What Would You Do?

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lyrics

What Would You Do?

Well, they came uncovered,
the boy and his mother;
the story, the luggage,
the stone.
And she raised him heavy
with Jesus and red meat,
the fear of the deadbeat
the drone.

And the girl would wonder
throughout Sunday supper:
"Is this how my life is
to be?"
The house stood static
from basement to attic;
the placemats where no one
would eat...

But it takes so long to say sorry,
and it builds in your body and
poisons you.
And you wake alone in the darkness
and scream "I have got this! I know
the truth!"
But if you had only one moment
to give back that torment,
what would you do?

And the lake looked amber,
the water the sandbar,
the slaughter of what had
run wild.
In the eyes, in the antlers,
on the wall, on the mantle,
so dead to the child,
so alive...

So alive, like they always would be
and so tied to the family tree,
and the light that will always
still lead them back home.
So alive, as they prayed they would be
and still tied to that family tree
and the light that will always
still lead them back home.

And the cars rolled slowly
through the town
to the hole they made,
where the cold came down
like a coin.
And the view of the pond,
but is it true that the beyond
is the just home of all the ones
we can’t avoid?

Cause it takes so long to say sorry,
and it builds in your body and
poisons you.
And you wake alone in the darkness
and scream "I have got this! I know
the truth!"
But if you had only one moment
to give back that torment,
what would you do?

What would you do now?

credits

from The Old Illusions, released January 22, 2016
Nathaniel Bellows: Guitar, vocals
DM Stith: Vocals

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