Why Can't The Air

by tiny cities

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Part of the Song of the Week series wherein a line is supplied and must be used within it.

Build around yourself with variations of realization about loss and the pleading that comes with it.


If I to try to think of the last words that I might say to you
Is that the way it goes? Is that the way it goes?
But your timbre and tone in my memory have vanished like the dew
Up in the sky it goes or dragged in the undertow

But why can’t your voice (that once was the light)
Respond at the call of my speech?
Why can’t you come back to me?

If I count the steps to your bedside, what will that number mean?
See how high it goes, is that the way it goes?
Or if I try to keep as still as you now, will they come for me?
Into their arms I’ll go as along is it’s you I know

Still why can’t the sound of my thundering heart
Instead be the notes of your beats?
Why can’t you come back to me?

Let it go, let it go back to the shadow
Let it go, let it go back to the shadow
As long as I follow

Why can’t the air that once filled your lungs
Fill them again then repeat?
Why can’t you come back to me?


released August 4, 2018


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tiny cities Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tiny Cities is J. Alexander Beyer and John McCormick, Jr., multi-instrumentalists based in and around Philadelphia, PA.

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