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Something Green

by Kate Klim

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1.
Something Green When we have the time we take the long way back Up the north ridge, through the trees And the day I asked about the smoke and ash That’s when I learned what controlled burn means Sometimes they burn it down So the rest don’t go Sometimes they burn it down So something new can grow I know it’s hurting now But underneath the smoke I see something green How’d they figure out which things you break to fix? What got broke along the way? All that matters now is what we make of this And that the edges are contained Sometimes they burn it down So the rest don’t go Sometimes they burn it down So something new can grow I know it’s hurting now But underneath the smoke I see something green Sometimes the smoke gets so thick here it has me holding my breath Sometimes the stakes seems so big here that it scares me to death After the fires have died down and we find out what is left Let there be, let there be something green Chorus
2.
Songbird 05:03
Springtime was easy, everything’s green and bright Gathered the branches, built you a nest Summer was blooming, everything bends towards the light And little by little turned golden and red I’m never ready when the cold comes around To close all the windows, button things down But your heart was skyward, your place was southbound Hey little songbird, you flew away little songbird I always knew that you would come back when the cold cleared Oh little starling, I didn’t know, didn’t hardly How I would miss you in the mornings, it’s so quiet here… Beginnings are simple, none of the cracks have shown Everything’s possible, everything’s fair You get to the middle, that’s when your cover’s blown Some days you make it on a wing and a prayer Hey little songbird, you flew away little songbird I always knew that you would come back to me somehow And oh little starling, I didn’t know, didn’t hardly How I would miss you on the dark days but it's bright now It's alight now Isn’t it always the way, that after a few weeks of gray You feel like the sun is gone for good Oh it was never the time, or it was never the place To do all the things I thought I would But I had your song in my head It wasn’t gone, it wasn’t dead It just had to make it’s way back north Hey little songbird you flew away little songbird I always knew that you would come back to me somehow
3.
I wonder every time you run Do you go so fast because it’s fun Or just to show yourself you’re able All these years I still don’t know Which words will hit you like a stone Which ones will bounce off like a pebble So when you tell me I don’t really know you I say "how well do we really know anyone?" I wanna ask you a hundred questions everyday Wanna see you in the light of the sun Cause If I’m gonna almost know anyone I wanna almost know you, wanna almost know you I’ve got parts you don’t know well I’ve got secrets I don’t tell They’re not dark, they’re just embarrassing We’ve got so much left to learn How to listen, wait our turn Why some things just make us burn like kerosene I guess maybe, you don’t really know me But then how well do we really know anyone I’ll let you look inside my wiring when I’m brave Show you parts of who I am and what I’ve done ‘Cause if I’m gonna almost show anyone I wanna almost show you, wanna almost show you… There are places in the ocean human eyes will never see Though we could dive there everyday until we die When we’re speaking the same language and you don’t know what I mean I think that it still counts for something that you try, that you try I guess maybe I don’t really know you But then how well do we really know anyone I wanna wade a little deeper everyday Wanna drive around the streets of where you’re from Cause If I’m gonna almost know anyone I wanna almost know you… Wanna almost know you… Wanna almost know you…
4.
They sent you off to the jungle, the pacific You said goodbye to your mom and you left You thought you fought for the good guys, we always think that we’re the good guys Your only order was to never give in Nobody told you when the war was over, the war was over, no one told you for years When all you know of who you are is a soldier, well if you’re not a soldier Why are you here? Why are you here? For 30 years you kept up all your defenses Lived every day like you were under attack And you were mean, you scared the villagers senseless, And you shot and you burned and when they fought back… They tried to tell you that the war was over, the war was over but you would not believe When all you know of who you are is a soldier, well if you’re not a soldier What will you be? What will you be? They tried to tell you someone showed you the headlines You took one look and you decided they were fake They dropped you letters from the sky from your family And when that didn’t work, they wondered what would it take Somebody tracked down your former commander He was the owner of a bookstore - he’d retired in ’58 They flew him down, you said “you promised to come get me” He said “I’m getting you know, I’m just 30 years late” Nobody told you but the war is over, the war is over, it’s over and done, done, done Nobody told you but the war is over, the war is over, the war is over The war is over and the other guys won.
5.
You think that you know where you’re going looking at lines on a map Everything’s small, here’s where you’re at, here’s where you’ve been We never thought it’d be easy, yeah we’re both smarter than that When you start to fade a couple of days and a thousand miles in... Close your eyes and I’ll take the driving And oh for the next hour, you just have to dream And I know sometimes it all gets so heavy These things that you carry, you can give some to me Oh it was all such a whirlwind, especially the first couple weeks House was a mess, nobody slept, it was some kind of magic And both us were us were made helpless By just the touch of his cheek And on the nights I was drowning you took the night shift You said close your eyes and I’ll take the driving And oh for the next hour, you just have to dream And I know sometimes it all gets so heavy These things that you carry, you can give some to me And there times we lost direction And there were times we crashed the car We didn’t wind up where we expected But here we are, here we are Close your eyes and I’ll take the driving And oh for the next hour you just have to dream And I know sometimes it all gets so heavy These things that you carry, you can give some to me You can give some to me
6.
Sometimes when you look at me Your eyes still flash the way they did the first time Sometimes when I look at you I think how it’s more good than bad It’s a special kind of tragedy That you should say you’ll never love me the way I’m wanting And ask if I can live with that Sometimes the setting of the sun feels like God and magic Sometimes I tell myself it’s nothing but the motion of the earth Sometimes the thing that we’ve become it’s all so grand and tragic Then there are days it’s just two human beings making something work I look up at the sky again, I think of you and I again We’re just a little flicker in the universe So why’s it feel so big? Why’s it feel so big? When you look at what we thought we’d be It was catching stars and building empires Had visions of the two of us with dirt in our hair and tools in our hands Oh but dreams turned into strategy And ours was to divide and conquer So now I watch your buildings rise While I stay home and I tend the land Sometimes the setting of the sun feels like God and magic Sometimes I tell myself it’s nothing but the motion of the earth Sometimes the thing that we’ve become it’s all so grand and tragic Then there are days it’s just two human beings making something work Making something work And when you ask me if I’m happy, I’m mostly happy but alone And when I ask you if you’re happy you say just look how high my buildings have grown And I wonder when you’re sleeping, once you've made your way back home Is it even the same dream now Are we dreaming the same dream? Sometimes the setting of the sun feels like God and magic Sometimes I tell myself it’s nothing but the motion of the earth Sometimes the thing that we’ve become it’s all so grand and tragic Then there are days it’s just two human beings making something work So I look up at the sky again, I think of you and I again We’re just a little flicker in the universe So why’s this feel so big, why’s it feel so big, why’s it feel so big, so big, so big Why’s it feel so big, why's it feel so big?
7.
Lines 04:01
I have this recurring dream where I’m back at 17 It’s the night of the high school play and I’m the lead The curtain is almost up, and me I am all dressed up Frantically Looking for a script to read I don’t remember my lines, I don’t remember my lines I don’t remember my lines and I don’t recognize the song I used to know just where to stand, I used to step into the light I used to feel like I belong, used to feel like I belonged here I used to feel like I belong Last night an angry sky caught us all by surprise With leveled houses and with broken glass Piles of what used to be, the thing about storms like these Is you’re still feeling them for years after they’ve passed We used to go there everyday, got the same thing every time Used to go there everyday, we used to go but now it’s gone I don’t recognize the streets, it all looks weird without the trees I used to feel like I belong, used to feel like I belong here Ooh… I don’t remember my lines, I don’t remember my lines I don’t remember my lines and I don’t recognize the song I used to think I had a plan, I used to think we had it made Thought I knew the way it went, thought I knew but I was wrong I try to bat away the rain, I try to kick against the tide Try to push against the change, I try and try but it’s too strong I don’t recognize my life, no I don’t recognize my life I used to feel like I belong, used to feel like I belong here I used to feel like I belong Ooh...
8.
Today I held a funeral for a frog on my front porch I gave a pretty decent speech, how life is dazzling and short Then we put it in a shoebox and I snuck it in the trash when we were done Who am I to tell my kids they shouldn’t care 'bout things like that All they know is something’s gone and that it isn’t coming back And everything is precious, at least it feels that way when you’re that young You wanna keep it but you can’t… You wanna keep it but you can’t… You wanna keep it but you can’t so you scream and you shout I have a Tupperware container with a thousand popped balloons Cried a tear for every one, they were unbearable to lose I don't know why I keep on buying them, they just get so damn happy when I do You wanna keep it but you can’t… You wanna keep it but you can’t… You wanna keep it but you can’t so you scream and you shout You scream and you shout You scream and you shout You scream and you shout You scream and you shout You scream and you shout You scream and you shout You scream and you shout All our books have torn up pages, all our pants have torn up knees Doesn’t matter you’ll outgrow them in another couple weeks It’s like we’re racing down a hillside and we’re only gaining speed and then we’re done You wanna keep it but you can’t…
9.
Head to Toe 04:07
I think of the river like a tough love kind of teacher Floats you up when you need her, when she’s mad she’ll let you know They can tell us we never should have bought in flood plain But the bones were so good, and the chances seemed so low Then the rain came, when it came it just kept coming Watched it climb up, clim up closer to our door When the waters rising, when the waters rising do you head for the rooftop, do you build yourself a boat? I don’t know what’s wiser, or what ends up better Oh to wait out the weather or to grab my things and go Neither way is what I wanted, either way I'm getting soaked head to toe Tried to conquer the river, tried to redraw her shorelines Tried to route her past the cities, dam her into lakes I guess we were foolish for thinking we could change ourselves that much Now we’ll pay for our mistakes When the waters rising, when the waters rising do you head for the rooftop, do you build yourself a boat? I don’t know what’s wiser, or what ends up better Oh to wait out the weather or to grab my things and go Neither way is what I wanted, either way I'm getting soaked head to toe Then the rain came, when it came it just kept coming Then the rain came, when it came it just kept coming Then the rain came, then the rain came When the waters rising, when the waters rising do you head for the rooftop, do you build yourself a boat? I don’t know what’s wiser, or what ends up better Oh to wait out the weather or to grab my things and go Neither way is what I wanted, either way I'm getting soaked head to toe
10.
In Highland Park, our place was small Our yard was good, we planted flowers We went for walks, I can’t recall What we discussed, we went for hours In Highland Park When you proposed we’d gotten lost Out of a hike up by the parkway “It never goes the way you thought” That’s what you said when you asked It was the best day In Highland Park And now that feels so far from where we are From where we are now Three states and a million miles away We moved back east to start a new gig Our dreams were real big, had our first kid, missed the city So we went west, the dreams had grown The river shone, said we’d never live another place that pretty In River South And now that feels just like another life, another lifetime Two states and a million miles away So here were are, the house we bought I guess you’ll get your own apartment It never goes the way you thought And so it ends the way it started In Highland Park

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released March 4, 2022

Produced by Andrew Delaney

Recorded and mixed by Michael Briggs at Civil Audio in Denton, TX

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