MIDNIGHT PRAYER

I’d never known how much longing I could do

Till the very first time I ever looked at you

Now every day when my work is through

Before I say a single prayer for me, you know I will

say my prayers for you:

To keep the human wolves at bay

And warm you in the frozen rain;

To help you each and every day

–I want to ease you from the pain

Ease you from the past, baby I pray your sorrow’s never last,

That your friends will never let you down,

And that our love always lasts

I’d never known how much loving I could do

Till the very first time I ever holded you

Now every day before my work is through

Right before I say a single prayer for me,

I will say my prayers for you

To keep the human wolves at bay

And to warm you in the frozen rain

To help you each and every day - to ease you from the pain

To ease you from the past, baby I pray your sorrow’s over fast,

That your friends will never let you down,

And that our love, our love always lasts

TIDES OF TIME

Why’s the need to try for understanding

what I can concede’s out of my hands

And when all that breathes gets too

demanding for you baby,

all alone is more a drag

And the tides of time’s upon me

Banking on the shadows of my mind

I’ve been riding tire rims for hours;

I burned my treads a long ways back

Empowered by those circling vultures:

they never jump you when you’re in your tracks.

When the tides of time upon me

I don’t believe the treasons of my mind.

I’ve been wondering, wandering like the weather

When it’s glaring cold the same as me

And my dreams are clearer than I’ve

ever, ever wanted now

They still take time to comfort me

When the tides of time are calling

Breaking on the shadows of my mind

Tides of time’s upon me,

Don’t believe the treasons of my mind.

LIKE BEFORE

I thought I dreamed I saw some sort of life yesterday;

it was shining down from an evening sky.

When all the years, the tears, and fears

come tumbling back down on me,

Standing there in a rush of light

Like so many times before.

And as the ocean washes boats to land,

waves wash me straight back home again.

There on the distant shore

all the things you were becoming,

those freely fallen gifts that passed your hands,

were always and only the beginning.

The shade of so much more.

So here I stand where my sight followed.

As the waves wash the winds that moved all our tomorrows.

It’s hard to follow in your footsteps

when they’ve been swallowed by the sand.

It’s hard to know myself and not know you...

IN THIS WORLD

I know when my life, I know when my life is going to hell.

And I know in my mind,

know in my mind I never will; I know I never will

Still out on the streets, it’s such a hard place to fall

There ain’t no one gonna hear you there baby,

not even if you call

And there’s nowhere to go,

nowhere to go but straight ahead,

Yeah but straight ahead

Baby, I tried to reach you;

you wouldn’t even answer my calls,

After you said I should try to get through to you

Even if I had to crawl.

And there’s nowhere to go,

nowhere to go but straight ahead:

Nowhere to go, nowhere to go but straight ahead

THE SAME

Dazed when I came staggering from someone else’s dream.

That’s why I started laughing

when you asked me where I’d been.

I was in the hollow, riding from a storm,

Not thinking about my leaving you: “So all alone at home.”

Now all the time you’ve wasted's living water down the drain

I know you’re never gonna make the same mistake again,

And I don’t blame you; I feel the same way too.

All up in my turning, I was winding in my sheets.

I was desperate for the vision

that possessed me in my sleep.

I was in the thunder, when your voice divided through,

‘Cause silence makes you startled,

and you don’t know what to do...

I never met another that affects me like you do.

And if you’ve wondered,

you got more to fear from you than you do from me.

And I know you feel the same way too.

Would it be enough to say I’m "so"

another thousand times a day?

You know I’ve said I’m sorry in so many different ways.

Compromising living is squirming down inside,

And I wouldn’t commit to doing it until the day I die.

And all you say and how you do is out of my hands.

And if you lose respect for me, you know I’ll understand.

I don’t blame you, ‘cause I felt the same way too.

NIGHTLIGHT

Nightlight shining time on the walls of my room

And I’m sitting here wondering

will you really be here soon?

High hoped baby, underneath a full fool moon.

Just let me know baby

if you’re in a terrible mood

‘Cause even if you’re leaving,

it doesn’t got to be so soon

High hoped baby, underneath a full fool moon.

And I’m wound up tighter than a whirlwind

Riding round in circles like a hurricane.

Sitting here wondering,

underneath the full fool-moon

And I got sense enough to go insane

Anyone could tell you I got half a brain

For sitting here waiting, underneath the full fool-moon

Nightlights shining on the walls of my room

And I’m sitting here wondering, will you really be here soon?

High hoped baby, underneath a full fool moon.

High hoped baby, underneath a full fool moon.

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