I. UNTIL YOU'VE GONE
The coldest breath of winter
Chilled the air between these walls
And knocked me over frozen to the floor
I'm left behind with half a mind
To wish the worst for you
And half a mind to call you back for more

Well, I've never felt the years like I do now
And I see them in the way your face is drawn
As true as I can be
And as you as I can be
We won't know what we're not
Until you've gone
So long

The darkest shade of midnight
Drained the color from these walls
And slipped into the shadows like a thief
I’m left awake to blindly shake
With sorrow and with rage
With alternating grievances and grief

Well, I've never felt less hope than I do now
Never felt that I've had less to rely on
The trust has gone away
Leaving just the chance to say
We won't know what we're not
Until you've gone

So, here’s a broken promise between friends
Here’s a chance to second-guess the motive of a touch
Here’s one more shattered heart crying to mend
Here’s a future left to wonder how it was we loved so much
So long, so long


II. TWO SETS OF THREE
Resigned to know that any step forward
Walks me away from the life that we made
Resigned to know we built a foundation
Only to trade it for this barricade

Now there’s a door with a lock just for me
Now there’s a four split in two sets of three

Resigned to know that every so often
It seems a vow might be written in smoke
Resigned to know we painted this picture
Of unity that dissolved at a stroke

Now there’s a dream with a hole cut for me
Now there’s a four split in two sets of three

So long, so long


From:  Lamplighting
Released:  December, 2019
"THE NEW NORMAL"