Your Dark Character

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We smoked a thousand cigarettes a piece
Poured out to the gods a gallon at our feet
We sang all the songs that ever could be sung
Drove thrice around the world just to catch a setting sun

Blink back water, no, we never had the
Perfect season to clasp our calloused hands and say goodbye

Slow down. Home is warm and waiting like a sail
Mom's breath will fill it with the warmth of song and tale
Your dark character made love to everything
What a wondrous way to live where everyone's a king

We trade verses, no, we never had the
perfect bible to use as bricks to build ourselves a sky

Years ago we were dead
We played cards to pass the time
Haggard hands, haggard head
We weren't alive so we couldn't die

Namesake, you move the world to where you want to be
Reread the book I write for you and you write for me
Throw the pages from your mouth and every other place
Your dark character made love to everything

Pass the bottle, no, there never will be time to
Smoke a final cigarette and say goodbye

Years ago we were dirt
We grew plants to pass the time
We breathed in until it hurt
We were so alive we couldn't die


from Sad Songs, released March 23, 2017



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Dream Jurnal Chattanooga, Tennessee

Dream Jurnal rises from the songwriting of Erik Simpson and Rachelle Barr. Their love of traditional folk music, and their fascination with modern harmony bring a unique sound to their songs and music. They are based in Cleveland, TN, right outside of Chattanooga. ... more

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