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released November 11, 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: The Hour of Pearl
For the evening classes I took in college during winter,
I would bundle up in layers
before making the mile or so trek from Holmes Hall to get across campus

By the time the classes let out,
the campus was all but abandoned
and I felt like I was walking in the ruins of a once great civilization, still preserved
The sound of the street lamps humming were amplified like thunder,
projecting for miles and miles as they sang electric

I measured my steps in between posts to keep time

I held no station

I was unbound, I was directionless

My dorm room was a prison and I was in no rush to get back,
despite the freezing cold

I watched my breath dance
and wished for college to be over or for things to get better