Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate​)​/​Joie De Vivre Split 7"

by Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)

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released November 4, 2013



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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) Fenton, Michigan

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) is a band from the tiny town of Fenton, Michigan that started in 2006. Keith plays guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, cello, etc and sings. Cathy plays guitar.

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Track Name: Since You Left Home on Your Journey, Things Have Changed Around Here
It was fall when we came back
from a failed transplant out in Southern California

I remember crossing the border to Michigan
and feeling my heart almost leap out of my chest-
I was back home, I felt whole again

I turned to Cathy, and she was beaming too

We laughed and talked about how it was so true that
you can never really appreciate home
until you truly leave it

and how looking for something and not finding it
can sometimes lead you to finding out that you've had it all along
Track Name: Some Doors Aren’t Locked. They Open Without a Key
Long after the lure of home was lost,
we were holed up in our room
(in the guest room of my parent's house
that was once my bedroom)

We had spent so much time waiting
and wanting to come home,
that when we came back, we came without purpose

or it was all spent up

Then, home was a concrete reminder
of how little we had actually done with our lives
or of how barren a future can look without purpose

These are the moments that define you:

How long the night before it's dawn?

How long the hours?

We were down, but not out
We held our heads up high

Our hearts were ripe with hope