Stay Strangers

by Kirsten Opstad

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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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Track Name: About It
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
Track Name: Cleanest Air
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
Track Name: Frame
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
Track Name: In Name
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
Track Name: Money Now
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?
Track Name: Flood
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
Track Name: End Begin
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
Track Name: Permanent
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
Track Name: Over Again
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