Proper Tense

from The River by The Dark Backward

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We made our lives an open book
Open you up to take a look
The text connects in proper tense
In sync with every breath

I've never been someone with something to prove
I'd rather bite a bullet than ever lie to you
Let's get our clothes out of the way
And try and keep the pace

Fall back on the sheets
The life I borrowed but I don't deserve
The time you have, each second past
Leaves me guessing what I'm worth

And I'm guessing all the time these days
Why break my winning streak?
Pressure built to fractures now
And bound to cause a leak

(Chorus)
We can't write the time line
We just fold under its will, you see
It has no ulterior motive
Or desire to be still
It think that fate is just for those
Who can not see how far they've come
Our paths could cross forever
Where they'll end, I'll only know if I follow

What road is this that we have found?
It's like the forest opened up and spilled it out over the ground
A world completely underwater, a world inside a bubble
All that incessant outside noise completely drowned out

Where it could go, I could not measure
Such uncanny coincidences
I questioned then the proper tenses
Which intertwined each instance
And then counted all the strands of
All the best laid plans that had compelled us here
Endless combinations; woven in an endless constellation
Each exceptional in elegance; I can't believe we're here at last.

Time isn't slow, it's a breakneck speed
It's the endless race of a human heartbeat
It doesn't stop for anyone, but it'll let you tag along
And one year turns to twenty, but that seems so far away
I'll never know of the what could have been
But it doesn't hurt to wonder now and then
What's one more dance with me completely unadorned?
People spend their time just wasting time
Instead of living while they can

I'm not satisfied with growing old but never growing up
Or living in pretense, I always end up
Holding cards close to my vest until I want to make a deal
This method always ends in wreckage

Drag last night's mistakes out to the street and beat them dead
I've never been a man that likes to glorify regret
What said and done is said and done
Or done and justified instead
Time just keeps going

It just keeps going

(Chorus)
We can't write the time line
We just fold under its will, you see
It has no ulterior motive
Or desire to be still
It think that fate is just for those
Who can not see how far they've come
Our paths could cross forever
Where they'll end, I'll only know if I follow

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from The River, released October 14, 2016

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The Dark Backward Portland, Oregon

Portland-based rock band The Dark Backward was founded by Jordan Daniel and Alex Marble, previous members of Jane Lane and Sudden Epidemic. The Dark Backward plays original compositions of honest, emotional music that makes audiences want to move and exorcise their demons. The band plays rock and roll that incorporates all musical genres, including blues, jazz, punk, pop, and electronica. ... more

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