Backseat Rider

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moon hangs low
furtive like it's got an agenda
i lean on the window
i know you don't care, but you pretend to
the dashboard glows
as if someone were trying to send a
sign, make us think
remind us we're about to sink
ground beneath us still unstable,
would we even run if we were able?

now things are better, but i care less
you want the truth, but i won't confess
we've got a backseat rider only we can see
and if he's real to you, then he'll be real for me

the silent hours
crowd around us like good intentions
the april showers
bring us thoughts too ugly to mention
and we were cowards
we could not make ourselves pay attention
but now, it's much too late
out of every available fate
bound together, time after time
whether by choice or by greater design

we're scared of the living, so we travel by night
we've got places to be, so we'll drive till first light
you suspect i don't love you, and maybe you're right
we will listen to music just so we don't fight
don't know much about history
don't know much biology
our backseat rider watches silently
all i want's for you to stay with me
all i want's for you to stay with me


from Old Photographs, released December 11, 2016



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