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FOOTSTEPS AT THE POND

from Panorama by La Dispute

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You were breaking like the ground beneath me
Burn up like a dream
I keep of lightning strikes
On summer nights
On television

Now

I needed you to be there to carry me to sleep
That night I tripped and broke my ribcage
On a bar seat
Drunk for weeks
Chasing ambulances
Stumble to my bedsheets
Softly drift off after peaceful things
I had once and released down in the streets

Now here and beyond
All footsteps ended at the pond
Don’t get why you believed in me so much
To follow and retrieve it all
That sanctity I scattered so indifferently
Still you called on me to breathe you out
You begged the breeze relieve
Me from what settles deep and
Burns down underneath
If you believe

My love like a battered dog
Wanders under street signs
Limps out into nothingness
Burns up like a bad dream gone

I guess I needed you to freeze me out
Those corners of your dreams
I think you needed me
To bleed out loud
I guess i needed you to freeze me out
Those corners of your dreams
I guess you needed me to leave
Still you carried me to sleep
Leaving when the dream retreats
Grasping for an older me
Some faded image
And it carries you to sleep
Breathes out in the fog before me
Cattails hit your knees to send
Some subtle promise
To scatter all their seeds
To grow before they leave
For life and all its consequential
Complicated scenes
That shake you out of sleep
Scrape your knees beneath your feet
I think we bleed because we need to bleed
We bleed because we need
I just wanted you to carry on and carry me
I guess I wanted you to need the things I needed you to be
I just wanted you to carry on and carry for me
I guess I wanted you to leave
I guess you needed me to bleed out loud
I guess I needed you to freeze me out
Those corners of your dreams
I guess you needed me to bleed out loud
I guess I needed you to freeze me out
Those corners of your dreams
I guess I needed me to leave
Come and shake me from my sleep
Burn up in a bad dream
I could believe
Come and shake me from my sleep
Come and help me believe

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from Panorama, released March 22, 2019

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