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When it all starts falling apart
(what do you do, what do you do)
A pain only comes like this but once in a life
(what do you do, what do you do)
I cry everyday and I cry every night
(what do you do, what do you do)
I shiver with fear afraid of losing it all
(what do you do, what do you do)

I think there’s only one solution that will come guaranteed
picture the car & the crash & the flames and release
I picture mother & father; I picture Rachel & Johna;
I picture Dusty & Keri & Cera; I picture Ariellah
Picture my family & my neighbors and friends;
I see my nieces all crying and I can’t add to their pain
I get to thinking that the walls are falling in on my mind
this was nice, did I maybe just misinterpret the signs
I see them hearing the news; I see them falling apart
I tell myself just to breathe & to cry & hold on
and though my brother is dead, I feel his hand on my shoulder
he’s saying, “only at the bottom will you see what you’re made of”

I’m kneeling at the edge of a pool made of light
and I can barely see the reason to remain in the fight
but I stand on my feet and my form catches fire
and I remember that my family is a Warriors line
and I remember I’m the kind of man that raises his children
the kind that faces the fire because you stand by your woman
I think of liars and players and all the damage they do
I think what every single woman that I love has been through
I think of all the mistrust and the pain that they hold
I think of all the honest men still sitting home and alone

What do you do?
To find a way of making peace in these times
I went my self unto the Goddess’s shrine
Made my apologies for all of these crimes
for every man whose every raised a violent hand to your line
Never been stuck between defeated and driven
sometimes I can’t believe the world we live in
punching the clock is not a choice I was given
not with all the damaged angels in the choir I live in

I’ll keep fighting for every damaged Angel in the Choir I live in


from The Trail of Hearts, released February 14, 2011



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Her Undulating Scales Oakland, California

My name is Paige Lawrence & I'm a male belly dancer. For 15 years I was a singer & guitarist in various metal/industrial bands in the Bay Area & then I discovered tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Her Undulating Scales is a place for the muses to stop along their gossamer way and sing to me; when I'm paying attention, I press record. Here you will find the songs I'm lucky enough to hear along my way.. ... more

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