Lyrics: Dublin, The Way Home, Hell and Back

Posted: September 19, 2013 in A Little Less Profound
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Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event.
Photo by TATE fan Ryan Macchione.

Please Note: Official lyrics to “Dublin,” “The Way Home,” “Hell and Back” and all songs by The Airborne Toxic Event are now available in our TATE Lyrics collection.

The Airborne Toxic Event released three new songs last week: two were included as bonus tracks on the Deluxe European edition of Such Hot Blood; the third was an unexpected new single that has been released to radio but is not yet available for purchase. We reviewed all three here; today we present the full lyrics to each song.

Dublin (Such Hot Blood, Deluxe) – lyrics by Mikel Jollett
Transcribed by Susan and Stephanie

On the quiet banks of the Liffey and lakes, Dublin wrote her name.
On the broad backs of men we never met with their pens and their stones, they did the same,
In the hours passed in the pubs, all the glasses were full and they were wet to the sleeve,
And the eyes were so clear on the girl I met there, I swore I’d never leave.

And the young men who longed for these shores in a song,
All they wanted was a home,
And I wanted one too with a girl eyes as blue as the light of dawn,
Patiently, she waits there for me to come home.

Was a bleary-eyed night, drunk from the lights and the sounds of a city awake,
And she stood in the crowd, her face as a shroud, leaving nothing for my eye to take.
But a warmth was so clear, it betrayed her as nearly she glowed like those lights on the bridge,
And a pain in my side, as I was drawn to her pride like the rise of the wind to the ridge.

And the young men who longed for these shores in a song,
All they wanted was a home,
And I wanted one too with a girl eyes as blue as the light of dawn,
Patiently, she waits there for me to come home.

These waters have run red, these beaches have bled from the wounds at the dark heart of man,
Daughters grown sharp, tongues like knives to the heart or a charm for the curse of the land,
With prayers in their eyes, how well they’ve disguised that it’s love they’re giving away,
But you might believe when your hard heart says leave but this one implores you to stay.

And the young men who longed for these girls with our songs,
All we wanted was a home.
She wants one too with someone heart as true as this prison made of stone,
Patiently, she waits there for me to come home,
Patiently, I wait to be free and be home.

The Way Home (Such Hot Blood, Deluxe) – lyrics by Mikel Jollett
Transcribed by Andy and Glen

Lying still, head awake, eyes closed tight and thoughts ablaze,
It’s coursing like a river going through my mind, just taking hits from the hands of time.

Silence can be so odd, it’s like looking around for the eyes of God,
There’s a truth somewhere that I just can’t find, taking hits from the hands of time.

And I wonder if you were here right now, would you sit with me beneath this darkened shroud?
In this prison built of bricks of shame, I want to tear it down to the frame.

If you smash your life up against the wall, you want to break it like a bottle and just let go,
But I don’t know if there’s a God at all, I just know I can’t live like this no more.
I just know I can’t live like this no more.

And the hours go by endlessly, and the days were spent breathlessly, and the nights begging for some sleep
Oh the endless time alone.
And the faces of the boys in line, there was fear in their eyes, and they all,
We just want to find a way home…

I can hear the birds, see the light outside, stand up like a man and swallow my pride,
I can write these words down in a rhyme. They’ve been beaten from me by the hands of time.

I don’t know why it’s always this way, and I hang my head low in the light of day,
All I know is I’m tired of being afraid, I got to walk this road on these bricks I’ve laid.

All the trumpets and the marching bands, the thunder claps and trembling hands,
All the people stood up in the stands, and I just felt so alone,
‘Cause the halos looked like rusted chains in the light
As we screamed in the dark, I just wanted to find a way home…

The truth is I’m not brave or sure, I just know I can’t live like this no more.
I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for, I just know I can’t live like this no more.

The truth is I’m not brave or sure, I just know I can’t live like this no more.
I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for, I just know I can’t live like this no more.

And I don’t know if this road will end at your door, I just know I can’t live like this no more.
I don’t even know what I’m heading for, I just know I can’t live like this no more.
I just know I can’t live like this no more.

Hell and Back – lyrics by Mikel Jollett

I held on as long as I could possibly – my blind faith pushing me to my knees.
I felt the warmth of a touch and it made me believe, and I knew it well.

I stood at the doorway hoping you might let me in,
My head spinning round, my nerves jumping from my skin,
I felt the stinging, ragged cold of the devil’s hot embrace,
And I knew it well.

And you took me to hell and back, how many times can I walk away from you?
My mind’s like a one-way track, and everyone is taking me back to you.
And you tell me just one more time and you’re lying like you always do,
And I know it well.

I must have walked a thousand miles or more trying to keep you off my mind,
I’ve knocked on a thousand doors I’m sure, just to see what I might find,
I’ve slept in the arms of a fallen angel crying next to me,
And I knew her well

And you took me to hell and back. How many times can I walk away from you?
My mind’s like a one-way track, and everyone is taking me back to you.
And you tell me just one more time and you’re lying like you always do,
And you give me just one more line and there’s nothing that I can do,
If I do it just one more time, then I swear that I’ll be through,
Yeah I know it well.

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