Goodbye Singing Songs

by empire garrison

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released February 13, 2009

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empire garrison Minneapolis, Minnesota

2001: empire garrison is formed as a power trio.
2003: eg increases in size by 33%.
2005: eg releases Independent on the fourth of July.
2007: eg again inflates by an additional 25%.
2009: eg releases Goodbye Singing Songs on Valentine's Day.
2012: eg continues to release songs on holidays, but stands fast at 5 members at the time of this missive.
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Track Name: Grand Coulee
I’m a wall that stops the flow
I’m the distance I won’t go
In the times I’m worth my height
Don’t have the words to make it right

Can you feel, can you feel the way I do?
Is the course, is the course displacing you?
Isn’t love, isn’t love good enough?
Isn’t love, isn’t love good enough?

I control the things I feel
With my friends I try to deal
For the things that I’ve done wrong,
I’ll make up by singing songs

I’m a wall that finds no rest
No comfort found in being blessed
In your thoughts I will remain
In the reservoir contained

Can you feel, can you feel the way I do?
Is the course, is the course displacing you?
Isn’t love, isn’t love good enough?
Isn’t love, isn’t love good enough?

I’m a wall that stops the flow
I’m the distance I won’t go
In your thoughts I will remain
In the reservoir contained

Can you feel, can you feel the way I do?
Is the course, is the course displacing you
Isn’t love, isn’t love good enough?
Isn’t love, isn’t love good enough?
Track Name: Tinnitus
What's that sound?
There's nobody around
It's in my head
A thousand thoughts unsaid

What's that sound I hear?
Have I lost my mind?
The meaning isn't clear
Sawtooth, square, and sine

I lie awake
my head a sphere of ache
Still it howls
Cacophony of vowels
Try to sleep
count the bleating sheep
Sleep won't come,
There's only ceaseless hum

What's that sound I hear?
Have I lost my mind?
The meaning isn't clear
Sawtooth, square, and sine

This buzzy whine
Has got to be a sign
That I am lost
And now must pay the cost

What's that sound I hear?
Have I lost my mind?
The meaning isn't clear
Sawtooth, square, and sine
Track Name: She Will Be the Record
Over the road, leaves are growing now
Shading my sight from what I know
Out on the road, leaving’s not avow
Where would I be if not with her?

And so
She will be the record of your constancy
[Hear her sighing now]
“Don’t leave me”
You know I’m not a fraud
“Don’t leave me”

Over the road, leaves are languishing
Wishing the sky would open up
Out on the road, leaving seems so near
Barter the time you’ve totaled up

And now
She will be the record of your truancy
[Hear her calling out]
“Don’t leave me”
You know I’m not a lout
“Don’t leave me”

Over the road, leaves are falling down
Paving the way away from her
Out on the road, leaving makes such sense
Where would I be if not with her?

Not with her

And now
She will be the record of your frequency
[Hear her screaming out]
“Don’t leave me”
You know I’m not alone
“Don’t leave me”

Over the road, leaves are absent now
I wish I hadn’t moved along
Out on the road, leaving wasn’t right
What have I to offer now?

And now
She will be the record of your absentcy
[Now you’re showing doubt]
“Don’t leave me”
I know I’m not allowed
“Don’t leave me”
Track Name: Asterisk
What will make this easier for you?
Haven’t I done enough?
Where do you see this going for you?
To live outside of love?

Scraping away the sins of the day
Contending with your words
Believing yourself when your name is a lie
Isn’t that absurd?
Fooling yourself that your fears are outside
Do you need me to pretend?

Can I care to comfort you when
It’s easy to pretend
The only thing I’ve gotten from you
Is nothing more than “friends”?

Wasting away in palatial estates
Created by your world
Becoming again. All the time you pretend
That you’re any other girl
Keeping me here against all of your tears
Do you need me to pretend?

Is this what you can expect for now
Or is there any other trend?
I’ll not be a party to the party that
Asks me to befriend
A woman I love, no other above
Who needs me to pretend.

Ignoring the things and the night that it brings
There isn’t any way
Complicit in me and your need to be free
That’ll get me through the day
I’m wasting my time on a girl that I find
Doesn’t find me as enough
So go your own way.
So now go away
Because I can’t pretend.
Track Name: Missive
I want to know
That you will always show
Everything that you are

And I'll show you
Everything, too
And we'll be fine all the time

Don't apologize for anything you've done
You don't ever have to be sorry
We will kick this sickness
Stand out in the sun
And together we will be
Always

I want to see that you will always be
Here by my side to ease my mind
And I'll try to not be such a fool
I spent so long being wrong

Don't apologize for anything you've done
You don't ever have to be sorry
We will kick this sickness
Stand out in the sun
And together we will be
Always

Always is never as long as it should be
Never

I want to know
That you will always show
Everything that you are

Don't apologize for anything you've done
You don't ever have to be sorry
We will kick this sickness
Stand out in the sun
And together we will be
Always

Let you hair fall down
Put your hand in mine
You don't ever have to be lonely
We will face the darkness
Together unafraid
And together we will be newborn
Track Name: If You Will
Why don't you write me a letter?
Why don't I give you a call?
Why don't we say what we mean?
Or anything at all?

Why don't you tell me you love me?
Cause I don't know what you mean
When I see you passing by
The spaces in between

But if you will humor me
I'm not as smart
As I seem to me
If you will stay with me
You'll know what you mean to me

The longer I know you the better
The dearer your presence to me
The nearer the chance of losing you
By waiting patiently

But if you will humor me
I've got this great idea
If you will, then I will
Cliched so happily

Did I tell you I love you?
Did I tell you I care?
If I did, I mean it still
Tomorrow's everywhere
Track Name: I'm Coming Home
She said she left a note

It regards to what
She said

She said she’d had enough
She left her home
She went alone

In the garden walk
She said…

“I’m coming home”

She’s sad, but in control
She wept alone
She left a note

“With regards to whom
It concerns:

I’m coming home
It took me years to find my way out
I’m here by myself”

I'm coming home

Go!
Since we met
My regret
Is that I couldn’t too
Said, I
Resolve

I'm coming home
Track Name: The Movie
Two figures come into frame
The mise en scène dark and strange
He's confident, strong, and tall
She's timid, fragile small

The movie flickers
The scene unfolds
The hero saves her
The credits roll

Immersing her in his arms
He steals her away from harm
She gazes into his eyes
The soundtrack cues love's reprise

The movie flickers
The scene unfolds
The hero saves her
The credits roll

The movie renders
And will remember
Our same celluloid lament

And so ends the story arc
We finish up where we start
Two figures now fill the frame
The mise en scène stark and plain

The movie flickers
The scene unfolds
The hero saves her
The credits roll

This isn't fiction
and I can't save you this time
I need direction
But there's no take two
Track Name: Don't You Listen
Here I am and
I’m alone again
Where are you and
What’s the plan again?

Hold my hand out
For a hand out and
I’m aware that
Space is all you give

Don’t you listen to the whisper.

Say his name and
Curse a fine amend (amen?)
Where was he when
I had to repent?

Lift a garter
Steal the soul of it
Retrace sins of
Lives too early spent

Can you listen to my silence?
Don’t you listen?

Call the walls out
And leave the pain
Where are you when
There’s no one to blame

Say my name and
Cause a fire with it
Take it home and
Stay awake with it

Stay awake with it

Don’t you listen to the whisper?
Don’t you listen to the pain there?
Don’t you listen? You’re not with him.
Track Name: Zero Sum Game
And she walks through her days
With her sly, unhurried pace
So she walks while I wait
And oblivious I remain

“We don’t talk,” I hear her claim
With that smile she says my name
So we talk and I wait
And remind her why she can’t be heard

As she wanders through her days
I find I'm getting stronger
With the knowledge that I wait
And she knows nothing of it

To the coast, I will aim
In the middle, I’ll remain
Captured thoughts that I’ll retain
While my freedom betrays me, oh