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Cicada Year, Pt. 1

from Summer, Slowly by Benchmarks

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features Brian Beer


we awoke with the sun upon our faces
our shadows, never taller than our souls
we spent the long days just staring at the sunlight
never conscious of the ever-coming cold
we believed that we were crickets in a cicada year
singling like the Summer never ends
with a dream that we were meant to live forever
breathing in the life as we began

now we’re running from the twilight and tomorrow
November always nipping at our heels
the light, now fading on a grim horizon
trampled under time’s revolving wheels
so bury me with solace in my song
that we will sing the day the sun comes out again
but this revelry cannot be eternal
the light will fade as fast as it began

everybody wants to go to heaven
but no one wants to die
and I don’t want to live forever
but I could use a little more time


from Summer, Slowly, released August 21, 2020


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