What It Takes to Move Forward Bonus Tracks

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

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released September 28, 2009

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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: Actually, I'm Just Wearing Your Glasses
i watched your cheeks flush, colored by an air from a calgary cold front
your breath made ghosts spill into the night, and gather as if they might not disappear.

i had heard a rumor you were moving back home!

but even if it was true, i did not expect to hear it from you so bluntly.

so it hung in the air like a fever, or a slow moving front
and i would not find shelter here, so i braced myself

"out!" i cried, "out!
are you running to or are you running from?
or does it even matter if it won't change your mind?"

when you put your hand on mine,
i knew.
Track Name: It Was Your Heart That Saved You
nurse your wounds, you are no soldier
we are not men of faith.
so that, when we die, the only thing that touches you
will be the worms of earth, turning earth over earth.

i have not forgiven you
i don't think that i will.

will you ever know how hard it was to say,
"you are a lost cause, and i can't save you now."

i have not come to set things right.
i have come to say goodbye.
Track Name: So How Many Points Do You Have 'Till You Gain, You Know, the Ultimate Power?
oh, you had littered your clothes across the floor where we last met.
like a trail of things we never said- but what have we ever said?

still, it was 1998, and we had plenty of time to reconcile.
but i was more concerned with what came next then i was of forgiving you.

but you had not forgiven me, and you would not allow your teenage heart time to mend or time away.

oh, what an ugly sight it was to see!

so you told them all about me-
and all the things i hadn’t done.

and the little white lies that birthed from your mouth turned into such an avalanche.

then, your voice became so small,
or everyone else’s grew large.

but it was far too late to pull the words back.

they were gone.

so no one will hear you scream,
“no one will love you like i do…”
Track Name: Archival Footage
we have been watching you for weeks, getting weaker
this time next month you'll be gone

how do you say goodbye?
how do you spend time waiting for...
i should be home with you