Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate​)​/​Malegoat split 7"

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

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released October 15, 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: When We Did Not Move or Speak, There Was No Proof That We Were There at All
My parents offered me one hundred and fifty dollars or a Varsity Jacket
(to be adorned by my Track and Band Letters in the form of a big, bright, orange "F")

It would have been a keepsake at best-
Never worn or dressing my tiny high school frame
like a uniform or an oath

So I took the money instead

Anyway, there were other things on my mind:

A lack of plans and the view from the front seat of an 84 Caprice
as we sped up the highway to Miller Rd

Or the way your face would glow when you laughed-
cherry red braces matching cherry red cheeks
Track Name: You Promised You'd Stay Here With Me
You always wear neutral colors
You are a forest of gray and brown
and your bed is always empty

Elizabeth was right,
you keep your guard up higher than a castle wall
and your hands are always buried in your pockets

I know what happened
on the grounds of the school where you met,
when you were carrying three months of salary spent

And I know how she found out-
and how her father would never allow such a poor family name claim his own

So I know she never showed,
and how you stayed for hours
(like a mariner trapped at sea)

When dawn crawled into the sky
you dragged your body home
collapsing, at last, alone in your bed

You woke after little sleep,
shook the weight off your shoulders
and drove yourself down to the harbor

And you walked onto the pier
where the wind howled and shared your grief
like it was part of your body

You slowly removed the diamond ring from inside your pocket
and you buried it at sea