Sound I Make

by Kirsten Opstad

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1.
Straightforward chords Tunes that feel old Unfinished rhymes Lines that feel holy The last of my voice The crack of the fire An unlikely choice And honest desire A chorus of muted hues, The sound I make loving you Tail-eating snake Dog chasing tail Calm as a lake Big as a whale Single-spaced type Open-faced rye Taller than hype Slanted like lies A tangle of living roots, The shape that I make loving you But not a wave or a quake Could swallow or shake The sense that it makes, loving you
2.
Underwater 03:08
We came all this way So we could act different You jump in the pool To show me you’re livid Rudeness muted is forgiven We spent the whole day Choosing our outfits So we could be sure Of the one that we’re out with Keep my keys inside your pocket We sleep like the dead We dream of vacation This must be our life This one conversation Quiet, private silent treatment We’re not what we do We’re what we say after And which is more true The sadness or laughter? Can you hear me underwater?
3.
Take Cover 02:27
I know I’m supposed to be sad But it hasn’t hit me yet So please put a drink in my hand Let me dance till I forget We both know that This straw was the last Dip me now like We don’t have a past I know I’m supposed to be mad But I never cared for rage Just leave the ring in my hand We won’t say the word mistake Love is falling Backwards on your ass Lucky us, both Good and bad things pass When you are blue, take comfort When you feel new, take cover I know I’m supposed to be glad But I’ve got a few complaints I’ve got the world in my hand But I want you all the same When you are blue, take comfort When you feel new, take cover Love is falling Backwards on your ass Lucky us, both Good and bad things pass
4.
Slow hoe what you hoe, Oh, what you owe, Home without awning or owner Slow so you don’t go, No you don’t know, Hold like pack on your shoulder Who’s barking who is a mystery Who is the mistress of misery? Oh, show them the show Load what you wrote, Told them off over your shoulder Oh, so it won’t grow Owings no flow Towings a ball and boulder Tuesday’s a blister in history Soon you can copy the master key Oh, owe what you oh No you don’t know Sold like a solid gold soldier Go, on with the show Show her your tow So she’ll enjoy what you told her Soon you can see what you want to be Tuesday is looking like you and me
5.
When lights are out And all’s asleep When no one else is listening That’s when we begin to dream About the stars Beyond the moon Of secret lives of forks and spoons And people we can visit soon Wild and full of light Smiling from inside We say goodnight, But not goodbye Little trucks Need help to tow Dogs will stop to say hello Mittens lost get found in snow Foolish fast Sacred slow Talk to things and they will grow Soon they’ll be too big to show Tall, smart and kind From a different time We say goodnight, But not goodbye Some nights the wind shakes the window And shadows will waltz on the floor When you cling to your pillow Think of what follows a storm Suns always rise Light fills the sky Let’s say goodnight, But not goodbye

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Written, recorded and mixed at home during the fall of 2016.

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released December 30, 2016

photo by David Opstad.

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Kirsten Opstad Los Angeles, California

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

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