Beholder EP

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1.
You were sunrise, I was high tide When the river burst its banks The water rose to meet the road, but you kept shining through the cold Until the level sank 'Til your light crept through my windowblind Into my bed and you were mine And you didn't want to go But you'd always have to go When I held you like a sacred truth In the city neither of us knew I didn't want to go Didn't ever want to go back home I would try to explain, when the blood drained from your face, That the terrible truth is its own remedy And whether you left or whether you stayed There was no explaining away whatever drew you close to me Drew your light right through my windowblind Into my bed 'til you were mine And you wouldn't want to go But you'd always have to go When I held you like a sacred truth On the promenade underneath the moon I didn't want to go Didn't ever want to go back home You were sunrise, I was high tide When the river burst its banks
2.
The cormorant dives I'm trying to fix my eyes On where she might re-emerge Into the formless black A shadow on her back Indulging every deadly urge The tide is rushing out And the sun is disappearing behind the darkest cloud Wonder of my world, did you really have to crumble? Love's just a word we like to spoil instead of keeping her humble The tide will come back in But it won't wash you back my way again Wonder of my world, did you really have to crumble? Love's just a word we like to spoil instead of keeping her humble The tide defines in the land And in time I'll understand
3.
03:42
When we gonna start living like there's a hell? When we gonna tidy up all these loose ends and find someone to tell our secrets? 'Cause we don't have forever When we gonna get that feeling back? When we gonna loosen up and let somebody new in on the inside track? I know you're in pieces, but you'll put yourself together So lie down Annelise and sleep, these are questions that can keep 'Til we have the morning sun on our side There's no use plundering so deep, in darkness nothing's as it seems So pipe down child, and close your blue eyes When we gonna start living like there's a hell? When we gonnna see the people in it all around us, and put the shit back on the shelf? To hear it's never been better is to feel complicit in a lie When we gonna get the feeling that we've hit our stride, And hear some magic click that lets us know our intents and our outcomes have aligned? Never, but we all spend a lifetime trying So lie down Anthony and sleep, these are questions that can keep 'Til we have the morning sun on our side There's no use plundering so deep, in darkness nothing's as it seems So pipe down child, and close your blue eyes
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03:45
Lover if I had the tools in front of me right now I don't know if I'd know how to use them I'm barely alive You go strange from counting bodies slowly passing in procession to these other worlds It twists your mind We're all weather systems of our own, we go around pulling down each other's power lines Plucking the sun from out of the sky And when the storm has passed it all seems different and the things that used to make you laugh seem more like warning signs I want to be gentle It's hard to be gentle I have to be so gentle with you I want to be gentle It's all so delicate I have to be gentle with you Every day you see those who deserve it least get trampled under someone's ugly feet There really isn't much you can do And you get told that your morality is all bent out of shape because you use forbidden words Well fuck you And your identity gets wrapped up in the least interesting thing about your one and only sacred life The surface must be clean, it must be smooth And in the midst of this we're trying to love each other while a thousand crazy demons try to struggle out We can't keep each other fooled I want to be gentle It's all so delicate I have to be gentle with you It's hard to be gentle It's all so delicate I have to be gentle with you

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released September 6, 2019

Written and performed by Patrick Lucy

Recorded and mixed by Christian Best

Photography by John Allen

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Papertrail Cork, Ireland

Papertrail is the dark, ethereal, harmonically rich art-rock brainchild of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Lucy. 2016 saw the release of debut single I Never Knew That I Was Anyone - quickly hailed by national tastemakers Paul McLoone (Today FM) and Dan Hegarty (2FM) as something uniquely powerful - as well as the realisation of the project as a formidable seven-piece live act. ... more

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