An Enemy

by Sister City

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1.
FTK 03:44
My friend, you gotta let us in My friend, take your medicine You got us all worrying Everybody’s asking where you’ve been We've all got a lot to learn There are ways to make it through the hurt If you ever need a listener I got one good ear and time to burn You gotta get back out there Stop fucking around, dude Dry your head We’re trying to help you Get back out Stop fucking around A good love is tough as fuck to kill If you have the will Please accept the love that surrounds you 06/25/2020
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Acromegaly 03:08
There is an enemy in my body I am under siege What’s with my hands, what’s with my feet Why am I growing Why won’t you look at me Like you did on the day we met Why won’t you talk to me Why aren’t you listening There is an enemy on the artery Leading to my brain Imbalanced chemicals, not the man you’ve known It’s out of my control I became your abscess Your neoplastis I know you know what happened But you still cut me from your head There is an enemy (there is an enemy) I’m not imagining There is an enemy (there is an enemy) Behind my face There’s something primal It’s out to get us all And it will one day So why won’t you look at me When I just want to be your friend Please come sit and talk with me I know you’re listening 6/23/2020
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Crimson 02:33
Crimson You were smoking with your windows open Not that it really made a difference then Whether or not anybody minded You’d achieved some elevated consciousness Thin dress in a crimson wagon Couldn’t keep my eyes from the curls tumbling Couldn’t slow you down if I wanted That summer, our summer, was a whirlwind That summer, our summer, was a whirlwind Couldn't slow you down if I wanted Sick of living in our brothers' shadows But tired of trying like we did to cast our own You liked a line about a Latin mission And I liked every single word you said Stuck in the city where we graduated Envious of friends who escaped it I had a primal urge to follow them As our futures were aligning That summer, our summer, was a whirlwind Couldn’t slow me down if you wanted These days you’ve got a couple new names Tried to change mine, but it never did take Couldn’t make it work in the Northwest Miss the evergreens, the mist and rain Saw you again in an interim I pulled away when you touched my hand Sometimes I can’t help but think of it What might have happened to us if I hadn’t That summer, our summer, was a whirlwind Couldn’t slow it down if we wanted That summer, our summer, was a whirlwind We painted this city crimson 7/22-24/2020
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Tim sold the house on Elm Made a mint and bailed Rotted to the studs, now leveled to the ground There's a frat there on the land Where the Nightmare used to stand Meant nothing way back then, means less than nothing now Maybe that’s a lie Or maybe just a line From a song we used to sing about that time back in that time It never was the house It never was the city The shows, the bars, the bands, or the silly makeshift movies It was the kisses on the lips The fighting over driving The laughing at the dumbest things and the sunup after parties Played Funeral in my room Walked the first time through Somehow that felt right, I could never explain why The Reminder scored the highs The sweaty, sleepless nights The power on and off again, the 7UP and gin I don't ever miss those days We were doing nothing anyway It felt good and we loved it but there wasn't any substance It never was the house It never was the city The shows, the bars, the band, or the silly makeshift movies It was the kisses on the lips The fighting over driving The laughing at the dumbest things, and the thrilled to be surviving Somehow we got decent Built up from the wreckage All doing something useful On the right side of neutral Everyone's gone but Jake and me Even after I tried to leave I feel closer now to everybody And it's nothing with proximity Everyone in Oregon Cool and wet and cool again My LA loves out in the sun Warm enough for all of us My favorite family in KC Bring those babies down to see me I want to see everyone all the time And I can't And it's fine But it’s not sometimes Five more years gone Alone again at thirty-three And it hurts some nights But it’s nobody’s problem but mine January 2020

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released July 27, 2021

andy karr//singing, guitar
nicole noonan//drums, singing
colin pearson//bass, yelling

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