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Gravity Makes The Flame Rise

By Michael Guy Bowman (Bandcamp, YouTube, Twitter, External (michaelguybowman.com)).
Released 1/26/2021.
Duration: 5:26.

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Is this an ending
If it all works out
We'll be all screwed up
If we're all still standing
There can be no question

Or just an omen
And if so, so what
Do the doors swing shut
When the big one opens
To the sound of trumpets

'Cause all I see are effigies
The howling of the flames
And you can tell the energy
Will never be the same

Is this a climax
When the gloves and guns
All go off at once
At the intermission
And you lose your program

Or just the footnote
From a book you read
For a quiz you flunked
In a classroom episode
On a history lesson

'Cause all I feel is gravity
So heavy you could drown
Before you know it's happening
You hear it in the sound

Everyone is waiting for a sign, sign, sign
Sign, sign, sign,
Chemicals reacting in your mind, mind, mind
Mind, mind, mind
All the empty stations on the line, line, line
Line, line, line
I don't want to be the one who's left behind
Left behind

Here in the house
Where the window's always white
And the walls are black as night
When it comes

Out of a dream
Where we both went for a ride
You are laying by my side
When it comes

Is this an ending
If it all works out
We'll be all worked up
If we're all still working
In a club called nowhere

Or just an omen
'Cause it's all so dark
And it's all so drab
And we're all so broken
In a streetlight ocean

'Cause all we have are effigies
Of who we were before
The pictures and the Polaroids
We buried in the drawer

The paradox of promises
The breaking of a heart
And you can feel it burning
Before the fire starts

Everyone is waiting for a sign, sign, sign
Sign, sign, sign,
Chemicals reacting in your mind, mind, mind
Mind, mind, mind
All the empty stations on the line, line, line
Line, line, line
I don't want to be the one who's left behind
Left behind
Left behind
Left behind
Left behind
Left behind

Smiling and waving
To where your family stands
With the cameras in their hands
When it comes

Flash on the screen
There's no order to the slides
There is nothing left to hide
When it comes

You're bored and ignored
And you're barely not alone
It's the worst you've ever known
When it comes

Bright red with the shame
But you can share the blame
Catch the roses for your name
When it comes

We're running back in time, yeah
We're running back in time, yeah
We're running back in time, yeah
We're running back in time, yeah
We're running back in time, yeah
We're running back in time, yeah

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