days they just roll on by. One day I was 20, in the blink of an eye I was 35, oh lord, 35. Now it’s just you and I. Both of us alone baby why don’t we get together now and do it right? Oh let’s do it right. Cuz when you think about your life if you could change one thing girl, what would it be? Cuz when I think about my life, if I could change one thing girl, you’d be with me. You’d be with me. These days they just roll on by. No matter how hard I try, you know they won’t slow down. They won’t slow down.

11. Three Miles Wide – You left a hole, when you went away. Now all that I have to say, is you’re on my mind, all of the time. You left a hole. It felt like I died. And now my head, feels three miles wide. Still you’re on my mind, all of the time. How do you go from care, to not care? How do you go from out there, to not out there? How do you go? How do you go? How do you go? How do you go from care, to not care? How do you go from out there, to not out there? Cuz I’m no longer out there.

12. Name It – What do I have to do to spend some time with you? Baby you can name it, you can name it. Beautiful thing I ain’t gonna lie, in cliché form you caught my eye. Don’t know what I’m gonna say, but I’m gonna try. Gonna be hard cuz I’m so shy. What do I have to do to spend some time with you? Baby you can name it, you can name it. It’s ironic, don’t even know who you are. So dern close, yet you seem so far. The simplest things always seem so hard. Tell ya what I’m gonna do…I’m gonna play my guitar.

13. When, Indeed – When will my mind, come home? When, indeed.

14. Chasing – Well I been chasing, the man in the sky, all my life. Yeah I been chasing, the man in the sky. And if I ever catch him, mark my word, he gonna die. He gonna die. Well I been chasing, dark skin and that long brown hair. Lord it ain’t fair, it ain’t fair. That I been chasing, dark skin and that long brown hair. And if I ever catch her, mark my word, she ain’t gonna care. She ain’t gonna care. She ain’t gonna care, lord-lord-lord. (Well I been chasing.) Well I been chasing, green paper, and I don’t know why. I don’t know why-why-why lord tell me why. Why I been chasing, green paper, lord-lord tell me why. If I ever catch some, mark my word. It’ll pass me by, right on by. Right on by, lord-lord-lord.

All lyrics by Noah James Hittner.  


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