restless things

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we made our way back to a place where hope was breath
and a beer or two, they could defuse a war
there was no need to agree upon intentions,
we just hopped into the car
and in a world that bright, and hot, and green
who could've believed in anything
but our blissful stillness in the middle of such
terrible speed

i stopped shaving, keeping up appearances,
you stopped knitting up your brow
we skinned our knees and did away with thanks and please but we
couldn't fathom how our wide-eyed winding worlds had wound us
into strangest companions on that moonstruck river road,
oh no one stopped to check the soil, some restless things just grow
all on their own

well we had time, well you know, at times, time was all we had
our distances fell flat to parallel horizons,
not quite happy, not quite sad.
oh, and grace is a slow walker, quiet hearts get hassled
into walls by thronging city streets,

oh darling
your planet held so steady inside the
bright white goodbye of our mother star

strange vignettes humming through my inner eye
the worlds i used to sleep inside
the darkness of your cluttered cave, your burrowing cat-like
contentment made my lower ribs ache ©


from Grimace and Grace, released September 13, 2012
vocals & guitar: rachel laitman
drums: matthew johnson
production, mixing & bass: peter j hochstedler


tags: folk pop Brooklyn


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