How We Were

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lyrics

How We Were

When we were children we were easy.
“You two are rotten to the core,”
her father said when he was drinking
smiling his teeth as he shut the door.
There in her room we made a mixtape.
She used my thumb to press record.
“Touch me I’m sick,” she said. I touched her.
We were so young
we were uncensored.
I wore Doc Marten boots and flannel
and I never washed my hair.
She wore berets the color yellow
and little girl dresses like a dare.
We drank coffee in the evenings
that her mother made with sugar and cream.
We drank it down. I thought I loved her.
But it was just the caffeine.

How we were easy then.
Now we’re hard
from all the time
that we’ve done
looking hard
trying to find
something soft.

Back in the days when we were easy
I came and went and crawled back in
through windows left unlocked and open
behind drawn curtains made of linen.
Inside a lamp was always shining
her silhouette caught in its glow.
Outside the chimes rung where I waited
from wind that also kept me cold.
Her mother caught me in the morning
my naked body coverless.
I was there with her daughter
entwined together in the bed.
We woke up from all the yelling.
We covered up with only hands.
I went out through her bedroom window
rubbing my eyes before I ran.

How we were easy then.
Now we’re hard
from all the time
that we’ve done
looking hard
trying to find
something soft.

When we were children we were leaving
like runaways caught in a storm.
We took our trips on blotter paper
squares we barely could afford.
We saved our money for the weekend
lay with our backs against the floor
while waiting for it all to kick in.
Somehow we always needed more.
There was a bridge that we went under
where she and I tried to be lovers.
We made our names across the concrete.
We lay together under the weather.
She said she’d be my girl forever
just as soon as she could be her own.
We didn’t know any better.
I didn’t know how far she’d go.

How we were easy then.
Now we’re hard
from all the time
that we’ve done
looking hard
trying to find
something soft.

credits

from How We Were Then, released April 27, 2014
Christopher Hughes - vocals, guitar
Pablo Burrull - bass
Sarah Lynn Fisher - keys
Ramon Muzquiz - drums
Matt Shasteen - guitar

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The Calmative Denton, Texas

Originally conceived as a studio project, The Calmative mixes traditional songwriting and instrumentation with ambient noise, feedback and drone. It is the moniker of Texas-based songwriter Christopher Hughes, and features a revolving cast of musicians. Collaborators include members of Spooky Folk, Pageantry, and the Blurries. ... more

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