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by Kirsten Opstad

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released October 12, 2019

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Kirsten Opstad is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter.

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Track Name: you oughta leave
Drank my weight in water
Pretended I was no one’s daughter
Followed every freeway out of town

Drove the desert at night
Through gusts that truckers refuse to fight
Slap myself awake with the windows down

Wind chill and sweat
Wet shirt and sleeves
If you came to make peace,
You oughta leave

Caught a lifetime of sleep
Kept having dreams of drowning
Barely out bed, I straight my sheets

Taught myself good habits
Where were you when all this happened?
Routinized my life so my mind’s free

Measure the grounds
The kettle screams
If you came to make peace
You oughta leave

Lost you like a locket
Shouldn’t have left it in my pocket
Taking every pain to track it down

Scan the sand with flashlights
We’ll search this beach if takes all night
Sooner drown myself than let you down

Fragile little chain
Inscribed for me
If you came to make peace
You oughta leave

If you came to make peace
You oughta leave
Track Name: better than summer
I’ve got a middle kid relationship to refills
Misbelieve in quantum cherry coke
Worried since before
I knew what worrying was for
And if you want some, I’ve got more

I’ve been down, but I’m up right now
Cavities fill my mouth
I’ve been down, but I’m up right now
I’m alright right now

Riddled with insidious predictions
Waiting for the other shoe to drop
Seems like scarcity
Has left her marks all over me
She always said that nothing’s free

I’ve been down, but I’m up right now
Let me try this out
I’ve been down, but I’m up right now
I’m alright right now

Sit in the sun with a bottle of beer
Bike upside down while I oil the gears
Here’s to the year I stopped trying to steer

Now I’ve been down, but I’m up right now
Let me ride this out
I’ve been down, but I’m up right now
I’m alright right now

Better than summer
Bummer you missed out
Track Name: 1996
Nothing is as formal as doorbell
Or as frightening as an unexpected call
Everyone’s got stories that they don’t tell
Family portraits taken at the mall

Runaway family pets
White built-in cabinets

I was born a major chord

Learned how to drive before you taught me
If you didn’t ask, I didn’t lie
Pull the car in till you hit the laundry
Boxes from our old house piled high

Breathe in dishwasher’s scent
Parked out by the dryer vent

I was born a major chord

Lost the last few messages your wrote me
I read the few I have on lonely nights
Living sometimes feels like something’s got me
Hands behind my back, receiving rights

I should have died a million times, I should have died
I should have died a million times, but I got life

I was born to play these chords

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