Summer Pool

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grandma's apartment, neon lights
summer evenings into sea green nights
we'd float 'round in the swimming pool
wake up in the morning under your own cool,
cool gaze inside on the tile floor
pre-adolescence left you wanting more
I tried to bleach my hair with lemon juice
wore down my sneakers with their laces loose
brother broke his wrists on his roller blades
he's cradling it still while my memory fades
heaven's an ever-rising tide
and every teenage secret you'd dare confide
I fell asleep and dreamt of a home
on a gulf coast beach, all alone

but in the suburbs I learned how to fight
stretched out on fields under dimming skies
and at a neighbor town's fair, I felt so scared
still jumped in the river through the hazy air
watched light bulbs blur on carnival rides
learned about losing friends and picking sides
spent nights in basements getting drunk
and rumbled around in someone's sedan's trunk
as we drove to Union to watch the fireworks
then got stared down by the Stewarts clerks
heaven's a housing development
and the quiet things that leave you content
like watching Donnie Darko on the couch
and playing old mixes while we drive around

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from With Aliens, released February 13, 2017

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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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