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lyrics

Sew my hair to a crimson cord[1] and watch it dangle over the streets
And baby, please come deliver me from these broken hollow feet [2]
The day off-course, my throat is hoarse, because I burned it through the night
From lit up loves and cigarettes and a tongue that's wound too tight
But you bring me down, oh child [3]
Yeah you bring me down, oh child

I moved my bed to my parents' room, but I've a hard time getting sleep
And I think I've loved invisibly, leaving a handprint on your sheets
Ghostly horse[4], and my sheets are coarse, left out to dry for way too long, [5]
My ankle's caught in the shepherd's crook and I think I'm being watched
But you bring me down, oh child
Yeah you bring me down, oh child
You bring me down, oh child
You bring me down, oh child

She roped me in by the way that she said her own name
Mercy, God, oh she's sharp, what a bleeding shame
The limp in your step will swallow your knees
So will kneeling for change in the tattered streets

But you bring me down, oh child
Yeah you bring me down, oh child

I lay me to sleep on a blanket of wood [6]
With what I always could but I never should
The lump in my throat makes it hard to breathe deep now
Give me your lungs, share this with me

But you bring me down, oh child
Yeah you bring me down, oh child
You bring me down, oh child
You bring me down, oh child

You're the comb in my hair, you're the shift in my gear
You're the little things keeping my sanity near
The fruit in my teeth, force bearing down on me
The sweetness of honey and ginger and tea

I found comfort inside you and organs and lint
And color and hunger and fire and flint
Left blood on my cheek from your covetous lips
The rhymes and the rind and the bone from your hip [7]

Oh give me relief, stop them talking to me
Another, another, I'm dying to sleep
I hear trumpets[8] and earth giving out underneath
Oh God, where'd you go? It's so dark in this dream [9]

But you bring me down, oh child
Yeah you bring me down, oh child

1- Joshua 2:18-19
2- Romans 10:15
3- The Tallest Man on Earth, Walk the Line
4- Sagittarius, the centaur archer, symbolic of passion
5- Port and Starboard, Desolate
6- Planets, Wooden Blanket (the ancestor of this song from an older band)
7- Ezekiel 37:1-14
8- Revelation 8:13
9- Garrett Russell's "dark night of the soul"

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from The Perfect Arrow, released November 10, 2017

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Shortwave Texas

Independent folk/rock band from Ft Worth, Texas.

Luke Frederick
Luke Ridlehoover
Collin Brandt
Alex Bond

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