Lyrics

All lyrics by Abbey Hoffman

(in alphabetical order by title)

After Midnight
Alarm
All I Know
Better Woman
Blessing in Disguise
Crystallize
Fly Away
Good Dude, Bad Man
Good Times
Like a Thief
Never Mine
Rent is Due, Art Boy
Shotgun
Someday
Song For You
Stuck
Summer Abroad
The Wait
This Too Shall Pass
Watch

After Midnight

Midnight and I should have gone to sleep
It’s midnight and I should have gone to sleep
‘Cause now I’m thinkin’, oh I’m thinkin’
And it’s a dangerous thing
After midnight

It’s taking everything in me not to call
Because I know you’re only minutes away
And if you would you could be here right away

Midnight and I should have gone to sleep
It’s midnight and I should have gone to sleep
‘Cause now I’m thinkin’ again, oh I’m thinkin’
And it’s a dangerous thing
After midnight

Alarm

Woke up from a bad dream without an alarm
And that’s how I suppose it’ll go later on
I’ll wake up on my own when my body says it’s time
Even if I’ve slept while the whole world passed me by
The whole world passed me by

No need for you to throw water in my face
No thanks, I prefer to arise at my own pace
Don’t you stand there bangin’ pots and pans
You’ll interrupt my beauty-sleepin’ plans
Don’t you interrupt my beauty-sleepin’ plans

We’ve got these fears on fears of missing out
But I tell you something’s lost when I’m out and about
You can tell me it’s a waste to stay in bed
But wasted I will lie here until the winter ends
I will lie here ‘til winter ends

Beep beep beep beep beep
There’s nothing worse than an alarm
Beep beep beep beep beep
Out of the covers pokes my arm
I have to hit the snooze a dozen times
I’ll come back around when the noon bell starts to chime
When the noon bell starts to chime

All I Know

I feel nothing for this place
I could stay or I could go
Far away from all I know
To be or not to be
In love

I feel nothing for your face
I’ll just as easily walk away
Far away from all I know

I can try but I can’t feel a thing
Here with you
My will to be yours cannot outweigh the truth of the
Matter of fact
It’s not there

Nothing to be found in this barren land
No matter how many times I turn back to look
It’s just waiting for a train that will never come
I can stand here forever and pray for change
But this is set in stone
What will it take for me to let it go?

Better Woman

Good man, I will make you fall
Make you fall in love with me
Good man, I will let you down
I’m not all I’m meant to be

I bet I could make you happy if I tried
But I’d just as soon have made you cry

I believe in us, but I don’t believe in me
‘Cause I know my inner worlds, I know my tendency to flee
To the haven of my memories, hiding in the trees
These roots are buried deep…

But you… you make me wanna be a better woman!

Blessing in Disguise

It’s a gift
That which slows me down
That which brings me down
It’s a gift
That which makes me cry
That which makes me wonder why
It’s a blessing in disguise

Yes, I’m grateful for when things don’t go my way
‘Cause in the end it’s not my will but yours be done
And if there’s work that must be perfect through the pain
I only ask you’ll hold my hand ’til I can run

Crystallize

It’s been said that rules are meant for breaking
And I’ve always been yours for the taking
So reach out a hand and I’ll give you five
But watch what I say, might just tell you a lie
As I look into your

Crystal eyes
I I could
Spend a life
Time is wasting
We’re only playing fools

I’ve been told to try, try again
If at first you don’t succeed it don’t have to be the end
But should I press on when I’ve been there before?
Short memory, all the past slips away
As I look into your

Crystal eyes
I I could
Spend a life
Time is wasting
We’re only playing fools

Fly Away

Holding on that summer night, trying to stop your tears
I ended up swimming in a bucket of my own
I told you that I love you, that I don’t want things to change
I wanna be there for you

You promised I could always hide in your arms “where I belong”
When the world is dark and cold, as it sometimes is
And it often is these lonely nights without you by my side
But you are no longer mine

Deep down I knew the day would come when we would have to part
I just never knew that it would be this soon
And if you asked me then, and you could ask me again
I always thought that I would be the one to leave
I always thought that I would be the one

Seems that everybody’s leaving town
So just this once will you stick around?
I know that there’s a last for every first
So give me one more chorus and I’ll take another verse
I’ll take whatever I can get these dying days
Just let me look upon your face

Deep down I knew the day would come when we would have to part
I just never knew that it would be this soon
And if you asked me then, and you could ask me again
I always thought that I would be the one to leave
I always thought that I would be the one

I used to write you every day, sometimes even twice
But days and nights grew longer as I moved on with my life
You’ll always have a place within this healing heart of mine
As I watch you fly away

Fly away…

Good Dude, Bad Man

He’s a good dude, I like him a lot
I told my friends and mama ’bout the good things he’s got
He’s smart and funny, talented, did I mention cute?
My heart is pounding warnings, how I wish they’d get through
He’s a good dude, but a bad bad man

He’s a good dude, but a bad bad man
The way he’s lookin’ lately, I’m just tryin to understand
A man like that will eat his cake, and I let him have it, too
And then I come ’round cryin sayin I never knew
He’s a good dude, but a bad bad man

He’s a bad man, but I can’t stay away
I didn’t tell my mama what he whispered today
He says I’m sweet and sexy, got a fine ass, too
But it don’t mean a thing, since I just heard him call you
He’s a good dude, but a bad bad man

He’s a good dude, but a bad bad man
The way he’s lookin’ baby, you just gotta understand
A man like that will eat his cake, and you let him have it, too
So don’t come ’round here crying sayin you never knew
He’s a good dude, but a bad bad man

Good Times

blue sky, silver plane
sunshine running through my veins
one times two times three times four
keep on flying, there’ll be more

rooftop, summertime
clouds roll, silver-lined
five times six times seven times eight
sun upon my body and sun upon my face

birds fly, wind blows
i feel the breeze between my toes
nine times ten times eleven times twelve
if only one could take these days and put them on a shelf…

for a rainy day
for a stormy day
for a day when sun ain’t bright
then one could take it off the shelf
and hold it through the night

one times two times three times four
i look upon a good day and keep comin’ back for more

Like a Thief

So hard to just move on from this
From years of entertaining thieves
Who rob me of my peace and sensitibility
These unwelcome guests came dressed to kill
And for a thrill I let them in
Only to find the depths they dwell within

I want them to go, and I ask them to leave
But it’s not so easy now that they’ve more than
A foot in the door and more tricks up their sleeves
And I’ve grown quite fond of their company

“You’ll miss us,” they say with their puppy-dog eyes
As they lie in my bed “just one more night”
It’s what I always say, hoping they’ll be gone by the time I wake

‘Cause Daddy’s comin’ home

Never Mine

I’ve worn it all around, passed it off as my own
Showed it to the town and everyone back home
But it was never mine in the first place
So I can’t be mad when you take it back

Take it back
What I said
Wish I could
Put a bullet in my bed, keep it warm for the night
In the morning I’ll be back to call you mine
For now ’cause we’re all on borrowed time

You always put yourself in first place
Do you listen to anything I say?
Lend me your ears, my dear
No, I don’t think you could
You’re too focused on a single world

Lord, don’t take me yet
I’ve got a few things left to do
A couple books still checked out on my shelf
I’ve started half a dozen, but I don’t know how they end
I’m too busy flipping back and forth
I’ve yet to find out how to make love stay
I’m waiting on a rainy day
I’ll still be reading when the drops return and melt away the page
I’m waiting on a rainy day

Rent is Due, Art Boy

What the fuck – it’s August 1st? My rent is due today
I should be out lookin’ for work, but I’d rather sit and play
It costs to live in this attic space, and I’ve insured my car
Phone bill’s paid, oh thank the Lord I’ve got a credit card

You think I would’ve learned by now that money doesn’t grow on trees
And thought it’s only ever blank, I keep checking the ceiling

Today the spot I’ve seen for weeks sprouted four pairs of legs
I watched it crawl across the wall while lyin’ in my bed
Was it real or my imagination playing tricks on me?
If only I could teach it to play guitar, oh the money I would see

You think I would’ve learned by now that money doesn’t grow on trees
And thought it’s only ever blank, I keep checking the ceiling

If it really is the thought that counts I don’t know why I’m so broke
‘Cause my ideas keep on flowin’ out, then they disappear like smoke
Smoke follows beauty when we’re sittin’ ’round the fire
Fills my lungs and chokes me up just when I get inspired

You think I would’ve learned by now that money doesn’t grow on trees
And thought it’s only ever blank, I keep checking the ceiling

Shotgun

Everything is right in the world when you are in the driver’s seat
When you are sitting next to me
Both our eyes on the road
Both our sights set on home

Time stops when I am next to you
When you are in control
As I look out the window at all the lights and all the darkness, too
All the things you’ve helped me through

Through the years the stations and songs change
But the space between us remains the same
Your music reigns from it’s throne on high
Tell us why and takes us away

New York City nights
Island times
State by state
In the home of the brave

In the backseat
Our friends they come and go
But years with you
With you I know that

Everything is right in the world when you are in the driver’s seat
When you are sitting next to me

We talk, we drive
In silence we do ride
And sometimes share a smile
When you move your hands to the beat
Of my favorite song

Everything is right in the world when you are in the driver’s seat
When you are sitting next to me

Once I learned to drive
But you know I like it more
When I am in the front
And I am on the right

I let you take the wheel
I let you make the turns
Let you keep me safe
From the dangers of this world

Let you choose the music
As we cruise the paths
That lead us home
Take me home

Everything is right in the world when you are in the driver’s seat

Someday

Jesus, I’m more lost than I’ve ever been aware
And someone once told me that you could lend a hand
Well, that is quite the offer, but first there’s just a few things you should know
I wanna ask for help, but I’m afraid I won’t like where you say to go

See, I’ve heard the lost proclaim that in you they are found
And I know you’ll keep your promises to always stick around
But there’s much I love and seek to your offense
Friends whom I’ll not delay to defend
So if the path to you means leaving them behind
I just don’t know if I’m ready to make you mine

Ready I’ll never be
I’ll just coast along this boulevard of me
‘Cause drinks are still the fastest way to love
While it’s not the best of kind at least it’s some

Something sure beats nothing sometimes
And right now I’ve got nothing… well, that must be a lie
‘Cause if it’s true don’t know what I’m so afraid to lose

Jesus, didn’t you say whoever wants to save his life will lose it?
And whoever loses his life for you and yours will save it?
Well, that is something that always drives me crazy
Because dying is not something I want daily

See, I’ve heard the lost proclaim that in you they are found
And I know you’ll keep your promises to always stick around
But there’s much I love and seek to your offense
Friends whom I’ll not delay to defend
So if the path to you means leaving them behind
I just don’t know if I’m ready to make you mine

Jesus, you’re the truth, the life, the way
But some days I find it so hard to believe
So I wallow in the swamps of my own choices to rebel
And I pray you’ll bring me back to you someday
Oh, I pray you’ll bring me back to you someday (2x)

Jesus, I’m more lost than I’ve ever been aware…

Song for You
inspired by the words of Isaiah Hoffman

I am a well-loved puzzle with pieces gone astray
Put together and taken apart, I’ve lost bits of who I am
I’m forgetting the image that I am supposed to become when everything is in place
Because pieces of me have been pocketed and fallen through the cracks in the table
And they have been given away

Chewed up and spit out
United and divided
Envisioned and blurred
Until I’m not sure who I am

Tears fall from my eyes and the earth cries with me
As I wander these streets alone wondering where they have taken me, oh

I am a well-loved toy in the back of the box
Played with and spilled on, worn at the edges and insides
I’m forgetting the joys of allowing myself to be used by the ones that I love
Because, broken one too many times, I’m afraid to let you pick me up

Until I find…
Until I realize that you are the screws
You are the glue
You hold me together and keep me from breaking in two
Oh, how I love you

So go: look in the mirror
And what you’ll find is so very special
Oh, go: look in the mirror
And you’ll find, staring into your eyes, a totally awesome sight

‘Cause you are the screws
You are the glue
You hold me together and keep me from breaking in two
Oh, how I owe it all to you

Tears fall from my eyes and the earth cries with me
With each drop I remember each gift of a person surrounding me

Stuck

There’s a little bit of Jesus stuck in my teeth
Right in the back where I can’t reach
People praisin’ all around me but I can’t get in
They’re singin’ about glory and his triumph over sin
Oh Lord, have mercy on me

See I’ve had my morning coffee, but I can’t wake up
And you know I only came so you could fill my cup
They’re sayin’ somethin’ ’bout your blood in this here goblet of wine
If I forgive my brother’s sin then you’ll forgive mine
Oh Lord, have mercy on me

Sittin’ Sunday mornin’ in the house of the Lord
Well, I can’t remember when I’ve been so bored
I’d like to blame the church, like I have nothing to give
Just showin’ up to criticize your wife and kids
Oh Lord, have mercy on me

Now I don’t wanna be a pastor, but I love to preach
I’ll pick apart the message, tell you how it’s supposed to be
Sittin’ ’round this banquet table talkin’ like I know it all
Well, pride is gonna get ’cause it comes before the fall
Oh Lord, have mercy on me

Summer Abroad

I could learn to love it here
I could learn to love it here
I could learn to love it here

I could fool you for a while
I could blend in with the crowd
Wolf in a wool coat
Trying not to speak

See, once I open my mouth it’s easy to tell
That I don’t belong here, no
I don’t belong

‘Cause I’m in but not of
Here but not born of
Resident but not native

Oh no I don’t belong in this place
Sick of trying to fake it
Filled with too much fear to face it
Oh no

See, my time in this place is running out
And I wanna make every moment count
So if there’s something you want
Don’t wait – the time is now
Before the sun sets in this foreign town

‘Cause I’m in but not of
Here but not born of
Resident but not native

No, I don’t belong in this place
Sick of trying to fake it
Filled with too much fear to face it
I wonder…

Can I do some good while I’m still around?
Before they put me underground
Wanna know what I’ve got before it’s all gone
Wanna feel you’re body’s worth while you’re still in my arms

Days are longer here but they still seem to fly
And each one past is just a way to remind
That the bliss of our youth is a ticking clock
Well, wind it one more time ’cause I don’t want it to stop
The waves are rolling in and the sun is going down
You’re slipping away and I see it now
So tell me a story and help me to sleep
Since the stories and memories are all I’ll ever keep

Give me a story to tell
Give me a story to tell
Give me a story to tell

The Wait 

I take up the crossroads to follow you forward
But the weight I myself cannot bear
Simon, dear, would you lend me a hand?
With my eyes fixed on the promised land
I forgot about the desert under my feet

And I need you right now
‘Cause nothing seems to make any sense
And every song is starting to sound the same
Life feels like a test or a game
‘Cause I’m failing to see, and I’m losing hope
And I’m wishing that I could believe in the dreams that I had before
Before the wait

I take up singing just to pass the time
Because I don’t know how to live unless I’m occupied
And I’m all but engaged
Freedom paralyzing me
Forgive me, Lord, for all my demands
And the fight that I will put up simply for an answer
Don’t want to learn the lessons of the in-between

But I need you right now
‘Cause nothing seems to make any sense
And every song is starting to sound the same
Life feels like a test or a game
‘Cause I’m failing to see, and I’m losing hope
And I’m wishing that I could believe in the dreams that I had before
Before the wait

Mama always told me
Nothing comes easy that’s worth having at all
It’s the means and not the end
That’ll take you by the hand and show who you really are
Well, I’m melting all my gold into a calf now
Dancing while he’s high up in the clouds
Start to think he’s never coming down now
All this time I’ve never been more wrong

So I need you right now
Lord, I need you right now
How I need you right…

This Too Shall Pass

This too shall pass
Source of all hopes and fears
Promise throughout the years
This too shall pass

All my sorrows
They are not here to stay
All my joys tomorrow
Will see another day

This too shall pass
Source of all hopes and fears
Promise throughout the years
This too shall pass

Watch

All my friends are falling in love
I sit on the edge and watch them fall
Watch them fall, watch them go
Watch them tumble down the rocks below…

And you know I’ll hold you when you’ve had enough
When you drag yourself onto dry land
Until you stop shaking
Until you no longer spit out his name from your mouth

And I know the sun, at first so warm,
Will leave you dry and wanting more
You’ll forgive, and I know you’ll forget
Once the waters have washed him away
And once again I’ll watch you fall
I’m so glad it’s not me
I’m so glad to be me
Oh, Lord, when will it be me?

‘Cause all my friends are falling in love
I sit on the edge and watch them fall
Watch them fall, watch them go
Watch them tumble down the rocks below

Merrily merrily merrily merrily (3x)
Life is but a dream