>> LYRICS | BACKWARDS & FORWARDS

1 | SWIM AROUND WITH YOU

You know exactly what you want
Now you've got me and you can't
Say it wasn't what you'd planned to find

All I really want to do is swim around with you
It feels so good that
All I ever want to do is swim around with you
Through deep blue

No I'm not letting go not swimming alone
I can't let you go can't swim out alone

I know exactly what I want
Or so I thought 'til I saw
A charcoal diamond in the raw then it struck me

All I really want to do is swim around with you
It feels so good that
All I ever want to do is swim around with you
Through deep blue

No I'm not letting go not swimming alone
I can't let you go can't swim out alone

All I really want to do is swim around with you
It feels so good that
All I ever want to do is swim around with you
Through deep blue


2 | THE CHAPTER

You give me love but can't take it
For more than an hour or two
The beautiful should stand naked
Not curl up beside the truth

The chapter's ending I feel so tired
Misunderstanding your heart's desire

You leave the room wide open
By walking the finest line
No promises were broken
The feelings were justified

The chapter's ending I feel so tired
Misunderstanding your heart's desire
The chapter's ending I feel so tired
Misunderstanding my heart's desire

Ah forever | Love takes time
More than ever | In my mind's eye

The chapter's ending I feel so tired
Misunderstanding your heart's desire


3| SAFE AT ANY SPEED

An examined life sooner values virtue
But sweetness takes time when half starved in late bloom
The brave make mistakes I've my share to swallow
When love leads astray senses leave me hollow too slow

My head is spinning wondering what it's worth
Though I'm just an ordinary girl

The more that I try to hold on
The lesson less is more is all I got
Were signals too fast or slow to see
Is it ever safe at any speed

The fates kiss my palm carving lines that wrestle
With nature alarmed strong-willed hearts can't settle too full

My head is spinning wondering what it's worth
Fleeting past where conscience is concerned

The more that I try to hold on
The lesson less is more is all I got
Were signals too fast or slow to see
Is it ever safe at any speed

My head is spinning wondering what it's worth

The more that I try to hold on
The lesson less is more is all I got
Were signals too fast or slow to see
Is it ever safe at any speed


4 | HERO

In your mind life was skipping on fast forward
Over time signs unnerved you the blindfold lowered

I didn't have the heart to tell you then
What happened never vanished round the bend
I hadn't learned to navigate the curves
In golden days you always were my hero

In the calm dogs were sleeping and I let them lie
While the harm was deceiving the last hope would die

I didn't have the heart to tell you how
What happened somehow managed to allow
I hadn't learned to navigate the hurt
In golden days you always were my hero my hero

What could I have done to help
You to resurrect yourself
Could you have stepped up to the plate
Burdened by unforeseen weight
I couldn't come to the rescue then
I couldn't come to the rescue

I didn't have the heart to tell you then
What happened never vanished round the bend
I hadn't learned to navigate the curves
In golden days you always were my hero my hero


5 | A THOUSAND WORDS

Reckless and down on your luck
Fancy being free
Glimpses of sunlight above
Tease me with small shimmerings from memory

It's worth a thousand words

As light fades and colors turn to dusk
The night sways I can't escape your touch

Vision with vanishing hope
Lonely in your eyes
Reasons that carry me home
Tumble down to realize what really shines

It's worth a thousand words

As light fades and colors turn to dusk
The night sways I can't escape your touch


6 | CRASH AND BURN

Out of the blue the clouds revealed a burning crush
I didn't want these things I feel no need to rush
Heartstrings attached the balance shifts with no return
Back in a bad familiar place I'll never learn

Weighed down by silence | The mind chatters nonsense
I'd much rather know what's on the ground

Or I'll crash and burn out

Sheltering skies now fluctuate from cold to hot 
I can't resolve these distant shapes wandering lost
Your soothing voice cures anxious eyes time to relax
Then silence comes all dressed in white and I flash back 

Weighed down by regret | The mind shudders forget
I'd much rather know what’s on the ground

Or I'll crash and burn out
[Give me the down and dirty or I'll crash and burn]

Just give me the down and dirty or I'll crash and burn out

Crash and burn out
Crash and burn out
Crash and burn out

7 | DON'T LIE DOWN

The hard truth disappoints
Slices through the thickest noise
A bullet with no sound
You shouldn't need to turn around
To know where your friends stand

When love's put to the test
A betrayal feels just like death
Has staked you to the ground
You shouldn't need to turn around
To know where your love stands

Walk with me you don't have to bend surrendering all
Truth runs deep once you understand you'll never lie

When your trust is destroyed
Staying true is your best choice
Don't let it break you down
You shouldn't need to turn around
To know where the truth stands

Walk with me you don't have to bend surrendering all
Truth runs deep once you understand you'll never lie down

Walk with me you don't have to bend surrendering all
Truth runs deep once you understand you'll never lie never lie down

Don't lie down don't lie down


8 | SCATTER ALL THE ASHES

Break through the pattern in the dark
Searching for the truest mark
Swallowing pride
Apart trouble bottled up will stay
Distance won't elude harm's way
Night crawling with lies

Farewell tender night
I've got to scatter all the ashes

There's too much static from the past
Interfering flickers cast
Everlasting desire
Are there any sparks that linger on
That whisper to me soft and strong
And can offer a smile

Farewell tender night
I've got to scatter all the ashes
I've got to scatter all the ashes
I've got to scatter all the ashes

Swirl round ashes surround
Too much static in the dark lurking
Tender sparks linger on

I've got to scatter all the ashes


9 | NEW FRONTIER

Sometimes when I'm lying in bed
Music will echo through my head
Swirling round in full stereo sound

Lately I don't really care
What I sing strange people stop and stare
Throwing caution to precarious winds

Look past cold shoulders
Recast dark corners
Strike invisible

And now I've opened up my eyes and opened up my heart

Some say I'm a ne'er-do-well
A lifetime of waking from a spell
Saving grace finds alternative ways

The spotlight has a magic glow
Its long fade illusions letting go
Well worn wishes embrace carousel kisses

Look past cold shoulders
Recast dark corners
Strike it beautiful

And now I've opened up my eyes and opened up my heart
It's a new frontier
I've opened up my eyes and opened up my heart
To a new frontier

Now I've opened up my eyes | And opened up my heart
It's a new frontier


10 | MASQUERADE

Look into my eyes tell me that you see everything
Underneath confidence that masquerades what's wrong
Not what you'd expect that I'm surely invincible
Along the seams vulnerability stitches up the strong

Careful the thread could unravel
Offer your arm to lean on
Gentle I'm too tired to travel
Farther unfastened undone

Masquerade the masquerade the masquerade is on

Take me in your arms knowing that I'm susceptible
Don't suspect the heart stops giving when it starts to bleed
Steely cool resolve compensates for deep weaknesses
Don't be fooled I've tucked the ragged edges up my sleeve

Careful the thread could unravel
Offer your arm to lean on
Gentle I'm too tired to travel
Farther unfastened undone

Masquerade the masquerade the masquerade is on

Look into my eyes tell me that you see everything
Underneath confidence that masquerades what's wrong


11 | BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS

Put the fire back before you find inertia having the final laugh
You're a passerby living behind your backseat passenger passive eyes

Life still waiting for later
Frozen inside stuck backwards and forwards

Your thoughts are with me
There's more than meets the eye
It costs you dearly
Too old and young to die

Stuck backwards and forwards
You're stuck backwards and forwards
You're stuck backwards and forwards























All words and music ©2010 Minnie Cho
All publishing ©2010 Altsop Music
All songs on Backwards & Forwards arranged and performed by Swoon