We Both was Young

by mark mathis

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released November 11, 2006

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Track Name: sharecropper
first time i saw you i swore that nothing on heaven or earth could compare
your skin was brown like the soil that i worked all day long and your eyes were like fire
i was afraid that you wouldn't care a thing for me - i was afraid of this very fear
but you were there waiting - when i came calling - i couldn't have done it again if i'd tried

but she was young
and i was young
and we're not afraid
to live life to the fullest

when you took me to your hometown - people they didn't understand
when you took me to your house - they would not shake my hand
well, it is love - why can nobody see it?
do they know what love looks like - or do they choose to ignore?

if you want me - you can have me
and just maybe - i will change your world for you
cos these feelings - that i'm feelin'
they make me not afraid to change your world for you
Track Name: oh king,
oh king, what is thy bidding
do you want us to empty the woods
of the thieves and loose women
and the degenerate souls that live there

oh king, do you want us to wage war?
on a people so far away
do i have to leave the woman
that was promised to me

oh cain, where's your brother
could you not control your rage
and you live to kill another in the hearts of men today

oh cain, have you figured it out yet
cos i got some people who'd like to know
can our shame turn to sorrow
'til forgiveness and grace unfold

but i wish that i could rise
from the filth before my eyes
and i wish that i could clean
all these dirty things in me

and i wish that i could live
not only with my head
that this new man could be released
that's been waiting inside of me

oh father, please forgive them
for they know not what they do
they have despised me and rejected you
yeah, that much is true

but oh father, it is you that has called them
and has redeemed them all by name
can their shame turn to sorrow
'til forgiveness and grace unfold
Track Name: love in the afterlife
you were on fire so bearably hot
you burned much brighter and then you burned out
did you really think you'd go on forever

the women all cried when you tied the knot
senators and congressmen sent their regards
and your wedding shut down a city block

i hope that you find love in the afterlife

your wife had a son and she gave him your name
your friends say that you and he look just the same
but he don't have the hunger you had at his age

i hope that you find love in the afterlife

your son made a record and it made him a star
but mostly because people know who you are
does he resent you - maybe he's got the right to

i hope that you find love in the afterlife
Track Name: her name on my arm
it was summer in our hearts
when the wheat was fully grown
saw you standing in the yard
a beauty to behold

i carved your name on my arm
i carved your name

it was winter when we lied
and ran off to elope
played cards that winter long
and wrestled in the snow

and i carved your name in the ice
i carved your name

drove south to alabama
with the ocean in our head
you did not even wait for me
doing cartwheels in the sand

and i carved your name in the white
sand by the light of the moon
we stayed awake that night
just to watch the morning come

this is where i leave you
this is where my story ends
you wanted to know the reason
for the writing on my skin

i carved her name on my arm
i loved her then
Track Name: your eyes
what happened this morning
i overslept
and i missed your kiss
as i lay in bed
and woke up feeling alone

there are times i wish
i was a persian cat
i'd lay curled up inside your lap
listening to hear you breathe

oh your eyes are my place to hide
when the world is closing in on me
you were right when you said that i'd
be needing you - if you only knew how much

it was me and it was you
in a photo booth
just to get away
from the crowd that day
and i still hold that picture of you

of when you crawled out of your silk cocoon
and i carried you from the icu
you were tender
but you were new
Track Name: prenup
i wrote your father a letter asking him for your hand
he said, "son, we're both excited, but there's things to understand.
You see i caught myself that bluebird through my wits and workin' hard.
And i will not give it to my daughter's man - with a degree in art."

you see these things have been set in place for as long as i can remember
and I'm not one to change the old ways - honey, love's not as good as tender

i said, "sir, i don't want your money, but i will not sign your slip.
And if you really were a man of honor, yeah, you wouldn't ask me this.
You'd just say, 'son, i'm sorry - i'm afraid it just won't work.
Cos i'm afraid you'll plunder me - when i'm six feet under earth'".

come on baby, let's build us a cabin on a mountain in the sky
and have ourselves some children and teach them to be wise
'cos life is just not living if you're scared to take a risk
tell me that you'll marry me - tell me with a kiss
Track Name: i am the deep blue sea
sit down young children on my sandy shore - i am the deep blue sea
i have a story for every boy and girl - who will listen to me
you see, i was born in a thunderstorm and as a raindrop i felt so free
'til i was taken from the river i loved - she was like a mother to me

it's true my waters are fraught with danger - but i need you to believe
that i have never hurt an honest sailor - or battered your home with my seas
that's from the north wind, that's from the south wind, that's from the west and the east
they trespass on me - they raise my fury - they make me foam and they make me boil


i have a friend
one that i love
her name is the moon
she holds me close

when she gets thirsty
i let her drink
when morning comes
i lay her back down to sleep


you may ask ,child, how old i am - well i'm as old as there is time
anchors have scarred my deep blue heart and the whalemen robbed me blind
end times are comin' - i will give up all these souls that i have hid
and in the firelight i will return to the place i did begin
Track Name: in love at 19
something in the way that time stands still
when you walk towards me - i feel
hope, peace, and eternity - baby

something in the way your eyes speak
yeah, they held me close and you breathed
life into me, ten-thousand white doves were released

see how my eyes tell this story
of a man and his eternal devotion
throw your head back, girl, and laugh one more time
now is the season for me and you

something in the way your voice speaks
as it comforts and uncovers all my needs
'cos i'm a wild horse, baby, running through the canyon
and half the time i don't know what i'm running for

see how my eyes tell this story
of a man and his eternal devotion
throw your head back, girl, and laugh one more time
now is the season for me and you

i know our love is just a reflection
of all that we want to believe
come let me lift you up just one more time
now is the reason for you and me
Track Name: new day
i have risen from ashes and been called clean
i've been sprinkled with the water that purifies me
and i kissed my baby, september morning
'til time came to take her from me

and if i was honest with myself - i just can't forgive
these witches and vampires and women that hurt me
raising the question - it must be a decision
nailing my bitter to the wall

'cos it's a new day that i wanna be living
a new day with you
'cos it's a new day that i have been given
a new day with you

stronger men than me they have retired
punched clean out of this life
and in a way i don't blame them thye've seen more than i have
and may angels close their eyes

and it's true what they say that you can only meet them
somewhere just past halfway
and it's there i'll be waitin' by that old woodshed
and nail my bitter to the wall
Track Name: we will fall in love
when the sun pulled out of the station
the world went black
the world went black
the world went black

when my baby's train left the station
the world went black
the world went black
the world went black

and the same old sun that used to keep me warm
left me lonely and cold
left me lonely and cold
left me lonely and cold

get me away from this crazy world - we will fall in love
i want you in my life, girl - we will fall in love
so please hold you close to me - we will fall in love
whisper your sweet words to me - we will fall in love
as we pray to God above, and thank Him for the things He's done

it's been three long days of nothing but rain
and i've only got myself to blame
lift me up - come on and take control
'cos i've been missing you for so long baby
Track Name: marriage is hard
come sail away with me my darlin'
driftin' across the sea
'cos i wanna be the one you want
i wanna be the one you need

when the weight of all this fashion
got me crawlin' on my knees
but your love, i can imagine
it's pulling me to my feet

oh my God, it's true
you can't have one without the other
it's crazy, but it's true
it would be so hard
to show her that you love her

was the dream in our head
better than the reality
baby, you and i know
that's not the way that it should be

come quickly to me my mystery
'cos we set sail with the tide
and in a voice half-spoke, half-whispered
i hear you say you'll try