The Afterglows

by The Afterglows

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released August 19, 2016

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Track Name: Wash 2
If I went down to the river, I'd watch all the trash float out to sea
If I went down to the river, I'd wait for my birds to come back to me
Track Name: Here Comes The Night
I think a bomb went off the day you were born. Somewhere in the world, somebody died. I think they know just what you're like. I think you aren't too cruel to be mine. I didn't change for good this time. I didn't lie, I said I was fine. I didn't walk out of your life. I think they know just what I'm like. Take me out dancing, make me feel good about the wars. Make me feel something natural. I think they don't like where you're going. I think they might be right. Your mouth opens like an ocean when I walk in your sight. The credits haven't started rolling, but I can feel them comin' 'round. Your heart opens like an ocean, I let myself drown.
Track Name: Angels in The Sunshine Hotel
you were someone else's joke
because you were bent until you broke
you in your ceramic shell
you in The Sunshine Hotel

I know you don't want to talk about it,
the long walk through the center
where you dreamt you were free,
and woke up on the Bowery

under a neon sign,
I saw you pacing day and night
while you wait for all the angels to call
to burn their songs into your walls

I know you don't want to talk about it,
the long walk through the center
where you dreamt you were free,
and woke up on the Bowery

I know you don't want to talk about it,
the long walk home
where you dreamt you were free,
and woke up on the Bowery

I know you don't want to talk about it
Track Name: Slow Down
There is a secret that I keep, a place that I go hide deep inside of me, and I don't think that it will pass when we slow down. You came in to town, got a tattoo. A place that you go hide deep inside of you with every secret thing you lack when we slow down. Now the dogs are freaking out. I'm sure that's not what you're thinking about with every wrinkle that you pass when we slow down.
Track Name: Spitting Blood
all you have to carry you through
is the picture you took from your blurry view
every move that I make's primed in white
for you to paint any color you like

with your axe swinging wide
your breath full of bees
and your blindfold drawn
you're staring at me and now you're seeing what you want to see

out in a dried up desert town
you'd find pools to dive in and drown
and out in the desert's burning breath
you'd find a way to freeze to death

with your mouth spitting blood
your breath full of bees
and your blindfold drawn
you're staring at me and now you're seeing what you want to see
Track Name: Have to Hide
Show me all you have to hide. You're in the car park drinking wine. I don't ever want to find out why you come around here, I won't let you die tonight. Somehow I still believe in love, but I don't understand how they can find you in the dirt, pick you up, hold you in their hand. I do my job, I do it fine. I don't ever want to be the one to come around here. I won't let you walk the line. The mall downtown is filling up with teenagers tonight. It's Saturday in Charlotte. The wind is blowing. Are you waiting there inside? Show me all you have to hide.
Track Name: Election Year
Good men and bad men, can you tell the difference? Under the streetlight, outside your apartment? I've been preparing for the late night occurring. You are aware wherever you go. Good men and bad men on the train to the movies. I can hear them muttering your name. Sometimes I wonder which one I am, but good men and bad men are all the same.
Track Name: I'm Closing the Door
you can yell until you turn blue
but I'm closing the door on you
you can knock and scratch as loud as you want to
but I'm closing the door on you

you won't hear me tonight

do you feel the flocks of eyes on you?
pulling your apart, pushing through
can't you feel the crowds of hands on you?
hands, shaking hands, shaking you

you won't see me tonight
Track Name: Born Again
I don't believe in ghosts but I've been haunted by your scent. I don't believe that you could say exactly what you meant. There's a tugging on my hand, there's a stain on which you stand. I don't believe in anything now that you're born again. Like the moon and stars you were out dancing in the sky, but you left the party fast, you never even said goodbye. You felt lonely, dumb, and scared. I felt mad and ill-prepared. Though I don't believe in you, I've been dreaming of you there. There's a tugging on my hand, there's a stain on which you stand and I don't believe in anything now that you're born again.
Track Name: Line in the Sand
I don't want to dance with ghosts tonight
I want to hear them singing out
I don't want to trace my steps back to your house
I'd only end up back again
I'd only end up trampled and locked in

couldn't you tell that I didn't want to live through this war?
a line in the sand would only cross out my name

there's silence on the radio tonight
there's a stillness in the air
there's a calmness that isolation brings
in the wake of every war, in the face of everyone we've been

couldn't you tell that I didn't want to live through this war?
a line in the sand would only cross out my name
couldn't you tell that I didn't want to live through this war?
what makes you believe that I'd want to stay the same?
Track Name: Punks From the Past
Punks from the past used to meet here and walk down to the show. Tell me a boring secret, then leave me the hell alone. I was a lonely dancer, did your choreography. When I dance alone without you, I feel mad and free. Something's wrong. I feel very very numb. the last thing that I saw was the headlights on the road. Punks from the past used to know that the hate was very real. Throw your songs to the wind now, you won't know how to feel. I walk down to the lake, then I walk back to your car. Teach me how to swim, I won't go out too far.
Track Name: The Light that Guides
I was waiting in darkness
it took a long year to receive
how the ocean tugs at the coastline
and you sail further from me

like streams carved into canyons
smoothing out my dull ache
what I didn't think I'd abandon
is starting to fade away

I tried again, breathing you in
salt and water in a fragile air
and I never tried fighting the tide
I lost the fuel to be the light that guides
your shipwrecked soul back to your home

the glitter spilt on the sidewalk
shines in the headlights of
all the loneliest cars on the highway
the longest night hanging above

like dreams carved into daylight
I'm starting to fall awake
the sirens over the city
stopped hollering your name

I tried again, breathing you in
salt and water in a fragile air
and I never tried fighting the tide
I lost the fuel to be the light that guides
your shipwrecked soul back to your home