I Do In The Dark

by red steppes

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Track 6 off of "A Mouth May Grow", the forthcoming full-length. I'll be doing pre-orders soon, so you can also grab this then (along with the other ten official tracks, and a little extra bonus song for those who grab the whole thing).

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I tried to count the bluejays my father shot
their tiny wars of ceaseless noise against his pellet gun
I was twelve
they were jumpers to be caught: brothers of my heart
Like them, I'd die before I stopped

And I had hoped I was a liar, not a fake
that I could take this name without taking its place
That I would be bold:
bald-faced as fickle snow, and stony roads
that told you they would lead you home
They told you they would lead you home

I am just this:
sullen, and stateless
just this artless thrumming
just this howling I do in the dark

"Song is nothing but a bully," says my love.
"It takes your money. It'll take all of your trust
and wake your polaroids, and whittle down your poplar chest
and make you a real boy, with a bruise bloomed in your bonfire ribs.
I've got a bruise, too; I am proof that you get used to it."

I am just this:
sullen, and stateless
nothing but this artless thrumming
just this howling I do in the dark.

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released May 5, 2017
Written and co-produced by Nika Aila States
Engineered and co-produced by Jamie Riotto

Nika Aila States: vox, guitars
Rob Shelton: piano

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