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lyrics

The Calm

In the fall of that fold in that faded old photo
in the hall of that home with the yard and those willows.
And they prayed every day for that face to appear at the door;
So afraid, well, that maybe the day had just come
and then gone...

In the school with the pupils and numerals in rows
and all the rules for the fools and the rules for the prose.
And they say when you age, well, your brain just gives way at eighteen
and the way it is then is the way that it always
will be...

There you go now
but if you wait a moment longer I'll come along.
And you will show us how
That if you wait a moment longer,
then it's gone.

On the street there's a siren and songbird and horn,
and always someone who is dragging themselves home alone.
And you say they will pay for the way they discouraged your dreams
But it won't mean a thing because it won't bring you any relief…

The calm and the psalm and salt
that's thrown over the shoulder
of the saddest of soldier
who's carving the doll
from the soap in the stall
of his horse...
The wish and the kiss
the admission
you cling to that note
like the carrier pigeon
who's flying alone
in the thick of the storm
in the dark...
And the scene in the dream
where nothing is changing,
but everything's changing
or so it seems...

There you go now
and if you wait a moment longer, please, bring me along.
You will show us how
That if you wait a moment longer, then it's gone.
If you wait a moment longer, then it’s gone.

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from The Old Illusions, released January 22, 2016
Nathaniel Bellows: Guitar, vocal
Aaron Roche: Autoharp, guitar, vocals, whistles

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