The Youth Before (Lyrics)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Virginian Sky

 

We can lay below a clear, Virginian sky

And watch the airplanes blinking up so high.

Above our heads, a hundred stars

They shine so bright.

Twenty thousand more will help

Illuminate the night.

 

We'll dangle our bare feet from a crescent moon.

Innocence will not vanish so soon.

 

You are my ray of color in a world that's black and white.

You are the sound of crickets by my window on a summer's night.

You are the smell of freshly cut grass,

And the flowers that bloom in the wild.

You are the breeze that reminds me

I will always be a child.

 

We can dance between millions of raindrops

And watch the lightning flash so far away.

And when the the sun comes out and all the thunder stops,

A technicolor rainbow will remain.

 

We'll lay upon a blanket in the grass.

Innocence will not vanish so fast.

 

You are my ray of color in a world that's black and white.

You are the sound of crickets by my window on a summer's night.

You are the smell of freshly cut grass,

And the flowers that bloom in the wild.

You are the breeze that reminds me

I will always be a child.

 

So let's hold on to the seconds before they pass us by.

And when our futures beckon, it will be easier to say good-bye.

 

You are my ray of color in a world that's black and white.

You are the sound of crickets by my window on a summer's night.

You are the smell of freshly cut grass,

And the flowers that bloom in the wild.

You are the breeze that reminds me

I will always be a child.




 

Strangers

 

I went to the city for a job interview

As I looked for a seat in that overcrowded room,

I saw you.

And even though I was late,

And my clothes were all wet

Cause it started to rain

And I overslept,

I saw you, and it was all better somehow.

 

But things have changed and now

 

We're out on the street, the sun is shining down.

Our eyes never meet, there's people all around.

I feel nothing. I feel nothing at last.

We're just strangers brushing shoulders as we pass.

 

I'll never forget the times that we had

Before the good days started all turning bad.

It's a shame. It was perfect then.

Then something began to change in your heart

And all of our plans slowly fell apart.

You weren't the same, and you never called after that.

 

Yea, things have changed and now.

 

We're out on the street, the sun is shining down.

Our eyes never meet, there's people all around.

I feel nothing. I feel nothing at last.

We're just strangers brushing shoulders as we pass.

 

I wanted to know what happened to us,

So I asked you so many times

And you couldn't begin to give me an answer,

You just threw out one of your lines.

It took me a while to realize that you were never coming back

Now it's easy for me to ignore you when we pass.

 

We're out on the street, the sun is shining down.

Our eyes never meet, there's people all around.

I feel nothing. I feel nothing at last.

We're just strangers, always strangers.

Never showing we have a past.

We're just strangers brushing shoulders as we pass.




 

Dreaming

 

These stars all align

And it’s the perfect night

To slow dance while we talk

In the pale moonlight

 

And I never saw

Such a sight

As when the world

Fell asleep

And there wasn’t

A single sound

Except my heartbeat

 

And my nervous hands,

They shake

And my knees

Are getting weak.


 

Because this feels like a dream

One where I’m falling

With no safety net below

It feels like a dream

And when you catch me

Baby I hope

That you don’t mind

That I’ll still be sleeping

Cause I don’t wanna wake up

I don’t wanna wake up from this.



 

Beautiful

 

You're so beautiful,

Guess I'm not beautiful enough for you.

Cause I tried to say everything I was feeling inside

It didn't come out right.

But I'm still waiting, and I'll stay waiting

Until you're ready to say that

Now's the time that I finally have the chance

To hold your hand.

 

The stars looked to close last night

When I was lying there in your arms

So the direction you chose

Doesn't make any sense, and it's done so much harm.

I guess I understand an addiction to options

But I guess I never really knew what it's like

To be on the other end.

 

But I'm still waiting, and I'll stay waiting

Until you're ready to say that

Now's the time that I finally have the chance

To hold your hand.

 

I know I did just what you did to me,

And I hope that you accept my apology.

I guess it isn't fair to ask you to choose

When she's so obviously more beautiful.

 

Cause I’m not beautiful enough for you

Cause I tried to say everything I was feeling inside

It didn't come out right.

But I'm still waiting, and I'll stay waiting

Until you're ready to say that

Now's the time that I finally have the chance

To hold your hand.

You're so beautiful,

And she's so beautiful,

And one day soon

I hope it's true

That I am beautiful enough

For you.



 

Caught

 

Hey, baby can't you see

That I've been waiting patiently?

I'll keep waiting til you agree

That I'm the one for you

Cause I know you're the one for me.

 

And I just want to spend my life with you

Cause I know that I'll be more than enough.

I want to spend my life with you,

Cause you're the only one that I have ever loved.

Don't care about how much it costs

Or if you get down on one knee or not.

I've been free all these years,

And now baby I just want to be caught.

 

I'm dreaming of the days

That we'll spend together as we age.

And I'll still think when we're wrinkled and old,

That you're the most beautiful thing

This world has ever known.

 

And I just want to spend my life with you

Cause I know that I'll be more than enough.

I want to spend my life with you,

Cause you're the only one that I have ever loved.

Don't care about how much it costs

Or if you get down on one knee or not.

I've been free all these years,

And now baby I just want to be caught.

 

And I know that it's too soon,

And I know that you won't ask

But just for the record, my answer would be yes.

 

Cause I just want to spend my life with you

Cause I know that I'll be more than enough.

I want to spend my life with you,

Cause you're the only one that I have ever loved.

Don't care about how much it costs

Or if you get down on one knee or not.

Cause I just want to be yours

Don't want to be alone anymore.

I'll give you everything I've got.

Cause I've been free all these years,

And now baby I just want to be caught.



 

Loveless Eyes

 

I've been sitting here for so long

Watching the grass grow over my feet.

Cause you said you'd always be around,

But it's turning out to be another lie.

And I've been giving my best all this time

But it's like you don't even want to try.

 

And I'm tired of ignoring this

And I'm tired of crying.

Baby, it's not too hard to miss

The fact that you're lying.

When you say "I love you"

With a kiss.

Your eyes are so loveless.

 

I was a mess but your love

Swept me up and off of my feet.

But you're not the man you used to be,

And you've turned into another long lost soul.

I've been trying to forget your smile

And forget that my heart isn't feeling whole.

 

And I'm tired of ignoring this

And I'm tired of crying.

Baby, it's not too hard to miss

The fact that you're lying.

When you say "I love you"

With a kiss.

Your eyes are so loveless.

 

Maybe I'm not good enough for you

Or I'm not strong enough to see

That if I'm not good enough for you,

You're not good enough for me.

Maybe I'm scared to search your words,

Cause I'm afraid of when I'll find.

This already hurts so much,

You've got to stay behind.

 

And I'm tired of ignoring this

And I'm tired of crying.

Baby, it's not too hard to miss

The fact that you're lying.

When you say "I love you"

With a kiss.

Your eyes are so loveless.


 

Fly or Fall

 

Somedays I don't even feel like talking

Everyone keeps telling me

I've gotta make more friends

Maybe I'm not ready to move on.

Cause the memories of summer

Are still strong

And you know it's a challenge

When you're on your own

And it feels like nowhere will ever feel like home

Again.

 

And you know I'm falling

And I can't see the ground

As it falls in and

Darkness surrounds my eyes

And I can't decide

Should I keep on falling

Or should I fly?

 

Somedays I feel like hiding away

Everyone keeps telling me to

come out and play

You might think I'm crazy

But I think I

I miss the way my stars shine in my sky

 

And you know it's a challenge

When you're own

And it looks like nowhere will ever look

Like home again.


 

And you know I'm falling

And I can't see the ground

As it falls in and

Darkness surrounds my eyes

And I can't decide

Should I keep on falling

Or should I fly?

 

You know it's a battle

To try and find yourself

When everything is changing

And all you need is help

And it's hard to focus

But you gotta try.

When you feel like falling

All you gotta do is fly.


 

Distance

 

I feel we've just started

And now I have to go

And I've been trying to keep my feelings

So far down that they won't show.

 

When I think of you,

My mind is consumed by these

Past few days

 

So I say to you

That I'll miss

So I' say to you that I care

I don't know what I'll do 

When I feel the need to kiss you.

I'll pretend that you're right there.

 

Because distance only

Separates us so far

Before our feet can

Bring us back again

And the wires that stretch from

City to city

Will keep this all in place

And then I'll be in your arms again.


 

I found this whole thing

A little more devastating

Than I ever thought it could be.

I don't want to think that tomorrow I'll wake up

And you won't be next to me.

 

So I say to you

That I'll miss

So I say to you that I care

I don't know what I'll do 

When I feel the need to kiss you.

I'll pretend that you're right there.

 

Because distance only

Separates us so far

Before our feet can

Bring us back again

And the wires that stretch from

City to city

Will keep this all in place

And then I'll be in your arms again.

 

So I say to you this is our chance

And I know that it's not fair

But one day when you least expect it

You'll open your hand

And mine will be there.

 

Because distance only

Separates us so far

Before our feet can

Bring us back again

And the wires that stretch from

City to city

Will keep this all in place

And then I'll be in your arms again.


 

Cherry Trees

 

It started out as just another summer

Then it turned into more.

And I expected just to spend my days relaxing

Just like every summer before.

But then you came along

And we started getting closer

To being just a little more than friends,

And I'm writing this song

Cause even though the summer's over

Doesn't mean that this has to end.

 

Cause I still wanna hold your hand

Whenever I get the chance.

And I still wanna try growing cherry trees

Even though we know that we can't.

And when I come home,

I still wanna lay with you for hours.

We'll be fine after we watch a few meteor showers.

Soon enough, it'll start to feel just like

Another summer's night.

 

We've been through hurt,

Even caused by each other.

Still somehow we found out

That we still feel the same.

We gotta fight the distance now.

But we've been through so much.

There's no use in turning back,

And we might as well try.

I'll be thinking and wishing

That I was with you

Between every single good-bye.

 

Cause I still wanna hold your hand

Whenever I get the chance.

And I still wanna try growing cherry trees

Even though we know that we can't.

And when I come home,

I still wanna lay with you for hours.

We'll be fine after we watch a few meteor showers.

Soon enough, it'll start to feel just like

Another summer's night.

 

I promise I won't be gone for too long.

I'll probably end up missing you before you miss me.

So I'll drive the hundred miles,

And I'll sing this song.

And when you look out your window in the morning,

You'll find me asleep on your lawn.

 

Cause I still wanna hold your hand

Whenever I get the chance.

And I still wanna try growing cherry trees

Even though we know that we can't.

And when I come home,

I still wanna lay with you for hours.

We'll be fine after we watch a few meteor showers.

Soon enough, it'll start to feel just like

Another summer's night.