Grief Gimmick

by Kathleen Dreems

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released December 8, 2014



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Kathleen Dreems Portland, Oregon

Los Angeles --> Portland

"Wherever I have gone,
Wherever I've been and gone,
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same."

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Track Name: Awake
I am full of bad moves
Things that you've already done,
linger on me what I may become.
All my screws are bent loose
and I'm just trying to stay awake
to hear the awful noises mornings make.
And I might bite right through the skin
Straight through to the bone
Just to bear my hands reminder that our creation goes unknown
and you might feign some insight
privy to my grief
but what you learn from me is fleeting
just as levity is brief.

I am full of relief,
when this headache kills the pain
echoing inside me sleet and rain.
I'm waiting for the day when I'll be first to leave
and then you'll have to choose
what to call this other than abuse.
I'll make all this easier,
right there to the point
as the sin of company's fading
with these lines I will anoint
my head to my failures
my nose to my sleeve
I keep saying one more night but I'm just waiting to be told to leave.

all good things are brief.
Track Name: Please Stay Here
I can only feel it like a chemical imbalance in my head, in my head
I can only touch it if it’s sad or if it’s lustrous dragging me to sleep with eyes like lead
and when I dream I think that I’m with you, and when I sleep I am love’s lucky fool
and here I am repeating what I’ve said before
he is just a ghost and nothing more
I have no excuses but my lack of talent tries me to obey, what you say
and if I flinch surrounding you it’s not because I want to go away, I’d rather stay
when I dream id rather be awake
to hear the awful noises morning’s make
and if I am repeating what I’ve done before
I hope this time it stick before you’re out the door

if I close my eyes too much it’s just the weight that tethers me to fear yes to fear

I’ve been lonely way too much to hope that you might be staying here, please stay here