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lyrics

Kicking

She and I we’ve got red eyes
skin we scratch to watch it rise.
The sheets are marked with cigarette burns.
We lay there still inside and losing time.
I’m nodded off and to the side
wondering if I love her
or if I just love a good lie.
I can’t feel a thing but the blood inside.
It rings like a dinner bell.
If it burns like hell
it might as well.
What we do is we burn
like the fight of our tired eyes.
Untouched and high as a kite
without wind to fly
we all come down.
We all come down to the heavy sound
of our bodies in hard love
the end of our bad blood again.

There is writing on the wall
dirty laundry in a pile
records scattered around the bed
and a Pavement poster
curling over from its edge.
And I am thinking of a time
when we waited in a line
in the blistering sunshine
just to hear the band play
“Texas Never Whispers” again.
What we do is we burn
like the fight of our tired eyes.
Untouched and high as a kite
without wind to fly
we all come down.
We all come down to the heavy sound
of our bodies in hard love
the end of our bad blood
the end of what she was.
It was the end of what I was
the end of what I was
the end of what I was
again again.

credits

from How We Were Then, released April 27, 2014
Christopher Hughes - vocals, guitar, mellotron
Pablo Burrull - bass, nylon guitar
Petra Kelly - violin, vocals
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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