Strangers at the Gate

by Stranger Ways

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1.
The first time that I met you your hair framed your face Like the halo of an angel in that dreary hell of a place And when our eyes first met, you stole away my heart The day you said you would be mine, I swore nothing would tear us apart CHORUS: No tears, no tears my love, no tears should you shed for me No tears no tears my love when my body rises from the sea No tears, no tears my love for you were the one who left me I knew that you were leaving half a year from when we met I told you I would take every moment I could get I said that if you’d let me I would follow in your ways When you told me yes, I didn’t touch the ground for days The months we spent together were like heaven come to earth There was more comfort in your arms than I had known since birth I dreaded the day you’d leave the time I’d spend alone But I knew that in the end I’d have you for my own CHORUS With every letter that you sent you told me how you longed To have me there beside you but I know now they were wrong Every time I saw you there was distance in your eyes And the reasons that you gave to me were excuses and lies CHORUS In the end I pried it out three weeks from when I came You told me I had lost your heart things would not be the same You swore that you loved me still, but said that we must part Well darling if you loved me, you would leave me with my heart So I make you no promises of what I plan to do As long as you have my heart I never will leave you This creaky dock is writhing from the cold Atlantic Shore And if you’ve heard this song, I’m not sitting here* no more CHORUS * [sic]. The lyric as written by Susan is "there", but we sang "here" on the album. Sorry!
2.
For to see mad Tom of Bedlam Ten thousand miles I'd travel Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes For to save her shoes from gravel CHORUS: Still I sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys Bedlam boys are bonnie, For they all go bare and they live by the air And they want no drink nor money I went down to Satan's kitchen For to get me food one morning And there I got souls piping hot All on the spit a-turning CHORUS Me staff has murdered giants And me bag a long knife carries For to cut mince pies from children's thighs With which to feed the fairies CHORUS For to see mad Tom of Bedlam Ten thousand years I'd travel Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes For to save her shoes from gravel CHORUS
3.
I knew my prince would come someday The one who would carry me far away Away from the dreary everyday Happily ever after My prince found me at the junior dance Tuxedo jacket and denim pants I saw the future in his glance Happily ever after Love is fairy tale Shining armor, dragon scale Leave behind a breadcrumb trail to happily ever after He drove me home in his charger white The perfect end to the perfect night Rest in his arms till morning light Happily ever after He said “Won’t you come away with me I know a place where we’ll be free Away from your broken family to Happily ever after Love is a fairy tale Searching for a golden grail A sacred quest that’s doomed to fail Happily ever after So away to find a priest And once the revelry has ceased Every beauty must find her beast Happily ever after We sat down to eat one dreadful night I dropped the wine, we had a fight A beast has claws and teeth that bite A dungeon in every castle My chains are made of one gold ring Still for him I’d do anything He may be a beast but he’s my king Happily ever after Love is a fairy tale Living in the sweetest jail Trapped behind thorns, growing pale Happily ever after
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Two Corbies 02:04
As all alone one night I walked I heard two ravens, how they talked
 One raven to the other did say 
 "Where shall we go and dine today?" "I know the place a soldier fell A man of honor, mark it well
 And no one knows that he lies there,
 But his hawk, his hound and his lady fair." "His hound has gone to hunt alone, 
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl home, 
His lady's found another mate,
 So we may have our dinner date." "You'll dine upon his meaty thighs,
 And I'll peck out his hazel eyes;
 With one lock of his golden hair 
 We'll thatch our nest when it grows bare." "Many a one for him will cry,
 But no one knows where he does lie;
 Over his bones, once they're picked clean The lonesome wind shall wail and keen."
6.
CHORUS: I'd like to trade this week in It didn't suit my needs one bit Only had it a week, it's already wearing thin And I'm pretty sure it never really fit Monday wasn't bad, but it was Monday Tuesday, well, it rained the whole day long Wednesday, I'd trade in for any one day Where any ten fewer things went wrong CHORUS I could never get the hang of Thursdays And Friday I can't say that things improved Saturday, I know that I've had worse days As Sunday most assuredly proved CHORUS (repeat last line)
7.
How often haunting the highest hilltops I scan the ocean, a sail to see Will it come tonight, love, will it come tomorrow Will it ever come, love, to comfort me? CHORUS Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile O fare the well, love, where e'er thee be They call thee fickle, they call thee false one And seek to change me, but all in vain For thou art my dream yet through the dark night And every morning, I watch the main CHORUS There's not a hamlet, too well I know it Where you go wand'ring or stay awhile But all its old folk you win with talking And charm its maidens with song and smile CHORUS Dost thou remember the promise made me? That tartan plaid, that silken gown That ring of gold with thy hair and portrait That gown and ring I will never own? CHORUS
8.
Perfect Love 02:39
There’s nothing quite like first love That trembling first kiss There’s nothing quite like first love And that’s nothing like this There’s nothing quite like first love There’s nothing quite the same Quinine’s just as bitter By any other name There’s nothing quite like first love That rushing, crashing scream There’s nothing quite like first love For crushing your dreams So please don’t tell me stories about first love tonight That was then, this is now so turn off the light There’s nothing quite like fast love Live love at first sight There’s nothing quite like fast love When everything feels right There’s nothing quite like fast love There’s nothing quite like that A wrong note repeated Still sounds just as flat There’s nothing quite like fast love A rollercoaster whirl There’s nothing quite like fast love For making me hurl So please don’t tell me stories about love at first sight That was then, this is now so turn off the light There’s nothing quite like new love Pure and pristine There’s nothing quite like new love Just making the scene There’s nothing quite like new love Nothing can compare The purest of methane Isn’t breathable air There’s nothing quite like new love Broken from the start There’s nothing quite like new love For breaking your heart So please don’t try to tell me our love feels new tonight That was then, this is now so turn off the light
9.
Safe Again 02:28
It's over It's been over for years Past the angry accusations Past the painful memories and tears CHORUS And it's safe again, hold me tight We weren't made for forever, we were made for tonight And everything is gonna be all right If we leave before the morning light I was careless You were clingy, you were needy You turned into a chore I got smothered I got greedy CHORUS I remember Falling in love with you It was never What I meant to do I met you at a temporary place And I fell for your body, your hair, your face You're beautiful I can't keep my hands away And I'd love to spend some time with you Just please don't ask me to stay CHORUS
10.
La llorona, La llorona, la llorona, weep for us Hurt when her lover left for another She turned on the only thing she could Hurt dearly, crying sincerely She took her children out in the wood CHORUS La llorona, La llorona La llorona, weep for us La llorona, La llorona La llorona, weep for us In the dark night, in the winter By the river her children she drowned Crying for the wrong that she’s done What she’s lost can never more be found CHORUS Hear her weeping, on the battlefield Hear her weeping in the streets of LA Hear her weeping in New Orleans Weeping for the children lost today CHORUS
11.
My grandpa says he's only seventeen At eighteen they shipped him off to war Now if he stays always seventeen They can't do that anymore My grandpa he doesn't breathe too well He takes medicines and takes his time He says that once breathe the fires of hell Your lungs will never trust you down the line My grandpa says he's only seventeen At eighteen they shipped him off to war Now if he stays always seventeen They can't do that anymore
12.
In Austin, Texas one morning The residents woke to a scare Road signs were giving the warning That the new invasion was there Zombies ahead! Zombies ahead! Pack up your jerky and run Zombies ahead! Zombies ahead! Zombies coming in from Highway 1 Zombies are driving in humvees Zombies are running red lights Zombies are talking on cell phones Zombies don't use their lights at night! In Austin, watch out on the street 'Cause you don't know what you might meet That jerk creeping past in the right lane Is really just cruising for brains! (Brains, brains, brains...) Zombies ahead! Zombies ahead! Pack up your chainsaw and run Zombies ahead! Zombies ahead! Zombies coming in from Highway 1 I've heard they've spread out from Austin A plague spreading from sea to sea I've heard they're coming to Boston So the next one you see could be me! Zombies ahead! Zombies ahead! Pack up your left arm and run Zombies ahead! Zombies ahead! Zombies coming in from Highway 1 Zombies coming in from Highway 1

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released January 15, 2011

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