On Time Spent Waiting, or Placing the Weight of the World on the Shoulders of Those You Love the Most

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

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1.
the smell of salt hangs in the air heavy, and pregnant with tears how could i have ever have thought i could call this place home (where a sea of concrete swallows everything) so while you paced the floor of our apartment (a prison for two months still) i was forcing conversation and not fitting in dear, there is no shame in cutting all of our losses! let the whole damn coast fall in
2.
i was wrong, you were not bigger than this and long before i was baltimore bound you had changed- your heart was not in it and the fewer words that tied your hands to this, the better cut all ties off, and retreat to your father’s house! but i think it’ll feel the same no matter where you are so even if i had wanted you to stay it wouldn’t have changed anything anyway, if even time couldn’t sober you up than i feel sorry for you
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we slept by the ottoman autumn rushing to our ears (a symphony of leaves kissing leaves kissing leaves) this time last year, you were a ghost, trapped in your room and spanning the length of your bed to your door like it was the atlantic what a difference a year makes! steadier footing and a new place to lay your head down
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you carry all your weight- tightly stretched across your face, like evidence or proof that everything aged you i measured steady breaths (afraid of truth, or of being rebuked), "what horrible things cling to you?" i did not expect to get an answer at all or for your to let your guard down but either a ghost or a sigh escaped you your color fled, though your resistance would not be moved you said, "when you have given so much, so little remains. like a wound that will never heal, all that's left is to wait"

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released October 4, 2011

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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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