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The Prisoner

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Were you misty eyed
For the past?

We can never touch
The distance far too vast

That we never lived
Faraway, so close!

The lines get blurred, the colors run
Nothing is still, everything flows

But before we let it go
Give up that ancient prose
Seductive and so comfortable

Oh! Misled!

Present never felt
Future still un-dealt
Past not dead, not even past

Walk past the building
That I went to school
Do you remember the dread?

Well, I remember some gloom

Do you remember the girl?

Was there a girl?

Did you always feel like a fool?

Living with no expectations
Back before you had something to lose

Every time we touch the air
History is there
Dragging us back
Back down to the ground

Live as you want to be
Try to make new history
But tethered to our ghosts
Can't make it as we please

With the present overcast
Can we ever leave the past

Went to the park
That you had once known
Tire swings dance on rope
Naked branches groan

Looked so much warmer then
In those old polaroids

You were smiling
Holding some girl
You can't remember
A frozen shard of joy

Perhaps you'd like to let it go
But there's nothing else we know
Traces all lead back,
All back to ourselves

Moments that shine
Others lost to time
Can't touch the center now
The centers lies outside

The tattoo from years ago
The one you cover up with clothes
Can't remember what it meant
But you know just what it means

A teenage milquetoast
Making their mark
Before they depart


from Abandonware, released June 2, 2015



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Roman a Clef Brooklyn, New York

Roman a Clef is Ryan Newmyer and Jen Goma (of A Sunny Day in Glasgow) along with producer extraordinaire Kurt Feldman (Ice Choir). Fusing densely ambitious pop-craft with lush and inventive production, Roman a Clef is releasing their debut record “Abandonware” on Infinite Best (Mr. Twin Sister, Ava Luna) on June 2nd. ... more

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