Our Sinking Ship

by Ryan Lombard

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you were an earnest boy
so full of love and mystery
today you only wonder where it’s gone

you were assured
it’s just our nature: life is suffering
and there is no redemption when you’re gone

you still have dreams, but not the same
they’re not about you anymore
you’re merely watching them

lifting a greater weight
that no one’s hand could take away
in love, we’ll turn your sinking ship around

you were a beating heart
that murmured to a funeral march
too quiet to me heard within the choir

you dreamt you set yourself on fire
dancing on the garden bed
until the sunflower world would move

something had flipped a switch
like gazing at the basilisk
when life had one more chance to turn you on

but you had a song to sing
you claimed it spoke for everything
the ringing in your ears still hadn’t gone

hasn’t it dawned on you
that idealism is laughing in your face
takes every chance to bring you down

modern life tied me down
and clipped my wings
and put me on display
and now they want to calm me down

who has salvation in a world
where everybody just wants out
what does it mean to earn your trust

sure there is give and take
an archetype, a retrograde
of Adam we disintegrate to dust


released March 10, 2015
Written, Mixed, and Produced by Ryan Lombard
Mastered by Doug Van Sloun of Focus Mastering
Vocals, Guitar, Bass, and Electronics by Ryan Lombard
Drumset by Mark Stone
Aux Percussion by Caleb Fankhauser
Additional Vocals by Michelle McIntire
Saxophone by Sky Blue Lux
Trumpet by Anna Sublette
Claps by Kroesen, Sublette, and Sara Verduzco

Special thanks to David McIntire for loaning his DroneLab synthesizer,
Beaux Lux for loaning his P-bass and amp,
and Carl Bisenius for loaning his P-bass and amp.



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