Riddles & Lies

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The gleam in your eye, it begged me to try
And it warned me I’d never succeed
But from the way that you stood, I understood
That you knew no better than me

Tell me why, tell me why, all these riddles and lies
And delicate threads of disguise
When the games that we play, they’re so carefully staged
Well why do we still roll the dice

Halfway to sleep, you asked what I need
I answered in tongues and in braille
Cause the thoughts that I speak are like tracks down the beach
They’re just true til the ocean exhales

Tell me why, tell me why, all these riddles and lies
And delicate threads of disguise
When the words on my tongue, they’re not the same ones
I speak to myself late at night

There’s things I can say, when you’re inches away
When you’re vision’s still blurry and close
And our stories are flames of beeswax and shame
As real and transparent as smoke

Tell me why, tell me why, all these riddles and lies
And delicate threads of disguise
When we’re all just the same, slightly organized rain
Well why do we still choose to hide

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from Parables & Primes, released July 12, 2005

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Danny Schmidt Austin, Texas

Named to the Chicago Tribune's "50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years," Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, with lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt. ... more

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