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Pirate Queen

by Nico Padden

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Pirate Queen 04:10
Pirate Queen I will soothe your shattered little heart And I will love all the worst parts I will hold your pain in my mouth And I will speak until the words can come out Of you You have taught me what it is to care You have given so much more than what’s fair You reeled me in when I was overboard A long time ago you stopped keeping score Keeping score I will be your pirate queen I will make sure you are seen I will hold the very best parts of you To the light I will be your pirate queen I will sail in unnamed seas I will carve a place for you and me I will challenge anyone who tries to break us We will leave those doubters in our wake In our wake I will be your pirate queen I will make sure you are seen I will hold the very best parts of you To the light I will be your pirate queen And when it comes down to the wire When you’re denied for being true I will fly my Freak Flag higher and higher and higher So you can wave yours too I will be your pirate queen I will make sure you are seen And I will hold the very best parts of you To the light I will be your pirate queen
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Burning Rome To the Ground She took a deep breath Won’t leave the keys in the door Make sure she has what she needs She won’t come back anymore He had a taste for violence She was done playing mouse No longer scared of the silence Or giving in to doubt She’s burning Rome to the ground She’s burning Rome to the ground She’s burning Rome to the ground She’s burning Rome to the ground I was done being used By unreliable friends Taken my share of abuse From despicable friends I took a deep breath And I opened my mouth I said enough is enough I told them over and out I’m burning Rome to the ground I’m burning Rome to the ground I’m burning Rome to the ground I’m burning Rome to the ground They reached out for each other Through unthinkable pain The pain that only a mother Could ever know or sustain They said our children are dying And they will not be in vain They said we won’t keep silent We will keep screaming their names They’re burning Rome to the ground They’re burning Rome to the ground We’re burning Rome to the ground We’re burning Rome to the ground
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Pay the Piper Didn’t you know I was a liar Didn’t you know I was a dirty dirty liar Didn’t you know I was a scoundrel and a thief I thought you knew who I was And didn’t you know I was a sinner Didn’t you know I was a wicked wicked sinner Didn’t you know I was a beggar and a cheat I thought you knew who I was I got to Pay the piper, when he comes to collect I got to Pay the piper, yeah he never forgets X2 And didn’t you know I was a hustler Didn’t you know I was a righteous righteous hustler Didn’t you know I was a pirate and a sneak I thought you knew who I was I got to Pay the piper, when he comes to collect I got to Pay the piper, yeah he never forgets X2 I don’t want your baby No I don’t want your rent I don’t need your money no Your money’s all been spent I’m sitting pocket aces About to change the game Cause I don’t need your judgment Sure as hell don’t need your name CHORUS X2
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Four Hands on the Helm Your daddy used to hit you when you were small You learned to build a colossal wall all that rage was stored inside Until my love became your battle cry You fought for truth you fought for self You clawed out of your citadel The walls came down I helped you break Now I’ll hold you steady when you start to shake Reach for my hand and I will Pull you up on board Four hands on the helm As we lose sight of the shore Somewhere across the great divide I heard your voice and you heard mine Now We’ll guide each other better than before When I was a child I felt numb I learned to be a chameleon They couldn’t see me or hear my scream Then your love rebuilt my dreams surge winds threw my ship off course You raised my sails, we fought the war You remind me that the calm is now With Your healing hands soft on my brow I’ll Reach for your hand and You will Pull me up on board Four hands on the helm As we lose sight of the shore Somewhere across the great divide I heard your voice and you heard mine Now we’ll guide each other better than before The River starts In the mountain runs out to meet the sea Will it find it’s way to salt water ? There’s no guarantee Was it fate or god or magic? (When we collided how we knew) I don’t know if I believe all that I’m just thankful to be with you Yeah I’m thankful to be with you Reach for my hand and I will Pull you up on board Four hands on the helm As we lose sight of the shore Somewhere across the great divide I heard your voice and you heard mine Now We’ll guide each other better than before
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The Last Time You treated me like option B You saw me as a backup You clouded my vision So you could deceive But I’ve gotten smarter I’m breaching this charter I’ve got too many things to do Too many things to be So I’m sayin’ for the last time You can go ahead and pack your bags Don’t book a return flight Don’t come beggin’ to me I haven’t got all night I’m putting my foot down I’m drawing this line so quit your tryin’ I’m setting you free You think you can appease me With lazy platitudes You think you can counteract All your hurt and demeaning You can raise your voice and make a scene You can spout all of your falsehoods I might forgive But I’ll never forget What you did to me So I’m sayin’ for the last time You can go ahead and pack your bags Don’t book a return flight Don’t come beggin’ to me I haven’t got all night I’m putting my foot down I’m drawing this line so quit your tryin’ I’m setting you free Don’t call me Don’t text me Don’t friend request me I don’t care if you’re lonely I don’t care if you miss me Don’t call me ‘cause you can’t sleep Cause you’re not gonna convince me ~Piano Solo~ I don’t care if you’re lonely I don’t care if you miss me Don’t call me ‘cause you can’t sleep Cause you’re not gonna convince me So I’m sayin’ for the last time You can go ahead and pack your bags Don’t book a return flight Don’t come beggin’ to me I haven’t got all night I’m putting my foot down I’m drawing this line so quit your tryin’ I’m setting you free
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The Death of the Princess I’m stubborn and loud I don’t back down I stand my ground The same way she did Her blood is running through my veins Her blood is running through my veins She is transitioning I’m repositioning I pray she is listening I call her name Her blood is running through my veins Her blood is running through my veins My grief is so vigorous My direction’s ambiguous Distress is continuous I’m so afraid Her blood is running through my veins Her blood is running through my veins The Death of the Princess The rise of the Queen you were my Queen, The Queen of all Queens And your blood is running through my veins Your blood is running through my veins Oh the best parts of me Are extensions of you and the worst that you see I learned from you too I’m a link in your chain Blood running through my veins I’m a link in your chain Blood running through my veins I’ll live to make you proud I’ll sing your name out loud My daughters will resound the story of your reign And We will remain Your blood is running through our veins Your blood is running through our veins
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27 Heartbeats 27 little heartbeats 27 pairs of eyes 27 little voices That never fail to surprise 27 questions 27 first tries 27 stumble and falls 27 little cries They tumble into my classroom All shiny hope and growth They learn new words and how to be kind Their little faces give me hope But every day I swallow the thought If we are next in this onslaught— How can I keep them alive? Can I be strong, will I Be brave, Can I think fast enough to save My 27 little learners How can i keep them alive? 27 when I grow ups 27 secret fears 27 innocent dreams 27 sets of listening ears They listen to the words we say They watch the things we do Do they know in their 27 little hearts That we don’t regard their human value? Because every day I swallow the thought If we are next in this onslaught— How can I keep them alive? Can I be strong, will I Be brave, Can I think fast enough to save My 27 little babies How can i keep them alive? Lock the door, pull the screen, shut the lights, be still, still, still The quiet game, a prize for the winner They know the drill, drill, drill A little hand sneaks into mine My hot tears drip on the floor What will I do if they come for us? Anything, I will. 27 little heartbeats 27 pairs of eyes 27 little voices I won’t let you silence I will keep them alive I will be strong, I will Be brave, Will I get lucky enough to save Their 27 little heartbeats Please God, help me keep them alive. ​
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Bar On 63rd 03:45
Bar On 63rd It’s December 21st, and all the lights are in the windows I’m singing I’ll Be Home For Christmas at the bar on 63rd They put their 5’s and 10s in, they ask for Brown Eyed Girl Well this brown-eyed girl will make you dance, and hang on every word I wonder if they know inside how I am breaking and I’m operating underneath a spirit-crushing weight I wonder if it shows, the dream my soul was making is a fire beaten out of me by failures and mistakes And I’m tired, tired, tired Yeah I’m tired, tired, tired, tired, tired But I hold fast The fog tonight is thick, my headlights barely help me make out The ten feet up ahead of me as I drive home in the dark My pocket full of song requests that I turned into twenties I’ll pay some bills tomorrow and keep waiting for a spark And I’m tired, tired, tired Yeah I’m tired, tired, tired, tired, tired But I hold fast I breathe in freezing air, the moon is full and it’s the solstice I speak out loud to no one, “I am lost and I am scared” But I’ll try again tomorrow, I’ll try though I don’t want to I’ll try to hold out hope till I can get myself repaired And I’m tired, tired, tired Yeah I’m tired, tired, tired, tired, tired But I hold fast
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Mother &Father My mother She takes over every room She is made of rocket fuel She is my mother My father He is poetry in stillness He is made out of forgiveness He is my father And everything I am I stole from them Every play in my book Every chorus every hook Everything I am I stole from them And I have taken More than my share of second chances And all the grace that I’ve been granted I don’t deserve it But I’ll use it I’ll take this stardust I’ve been given I will shape it into a vision Of love and care And everything I am I stole from them Every play in my book Every chorus every hook Everything I am I stole from them And my father He knows just what I am saying But his eyes are tired and fading He’s slowing down My mother No she won’t be here forever So I will make sure to remember To listen well And everything I am I stole from them Every play in my book Every chorus every hook Everything I am I stole from them

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released January 28, 2022

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