Hang 'em Low

from by Cool Teen

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a note, a dream, a single glove
and five more things to get rid of
a scar, a fight, a hole in time
you know you're always on my mind

I've been sleeping on the floor
you've been on my mind a whole hell
I drove slow past the frozen lake
my throat ached but I kept my face straight

I've caused harm, made no amends
passed my classes but failed some friends
I've spent this term half-awake
'cause I've got some habits I can't shake

like not saying what I'm worried about
not getting help but lashing out
and watching TV all night long
while I sit and drink and write these songs

if I lose my way tonight
your mama will say she was right
return my bones to their upstate home
and whisper all your favorite poems
whisper, 'hang 'em low'

I've seen you driving 'round, dark glasses on
taking dirt turns fast a bit past dawn
playing records with your eyes shut tight
and drinking coffee straight through the night

your ashtray's full, your head still hurts
it seems you just can't find the words
to speak a painful hidden truth
you watched the trees sway from the roof

I ain't seen you sleep in three days
you're looking calm but I don't know how
eating berries while you watch the sun rise
I can see resignation in your eyes

you said the forest breathes while we all sleep
a placid rhythm, slow and deep
in a tone only the hurting know
a mournful song, sweet and low


from With Aliens, released February 13, 2017



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Cool Teen Ithaca, New York

Not a teen, and not that cool, but still making emo singer-songwriter music about small towns, house shows and aliens.

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