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Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) - Keep What You Have Built Up Here

[So excited to see how their Sophomore LP (You Will Eventually Be Forgotten) turns out. Great crew from Michigan.]

Oh no! I thought you’d changed; take back all the things you said. 

I remember thinking this evidence you left was damning enough 

but you took all the words from my mouth and pulled them out. 

How could I not see you for what you are? 

But you turned all the words from my mouth into doubt. 

And I wish I could tear your heart out! 

Break meter and release, and still the voice it keeps 

and I wish that your lungs would give out, 

And finally give air to breathe 

but I know better now. No words could weed you out 

when your back’s against the wall, you’ll be crying out, 

“I’ll take all the words from your mouth and leave them out.” 

And your hands are shaking. 

Finally, call out! 

And the silence breaks your heart, finally. 

Oh, I almost pity you now (I almost pity you now). 

Finally, call out! 

Oh, I almost pity you now. 

And I wish I could tear your heart out! 

Break meter and release, and still the voice it keeps 

and I wish for your lungs to give out, finally.

across the border into canada,
rock out with john k. in winnipeg.
or maybe take the train to montreal,
or just watch the sun fall down in our backyard. getting wasted with our friends in a basement with some bands that we don’t even know from tennesse with a backpack full of beer.
i just want to be here with all of you.

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Features: Bill of The Early November & Keith of Empire! Empire!

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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Weren’t Ready Yet, Your Ears Could Hear But Not Your Heart 

[Empire! Empire! Just announced today that their sophomore album will be released this fall, after what seems like hundreds of splits and EPs. The world rejoices.]

I stepped out in the cold 

A palate of white on white on white on white had buried the steps you left 
only hours ago 
to navigate back home 

I should have asked you to stay 
warm in my bed and at arm’s length 

But instead, you are crawling 
on 127 at 15 miles per hour 

You should have called by now 
and my fears are wild with doubt, 
painted in plowed steps, cased from Holmes to Akers Hall 
while my breath does pirouettes 

When you finally return my calls 
you are worn and exhausted, but safe and alone in your bed 

Now the air is sharp and alive, and burns when it returns to my chest 
as thousands of tiny men parade through the sky 
like dancers, or ash 

As I turn to go home 
I watch the snow reclaim every footstep 
bathed in the warm glow of half-choked street lamps 
like it never cared that we were here

Second set of lyrics for the LP!

It’s time for our second set of lyrics! The next set will go up on Monday at 1 PM EST.

“I Was Somewhere Cold, Dark… and Lonely”

I almost died at twenty-one 

In January, driving northbound on Abbott Rd
the car in front of us slammed their brakes down hard
and slid off onto the right-hand shoulder

We were probably following too close,
but I honestly can’t remember

We swerved into the turn lane
and lost control when we hit a patch of black ice
that would carry us right into the unavoidable path
of a Saturn barreling south in the opposite direction

My life did not flash before my eyes

I was trying to steer the van anywhere else
as time ground to a halt and froze 

Then exploded violently
as metal collapsed into metal
at a horrific speed

There is always enough time to do the things you love
(until it’s gone)