Building an Ocean

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Written Brandon B Barker

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I’m Building an Ocean
in the corner of your eyes.

The Forest is under water now,
as we idly slip on by.
The rose’s new host is Divine.
Confined by
your hindsight,
does not mean anything
if you cannot look inside.
We’ve already swallowed the hook
that you used to hang your prom dress on,
and I’m wondering,
what took you so long
to reel us all the way in?
Intrinsic value of what you can pull out,
in regards to what you’re willing to give.

Is that what this whole life’s about?

Directionless progression:
this dexterous projectionist.
Un-aimed apples fall so much faster,
with daft understanding.
Branded a wounded soldier, stranded,
land locked, and empty handed.
These candid distorted images remain
locked within these rusty crooked picture frames.
Because anyone can play these shameless games,
we’ve got twenty-one guns, but no names.
Too many open casket masses have passed by virgin eyes.
The cannon blast’s “crack” masks the shrill sound of urgent cries.
The Virgin dies,
diagnosis: suicide,
and the verdict lies
within a pair of dice.
Oh Christ,
this Paradise is sinking under shrinking ice…
And there’s a doomsday eviction notice nailed to my chest,
it says, “You have six days to vacate and the seventh to rest.”
I’m feeling pressed for time,
trying to press rewind,
and address the situation from a fresh state of mind.
Like back before the plague of lying
infected our kind
and made us all more susceptible to step out of line.
All these signs shift swiftly.
The situation’s sticky,
but I don’t believe in pity,
so don’t let me drown quickly.
Please.

Don’t let me drown so quickly.
Please.

credits

from Space Bound, released March 9, 2019
Brandon B Barker – Bass / Vocals
Rob Drayna – Guitar / Vocals
Tim Ouburg – Piano / Organ / Wurlitzer
Max Webb – Guitar
Wyatt Richards – Drums
Dan Muir – Percussion
Dave Terran – Trumpet
Sterling Wootton – Saxophone (Tenor)
John Flanders – Saxophone (Soprano, Tenor, Baritone) / Flute

Recorded at Man vs. Music
by Mike Sasich and Greg Shaw
Mixed and Mastered by Mike Sasich
Artwork by Joel Bender

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