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After the Girl is Gone

from Annoyed Til Deaf by How Scandinavian



A self-reflective letter of goodbye to the muse.


Dragged my simple saints
Just to shiver in her icy grace
Got my desires wrapped up
In a fickle noose that's tightening in view

A worthless attraction, some dull madness
It's such a disaster how
one's young hope just passes

But I don't care enough to retrieve
all those forfeited meanings
they only serve to further age me

to attend to their calling
between the people you take for granted

There will be no message
There will be no reply
To the vain sound that strives
to reach and explain
just bury that belief on your way out

Should have been poisoned
Should have stopped breathing by now
Do not romanticize the faux pas

If there's a way to leave this dread
the soft voice that rings throughout

the routes of imagination
to what might have been
or just ideas above my station in

making worlds out of
moments of each other's passing days
just to be... nothing
and end just the same...

it's the biggest joke in the world
the biggest joke in the world

it's the biggest joke in the world
the biggest joke in the world

it's the biggest joke in the world

no more crushed animals
in the angles of streets
no old absurdity to seize and re-frame
if I can throw out the past
surely I'll get something back

from the sacredly spoken
blatant and corrosive half-life
no need to idealize what once was

do you really want to fight
the entirety of life
confined to former designs
step out of that frame of mind
there's no other way around

so tired of the tiresome traces
that strike a canvas in exacting stains

don't let this life's pivots claim
all that was and will be after today

had to seek inwardly
because there was never anyone
waiting at the gates for me

All that time and effort
Condensed to a grain of sand to hold
one too many, too much
can pull you down

After the girl is gone
is it a change of the guard or is it not

After the girl is gone
now you got everything to stay

After the girl is gone
just one less memory to outlive

after the girl is gone
there's no one left to pass on the blame

After the girl is gone
is the woman only left to tell you how it is?


from Annoyed Til Deaf, released October 14, 2022
Bryan Santizo - Vocals, Guitars, Drums, SFX Manipulation
Carlos Alberto Gonzalez - Bass
Jason Adams - Cello


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Alias of Bryan Santizo, founded in 2008.

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