Ivory Maps

by Jack White

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Songs for piano and vocal

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released August 9, 2016

Words, music and production by Jack White.

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Track Name: Stories And Songs
I didn't want to see you lose,
But I've seen all that you are,
Distance satisfies the news,
and now I think I've seen too far.

But you walk into my life and I know,
that something beautiful will happen,
See the clouds break, and feel my hands shake,
you're shining back as you walk away.

Make a wish inside my heart,
and let it beat around to every part,
close your eyes it won't be long,
if you're my story, I'm your song.

Never sing what you don't mean,
Never ask what words demand,
There's a guiding, secret dream,
We need them both to understand.

But you walk into my life and I know,
that something beautiful will happen,
See the clouds break, and feel my hands shake,
you're shining back as you walk away.

Make a wish inside my heart,
and let it beat around to every part,
close your eyes it won't be long,
if you're my story, I'm your song.
Track Name: Kiss Him
Just 17 but you've got your heart set on love,
You're holding on, you're looking to the skies above,
You think you've stopped: but you're just slowing down to let go,
The time is right, can you ever let them know?

Don't wait for things to change,
Or the weight will change you into someone,
Who waits to be told what to do,
Who will wait to be told what to do.

You're 21 and you've just turned your headlights on full,
The road is clear, is following it brave or wrong?
You're passing signs and trying not to let them go by,
It's your road now, curving under your own sky.

Don't wait for things to change,
Or the weight will change you into someone,
Who waits to be told what to do,
Who will wait to be told what to do.

So kiss him, kiss her, kiss anyone who makes you sure,
Love is real and beautiful evermore,
Tell me a story, without shame its glory is,
Everyone, can be themselves.

We are the same, and we've got our hearts set on love,
We're holding on, we're looking to the skies above,
The brink of change, we'll go there on another fine day,
The more we chase, the more it seems to move away.

Don't wait for things to change,
Or the weight will change you into someone,
Who waits to be told what to do,
Who will wait to be told what to do.

So kiss him, kiss her, kiss anyone who makes you sure,
Love is real and beautiful evermore,
Tell me a story, without shame its glory is,
Everyone, can be themselves.
Track Name: Tomorrow's Girl
Mark the line, descending horizon, it's sun-setting time,
As shadows creep up in this heart of mine,
It was too much take,
She was too much to take,
But the world didn't think about it.

Borderline, between cloud-like faces, and a heaven-less crime,
And all I want is to see her shine,
It was too much take,
She was too much to take,
But the world didn't think about it.

Does he care about her?
Does he care about her?
Will he make her forget about all that we were?
If she's never tomorrow's girl.

Cross the line, black out the weekends, there's litres of wine,
So join me tonight as I knock back time,
It was too much take,
She was too much to take,
But the world didn't think about it.

Does he care about her?
Does he care about her?
Will he make her forget about all that we were?
Will their hearts beat in phase?
Will he keep her amazed?
Will I live to regret this for all of my days?
All my days?

Remember the moment, before the sun sets,
The sun weighs the clouds in its soft golden nets,
The moment is perfect,
The memory's clear,
Cause there's darkness near,
Yes, there's darkness here.

It was too much take,
She was too much to take,
But the world didn't think about it.
Does he care about her?
Does he care about her?
Will he make her forget about all that we were?
now she's never tomorrow's girl.
Track Name: Daylight Sailer
Daylight sailer,
I have found your home,
Daylight sailer,
I have found your home,
Beneath the starlight's dome,
Beneath your concrete throne.

City saviour,
I have found my home,
City saviour,
I have found my home,
Beneath the swirling foam,
Beyond the daylight's roam.

As I absorb all the colours of difference,
And try to combine the shore and the tide,
I filter the world, until I grow weary,
And drink, what the clouds have cried.

Daylight sailer,
I have found our home,
Beneath the starlight's dome,
Beneath the waves of stone.
Track Name: Keep In Motion
He arrives with stories in slow motion,
And tears in his arms,
In his eyes no sense that he could not escape their harm.

So he keeps in motion he,
Keeps in motion he,
Keeps in motion he,
Keeps in motion,
From this heart.

We disguise, we tender no lullaby,
All it takes is a constant reminder, that broken wings cannot fly.
So we keep in motion we,
Keep in motion we,
Keep in motion,
And I don't know what this is, but it feels like,

Like I, keep emotions from him I,
Keep emotions I,
Keep emotions from him I,
Keep emotions,
From his heart,
From his heart,
And I don't know what this is, but it feels like love.
Track Name: Man On The Wall
There you stand,
In black-and-white glory,
A spade in your hand,
And beauty that comes from your family-run land,
A touch, simple frame for the things that you plan,
And things that you don’t plan.

And though this happened a long time ago,
I’m proud that you struggled to watch your world grow.

Mr Man can you sort my life out?
Can you help me rebuild things, in the heat of this drought?
Can I grow anything here?
Or do I need to find somewhere new?

Cause you, your garden is beautiful
You, your garden is beautiful
Cause I know you lost it all,
I know that you lost it all,

I grew a tiny flower from the roots in my head,
I think the seeds were planted the night when you said,
“Please don’t, please don’t fight, I’ll love you instead”
And now those tiny petals they fill me with dread.

Cause I want to be know,
For all the love shown,
For the garden we have grown.

Mr Man can you sort my life out?
Can you help me rebuild things, in the heat of this drought?
Can I grow anything here?
Or do I need to find somewhere new?

Cause you, your garden is beautiful
You, your garden is beautiful
Cause I know you lost it all,
I know that you lost it all.
I know that you lost it all.
I know that you lost it all.
Track Name: Severn Lights
Many paths that lead to home,
Crossing water, glass and stone.
But I haven’t shared anything beautiful,
No I haven’t known anyone I can show.

But I will bring,
Severn lights to your side,
I will bring,
Severn lights to your side.

Unplanned, no future written in the sand,
No stars above to map the land,
No forcing you to understand the reasons we should be together.

Cool down, the gold is dripping from your crown,
There’s panic spreading through the land,
I’m working out a way around these feelings we should be together.

Cause I will bring,
Severn lights to your side,
I will bring,
Severn lights to your side.

Many paths that lead to you,
From pavement grey, to power-blue.
But I haven’t kept anything beautiful,
But I haven’t kept anything I can show.

But I will bring,
Severn lights to your side,
I will bring,
Severn lights to your side,
To your bedside.
Track Name: Still Waters
This water is ours,
We swim below floating bowers,
Like all the treasure this sea has devoured,
We forgot to hold on.

And you alone, search the ocean’s floor,
Yes you alone, fall with me to explore,
Yes you alone, are the one I look for,
If I need to go back will you swim me to shore?

This water is ours,
We swim above sunken towers,
Like all the love that this world will devour,
We’ll forgot to let go.

But you alone, aim straight for the heart
Yes you alone, are a fin in the dark,
Yes you alone, keep your blades razor-sharp,
And keep finding new ways to tear me apart.

But I’m no hero,
I cannot protect my home from you,
And I’m no hero when I fall, into the darkness of it all.

This water is ours,
This water is ours,
This water is ours,
This water is ours.

But you alone, aim straight for the heart
Yes you alone, are a fin in the dark,
Yes you alone, keep your blades razor-sharp,
And keep finding new ways to tear me apart.

This water is ours,
This water is ours,
This water is ours,
This water is ours.
Track Name: Dog town
Footsteps flowed,
I watched you flee,
Across the village,
To the sea,
Did you once look back for me?

So this room,
Becomes my jail,
Frozen wishes, I exhale,
Turn blue skies dark, and fail.

He is now my sentinel,
Paws and muzzle,
Sight and smell,
He’ll wait for him as well.

So we sit,
Stare at the door,
As my tears fall, for what you swore,
Let slip the dogs of war.

And I will change truth into fantasy,
I’ll leave this place and take to the skies,
In my heart a cold, dark cavalry,
watches me when loyalty dies.
And I will deal with this.
I will deal with this.
I will deal with this.


In the quiet,
Fires fade,
Has forgiveness been betrayed?
Can this heart be remade?

They’re rushing in,
To change your stars,
Into snake heads, blood and scars,
Remember what was ours.

And I will deal with this.
I will deal with this.
I will deal with this.

I will change truth into fantasy,
I’ll leave this place and take to the skies,
In my heart a cold, dark cavalry,
watches me when loyalty dies.

I will change truth into fantasy,
I’ll leave this place and take to the skies,
In my heart a cold, dark cavalry,
watches me when loyalty dies.
Track Name: This Is How We Love
This is how we love