Stay Strangers

by Kirsten Opstad

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1.
About It 03:13
The sun is gone now, just like you And I feel over the moon About it, about it Stuck like splinters, warped like wood When you hurt me I felt good About it, about it I saw it coming and I didn’t do a thing about it Should have screamed running, but I didn’t do a thing about it Baby blame me, love me lazy I survived your cyanide Now I’ve got a sense of pride About it, about it You’re my favorite parlor trick They say your name and I play sick About it, about it I saw it coming and I didn’t do a thing about it Should have screamed running, but I didn’t do a thing about it Baby blame me, love me lazy Broken hearts bleed pretty blood I feel better than I should About it, about it I saw it coming and I didn’t say a word about it Should have screamed running, so I didn’t say a thing about it Frame me, hang me, heartbreak crazy Baby blame me, I loved you lazy
2.
Cleanest Air 03:15
You should have given me more notice I didn’t know until the house was filled with flames Smoke pushing under doors and windows While I drank and slept and dreamed away the day I had no way of telling that the nightmares in mind were true I had no way of telling that I was suffocating without you You are the cleanest air I’ll ever breathe I let you carve your shape inside of me I’ll make you promise that you’ll never leave You took me swimming in the ocean Setting fears aside, I let you take the lead And though I couldn’t touch the bottom I followed you relentless to the sea I had no way of telling that the current was relentless too I had no way of telling that I’d nearly drowned there without you You are the cleanest air I’ll ever breathe I let you carve your shape inside of me I’ll make you promise that you’ll never leave And everything is clear when you’re not standing over here You are the cleanest air I’ll ever breathe I let you carve your shape inside of me I made you promise that you’d never leave, you’d never leave I made you promise that you'd never leave
3.
Frame 04:46
Nothing fits right on this frame, yeah it stretches the seams Sags where it shouldn’t, chokes parts that ought to be free Glance in the mirror, glimpse something you don’t want to see You’re looking older these days, wonder where have you been? Losing your faculties, lacking what used to come easily Thinning eyelashes, you misplaced the glasses you need to read They moved couch in your house so it faces the screen Cycling the decades, on syndicated TV Keeping her memory alive on your answering machine Keeping your memory in line’s harder than it seems You try to reach out with an arm that caught in a sleeve Trapped in a house full of things that you don’t really need Just getting used to the pain that refuses to leave They moved couch in your house so it faces the screen Cycling the decades, on syndicated TV Keeping her memory alive on your answering machine Keeping your memory in line’s harder than it seems When did the days get so long? Is it finally Spring? Worked like a slave all your life just to die like a king Try to remember how worthy your sacrifice seemed They moved couch in your house so it faces the screen Cycling the decades, on syndicated TV Keeping her memory alive on your answering machine Keeping your memory in line’s harder than it seems Harder than it seems
4.
In Name 03:05
Innocent face Unburdened with blame Dirty diplomat’s grace On your innocent face You are a different you Different times of day Do you mean the things you do or the things you say? Authentic in name Practiced charade Pressed, powdered and plain Charming and tame Your practiced charade Where does the time go? Where do their names escape? Do you mean the things you do or the things you say? Authentic in name Smile, smile, smile at the mess you made Kiss, kiss the bruises that you gave Look, look away as you bury the blade You’re licking the blade you bury I’ve come all of this way Just to swallow your clay My stomach will ache Swallowing clay Everyone wants yeah Everyone wants a taste Do you mean the things you do or the things you say? Authentic in name Welcome to LA
5.
Money Now 03:31
Arrangements have been made Still the widow wails I don’t say your name, But I still get your mail Making real deposits In imaginary bank accounts Where’s the money now? Where’s that money now? The bets have all been placed, Still the gambler shouts Though I know you couldn’t stay, I could see your doubts We were making real deposits In imaginary bank accounts Where’s the body now? Where’s your body now? Our debts have all been paid, Still the collector calls Love like phantom pain Feel it when it’s gone Making real deposits In imaginary bank accounts Where’s the money now? Where’s that money now? All your words Crumble in my mouth What’s it worth? Where that money now? Where that money now? Where that money now?
6.
Flood 05:03
They will love you for the wrong reasons And you will try to keep it short Bloated baggage, soaking through the seats of my new used car Wading through the wreck, moving fast, not getting far I bought your city’s map so I can study where you are Burning books of matches, quitting litter the wet ground Nothing holds a flame, so the remains are still around I tried to take you down like a burning Southern town They will love you for the wrong reasons And you will try to keep it short Scrubbing skin in fitful frenzies, try to get clean Rubbing till it’s red, I fled regretting everything Pretending to be free, I’ve got your watermarks on me Less like a wildfire, more like a flood Less like a wildfire, more like a flood Buckling like bridges, giving up while bearing weight Treading through the channel but my legs are giving way Muffled by the waves, I was begging you to stay Less like a wildfire, more like a flood Less like a wildfire, more like a flood They will love you more like a flood And you will try to keep it short
7.
End Begin 03:56
Come winter come and bare my limbs Come take what died so I can live again We make like snakes, shedding selves like skin Tail in mouth, end begin Come warm your hands by the burning bridge Don’t try to leave the same way you came in Set fire to the forest’s dead dry ridge Black the ground, end begin Where it started, I don’t want to know I just want to die so I can grow Where it started, I don’t want to know I just want to die so I can grow Come pull the teeth from my childish grin Make room for adult replacements Molt your feathers, worn and thin Fall to fly, end begin Where you’re going, I don’t want to know I need you to die so I can grow Where you’re going, I don’t want to know I need you to die so I can grow Come winter come and bare my limbs Come take what died so I can live again We make like snakes, shedding selves like skin Tail in mouth, end begin
8.
Permanent 02:23
You can strap your teeth braces Metal sharp and bent But you can’t reverse displacement Nothing is permanent You can live on next to nothing And minimize your debt Pay it off real slowly Nothing is permanent Nothing is, nothing is, nothing is, nothing Is ever going to change Nothing will, nothing will, nothing will, nothing will Ever stay the same And you can say the word forever Unearned money spent Young, old, dumb or clever Nothing is permanent Nothing is, nothing is, nothing is, nothing Is ever going to change Nothing will, nothing will, nothing will, nothing will Ever stay the same I have learned to love not knowing To live without regret I don’t care where I’m going Nothing is permanent Nothing is permanent Nothing is permanent
9.
Over Again 03:05
I make the same mistakes over again I move to a new place but I make the same kind of friends I stay up all night to make sure she stays And I keep on trying, but I can’t change my ways I know only one home and it’s not place It’s where the end of a rope meets the start of a race The pistol explodes and I run like a stray I’ve know all these roads, but I don’t know the way I sing the same refrain in all sorts of keys, I can show you my pain, if you show me your knees So hard to let go when the end is so frayed Heart like a note that begs to be played I just get carried away, carried away

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released November 20, 2015

All songs Written & Performed by Kirsten Opstad
Produced & Engineered by Jason Dragon
Mixed & Matched by Kraig Tyler
Recorded at Skeleton Studios
Copyright 2015 Kirsten Opstad Publishing & Teleportation Records
All Rights Reserved.

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

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