Lion’s Den

lion’s at your gate
they look me in the face
and i know that they understand
i won’t let the fates
carry me away
cause i know i’m too heavy, man
open up the door, pull me to the floor
body lost inside your hands
i don’t know you well but i can tell
i’m falling in the lion’s den

and this ain’t gonna end well
i’m calling it, but i’ll never quit
this ain’t gonna end well, no

i can see the whole world from your balcony, baby
and i can feel your walls up taller than the hills that surround me
don’t wanna scare you away, wanna be your woman
body lost inside your hands
i don’t know you well but i can tell
i’m falling in the lion’s den

and this ain’t gonna end well
i’m calling it, but i’ll never quit
this ain’t gonna end well, no

i’ll hide you in my heart and hold you in my lungs
we’re lovers in the dark but strangers in the sun

Inevitable

i used to be the empress
how you loved me so
cause my youth held beauty
and my innocence was hope
now i’m standing like the hanged man
let my future go
will i always be running
through the ashes and smoke

well nothing is inevitable
nothing’s set in stone
i’m praying to the stars above
to show me love
but i’m just skin and bones
and i’ve drawn a silver line
so many times
my heart has turned to gold
cause nothing is inevitable
but i’m not letting go

i used to be the tower
burning down in flames
blame it on another lover
blame it on a little fame
now i’m queen of this castle
come on fill my cup
raise your glass to a new start
cause we’re running out of luck

and nothing is inevitable
nothing’s set in stone
i’m praying to the stars above
to show me love..
but i’m not letting go

oh, i’ll follow my heart to the ends of the earth
til it leads me off the edge
cause nothing is inevitable
no, nothing is inevitable

but i’m not letting go

1904

when you walk through the door
won’t you say a little prayer
oh the wooden floors are creaking
and the house sings everywhere
walk through the door
and dress me up in lace
like a dollhouse in the attic
i am yours to rearrange

1904, through the windows light with pour
oh half the beauty of this place
is everything that it’s erased before
1905, and i feel so alive
cause i’m in love with history..
as long as it isn’t mine

walk through the door
my eyes start getting wide
with the wonder of a child
and the evidence of time
walk through the door
and i forgot my past
all the stories are just fiction
and in here they’ll never last, no no

1904, through the windows light with pour
oh half the beauty of this place
is everything that it’s erased before
1905, and i feel so alive
cause i’m in love with history..
as long as it isn’t mine

and you can tell the innocence
you can tell the failed attempts
they will not define me anymore
and you can tell hypocrisy to leave it at the door
and i’ll forget the things i’ve done
i’ll forget the words i’ve sung
i’ll forget everyone i loved
if you just let me stay, hey!

1904, through the windows light with pour
oh half the beauty of this place
is everything that it’s erased before
1905, and i feel so alive
cause i’m in love with history
yeah i’m in love with history..
as long as it isn’t mine

L.A.

oh, l.a.
things are moving way too fast
oh, l.a.
you were my first love but you won’t be my last

chaos is the only thing consistent once you walk into a storm
i can’t say i was warned
and honesty is always fleeting
i can’t sit through another meeting
of the minds
talking dollar signs
well i miss being seventeen
when love was real and you were clean
i miss staying up all night
talking bout our foolish dreams

oh, l.a.
things are moving way too fast
oh, l.a.
you were my first love but you won’t be my last

cause now i’m barely twenty-two
so consumed with all i feel
and i’ll be staying up all night
until i find something that’s real
cause i have gone from king to king
but i have never worn the crown
but all the canyons know my name
and that’s enough for me right now

oh, l.a.
things are moving way too fast
oh, l.a.
you were my first love but you won’t be my last
be my last, you were my first love
you were my first love, you were my first love
but you won’t be my last

Pearls

well they built a stage for you
and drowned you in lights
and right from your point of view
everything’s right
and if you sing loud enough
you let out the hurt
but it falls back inside of you
like rain on the earth

cause you know that i can’t be your love
and i can’t be your true
and i can’t make you whole
cause i’m broken too
and sometimes we will lose
and sometimes we will fight
but you will be my muse
and i will be your light

well they built a stage for me
with glitter and pearls
and it’s like a fantasy
cause nothing feels real
and if i sing loud enough
yeah, i let out the hurt
but it falls back inside of me
just like rain on the earth

cause i know that i can’t be your love
and i can’t be your true
and i can’t make you whole
cause i’m broken too
and i, i can’t keep you warm
cause i’m out of sight
and i can’t promise you
a typical life

and sometimes we will lose
and sometimes we will fight
but you will be my muse
and i will be your light
cause i can’t be your love

Wings

cause I know now that you’re not peter pan
you’ll grow up and marry
and i’ll still be a fairy, like you said
and i know you’re not a foolish man
so tell me why you lead me
blindly into never never land

oh but i got out with both my wings
and love i learned a lot of things
and it’s not easy, it’s not easy
but we tried
and i will fly
free
like it was always meant to be
like it was always meant to be


Better Now

butterfly wings on my back
you and i are not where we thought we’d land
but maybe this is better, maybe this is better now

don’t know where i lost all my plans
somewhere in between they fell out of my hands
but maybe this is better, maybe this is better now

cause maybe i’m free
maybe it’s not what they said it’d be
and maybe i’m lost
but maybe the cost is that i can breathe
and i was so blind to think i’d be wise when i’m twenty-three
no, nothing’s what it seems

hummingbird heart in my chest
it’s been slowing down since the day that you left
but maybe this is better, maybe this is better now

don’t know where to hang my degree
placed it in a frame but it don’t mean a thing
but maybe this is better, maybe this is better somehow

cause maybe i’m free
maybe it’s not what they said it’d be
and maybe i’m lost
but maybe the cost is that i can breathe
and i was so blind to think i’d be wise when i’m twenty-three
no, nothing’s what it seems

but maybe this is better
maybe this is better
now

Golden Hour

everybody is aching to get ahead
they just can’t wait for the night sky to fall again
but what’s the use of rushing anyhow
i’d rather be here with you feeling free
living here & now

we drink in the sunlight
lose all our cares
counting the flowers in my hair
we kiss underwater
swim in the sea
time will not get the best of me
cause it’s not dark yet, dark yet, dark yet
we’re still young
it’s not dark yet, dark yet, dark yet
so we run

everybody is stuck waiting for the day
when all the fear & the hurt finally goes away
but what’s the use it’ll just come back around
i’d rather be here with you feeling free
living here & now

we drink in the sunlight
lose all our cares
counting the flowers in my hair
we kiss underwater
swim in the sea
time will not get the best of me
cause it’s not dark yet, dark yet, dark yet
we’re still young
it’s not dark yet, dark yet, dark yet
so we run

won’t everybody please wake up
slow down just a little
before the sun goes down
won’t everybody please wake up
slow down just a little before the sun goes down

Love & War

the wind cannot shake my fear
or make this battleground disappear
and they tried to scare you with a storm
but you showed up to keep me warm

cause you see the beauty of the mess inside your arms
god knows i’m scattered like the stars
and i tried to warn you that our love could turn to war
but you won’t listen anymore

the rain will not tear us down
or make this lovefire burn out
you said the water could reach our knees
and you’d still stay with me

cause you see the beauty of the mess inside your arms
god knows i’m scattered like the stars
and i tried to warn you that our love could turn to war
but you won’t listen anymore

and the cannons burst
(it’s just love, it’s just love)
and the flood gets worse
(it’s just love, it’s just love)
and our voices pour
(it’s just love, it’s just love)
anymore, anymore, anymore
oh, sing it out

it’s just love, it’s just love

Til the Sun Falls Through

don’t give me your reason
cause i was left for treason
& this was not my fight
and who cares who was right
anymore

quiet your suggestion
cause i have had enough of them
to keep me fed for years
you speak from your own fears

cause i am not afraid
of ending up like you
cause time has made me brave
and i won’t stop til the sun falls through

you treat me like a flower
place me in some water
but when you pick too soon
you can’t see them bloom
anymore

so set aside your worry
i am in no hurry
i’ll get there when i do
i’ll call you with the news

cause i am not afraid
of ending up like you
cause time has made me brave
and i won’t stop til the sun falls through
no, i won’t stop
til the sun
falls through

Warpaint

warpaint, feathered skin
you kiss my body as i write these words
sunlight on my knees
i’m far from home but right now i don’t care

and you said “you stole the part of me
that used to be asleep the night you sang”
but i can’t promise you that anybody else sees me this way

cause there’s a war
inside my body
oh there’s a war inside my mind
but for the first time
my heart
is doing just fine

i gave up trying to be fearless
and discovered i was free
i am a lover and a dreamer running wild through these streets
and as we counted paper stars
timelessness revealed itself to me

and we almost bought that ticket
but we changed our minds instead
you are the reason i am quieting the voices in my head
and you told me i’m an artist
i don’t believe it, i won’t believe it til i’m dead

cause there’s a war
inside my body
oh there’s a war inside my mind
but for the first time
my heart
is doing just fine

i was born inside a fire
you were born beside the sea
i am a vessel of emotion held together by thin strings
i followed you up every step and at the top
you taught me how to breathe
i learned nothing has to be flawless or ingenious it just has to be
no i don’t have to be flawless or ingenious
i just have to
be

cause there’s a war
inside my body
oh there’s a war inside my mind
but for the first time
my heart
is doing just fine

Lights

little bird
somebody loves you so
it’s an art
to carry all that hope
in the quiet songs you sing
when you think no one’s listening

a weathered cage
to match a broken past
going north
where the lights will dance
hope you find a painted sky
hope i find things that last

cause yesterday’s gone
leave whatever you don’t need behind
it’s dark before dawn
any minute now the sun will shine
get your hands on the wheel
cause it’s out of control
hold on tight
and don’t let go
if you’ve been waiting for a sign to change your mind this is it.

little bird
let the music hum
make it loud
let it fill your lungs
breathe a newfound melody
taste it on your tongue

the knotted pain
the lovers disappeared
kill the wait
and loosen all your fears
count the miles along the way
until your heart is clear

cause yesterday’s gone
leave whatever you don’t need behind
it’s dark before dawn
any minute now the sun will shine
get your hands on the wheel
cause it’s out of control
hold on tight
and don’t let go
if you’ve been waiting for a sign to change your mind this is it.

and the polaroids you kept inside the door
of the passenger side just don’t feel right anymore
forgetting isn’t hard, but forgiving isn’t easy
believe me
you’ll be alright

little bird fly towards the lights

cause yesterday’s gone
leave whatever you don’t need behind
it’s dark before dawn
any minute now the sun will shine
get your hands on the wheel
cause it’s out of control
hold on tight
and don’t let go
if you’ve been waiting for a sign to change your mind this is it.
if you’ve been waiting for a sign to change your mind this is it.
if you’ve been waiting for a sign to change your mind this is it.
this is it, yeah

We Loved

what would you do
if i told you the world was ending
would you look at me the same?
would our mistakes
vanish and be replaced
would the wind sweep us away
and bring back yesterday

and it didn’t work out
but we did not fail
cause we loved, we loved, we loved
and at the end of the day
when there’s nothing left to say
that’s enough

what if the moon
came down to see the view
would i look at you the same?
would my heart beat
with the increase in gravity
or would the song beneath my skin remain unchanged

and it didn’t work out
but we did not fail
cause we loved, we loved, we loved
and at the end of the day
when there’s nothing left to say
that’s enough

and i’ll keep the pictures
and i’ll be just fine
and i’ll look down memory lane one too many times
honey, you and i were sweeter than a movie
but now it’s time to go
i hope you enjoyed the show

and it didn’t work out
but we did not fail
cause we loved, we loved, we loved
and at the end of the day
when there’s nothing left to say
oh, we look at the stars above
and it didn’t work out but we did not fail
cause we loved
and at the end of the day
when there’s nothing left to say
that’s enough

Storm Beneath the Blue

i once gave a lot
i once loved until the emptiness
became a dress i wore it in the cold
it kept me warm
til somebody’s arms took the place of arms that came before

i once drove a lot
i once prayed to god the canyons wouldn’t crumble in
the mountains wouldn’t fall
but if i can’t hold composure
why should anything at all

what you said is so true
i’m the storm beneath the blue

perfect tidal waves
gorgeous stormy days
disaster is a part of me
creation aint alone
and i rebuilt this bridge so many times
that now i really wish i’d burned it down

out of my control
unpredictable
my love is like a cannon ball
i fire where i please
and i took aim
for poetry with hands and feet
who never loved me

what you said is so true
i’m the storm beneath the blue

Grateful

left my soul unattended
and this is what was created
and i feel weak but i’m still trying
and i’m in pain but i’m not dying

and i should be grateful
yes i should be grateful

oh i cried like a baby
but i don’t need you to save me
cause on my own i grew lungs
to sing it loud, and let it out, the poetry

oh, i should be grateful
oh i should be grateful

oh the world’s in a flurry
and i want peace in a hurry
but i gave words instead of blood
don’t look at me and tell me that it’s not enough

yeah, you should be grateful
and i should be grateful
so make this heart grateful
make this heart


So They Say

i was born beneath the moon
the doctor said i arrived too soon
and when my mother held me she said you’re so fragile,
what’d i get myself into
so i took my baby heart
for all it was worth for all it could do and it always fell apart
cause i dived off every edge
it was worth it to feel, worth it to fall, and i’d do it all again
whoa oh oh

so they say
that i’m too young to feel this way
but i don’t mind
falling through the air i feel just fine
and you can keep
the answers cause uncertainty’s my freedom

i was in love beneath the moon
you had perfect eyes and a perfect voice
but you didn’t have a clue
cause when you held me you said you’re so fragile,
what’d i get myself into
so i took my baby heart
i placed it beneath your iron ribs
but i couldn’t make it start
and i cried myself to sleep
singing how can you possibly love someone
who’s too scared to risk everything

and so they say
that i’m too young to feel this way
but i don’t mind
falling through the air i feel just fine
and you can keep
the answers cause uncertainty’s my freedom

and so they say i’m too young to be so unafraid
but i don’t mind
falling through the air i feel just fine
and you can keep the answers
cause uncertainty’s my freedom

Wanderlust

i say i’m not afraid of losing anything
i say i’m not the same way i used to be
they say the heart has room for only one
it’s a lie
cause i love everyone who ever held me close
with their hands or their words of their eyes or their souls
i love everyone who let me go
but not like you
they’re not like you

well i’ve been up north where the air is cold
i’ve been down south to mexico
i’ve been to the east and the west and the ocean blue
and i sang to the sky in different lands
i captured the word in photographs, it’s true
and they were beautiful
but not like you
they’re not like you

cause i’ve got the wanderlust my dear
and i know you fear i’ll leave before the fall
but honey i swear i think loving you would be
the greatest adventure of them all, i do
cause they’re not like you

Alaska

i set sail for a state to save my soul
i let the wind help me lose control
cause i hold onto the past like it’s my baby
i carry all the weight cause it defines me

oh alaska won’t you bathe me in your light
and if you take my fear i won’t put up a fight
no no no i’m watching all the boys
jump in the deep cold sea
and i wish i was that free

i met you at an airport in the rain
and we both cried cause we felt each other’s pain
a perfect stranger taught me to let it go
and honest answers carried me all the way home

oh alaska won’t you bathe me in your light
and if you take my fear i won’t put up a fight
no no no i’m watching all the boys
jump in the deep cold sea
and i wish i was that free

Yellow House

here we are, here we are,
we’re all here in a little yellow house mm mm
and i’m on the floor, i’m on the floor,
i pull you to the floor in a little yellow house mm mm
my baby’s upstairs, father’s on the stage,
my brother’s at the door in a little yellow house mm mm
and i’m unafraid, i’m unafraid,
we’re all unafraid in a little yellow house mm mm

cause this is my home
the ghosts down in the basement sing along
and right where i stand
everyone loves me exactly the way i am
oh everyone loves me exactly the way i am

i’m so young, i’m so young,
i’m so young in a little yellow house mm mm
and you’re growing old, you’re growing old,
you’re growing old in a little yellow house mm mm
and i think i’m in love, i think i’m in love
with a boy i don’t deserve, with a boy who’s much too good
and he sings about faith, sings about faith,
sings about faith and i wish i understood

cause this is my home
the ghosts down in the basement sing along
and right where i stand
everyone loves me exactly the way i am
oh everyone loves me exactly the way i am

and my best friends
are sweet, lost souls who taught me to love again
and the lines round their eyes
are beautiful believe me it’s no lie
i’m starting to see
that my only home is wherever we’ll all be
yeah we’ll all be

singing, here we are, here we are,
we’re all here in a little yellow house mm mm

Space Girl Pt. 1 & 2

well if it seems too good to be true then it probably is
but i am not stable and i am not able to give up yet
because sooner or later this is gonna end badly
and all my expectations will float into the breeze
and god knows what will become of me

and i dont want to wait for you anymore
i don’t want to wait for you anymore
i don’t want to wait for you anymore
but just because i wanna stop, doesnt mean i’m going to
but just because i wanna stop, doesnt mean i’m going to
but just because i wanna stop, doesnt mean i’m going to

oh, i’ll stitch my secrets into your veins
and contemplate everything that you deny
until it fills my soul, i overflow, and cannot breathe
but i wont care, no i wont mind
i won’t care, i’ll be just fine

cause i know one day youll be
singing to me softly
telling me i’m lovely
i just have to wait it out some more
and we are exactly the asme
but you dont even know my name
no you dont even know my name

well the worst part about dreamin’s that you have to wake up
you were holding me in your arms, i couldnt get enough
and you said that everything had fallen into place
but when i looked into your eyes i ended up in space
but i didn’t care, no i didnt mind
i didn’t care, i was just fine

cause i knew one day youd be
singing to me softly
telling me im lovely
i just have to wait it out some more
and we are eaclty the same but you dont even know my name
no you don’t even know my name

and i dont want to wait for you anymore
i don’t want to wait for you anymore
i don’t want to wait for you anymore
but just because i wanna stop doesn’t mean im going to
oh just because i wanna stop doesn’t mean i’m going to
and just because i wanna stop doesn’t mean i’m going to
yeah, just because i wanna stop doesn’t mean that i’m going to

Mountains & Sea

please dont make me choose
between the mountains and the sea i want it all
and darling understand i’m in the middle,
i dont know which way to fall

but soon enough a choice will be made
oh, i simply cannot handle my heart
these days

i am on a tightrope with a very clumsy body and it shows
and tangled up in all of my confusion i’m really trying
i hope you know
i hope you know

that soon enough a choice will be made
oh i simply cannot handle my heart
these days

Rain

well this long year has been nothing short
of a fire burning down everything
and i don’t feel quite real
but i undoubtedly feel

and each month leaves me more alone
i’ve got no one to keep my fingers warm
so i shake like a leaf
and i try my best to sleep

cause it’s been winter all year long
and i can’t change the seasons myself
and i was so scared to be attached
but you made me forget that

oh how beautiful it is to just be
but you don’t exactly live across the street
and you’ll be gone before i count to 1, 2, 3
i just hope you don’t forget me

cause i wouldn’t have you any other way
i wouldn’t have you any other way
cause i have you today
yes, i have you today

this must be, this will be, this is
this must be, this will be, this is
this must be, this has got to be
please god, this is everything
and i won’t give up on you
if you won’t give up on me
no, i won’t give up on you
so please don’t give up on me
and i won’t give up on you
so please don’t give up on me

cause i wouldn’t have you any other way
i wouldn’t have you any other way
cause i have you today
yes i have you today

Little Ants

we’re just like little ants you said
but slightly less compassionate
let’s be like little planets you said
but slightly less intelligent
because knowing nothing and floating around
is smarter than knowing it all
you said, you said

so i made my way into your lungs to help you breathe
and there’s lots of smoke in here
but i promised you i wouldn’t leave
until things feel right again
i said, i said

and i am searching through your words to find some truth
you say you never lie, but i know that isn’t true
and you speak in metaphors to hide your fear
i really do love you, but you’re weighing me down my dear

well i didn’t deserve it all but neither did you
and i hate every person who put their hands on you
so now you call me from the hospital
saying everything is my fault

and i know that i won’t live to see the day
when you’ll push your mouth open and say
“you’ll never change, but that’s okay
you’ll never change, but i like you this way”

and i am searching through your words to find some truth
you say you never lie, but i know that isn’t true
and you speak in metaphors to hide your fear
i really do love you, but you’re weighing me down my dear

i threw away the letters and i cried until my eyes were red
and you inhaled your pain away
and you smoked until your lungs gave way
so we both should have forgotten
yeah we both should have forgotten by now

and i am searching through your words to find some truth
you say you never lie, but i know that isn’t true
and you speak in metaphors to hide your fear
i really do love you, but you’re weighing me down my dear

Hummingbird

i fell down
winter came and winter went so fast
i watched myself decay
i let myself get carried away
with you
with you

and this is how it feels
with nothing left to lose
i burned down
everything i felt
for you
for you

and even still i hear
a hummingbird in my ear
and she’s singing what i know is true
it’s time to let go
of you
of you
of you
of you

Willow

i weep like a willow and you smile and i cry
and you put your hands over my heart and close your eyes
and you can take all that you need
i’ll only miss you if you sing to me

i can walk away from anything
and i can leave my heart in the backseat
but now that i’m here with you
i can’t move

oh i can’t move, i can’t move

i gave up on the dream, it’s just not worth believing
your suitcase is packed and i can’t stop you from leaving
and you can take all that you need
i’ll only miss you if you sing to me

i can walk away from anything
and i can leave my heart in the backseat
but now that i’m here with you
i can’t move

Luna 

i opened my mouth and out came these words
they swam into the air
and i opened my heart and i let you in
i was so unprepared
but you handed me petals, you beautiful daisy
and look at how we’ve grown
because you make me feel and you make me love
and you make me feel like home

and i am being pulled in every direction
but i just want to be with you
and i wake up tired and lonely
but you keep telling me i’m pretty like the moon

well honey, i love you, i love you so
but the moon’s just dust
the moon’s just dust
the moon’s just dust

we fell fast asleep in a burning room
and they broke in through the bars
and they tried to steal everything
but they cannot take what’s ours
and i felt so free and i felt so safe,
yeah i cried for you to stay
but you had no choice,
you kissed me goodbye and you
flew away

and i don’t belong here anymore
in this cage that i call home
and i’m surrounded by a hundred breathing bodies
but i’ve never felt so alone

cause honey i love you, i love you so
but without you i’m just dust
i’m just dust
i’m just dust

and nothing was more beautiful
than when you held my hands in that empty bathtub
and you told me that you loved me so
and it echoes and it echoes

i am underwater breathing in your words
i am singing to you like the birds
i am swaying in your arms like a tree
i am whispering please don’t leave
because you are so much greater
than anything i’ve ever dreamed of
this is
love
this is
love
this is
love

this is love

All lyrics © Juliet Piper / Juliet Piper Music
No co-write lyrics included in this collection.