Other Short Stories (Abridged)

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Jeoffrey Owen My favorite song of 2018. So powerful and amazing. Thank you to Ztapes for allowing me to find this amazing music. Amazing record! Favorite track: In Line.
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1.
Hawaii 02:01
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
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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
3.
Sick Ghost 02:57
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
4.
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
5.
Waiting Room 03:09
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
6.
I Come Back 04:48
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
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In Line 04:04
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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released October 26, 2018

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

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