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released September 25, 2002

Music and lyrics by Drew Pearce; except "Porch Swing Torch Song" -- music by Alyn Kelley and Drew Pearce; lyrics by Drew Pearce; "Magnetic North" and "Ariadne" by Drew Pearce and Andrew DuBrock.

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Track Name: Surprised?
You have seen the same thing that I've seen
You know how fast it changes
You've seen luck's fragility
But you don't give up every year, trying to believe

So hold me down, keep me down just a little longer
Put it out, put it out, now I got to wonder:
Where does that fire hide?

This is where we're different, sister
where our roads divide
When I asked you,
"Could you tell me where your courage lies?"
You took my hand and walked with me
down to the riverside

So hold me down, keep me down just a little longer
Put it out, put it out, now I got to wonder:
Where does that fire hide?
Why don't that water reach inside?
There may be nothing to see after we close our eyes
But I would love to be surprised

Guarded into suspicion kept in corners, taught to hid
Hardening ourselves again our foes is scaring our allies
Maybe you're afraid that you've been saved
one too many times

But wouldn't you love to be surprised?
Go on, I've got you. Fall back, I'll catch you.
You can count on me this time.
Wouldn't you love to be surprised?
Track Name: Stop Expecting Magic: Then She Disappears
The phone was ringing at the roadside station
Two a.m. walking back alone,
throwing shadows from the quarter moon
She was looking at the starts, seeing constellations
You picked up the line, a familiar voice
had a feeling where she might find you.

She can enter your imagination
She can summon water from the sky
She can make a summer night impatient
She can make you see her better
when you close your eyes

And try to understand, that's the thing she fears
Stop expecting magic from her, then she disappears

She remembered every letter that you ever sent her
Reciting your forgotten words by heart,
she was trying to make you understand
She's connected to your secret epicenter
Did you feel her turn your world around before she vanished with a simple wave of her hand

She could enter your imagination
She could summon water from the sky
She's arranging your emancipation
She's escaping in an underwater dive

It might be sleight of hand, only smoke and mirrors
You stopped expecting magic from her,
then she disappeared
Track Name: Waylaid
Caroline is rolling over,
dreaming through her afternoon
I try to wake her, shake her shoulder,
she's laying low until early June

Out of the world's way you stayed
some will say lost, some will say delayed
barely distinguish the night from the day
when you're waylaid

February storms and shivers,
the morning brightens black to gray
She feels the southern oscillation
from 7,000 miles away

Lumbering up from three hundred below
the warm current finds the Peruvian coast
When you will return again nobody knows
You were waylaid

Darkened and still dilated,
your eyes open up and adjust
God knows how long you've waited
to see beyond the cumolonimbus
that's come between us.

Out of the world's way you stayed
some will say lost, some will say delayed
we're losing an hour, gaining the daylight
Waylaid
Track Name: Clear
Lean across the table.
Raise your glass with me.
Here's to hesitation and to your good sense to remain free.

Bet we wouldn't be here if it weren't for that.
You're an open window.
I'm a welcome mat
Key's behind my back.

With my eyes closed,
I fell back in your arms and you were there.

I need you to fight me when I feel like giving up.
Only you can see potential from down here.
I need you to shine me
when you find me in the rough.
Burn away, burn a way to see me clear.

The fog rolls off the headlands
Spills into the bay
Stirring up the seasons
Mixing night and day

All throughout the summer
it seems it never lifts
Then a season later,
all the shadows shift,

On the mountain,
I climb above the clouds and you are there.

I need you to fight me when I feel like giving up.
Only you can see potential from down here.
I need you to shine me
when you find me in the rough.
Burn away, burn a way to see me clear.

So here's to resignation
Here's to providence this strange, new combination:
love and happiness.
Track Name: Darrington
On the road between the riverbed
and the waterlogged white bark,
the rusted-out yellow bus has been permanently parked
in the cold, wet shadow of a February Darrington day.

Inside, you're sleeping on the floor riding out the gray
Dreaming what it was that drove you out this way

You try to see a reason hidden underneath
such a random spark
A vein of lightning where the clouds collide
leaves you counting in the dark

You come home, close the curtains
on a rainy afternoon
Open them back up to see the waning cheshire moon

You keep yourself surrounded with what was left behind
Dakota arrowheads, maple petrified, two feet underground, easier than you would be to find

You try to see a reason hidden underneath
such a random spark
A vein of lightning where the clouds collide
leaves you counting in the dark
A vein of lightning where the clouds collide
stops another brother's heart

But you could still wake up,
still light enough to see,
Walk along the river bank right across the street
You could ferry cross the sound,
you could look up at the sky,
See something so beautiful you feel like crying

In spite of what you hear
In spite of what you see,
in spite of what you fear
In spite of what you need:
Good things go on happening, and it's okay.

Don't bottle yourself up
Don't fold yourself inside
Don't throw yourself on the mercy of the retreating tide

You've been locked away
Don't wait to be released
You can open it yourself
You can let yourself be free

You're still alive enough to give love and be loved
You're still alive enough to let yourself be loved
Track Name: Transparent Blue
Been hanging onto the habit of singing for the dead
Courting all the departed still living in my head
But here you are in front of me
Where you have been this whole time
I don't know what's keeping me from meeting your eyes.

Cause if anyone deserves the truth
You're the one who hears
between the words of the broken truce
And if I could turn transparent blue
Would you be there to see me through?

You should never trust anyone who says "trust me"
Trust me: confession for persuasion's
just admission for free
And though you never confronted me
I have stopped crossing those lines
Where everything unspoken gets mistaken for lies.

If you really want to know the truth
I could never hold what I was too afraid to lose
And if I could turn transparent blue
Would you be there to see me through?

If I could just remember what to do
Would you stay to see me through?
If I could turn transparent blue?
If I could turn to you?