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The Avalanche

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mightyboosh I can‘t think of any other album that struck me right from the start, from beginning to end with such gentle tones. It sticks around now since release and I don‘t think it‘s going to get old any time soon. Together with LP3 and 2 of American Football easily one of my favorite pieces of music within the last two years. ❤️ Favorite track: I Should’ve Known.
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1.
A New Muse 05:17
Dear Lord, Let me be anything but bored or in love I’ve been comfortably cursed Almost blessed to sleep But now I want to know what I don’t know and what she sleeps in I need a new muse If she sings for me I’ll sing for you Dear Lord, Let me be anything but a boy or in love It’s a double-edged word Both sides will cut you clean I too often forget if I’m in or out of it I bleed the most I turn my blood into poetry That’s why I need to know what she sounds like when she sings My neck hurts from holding my head up straight for so long My feet hurt from standing in one place for so long Dear Lord, Let me be anything but loved or in love
2.
This is where the cop said his head hit He’d been dead for days, eighteen hours away I didn’t see him but Tim did That part hadn’t changed since we were kids Now I’ve got friends that don’t know me A wife that’s disowned me You in concept only to miss And I’ve been sober for over two weeks The only thing I learned from that man is I’d rather be estranged than next of kin This is where my rock bottom is It’s a short fall from grace from such a tiny stage I can’t believe the lies that my mouth spit I can’t believe she stayed as long as she did I’m so over being sober My needs are in me, not the drink I’m riding a fine line An accidental overdose or suicide Tell my mom she was right along and tell my kids this is where my head hit This is what a life in flux looks like I ain’t got a bed to rest my head This is how I hide from a guilt that won’t subside I ain’t got a good reason for leaving
3.
This is the role I was born to fake A crucified villain, middle-aged I memorized my lines and taught myself to cry So on with the show I’ve got a reputation of fucking up to uphold Whatever reservations I had before I have no more This is a cold for which I could not brave To the bone To the heart To be taken to my grave I foolishly thought you’d thaw eventually On with the show I’ve got a reputation of fucking up to uphold Is it my imagination or have we been here before? I recognize those hopeless eyes and tired lines Every spike on the floor reminds me of where I should be This is the role I was born to fake It’s not a choice I made So on with the show I’ve got a reputation of fucking up to uphold Whatever reservations I had before are out the door
4.
The Contours 05:58
Lies and vanity My worsts got the best of me It appears that I’ve lost everything Red wine and tangled teeth I’m having a hard time putting words on things I’m not sure I’ll ever get over the contours of a shyness that never sleeps Or the pain that took them from me I’m in therapy and she’s in therapy Turns out all the answers are just questions for next week’s sessions I’m not sure I’ll ever get over the contours of a shyness that never sleeps Or the pain that brought you back to me Do you mind if I stare? Or if I put my hands here? Can I call you mine for one more night?
5.
I can’t have my cake and fuck it too Ok, I won’t make another goddamn joke (I know - how rude...) Objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear Except for you, my dear I should’ve known... I can’t confess and hold my breath at the same time And I won’t feel human until I feel you again Objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear Except for you, my dear I should’ve known… You don’t have to stay You don’t have to confide in me I already wrote your diary Objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear But to who, my dear? I should’ve known… I should’ve known…
6.
Mom And Dead 05:31
It was just an ordinary kiss before the avalanche hit It’s those little things I miss The unadorned habits formed Fifteen years of insignificants Mom and dead Never together forever An overseas tragedy I don’t know who I am without you and her and him Wake up I had a dream you died (I can’t) Wake up You didn’t say goodbye Mom and dead Never together forever An overseas tragedy How long can we exist in between what we say and what we mean? How can you live without me? Who’ll pour your drinks? Who’ll make your heart beat?
7.
Headphoned 04:29
I already read this room I know how it ends It’s safe to assume that I’m not impressed Headphoned All alone No roads lead to Rome I’m playing hide and seek Nobody knows but me Man, I was doing nothing long before you were even bored I’m still doing nothing but I’m doing it better than I did before I’m still playing hide and seek Nobody knows that I’m just a bunch of pillows under your sheets A lover you can’t keep Here’s to new sights and new tastes New lines on my face Headphoned All alone No roads lead to Rome I keep playing hide and seek Nobody knows you’re the only one that’s ever even come close to finding me
8.
You said you like my voice but you say that to all the boys (and I mean all of ‘em) Put your mouth where your mouth is Your boyfriend can watch us I don’t see a ring but wanting and willing are different things There’s a bar about an hour outside the city The bartender can’t see me I can’t get small enough and I can’t find the fucking door I’m feeling sorry for myself so you don’t have to I’m feeling nothing like myself since I met you I know it’s been a bad year for us both I’m not sure if I’m funny or a joke but I’m begging you to bet on this losing horse
9.
I Go, Ego 05:58
Wherever I go, you go I shake I hide I cum I write with you on my mind and white bikes in my headlights Wherever I go, ego I’m ashamed of what you know / afraid of what you don’t But it’s you on my mind and white bikes in my headlights Cheers to the bottle The dried blood on the floor To those that cast shadows and those that don’t To lovers unexplored

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released June 19, 2020

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Mike Kinsella. From Chicago, IL.

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