Ephemeral

by Stephen Shutters

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released September 8, 2017

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Track Name: Bustle
Let me tell you a story
About a boy who lost
Lost a lot of things
Even when he fought

Yeah, let me tell you a story
One that everyone knows
Because it's everybody's story

You see, nothing lasts forever
Not a thing lives on
Not your son, not your daughter
Not the work you've done

The writer said it best
Chasing after wind
The vanity of flesh
There'll be no rememberin'

Yeah, all is short-lived
And everything ends
So we give it all we have to give
In hope it transcends
Track Name: Tapestry
I made lust to the Devil
And he wasn't so fine
Yeah, loneliness tends to
Leave all reason behind
Got that college girl tapestry
Tacked up on the wall
And this may be my downfall

There's a feline in the corner
And he's staring me down
Got no eyes in those sockets
God, I'm feeling it now
Where's that Sunday school baptistry
Back when I was small
When I used to hear Your call

We went swimming in a great, big
Puddle of chlorine
Blasting crappy pop tunes
Perverting those mom's youths
Taking artsy photos of
Flower petal mornings
But before all that we
Met inside a starship
Flying through the aisles of
Spark-making silicone
All hyped up on
Caffeinated chocolate chips

So we washed off all those chemicals
We wiped them off each other
Then we drove thirty miles
Just to bathe somewhere else
And we sat like two kids on a
Waterslide with inner-tubes
Singing that song about finding death
Back on rotation now
Rubber rubbing constantly
Carrying the two of us back to that lair
Turn up the volume now
Blasting that R&B
Losing myself in that witch's snare
Track Name: Brave
Just as those cups spin 'round and 'round
My thoughts return to you
Not to how you brought me down
But the things you made me do

I climbed that tower to paint your smile
Knowing we'd come down hard
A fear I'd carried all the while
'Til you lifted the heavy part

When you were mine, you taught me true
And pushed me past my limits
Now with you gone, I see it too
Your lesson's far from finished

Yeah, In your arms and in withdrawal
The same gift to me you gave
Both in the climb and in the fall
You've taught me to be brave

Both in the climb and in the fall
You taught me to be brave

Both in the climb and in the fall
You taught me to be brave
Track Name: Ignorance
I know you once existed
But you never truly lived
At least, not how I'd wish it
Your body torn limb from limb
And I think you half-consisted
Of myself beneath your skin
But now all of me is twisted
Was my ignorance a sin

Either way, I did you in

If I had known, I would have fought
But you weren't mine, or so I thought
My part was through, but now so are you
What fucking hell did I put you through

I know your heart once beat and
I wish I could have heard
The rhythm of your laughter
Felt the passion in you burn
I think you would agree that
This world ain't just black and white
But I killed you with the greys and
The dark's all I see tonight

Now I'm searching for the light

If I had known, I would have fought
But you weren't mine, or so I thought
My part was through, but now so are you
What fucking hell did I put you

If I had known, I would have fought
But you weren't mine, or so I thought
My part was through, but so are you
What fucking hell did I put you

If I had known, I would have fought
But you weren't mine, or so I thought
My part was through, but now so are you
What fucking hell did I put you through

Did I put you through

And I hope you're up there waitin'
For the day when I get there too
Where you'll shower me with grace and
Show me a love I never knew
By then, you'll have a Father
But I hope you'll call me Friend
This song's all I have to offer
Please don't let this be the end

Please don't be the end
Please don't be the end
Please don't be
Please don't be
Track Name: Crushed
Coffee shop music talks
Children in a blue box
Hearts torn apart on the road
Cinderella punk rock
Sitting on the catwalk
Hope springing up from below
Mango tea memories
Sketches in a diary
Honey, we're all mad here
Magical and carefree
Making all the doubts flee
Wait, you disappeared
Track Name: Again
And now the time has come to go
Say “Bon voyage” to those strangers' homes
I know we'll see those hills again

Because all journeys end where they
Beginning to see the complex way
That life revolves and comes around
And starts again

Because all journeys end where they
Beginning to see the complex way
That life revolves and comes around
And starts a new chapter again

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