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Do you hear the sound,
The sound of breaking backs which now resounds,
in the shipyard

All the tyranny of town,
the gossip growing louder on the ground,
where the creeks bear

The weight of all that's come to pass right here,
The passers-by all seem to disappear,
And you might hear the ghosts of yester-year,
If you can tune right in.

And up inside the light,
I can sing myself to sleep with all my might
But come bedtime
We'll be waking from the sound,
surrounding no escape from all the white,
It's astounding.

No sleep for months and days, it could be years…
and coupled by our consummated fears
but we can try to find,
the loneliest lanes away,
and never will find our way home.
There is no home for one who chooses not to hear, so…

LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
if you can't hear the ocean
(then open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
the small-town commotions
(then open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
and sing with your one voice, the only sound you own
(then open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
the small-time commotions…

…They will wither, and turn into the talk that takes the town on the way down to depths of knowing that there's never a way out of here…and there's only one lane to choose…and only one way back home now…don't be afraid of what the future is…just

LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
if you don't know what's going on
(then open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
if you can't hear the earth vibrate
(open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!

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from small town tales of mythical PORTACORTES, released July 17, 2009

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