Hollow Shell (feat. Rowan Carrot)

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lyrics

Give me your heart and I will wash my hands with it, I promise you.
We listened heavily like whales under the water down so deep.
I left you on the shore line with your hands untied.
As water washed over your body I was crying
like a mother sheep that bleeds before her lambs are stolen out from under her sleeping body
as the sun comes up into the fields.
I left you on the shore line,
swam into the tide towards the horizon
underneath until I wasn’t so deep
now I lie at the bottom. . .
Now I lie at the bottom minding my own business. . .

beside a peeling bench in a blank park
in a metropolis the pigeons
search the ground for remnants
their eyes see the seeds and their
beaks feel the withered hand that
held them

a withered torn photograph is
wedged into a crack in the bench
there is a face in the picture; it smiles into wintry air
happy with the ice and wind that is driving all
others back to refuge. The pigeons do not
see it.

their frosty beaks dismayed, the birds
begin to drift away from the bench.
they are not cooing

resting beside the bench
there is a bag of seed, small, opened.
weeds are curling around the bag. cheap,
hard seed, crumbled, perfect for pigeons.
the mice will find it soon.

the pigeons survive the winter.
each day they hear the howls of orphaned dogs
through the fog.

I lie like a shell with no animal in it.
Keep to yourself ‘cause we’ve all got our limits.
Lie like a shell with no animal in it.
Lie still like a shell with no animal in it.
Like a tide pushing for you, just go, just go with it.
And stay like a shell with no animal in it.
I left you on the shore line,
swam into the tide,
now I’m decomposing at the bottom of the ocean.

credits

from TEETH AND PANIC, released July 29, 2016
featuring lyrics & vocals by Rowan Carrot.

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