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I am nobody’s son, no one’s dangerous daughter
I won’t stand six feet tall, I won’t lie six feet under
I wander to the river, chase the night and chase the thunder
I would kiss the riverbed, but I’d still drown in shallow water

I knew you in a past life, my bones know your bones
Knot a tie or knot a noose, I’m homesick for a headstone

Can anybody hear me? Is anybody near me?
Can anybody hear me under moonlight in the cemetery?

Your heart makes footprints in the fresh snow
You wrote your name in red lipstick on your gravestone
If I were buried where your heels tread
Would you love me even more if I was dead?

The sharpness of your smile broke my skin
Press your ear to my heart to listen in
I’ve tried so hard to teach myself my name
But there’s no one but myself to impress or to blame

Can anybody hear me? Is anybody near me?
Can anybody hear me under moonlight in the cemetery?

So recoil like a gun from my gentlest touch:
I saw our reflections and I knew enough
I’ll come back from the dead with defeat in my eyes
The river will welcome what I don’t recognize

The apartment walls are paper thin
So I guess we know how the water’s getting in
And I would drown my heart like I promised I would
But I won’t drown my heart like I know I should

It isn’t like the movies said:
We built up a city to bury our dead
The river will swallow the buildings by the shore
So brace yourself against your city, locked windows and doors

Can anybody hear me? Is anybody near me?
Can anybody hear me under moonlight in the cemetery?

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from Out of the Dead Land, released May 15, 2016

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Orion the Hunter San Francisco, California

Nathaniel Orion. Just a small, tired poet learning how to play guitar and pet dogs at the same time. Donations go toward keeping me in socks and comic books.

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