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 You Saw I Was in Danger, You Broke Out of the Stone and Saved Me
The week before summer ended
Danny and I were swimming in Runyan Lake

It was beginning and end of all things
and we both felt change coming,
like the passing of seasons was a banner or a tide

Danny was on the verge of dropping out of high school,
and I could not talk him out of it

I felt like a failure

I pulled the water around me like a shield,
and tried to take it all in

The sun dragging the sky in streaks of orange and yellow,
the lake water warm like bath

We stayed in the water until it was dark
Track Name: A Crown and a Cane is Needed at the 4th Floor
There is a picture of Jeff, me, and you
standing on the docks of Long Beach Harbor,

like we had discovered it or conquered it on our own
(as though we were Spanish explorers claiming it for the Queen)

My hair was longer then

It was right before the Fourth of July
(my brother's birthday) in 2006

Our lives were packed into our car
We could have gone anywhere

We had torn roots, we were unbound

We were seeking truth

There was beauty everywhere and
endless possibilities to tie ourselves to

In the coming months, thing would come undone
and our carefully laid plans were laid to rest

But I would not trade it all for a chance to try again-
I wore it instead, I hung it around me until
I could not fit myself into that frame anymore

When we came back home, we were so lost

It was a while before we saw beauty anywhere