And Other Short Stories, vol. I

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A collection of fiction.

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released October 26, 2018

All songs written, performed, and produced by me in 2018.

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Track Name: Hawaii
I did not want to come to Hawaii
I only came ‘cause I felt like you wanted me to
I don’t know whatever happened to Norway
Your grandfather said he had the perfect room
All set up for us with the perfect view
And now here we are
Now here we are
I thought you wanted to learn more
About where he came from
He’s got connections

I guess I’ll try my best
To relax and to rest
There are places I’d like to go less
Track Name: My Lover is Gone
My lover is gone
And I don’t know where he’s gone off to
My lover is gone
And I don’t know where he’s gone off to

I suspect foul play
It is the only way
He would ever leave this place
He’d never own
Such a burden
As to simply walk away

My lover is gone
And I don’t know where he’s gone off to
My lover is gone
And I don’t know where he’s gone off to

I suspect we’ll find him
In a week or so
Lying prostrate by the side of the road
I won’t be convinced
Of his will to live
Somewhere other than this life
He’d never exit
Never excuse himself
Not without saying something
(That doesn’t sound like him)
I suspect foul play
It is the only way
Aren’t you believing this?

And my lover is gone
I swear I don’t know where he’s gone off to
My lover is gone
And I swear I don’t know where he’s gone off to
Track Name: Your Old Song
Your voice
Still hangs
At the edges
Of my days
It clings
And it clings
To the fringes
And the frays

Your old song
It stalks my arms
Where I held it
Where I hold it
Where I keep it
Close for warmth
In the dead of
My nights

I’d gladly
Give it away
Never come back
Never come back...

Someone–-
Anyone–-
Send me
A new one
Oh someone––
Anyone––
Please send me
A new one
Track Name: Sick Ghost
I knew there was no way
You’d be leaving this place
You’re far too stubborn
To be taken away

I thought it was impossible
Until it was real
Right in front of me
I can feel you

But what I didn’t know
Was you’d be traveling around my home
A rambling and ambling sick ghost

I can hear your song
Like a sea bird in the night
You’d think that it would scare me
But it’s all right
You’d think that it would scare me
But it’s all right

But what I didn’t know
Was you’d be traveling around my home
A rambling and ambling sick ghost

It’s what they don’t tell you
In your dreams
It’s what they don’t tell you
In the stories you keep
That you hold on to
What was left behind you
Evermore clung
To what you departed from

Oh what I didn’t know
Was you’d be traveling around my home
A rambling and ambling sick ghost
Track Name: Discord
I hear the cat moan
Guess that means
I must get out of bed
Fix a plate, and answer the phone
It has to be
Your mother again

I never anticipated
That after all this waiting
I would end up hating
The whole routine

You go, I see you off
A blue suit
And a bluer eye
Shower is hot, beats on beats off
Nothing new
Nothing to advertise

I never anticipated
That after all this waiting
I would only end up hating
This whole routine

Nothing new
Nothing to advertise
Track Name: Blue Car
Look at all these places you left behind
You're gonna think they look the same
We preserved your getaway tracks in cast iron
And vowed to never forget your name

You need to see your city
My, how it's changed

Look at all these faces you left behind
They're not happy
And I can't say that I blame them
You really did us in this time
I don't know what they're gonna do
But I'm not gonna stop them

You need to see your city
My, how it's changed
My, how it's changed

You came back
In the same blue car
That you drove away in
You came back
In the same blue car
That you drove away in

You need to see your city
You need to see your city
My, how we've changed
My, how we've changed
Track Name: Letter From Lu
Last night I had a dream
That I got a letter from you
Which is impossible
But it made sense
It was true

“Dearest friend,
I know you had to do it
In order for us both to survive
But not a day goes by
I don’t think I see your face
In the sunrise light
Beyond the fence”

It went on for a page or two
It was handwritten
I slumped onto the floor
Clutching it tight
In my chilly Ketchikan kitchen

“Dearest friend,
I know you had to do it
It was a difficult gesture of love
But not a night goes by
I don’t think I see your face
In the sunset light
Beyond the fence

And when you read this
I want you to know
That I am all right
She loves me just like you did
Well, maybe not quite
(But who could ever?)

Dearest friend,
I know you had to do it
In the piercing light
Beyond the fence

I look for you
I love you
Even if that train choir
Never brings you
Back here again”

I woke up and stiffened
At the lack of your body
At your missing
At the shape of air
Where you should be
Track Name: A Very Good Swimmer
Look at me
Standing here with my hands out
Waiting for something to give out
What am I expecting?

I can see
Something far in the distance
I knew it would end up like this
What am I detecting?

Something
Moving out in the shadows
What it is I could not know
Until further inspection

Wondering
What’ll happen when it gets here
Will I leave or will I stay here
What a weird sensation

I’ve never been a very good swimmer
But I know things are about to get swim or sink
I’ve never been a very good swimmer
But I know things are about to get act or think
Swim or sink

It’s a wonder
I’ve never been in this place
Any time before today
I always do these kinds of things

No time
To make a good decision
Just gotta act with precision
And hope it works out in the end

I’ve never been a very good swimmer
But I know things are about to get swim or sink
I’ve never been a very good swimmer
But I know things are about to get act or think
Swim or sink

Remember when you called me up
Just to tell me something you saw on the news
With next to no regard
For how I’d react – What if I’d told it to you?
I don’t do well in panic states
If you knew anything about me you could’ve guessed
I never know what you’re on about
But I try, oh god damn I try my god damn best

But I’ve never been a very good swimmer
But I know things are about to get swim or sink
I’ve never been a very good swimmer
But I know things are about to get act or think

I’ve never been a very good swimmer
But I know things are about to get swim or sink
I’ve never been a very good swimmer
But I know things are about to get act or think
Swim or sink
Track Name: Waiting Room
Waiting on the bench, beside each other’s hired men
We paid them good money to do what we could have done
I noticed you distracted and looking up
It must’ve been the song on the intercom

I remembered it, too
Suddenly all went blue

Funny how we always think about the things we’re not supposed to
At the very same moment we’re about to do what we don’t want to do

And I know the feeling, too
Suddenly all went blue
Suddenly all went blue
Right there in the waiting room

Is this what we want to do?
Is this what we want to do?
Suddenly all went blue
Right there in the waiting room
Track Name: I Come Back
When I come back
I need to hear your voice
I need to see your face
And connect the dots
Of what went down
When i was gone

When I come back
I need to touch your skin
I need to feel the hairs
I need to smell where they’ve been
I need the reminder
Of where I really am

And even though it has changed
It’s been the same for so long
That I think I’ll be okay
I don’t think my adjustment will be too long

When I come back
I need to wash my skin
I need to fill my mind
With all of the light
That I had forgotten
When I was away

When I come back
I need to lie in our bed
Don’t wash the sheets
I need to ease back in
To the space
That was mine

And even though it has changed
It’s been the same for so long
That I think I’ll be okay
I don’t think my adjustment will be too long
Track Name: In Line
Even though sometimes we get what we want
There’s no way to predict the future
Better not to give it thought
A black sky comes
A white light runs

In the final blinking moments of our lives
There’s no way to predict the future
Better not pay it mind
A solitude resounds
A lightness wraps round

Forgive the stars and muses for their loss
There’s never been a way to predict the future
Better not to cling to the pause
A silver hand appears
But there is no arm
There is no arm

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