City Lights

from by Jason Jeka

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lyrics

A million lights. A mile high. Stars on Earth sent down
to guide a million wandering souls back home, captivated by the glow.
Electric candles in the night, never flicker in the wind
that tries to knock you down to see how quickly you’ll get up again.

Somewhere right off 16th street, a lost and found box full of things
collecting dust with busted seams, held together by a string.
Stone and concrete, bricks and wood. The walls can’t talk but if they could
they’d still sit silently, patiently, listening.
And the orchestra upstairs doesn’t really seem to care
about broadcasting imperfections.
And I don’t know but I’ve been told this winter’s gonna be
the coldest one since 1940-something. We’ll ain’t that something.

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It’s you I’m holding on to.

Make them laugh and entertain. Rinse, repeat and wash the rest
all swirling down the drain. Even that leads to somewhere.
Take the stairs. Take your drink. Take a minute and just
think about all that you see in both directions.
The things you learn away from home. They took a building made of stone
and moved it right across the street. I guess you can move anything.
And every bitter pill to take, don’t be afraid of how it tastes
without that liquid courage chaser.
And for miles down the street we’re casting shadows from out feet.
Sometimes they follow us. Sometimes we follow them.
Run beside the wishing well. We don’t like to kiss and tell
so all of our well wishes are sleeping with the fishes.
Gather up your pretty things. Make them shine and leave
all of the rest of it behind. We’re going out tonight.
A thank you letter for the spark and the fuel to start a fire
like the one that unsuccessfully tried to destroy you.

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from *in black and white, released May 13, 2014

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