When the Capital Fell

by John Donovan

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a life is hardly worth it without a lifetime award one destination down and four more without a proof of purchase were you alive at all? one destination down and three to fall after the counts are counted after the fleas have fle(a)d one destination down and two to leave if youth is just a fountain then death must be the rain one destination down and one remains -- and the one that remains is you
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last week i had a job right now i have this song i can't tell you how strange that is i can't tell you how strange that is last week i trained two new employees right now i'm catching up on laundry and there's a gray bird in the tree outside and there's a gray bird in the tree outside and that bird's name is Death and that bird is everywhere and that bird is in my dreams and that bird is in everyone's dreams last week i had a job right now i'm making dinner with my wife i can't tell you how great she is i can't tell you how great she is but now there's that grey bird in the tree outside and that bird is very clearly in its prime and that bird is looking at each of us at all times and that bird is never not in its prime and now somehow without moving at all that bird is flying right at me last week i had a job and now that bird is flying right at me
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well there goes John bursting from the station wrapped up in revelations in the unemployment line singing tired are the eyes of history on us the mystery's gone, there are no more hills to climb and there are no more thrones to fight for there are no more bones to bite for dark matter ignites and throws our brains into the past and we plan for the worst case and we're damned since the first day justice may come but it will probably come last crazy buck is in the market lady luck is in a rocket all the snakes of saint Patrick started a parade downtown won't you jump in my car? i'll have you back in an hour the whole future lost its power and everything's about to go down if death is a doorway can i avoid it one more day? i'm filling up my bunker with all the things that money can't buy also i picked up some extra toothpaste some pills for my headaches then i saw a lady in the parking lot, she was curled over crying it's three in the morning almost everyone is sleeping and the angels are weeping for just one more try but pale are the pages of the following ages pale are the rings of the atoms in your eyes after the rift after the apocalypse the ghosts will ask us "hey can't i just haunt you one last time?" and we got nothing to tell em so we don't tell em nothing we just slide through infinity in the unemployment line
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when the capital fell i was in bed working through a song, i think or was that not me brushing up against your dreams? someday i may write a song that anyone can sing when the capital fell we were all face down in a cloud working through some horrible prayers or were we in a field punching up at last? or was i the only one there? when the capital fell was i the only one there? when the capital fell i was in a sharp state of denial working on the refrain of a song, and i couldn't finish it or maybe it was a poem or maybe it was nothing maybe it's not important if i was the only one there when the capital fell i was the only one there

about

These songs were written and recorded between March 14 and 31.

All sounds made by my voice + an electric guitar.

Thanks for listening.

Stay safe! <3

credits

released April 10, 2020

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music written, recorded, and engineered by john donovan
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wash your hands!
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