Iris, Did You Notice?

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lyrics

Iris, did you notice
Ears sit slightly higher than our noses
Holding up sunglasses over our eyes?
We're so cool, you and I
It was eternity
Then something like eight minutes before you saw me
Sunlight set across the solar system,
Refracting in our eyes
When those scathing notices of failure
Pile up on your foyer table
Dragging on the threads of space and time
Throw all your change in a wishing well
I wish you well
Iris, just run

‘Cause, Iris, when the loan sharks bite,
Man, they really gnaw and tear,
Tear like wolverines
Oh Iris, it's bloody
But listen to these six strings
And I hope you reminisce on those starlings
Murmuring in neat clouds of harmony
Little black birds billowing over Ohio highways
When the voices join us
Realize my best attempts at counterpoint
Iris, remember dancing lakeside en point
Pirouetting in the sand
Arabesque, the strings sweep,
A la cicada song in evening
Oh Iris, I know it's cliché,
But I hope it moves you anyway

Throw all your change in a wishing well
I wish you well
Oh Iris, just run, run
Run to the city with the old name,
Run to the city with your new name
Start the world over
Oh Iris, just run, run
Annihilate all that came before me
Embrace the vast potential of the after
And Iris, just run

Save for the hum of a distant interstate
Frogs reign for miles of empty space
Floating in the midst of the lake in laughter,
Joyous laughter
As the bells chime in
Firing on and off like fireflies
Rising blinking lakeside

Oh Iris, it was so far from Autumn
When a single red leaf
Fell from green canopy
Oh the fern grows on the decaying tree
And Iris, did you notice it was beautiful anyway?
Did you notice it was beautiful anyway?

Just run
You always just run
You always run

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from Control Burn, released April 13, 2017

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