Leave No Trace

by That Dream Was Our Life

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What's been keeping me alive this summer: Facing mortality in the beauty & harshness of the American Southwest. Rebecca Solnit's "A Field Guide To Getting Lost". Cheese fries from Blackbird Pizza. Julia Gfrörer minicomics. Overly sentimental declarations of love. Wimbledon. And DIY too I guess lol

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released July 21, 2017

Written in Field Notes #3 & Google Keep
Recorded to iPhone
Photo: I broke the last thing you gave me 7/5/2017

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Track Name: There are more stars than dark in the heavens
I'm still falling through the canyon
Down Wharton make a left on second
Pick up donuts, make it a dozen
Grab some cheese fries, walk down 11th

Rainbow wings that never fly
Painted on a concrete sky
If your love for them should die
Where does that leave you & I

It's your birthday mid-October
Atlantic Ocean looks frozen over
Take our clothes off & run for the water
In our hearts was an invincible summer

A moment to forget my shame
Missing limbs & phantom pain
Wishes that you can't explain
A different face, another name

Claustrophobic in the canyon
I'm still climbing up the landing
A blue of distance I'll remember
There are more stars than dark in the heavens

What is it you're looking for
Mountainsides & unicorns
Wishes that you can't ignore
All you deserve & nothing more

There are places full of wonder
There are places I'll remember
They say only angels land here
Singing "Lovely Day" to each other
There are places full of wonder
There are places I'll remember
They say only angels land here
Singing "I Will Dare" to each other
Track Name: I could describe you as places
I miss you most in the night
You're the wind that travels the spine
A heart that can melt without heat
In the frozen desert of your eyes

I'm driving away from your house
A smile that fades over miles
Spun gold leaves my window
Drifting through the western sky

I could describe you as places
You're the city, you're the wild
The sand under moonlight
You're the narrow, you're the climb

I'm taking flight & leaving this all behind
So let's say goodnight for the very last time

You're a hundred adventures
Killer of tarantulas & snakes
You're the swing at the trainyard
The hollow by the gate

The door that leads to the dark
Is open when I'm with you
The Spirit Of The Forest
Is always in view
Track Name: Let Mortal Tongues Awake
One Sunday in July me & Cyndi met
A ballerina after a show
She was breathless - full of all the grace that you'd expect
Her skin was cold as melt from the snow

The curtain rises with the crowd's applause & cheers
Cameras flash like headlights from a car
A pixie cut & fang marks left behind her ears
A supermarket bouquet in her arms

If I tell myself that I can hold together
Am I living in an empty moonless night
Does everything that dies stay dead forever
Does anything, anywhere come back to life

A vampire only needs an invitation first
The ageless doesn't want to hear the truth
Decades come & go and death is not the worst
When the world only belongs to the youth

I turned to Cyndi & I whispered in her ear
"We were beautiful once, I swear to god"
The dancer got into her car & disappeared
We stepped into the heat & then we walked

If I tell myself that I can hold together
Am I living in an endless moonless night
Does everything that dies stay dead forever
Does anything, anywhere come back to life

If I tell myself that I can hold together
Am I living in an endless moonless night
Does everything that dies stay dead forever
Does anything ever come back to life

All I ask is that I hold myself together
There are nights that I just want to live for us
For a while I swear I felt it last forever
But only til the honey turned to dust

It always turns to dust

Audio Translated:
"Death surrounds us. We're all at his will. The rivers continue to flow around us."
From "Nosferatu Phantom der Nacht" (1979)
Track Name: Finalspark
I'll learn to love the California sun
Even though LA's not real enough for anyone
You hold your hesitation like a gun
Didn't anybody tell you that the war's been won

You were kissed by the sun
But you fell in love with the dark
I could fall in love with anyone
But you're my final spark

Here's something that you won't believe
Gonna add her to my family tree
Gonna get that girl a diamond ring
Gonna ask Rayana if she'll marry me

You were kissed by the sun
But you fell in love with the dark
I could fall in love with anyone
But you're my final spark

A night that ended with a game of chess
A game of chess that ended with a kiss
A kiss reminds you of the life you'll miss
The future's always dark but it's for the best

You were kissed by the sun
But you fell in love with the dark
The ever after's just begun
You are my final spark

"It's springtime in the city now
I still get lost in the light somehow
I got held up driving to your house
All these tiny hearts buzzing through your town
You're standing at the bus stop waiting to see
If I'm ever gonna make it down 13th St
Waiting for a sign can trip you up
Is is a million $$$ really gonna change your luck"