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Another Other Dorset

by The Roland High Life

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1.
First taste of blood is when you fell in love Next thing you know you couldn’t get enough So you stalked the streets to find another fix Never seeing the turn or the tricks Until the day you took His name in your veins And I’m glad you found a better way But one drug is just like the other one And when the craving comes: Then you say you want another Say you want another truth But you don’t know why you do it Don’t know what it does to you Everything was fine in Buddy’s big old house With his two-and-a-half kids and a perfect spouse Got a Bullshit Job™  and six-digit’s pay But there’s a secret he can’t convey It was something he saw in that video Can’t believe how deep this Deep State goes Spending all his time to find the cover-up He can’t get enough So he says he wants another Says he wants another truth But he don’t know why he does it Don’t know what he’s trying to prove When he says he wants another Says he needs another truth 'Cause he doesn’t see the bottom won’t help him make it through Colin crossed the land to find a greener place For the sunken eyes that sang all day He dug in deep, searching for the melody That would set him free And they say they want another Say they want another truth But they don’t know why they do it Don’t know but they like the view So they say they want another Say they need another truth Because the same one that we share It just won’t do
2.
Six weeks ago, I was lying on the floor With a bottle in my hand, staring at the door Waiting for a knock but I wasn’t anymore When you came tonight Now they picked me up, they brought me down Dried me out so i wouldn’t drown So while you’re staring in the face of doubt Keep your distance and wait it out Why would you come and run to me Deep in the depths of misery? Anyone could feel sympathy I’m the only one who can’t Pick any other doorstep In any other town If you come inside tonight We’re gonna tear this life down We’re gonna burn it right down Pick any other evening And any other boy I’m a razor sharp dagger Not a children’s toy I will speak in anger And I will destroy this love Six weeks from now, I’ll be doing just fine The doctor prescribed whiskey and time But tonight I would murder your memory and I can’t commit that crime So why would you come and run to me Deep in the depths of misery? Anyone could feel sympathy I’m the only one who can’t Pick any other doorstep In any other town If you come inside tonight We’re gonna tear this life down We’re gonna burn it right down Pick any other evening And any other boy I’m a razor sharp dagger Not a children’s toy I will speak in anger And I will destroy this love Pick any other doorstep In any other town If you come inside tonight We’re gonna tear this life down We’re gonna burn it right down Pick any other evening And any other boy I’m a razor sharp dagger Not a children’s toy I will speak in anger And I will destroy this love Pick any other doorstep
3.
Dan went into Walmart with a gun He wasn’t after trouble, wasn’t trying to hurt no one Some kid bumped his back in Aisle Four So Danny drew his gun and blew the kid’s brains across the floor Grabbed himself a Snickers bar then he walked right out the door Shayna went to Synagogue that day Said “Shalom!” to rabbi, she got a siddur to pray Heard somebody Heil’ing down the hall Screaming blood and soil as the bullets hit the wall They blamed it all on mental health that God had missed her call Violence ain’t the answer It’s the question of our time Is it right to have a right to take a life? Deon left his pistol in the car Didn’t have a seatbelt on, he wasn’t going far Cop that pulled him over had a scare When Deon tried to tell him, “There’s a weapon over there” They caught it all on camera but the jury didn’t care Violence ain’t the answer It’s the question of our time Is it right to have a right to take a life? There's nowhere left to go So tell me where to draw the line Is it right to have a right to take a life? The one thing that we’re told from all the blood we’ve sown: Is that it’s worth the price of sacrifice to take care of our own Gabby and her girls stayed out real late Didn’t call her man, she knew it’s something he would hate He hit her twice as soon as she got home Gabby saw the gun there on the ground where she was thrown Now she’s in a prison cell — alive, but all alone Violence ain’t the answer It’s the question of our time Is it right to have a right to take a life? There's nowhere left to go So tell me where to draw the line Is it right to have a right to take a life?
4.
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Fingers pressing delicate against your auburn skin Oh, to taste the steel, mahogany, and sweat Ivory and ebony inhabiting her ears The stabbing sharps and numbing flats are natural as far as I can hear And she is ever-ringing with a certain stunning dissonance That fingers finer harmonies than I could wish to breathe Her hips that curve in brilliant reds press hard against my thighs each night Her dog-eared lips will always scream like seraphim to me But I only kiss your neck To hear you sing Hear you sing And I only pull your strings To make you scream Make you scream My fingers feel the action as they curl and as I sweat I clench my eyelids tighter And allow my hands to guide me home But I only kiss your neck To hear you sing Hear you sing And I only pull your strings To make you scream Make you scream And I only kiss your neck To hear you sing Hear you sing And I only pull your strings To make you scream Make you scream
5.
There’s a long winding road and a set of red lights And I follow them daily, they fill up my eyes My vision is wasted, I feel like I’d rather be blind It leads to a clear blue sky and a crisp ocean breeze And a heavy glass door that keeps you from me A mountain of stone that they built up to keep me inside I love you so much and I hate it with all of my might There’s a white piece of paper I’m handed each week And although I can read it, don’t know what it means But they tell me that that’s what I need to survive Well the lights and the stone and the paper I don’t need They banded together, they built a machine It’s slowly consuming me, taking up all of my time I love you so much and I hate it with all of my might I put three thousand miles in between you and me and you packed up and disappeared into the trees now I wouldn’t recognize who’s on the end of the line And we speak too infrequently for my taste and we only make time when we have time to waste I can’t explain why you seem to keep slipping my mind Well I love you so much and I hate it with all of my might We spent eight years together in lock, step, and stride And then two roads diverged and we chose different sides Now I only hear from you Christmas, and when someone dies But I love you so much and I hate it with all of my might There’s a handful of people I’ll need in the end That’s my lover, my mother, and my oldest friend And now I see the three of you somehow have been stripped from my side But I love you so much and I hate with all of my might I hate it so much and I love you

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released June 14, 2019

All songs written, produced, engineered, and recorded by the Roland High Life (Thom Dunn, Walker Dieckmann, and Chris Correia) over 3 days at a strange house in East Dorset, Vermont.

Mixed by Walker Dieckmann. Mastered by Ted Gabbard.

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