#XII

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released January 12, 2017

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Track Name: Baby Blue
little blue bird
across the sea
sickly but living
nestled in the concrete

why is it that you're so
far away?
fickle but sweet
and always just out of reach

some nights i'd swear
i never left
as if tomorrow
I'd see you again instead
of this sinking feeling

(that) nothing gold can stay
the luster will fade

when everything ends
will i see you again?
unlikely it seems
because you'll float
and i'll sink

little blue bird
i'm wasting my time
with a handful of grief
and whiskey to not feel lonely

i see you in dreams
talking and laughing
well now you're dancing
six feet over me

some nights i'd swear
i never left
as if tomorrow
I'd see you again instead
of this sinking feeling

(that) nothing gold can stay
the luster will fade

when everything ends
will i see you again?
unlikely it seems
because you'll float
and i'll sink
Track Name: Understanding
Darling I've been feeling
like I need to be
twisted in circles
just to find peace

hey sorrow
won't you sing me to sleep
you're still here but
I miss you dearly

With every mistake you made
every love that never happened
it wasn't supposed to be this way
prayers to time unanswered babe

"please don't go"
I wish you'd say to me
but you're far too kind and
understanding

no longer in spring
and not quite the summer
still chasing a dream
and you're body is breaking

you've given up
so much for this
all you've ever wanted
for what you'll never have again


With every mistake you made
every love that never happened
it wasn't supposed to be this way
prayers to time unanswered babe

"please don't go"
I wish you'd say to me
but you're far too kind and
understanding
Track Name: Nothing Ever
I woke up to
realize I had lost
everything that's mine
but maybe that's alright

a chance to start again
in this terrible place i've been
maybe it's time to go
I don't know

Nothing ever goes right
Nothing ever goes right
you get a little hope just to be let down
a little bit of happiness just to go back to
nothing ever goes right
but I guess that's fine

I should celebrate the love
I had once and not
lament, "baby boy
it'll never happen again"

because in the end
we're all alone
it doesn't really matter
nothing really matters at all

Nothing ever goes right
Nothing ever goes right
you get a little hope just to be let down
a little bit of happiness just to go back to
nothing ever goes right
but I guess that's fine
Track Name: 2 Minute Drill
we drove to your friend's place
the one on the cusp of change
hung across the wall
were pictures of better days

the scattered trinkets
of growing up
simultaneously sweet
and anxiety inducing

"there's got to be more than this"
you chant with bated breath
you're asking questions
that you know the answers to

Do you really want
to keep waking up
in the same old bed
that you've been sleeping in
since you were a kid?

There's nothing like
seeing your fears
embodied in a friend

"there's got to be more than this"
you chant with bated breath
you're asking questions
that you know the answers to
Track Name: Wolf & Sheep
a tired charade
of endless pandering
but who am I
to say anything

self righteous medicine
unprescribed
a dose too strong
but you don't care
you don't care

the words you
write and speak
are careless as they are cheap
you have them fooled
but all I see
is a man preying on the tired and weak

are you so arrogant
that you don't see what you're doing
blinded by your own light

or is it calculated?
nefarious through and through
playing the savior
its sardonic yet perfect

the words you
write and speak
are careless as they are cheap
you have them fooled
but all I see
is a man preying on the tired and weak
Track Name: Hospital
"It's time to go
visiting hours are over"
the hall's echo
is more comforting than
the bustling of hours before

and I stick around
to admire the hospital glow
it gives me time
to think of how

the wicked run amok
and dance on graves
salting the earth singing
"rejoice"
but that's just how it goes
a truth we've come to know
but you keep the light on
for me to come back home

Your hair has grown so long
when the doctor breaks the news
that you'll have to cut it again soon
frustrating doesn't begin to explain
and all we can do is hope for the best
normalcy for undeserving men

the wicked run amok
and dance on graves
salting the earth singing
"rejoice"
but that's just how it goes
a truth we've come to know
but you keep the light on
for me to come back home

Am I a dancer?
it's too bad I'll never know
but maybe there's beauty
in preserving sanity
so please keep the light on
for me to come back home