All The Bridges

by Liz Stringer

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released July 1, 2016

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Track Name: Anyone
It was early morning when I crawled to ya
Sweeping the footpath with my shame
You opened up, I let you down, you forgave me and we turned it ‘round
And that’s the way you’ve always been, my friend, to me

I just want the best things for you ‘cos you’re living harder
Your heart is larger than anyone’s
I just want you to tell me what I can do for you

There was heaviness in my heart for ya
Wrote it with water on the hot bluestone
Your energy, stretching over mine, you will make it rain when the garden’s dry
Watch the weather sweep across the empty sky

I just want the best things for you cos you’re living harder
Your heart is larger than anyone’s
I just want you to tell me what I can do for you

I know that you’ll rise up again ‘cos your spirit’s stronger
You’ll keep fighting them longer than anyone
I just want you to tell me what I can do for you
Track Name: Feel It Now
I used to live on the second floor and watch the sea birds flying
Above the roofs and the city’s roar, across the river shining
While the frost crept silent in the morning and nestled in the shadowed stone
I still go back there when I dream, when I wake up smiling

I wanted to live like I never had
Wanted to grip it with both hands
Wish I could feel it now

It was a moving scenery, the minute that I left there
It stretched out in front of me, the spools all spinning threadbare
And the currents kept racing through me, shook the thoughts of getting older loose
Sometimes I wake up shivering and let the ghosts just hang there

I wanted to live like I never had
And feel the hot sun on my hands
Wish I could feel it now

I still want to live like I never have
To feel the give of the tidal sand
To still believe in second chances
And to know that there’s no way back
Watch the sun until it’s gone
As the seasons roll on and on

I want to feel it now
Track Name: Protecting Myself
I had a kingdom in another life
Had riches dripping from my throat
I didn’t make it through the needle’s eye
I couldn’t keep it all afloat
Now I’m particular and it’s habitual
Just a product of an iron will
I want to let you know, ain’t nothing personal
Always terrified of not getting my fill

I was protecting myself
Just protecting myself

We’re lionesses with all our own fears
Won’t let them stray far from the pack
We always realise in our darker parts
Only the weak ones don’t come back
I ain’t giving it up, now that I’ve got it down
I’ve earned the answers after all this time
Do what you wanna do, ain’t nothing personal
I just gotta have what is rightfully mine

I was protecting myself
Just protecting myself
I was protecting myself
Just protecting myself

So now surely you can sympathise
I took all that under my wing
I’m sorry that you say I made you cry
But who am I to stop this bird from singing
I want to tell you that, you weren’t the only one
Who thought that I was always taking your part
I want to let you know, ain’t nothing personal
I just gotta finish everything I start

I was protecting myself
Just protecting myself
I was protecting myself
Just protecting myself
Track Name: Enough
I don’t believe you when you tell me that you’re one of a kind
Because living inside you is a heart that’s held hostage by a mind
A mind that is anxious, and through it all,
I’ll never get far pushing at the wall

Part of me pities, part of me is frenzied like a dog inside a cage
The perfect pollution, the pretty colours that all that poison makes
Are we the same blood, or water and oil
Or a green shooting fighting through the soil

Without love, are we ever really enough
Time stands still, until we are really enough
To shift through the shards
Edging over the yards that make up the miles of space between us all

I see you watch me
I see your lip curl and the twitching in your eyes
Are you scared, what makes me the kind of person you despise
And when we’re silent, that’s when we talk
This is the stillness, the calm before the storm
Track Name: Half-Filled Cup
When we were younger
When we were running free
I loved you so much, babe
And I know that you loved me
We layed low through the daytime
‘Til the city was our dance floor
What to us didn’t matter
We had very little time for

And when it went under
We held us up high
We kept each other afloat, babe
On top an ocean of strife
We lived in the shadows
But our love lit us up
Babe I’ll tell you what matters
Ain’t nothing wrong with a half-filled cup

You were the best I
The best that I had ever seen
And most of your secrets
You even kept hidden from me
But you were a cyclone
And I was a still rock pool
All that wind and that water
We were unstoppable

And when it under
We held it up high
We kept each other afloat, babe
On an ocean of strife
We lived in the shadows
But our love it lit us up
And, babe, I’ll tell you what matters
Ain’t nothing wrong with a half-filled cup

Don’t you go leaving
Don’t you weaken
Don’t leave me, baby, I love you too much
Don’t you leave

There ain’t no morals to stories
There ain’t no right and no wrong
You only know who you are when
You are where you belong
It’s no fun here without you
But I’m not giving up
Because I know what you’d tell me
Ain’t nothing wrong with a half-filled cup
Track Name: If You Mean It
I’ve been searching, searching for a little bit of something
Putting spot fires out that raged inside my head
And at night time, words would come up at me like a snowstorm
When I gripped too tight every one of them would melt
And by morning light that doubtful river was roaring

You’re always alone when you see it
And it’s never a lie if you mean it

They tell me everything happens for a reason
That there’s some greater plan and that we are all just pawns
I’ve tried so hard but I know that I really don’t believe them
‘Cos if we’re being played, what are we living for
But you have your ways to try to rest and so do I

You’re always alone when you feel it
And it’s never a lie if you mean it

I pulled myself up by the bootstraps, every morning I dig in the fields
What’s the point of still breaking my back when I produce ever-decreasing yields

Just keep me guessing, lead me to a place I’ve never been
Where I can sip on wine and laugh until I weep
‘Cos in my estimation this is all we have, all that we can see
If we exhaust ourselves we’ll get our proper sleep
And I’ll tell myself I’ll never start giving up for a second

We’re always alone when we feel it
It’s never a lie if we mean it
Track Name: Casey
Casey, how you doing man
Well I heard that you got yourself a place
That you're talking to your Mum again
Casey, are you happy there
Do you stand on your balcony and watch
while the smoke curls high in the air
Casey, I've been dreaming hard
Waking up with pools on my chest
sodden in the shifting dark
Casey, it's been ten years whole
And I mostly remember in my sleep, my days they ain't so clear
no more

Oh Casey tell me what you're thinking
Now that we don't chase together anymore
Oh Casey we had a good thing going

Casey, they were heady days
Lurching from one island to the next in a sea of mediocrity
Casey, I don't want to let them go
Can't we take the old Mirror for a sail
and end up where the wind it blows

You said you were leaving, couldn't help me
But all that I want is just one more night
Casey, they're all calling me crazy
They're gonna take me if I don't fight

Casey, do you think I'm okay
I don't need the shit anymore, I'm getting stronger everyday
Casey, I can't rest no more
I'm not sure, I'm not sure, I'm not sure, I'm not sure

Oh Casey I hear them coming for me
But Casey, I don't want to take their medicine no more
You're the only one who understands me
You're the only one Casey, I'm begging, I'm begging,
I'm begging, I'm begging, I'm begging,
I'm begging, please Casey
Track Name: Keep Keeping On
The rain is pouring down, the city is grieving
‘cos you left yesterday
And I cannot stop my own chest from its heaving
Must be another way

I wanna tell you how it feels my friend
I wanna tell you that it never ends
That I’m in love with you
Can’t stop it hurting, I’m in love with you
And there’s nothing that I can do
In the morning when I wake without you
Except keep staying strong
Keep keeping on

In a flash the light is dull and it’s sinking
Without that miracle smile
Tedious ache of trying to do the right thing
Feel like it’s cramped my style

I wanna tell you how it feels, baby
I wanna tell you about you and me
That I’m in love with you
Yes, darlin, I’m in love you
And there’s nothing one of us can do
In the morning when I wake without you
Except keep staying strong
Keep keeping on

I wanna tell you how it feels, baby
I wanna tell you about you and me
That I’m in love with you
Yes, darling, I’m in love you
And there’s nothing that I can do
In the morning when I wake without you
Except keep staying strong
Keep keeping on
Track Name: Live On Love
It’s the moments after waking when you’re freest
When the world still lies a woman ripe and warm
And the possibilities all feel so endless
‘Til the hours come and gather like a storm

When the treachery of earning is your mistress
And her tits are hanging teasing out of reach
It’s deliberate that you’re shown all you can’t have
And it’s design that makes you not want what you seek

We can live on love, babe
We can live on love, babe
We can live on love, babe
That’s alright with me

The belt was tightened before you were a baby
It’s a wonder there was room for you at all
For we’re taught so early what all of our worths are
And we’re shown the height of what we can reach for

Maybe once we had our dreams of aspiration
Before cynicism and greed closed in their net
And in the space of two or three generations
We’re now told exactly what it is we’ll get

We can live on love, babe
We can live on love, babe
We can live on love, babe
That’s alright with me

We’re running from so many things we’re afraid of
When there is so little we’ve needed to fear
And as the belly heaves still to be sated
We’re too comatose from gorging to still steer

We can live on love, babe
We can live on love, babe
We can live on love, babe
That’s alright with me
Track Name: The Fever and The Fall
“Kelly’s leaving”, he wept into his shirt
“Don’t know why I’m like this, why do I get hurt
I took her money, made her cry, but still I don’t know why
Now I am alone”

Jimmy hurt me, I don’t know why I stayed
I kept believing that one day he’d change
I tried to mould him, make him mine
But he pulled back hard all the time
Now I am alone

It’s never ending, it goes on for years
Speak of the devil and there he appears
I’ll be the fever, you be the fall
And together we’ll be nothing at all
Now we are alone

I’ll be the fever, you be the fall
And together we’ll be nothing at all
Now we are alone