Magnolia

from Summer, Slowly by Benchmarks

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lyrics

now I drag this racing river
towards a sea that’s never full
baptized by a belief that I might be satisfied
at once, a vision comes to me
outside the forest and the trees
a magnolia set apart from the pines
what if this race towards the horizon
where I’m trying to catch the sun
is really just a hope to outrun it behind me
and this perception in my mind
that I have anything to prove
is as fleeting as the falling of the leaves

and the leaves they fall
and I keep running

what if I choose to hitch the horses?
pull my name and cash my chips?
would you still regard me in your favor?
because I’ve been living in the lie
that I could be so satisfied
by singing not for love, but for labor
I haven’t slept on a Sunday night
since I was 16 years old
and now I crave the silence of a willing surrender
and let go this narcissistic notion
“to live fast and die young”
when life has become a much more thrilling adventure

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from Summer, Slowly, released August 21, 2020

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