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gravity 01:57
snowfall with the light off snow falls as the night comes coaxed home by a tired sun and so another damn day is done holding close as my arms can i ask myself if i'm a good man if the stars blink out and the fire's still how will i know if i've done well can you feel the pull as days pass and the strongest buildings turn to scrap though i don't know how to make us close i need it still you know
i can talk to you now i can feel your fire i can wait for the sound of the fingers dialing i can come back to this when it feels uncertain i rely on your hands when i share these burdens i can talk to you now even by long distance i can feel your vibrations inside my systems i can ask for your voice or just feel your silence i can know that you're there as a fact of science so far it's worked for me here yet somehow it seems a change is coming i can talk to you now i can burn these tones in the bark of the trees i'll use to build my home and i can make the best of it i can try to notice every of kind beauty hidden in this moment i can hope that you'll know that you're always with me and wherever i go even old and sickly i can go for a walk and feel the fresh air you have one place to go and i'll meet you there so far it's worked for me here yet somehow it seems a change is coming i can talk to you now i can feel your fire as it ebbs and it flows as your heat runs higher i can hear the kids now and they're singing carols it's your favorite time of year there's something in the air but you're a part of me now and you always have been you can tell me what hurts and i'll gladly listen i can do my very best and i can know you'd like it even though as for me i'm still undecided
hey can you turn on the light to make this happen it needs be bright in the haze of the tiger sweat revealing things that haven't happened yet when the payoff is so low and the fever pitch breaks the elbow a fixed-up figure suddenly comes between you and me hey can you make the food in this condition it's something i can't do my movements trickle slowly the hanging limbs of an old tree i feel afraid of making fuss in a place so odd and curious where amazing things may get stuck we'll milk the bull or the duck hey can you leave me be for now alone i'll set this free somehow even if we must stay tied down even if we must be disallowed you know i do love you my old friends through rainclouds and the dark winds even if we fall too far out i promise things will come around
like a small bud not yet opened holding back things for a moment we failed to notice what's been the focus all along in the arms of this same one if i'd have known can you picture that they lived here holding six hearts and growing bigger it's where they built her it's where they held her all aglow i'd have come early to this family if i'd have known there's a wild place without these highways where the warm wind waits in the doorway i'm a beginner a mere lamplighter so i can't go to that silence and that brightness from times of old but i'd have found a way to hold tighter if i'd have known
in days of storm and wild winds when phones won't ring and fears creep in in cold dark nights with windows broken long lost dreams of words unspoken if you feel lonely or afraid if someone left you in the rain if the road is long and you've got no lift i'll send with you a simple wish may your back stay strong enough in the night with a broken wing to bend when each piece needs raising up may your memory hold tight those past distant times when it looked all wrong, but finally turned out fine tight balled fists and solemn face when every top will spin away you've lost your shirt to everyone you've lost your lovers to the sun then tied things down with breaths we breathe ground under your feet accelerating you try to sing but croak a noise of confusion with a broken voice if you feel lonely or afraid if someone left you in the rain if the journey's long and you're on your own i'll send a wish to guide you home may your secrets all be shared in close quarters where you feel no need to hide from those who care may your fires stay contained and leave you warmth to spare to cast a bit of brightness to the air may your sadness only stay for the shortest day and may you soon feel it fall away
the sun keeps burning as i'm waiting for your ghost to arrive in the evening following the final glow there's a light that's restless there's a signal in the noise mama bird home to her nest bearing marks of foreign soils and though the leaves keep growing and falling laying bare the design of the bones of the forest i never thought this moon would take a life but do we last forever do the feathers of our wings lift up weakened bodies animate their messages what if i don't believe it am i turning you away what of the visions and mysteries that i can't seem to escape i always thought my life would be a puzzle i could unlock i tried (that's what you taught me) but since the day you died it hurts to hope to hold your hand once more before you go the sun keeps burning as i'm waiting for your ghost to arrive in the evening following the final glow the sun keeps burning no it won't seem to go down there's something it's preserving holding back from flaring out the sun keeps burning and it will for very long the horizons blurring wish i could play you this song


at the buzzer / three for three

facsimiles is rob voigt (robvoigt.net)
cover art by elise symer (elisesymer.com)


released December 24, 2017




facsimiles Chicago, Illinois

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