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what would you think of
if i said to clear your mind?
could you purge yourself of time
and go deep into the well
where the clock strikes none
empty parking lots
in jerusalem

what would you burn
if you could set it all on fire?
touch a match to the wire
digging in the thing that you have become
looking in the mirror
for the perfect one

measuring only complicates my mind
want to be your lover
for a long, long time
but i'm only holding

and it's moment to moment
and then all of a sudden
you can't bear your cross
so you hand it to a friend
who pushes out the nails
in your open hands
leaves you holding on
to the promised land


take no refuge in what you know
oh little candle, let it go
you can stop and become
one with the flame
and there's no ash
and there's no dust
when you just open up your trust
you can burn
until only light remains

and i'm looking at the photographs
in my photo album
and imagining
comfort they don't bring
so far in the feeling that i can't step back
living like the laughter in a photograph


from The Truth is​.​.​. I Don't Know, released September 16, 2016



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David Waingarten Portland, Oregon

David plays music to keep himself company. He digs records that sound like they were recorded in bedrooms and basements, and is inspired by the raw intimacy and honesty of Paul Simon, Elliot Smith, Blaze Foley and Gillian Welch. His songs are about healing, living in your car, longing to be found, gratitude, riding subways, finding silence, and stumbling along your path. ... more

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