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I'm shook, running away from the brook
Pushing it foot after foot
Keeping it sush no rustling the leaves in the bushes
Don't want to attract any looks

Feeling like time is a crook
'cause it's always like this once the night hits
Watch them daintily cast their shadows on the light I build my life with

Got me thinking in circles, caught in my head
Reaching for slumber just stuck in the bed
Eyes droopy today I'm scratching my lids
I've let it marinate for far too long

Turn back to the water push me afloat
Puffing my chest then I hear it croak
Echoing louder as I encroach
Feeling the fear coating my throat

I see you across the lake
I'm steeping low eyes are wading
Sleep at times but always waiting
All your time is all I'm craving
But for now I'll give you space

Barely buoyant on this placid lake
Get the masking tape, this sail is broken
Holes on this boat have the drainage pouring
It's been weeks on this lake and we're deep in this wake it started

They told me to take it slowly
Choose your adventure but take on the safest story
But the days are showing that the rain is roaring
Can't escape the stormy nights hold tight to faith and glory

They said that too and I wish it were just that simple
My mind's too wrinkled to tame my mood

We're tied by a rope on the mast
Drooped in the water straight through the sand
Strapped to the neck of my demons that splash
Time to time just to feed off my plans

I'm with you in the shadows
Even after dark
No sleeping through the battle

You telling me I gotta settle with ya
Feeling like I gotta go and pick up the pieces
You gave me away

No longer what it used to be
But good as far as you can see yeah...
And I'm here you're alright

Look at the sky
I told myself don't look the beast in the eye
Just follow the belt 'till the dawn cracks, baby you should be fine

As we're floating toward the opposite way
Choosing to ignore my advice
I'm feeling the wake approaching
Growing the waves in motion

Center my locus as my focus
While my throat gets frozen

Still little fish inside water
Feel like this lake's an ocean
You caught me drowning though I know I'll turn around
I'll match my ego with this darkness that I found

I'm peeling off tape, I'll sew the sail up
Let go of dead weight and trust in my ways
Binding my shoulders, brace for these waves
Watching the ripples stray from the shade

Mouth rimmed with teeth eyes swimming slow
My shadow's gripping won't let me go
I feel it flexing and grab my throat
While I stretch the rope up against the boat

Feel like I'm up in a vortex
My body in folded contortions
How did it get so goddamn out of orbit
I thought you were dormant

In the midst of these motherless omens
Is this life or am I just broken
Feeling possessed with no control
And now my throat is croaking

Stay away from the wake
The ripples and waves


from Transition, released August 1, 2019


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Paper Void Oakland, California

An Oakland-based genre-bending band that integrates jazz-flavored neo-soul, hip-hop, and rock influences.

Paper Void is:
Alberto Guzmán - vocals
Hannah Martinson - vocals
Ella Cooley - vocals
Gavin Leeper - guitar
Betai Koffi - keyboards
Evan Gitterman - bass
Alex Favaro - drums
Matt Segall - tenor sax
Isaac Ghansah - trumpet
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