Strange Waves

by The Night Divided

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1.
We were resting by the water, we kept hearing your song At first we didn’t recognize you but it didn’t take long The hour’s pushing midnight, we keep waiting around The weather waits for no one, now it’s splitting the clouds Late last night I dreamt about you Floating on a rolling wave It’s been a long time since we’ve seen you You look different, yet the same The current pulls us out to the center of the sea Swirling water draws us down, but I can still breathe We hadn’t realized we had drifted so far ’Til we could barely see the lights on the line of the shore Late last night I dreamt about you Floating on a rocking wave It’s all so strange how this came together I bet last night you dreamt the same I bet you dreamt the same This thought may break the chain Late last night I dreamt about you Floating on a rolling wave You looked so sad, a bit remorseful You were the one we couldn’t save Late last night I dreamt about you Floating on a rocking wave It’s all so strange how this came together I bet last night you dreamt the same
2.
Subtle words forming at your mouth A thought slips by dripping with the sound Forcing an action, making things happen This is where it all begins and ends You did it all for your own reward You let me hang here ’til I cut the cord Despite intents and purposes You can’t take back what you never said You let me hang here ’til I cut the cord (’til I cut the cord) I wanna drink stars in the French Alsace Don’t wanna think about things that I’ve never had I could glide under the moon in the Languedoc I’ll keep on floating while you tighten up your talk I came to find I’m sorta disinclined To accommodate what I’ve denied This is where it all begins and ends Sometimes we float, sometimes we sink Sometimes we speak before we think And if the right words can’t be found We dig our heels into the ground No one said you had to take it farther You can’t hold onto running water We establish our illusions Like paper tigers they’re our retribution It’s all so simple now I see you coming down No one said you had to take it farther You can’t hold onto running water No one said you had to take it farther You can’t hold onto running water It’s all so simple now I see you coming down
3.
I don’t need to know your meaning as long as I can touch the pulse of your strange imagination bringing forth the fiercest spirit I’ve only seen you one time and it’s killing me to miss out on your majesty and promise lingering throughout the ages An aesthetic thought between us is a pleasing meditation on a city known to rise up from its darkest inclinations We live between the folds of all the sheer abominations that you hide to show the beauty of your starkest recreations Will you remain, standing in place, so I can breathe you again? So hated, so feared, so adored, so revered So twisted and torn, intense and forlorn A sense of lives lived, of rich dreams rightly filled A city reborn, so twisted and torn To each his own, on forgotten roads Defying decay, we’re breaking away This is a place where you go to become, Not a place where you go to arrive Deliberate provocations assaulting our senses Making us feel so alive We’re running to a ground, you’d never know was floating Buildings built on pilings, a trick of massive cloaking This is a place to remodel/remake Not a place where you would go to live out life in privileged waste To each his own, on forgotten roads Defying decay, we’re breaking away We’re breaking away We’re breaking away We’re breaking away We’re breaking away We’re moving through the here and now Where glorious impulse rains down We’ll take you for what you are Horrible, horrendous, terrible, tremendous We’ll never forgive you for all your transgressions But we’ll take you for what you are We’ll take you for what you are
4.
You take a little piece of this and you take a little piece of that You keep on moving, slipping through the cracks You take a little piece of this without holding back You’re so good at that I wanna live life as effortlessly as you Now that I see how you do all the things you do I keep telling you your methods are untried I stand corrected as I cast my doubts aside I rest here with one eye open Head to the earth, my legs in the ocean Cold water rushing, crushing against my skin I’ve almost given up, so now it begins Winter hits hard, imposing its presence You slip through the chill, cut through its essence Winter hits like cold rushing water We do what we can No better, no bother I’m always ending up where I’m not supposed to be A solitude so wide, a stillness so deep I wanna live life as effortlessly as you Now that I see how you do all the things you do I keep telling you your methods are untried I stand corrected as I cast my doubts aside I rest here with one eye open Head to the earth, my legs in the ocean Cold water rushing, crushing against my skin I’ve almost given up, so now it begins
5.
If there was a time, I can barely remember Your mistake was a hidden intention With a code, a message, a moment A tone, intent, a promise, a motion Wrapped up in a pretty line of ink Nestled in between what you might think Wait a second, we just started You can’t depart upon your arrival We’ve got something left to do They’re the old model, we are the new As I get older, the more likely I’ll listen Hear the world, like a slave to intuition Cultivating creative impulses With discarded ideas retained from losses Wait a second, we just started You can’t depart upon your arrival We’ve got something left to do They’re the old model, we are the new This is how my heart would beat if you could amplify its sound This is how my heart would beat if you could amplify its sound Can you hear the cadence of my breath? Can you feel the rise, the fall, the rest? Can you feel the pulling of the thread? Can you feel the pulling of the thread?
6.
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Living freely on the outside Moving through society Bury my body in the mountain Once my strategy succeeds You see me walking on a wire You know I’ll never look down I’m dealing in a straight-forward manner And wavering is never allowed My motivations blur the after and before I read the record of immoveable wisdom And the truth cut straight to the core Complete release to confrontation Brings about complete control I don’t need to see what’s coming I’m not exposing what I know Not tonight not tomorrow Not the way I lay it down I read the record of immoveable wisdom And the words threw fear to the ground A bitter taste rests in the back of my throat I don’t always laugh but I get all the jokes Sometimes it takes a little less effort To knock the angles from a circular letter I come here empty-handed You cut me down with clarity I come here empty-handed I’m not the winner here I’m not the winner I’m not the winner here I’m moving through thin air I come here empty-handed You cut me down with clarity I’m not the winner here Despite our disparity I hold out a scarlet flower Not retreating with a step You let out a subtle smile An indication of the end An indication of the end
7.
The destruction and the overthrow of falsely so-called knowledge Led to your oblivion where I found you drunk on darkness With vast reserves of patience I never knew existed I watched you drowning in a hole of thought You talked about resisting Don’t wanna hear you explain What you do to maintain Don’t wanna hear you explain This just can’t be this way I’ve got an obligation I have no qualms to keep But your growing isolation is the grip that’s slowly strangling me You say you’ve turned a corner, yet, there’s so far to go I keep hearing dispassionate promises, so how do I know? Don’t wanna hear you explain What you do to maintain Don’t wanna hear you explain We can play this both ways We were doing alright, then everything digressed Into meaningless exchange that puts us right back here again You could try to pretend you’re just a little more clever You can do better than this Bad blood between us, it never existed Just one thing you’ve seemed to miss If you’re in, then I’m in Another thing not to doubt If you’re out, then I’m out If you’re in, I’m in If you’re out, I’m out If you’re in, I’m in If you’re out, I’m out Don’t wanna hear you explain What you do to maintain Don’t wanna hear you explain What you do to maintain If you’re in, I’m in If you’re out, I’m out If you’re in, I’m in If you’re out, I’m out

credits

released April 21, 2017

Recorded and mixed by Mike Montgomery at Candyland Studio. Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio. Artwork designed by Eric Scheer. Front and back cover photo by John Curley. Inset photo by Carla Cherry. All songs written by The Night Divided.

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