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Skeleton Coast

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The sky is too bright and the world’s too wide
But the view’s simplified from a hunting blind

Defending the great divides
You’ll die at your post
God’s in the rising tide
On your skeleton coast
Burn the boats

Daydream an empire’s endless rise
Where demons are named, then they’re sacrificed

The cult of the last goodbye
Collectively alone
Cold waters rise, divide
This archipelago

Dead island of your calcifying soul
Bit by a bitter vision of control
Who told you there was nowhere else to go?

Sheltering with your ghosts
In some leviathan’s bones

Bleaching in the sun
You're afraid of your shadow
I think you must know

There is a world outside your head
You are not dreaming, you’re not yet dead

Defending the great divides
You’ll die at your post
God’s in the rising tide
On your skeleton coast
The cult of the last goodbye
Collectively alone
Watching the water rise

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from Un​-​Becoming, released May 31, 2019

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J. Robbins Baltimore, Maryland

J. Robbins has been the singer/guitarist and principal songwriter in several DC-and-Baltimore-area post-punk rock bands since the late 1980s, most notably Jawbox, Burning Airlines, and Channels. He is also owner and operator of the Magpie Cage recording studio in Baltimore MD. ... more

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