Day 243. “Cardinal” by Pinegrove

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Baby Mealz-circa 1987

Day 243. “Cardinal” by Pinegrove

Thank you, NPR…for the suggestions of best albums of 2016.

Apparently, I have missed a lot!

I really enjoyed listening to this album. There was a strange nostalgia to it, despite this being the first time listening to this group.

The lyrics are beautiful- take a looksie for yourself:

Track 1-“Old Friends”

he sings

walking outside labyrinthine
over cracks along under the tress
i know this town grounded in a comp*ss
cardinal landed in the dogwood

i keep going over it over and over and my steps iterate my shame.
how come every out come is such a come down? lately afternoon with the shades drawn down.
i kept saying i just wanted to see it. saying “whats wrong with that?”
needle shaking out lines in the comp*ss
every out come is such a come down

and i knew it when i saw it

so i did just what i wanted

so i go thru with this, i knew happiness when i saw it

saw your boyfriend at the port authority

sorta f*cked up place

well so i averted my stride on a quick one
he’s going back over to your place, huh?

i feel like you could forget about it
i feel like i can mellow out, i don’t feel undone in a big way
there’s nothing really bad to be upset about
just when i thought i, was getting better, i woke up on the ground
an appointment oh disappointment a set back, oh another come down

as if i needed a reminder
oooohhhh

that i do only what i want to.
so i go thru with this

walking out on the night time spring time, needling my way home
i saw leah on the bus a few months ago i, saw some old friends at her funeral
my steps keep stiffing my grief thru these solid solipsistic moves

i should call my parents when i think of them
i should tell my friends when i love them

maybe i should have gone out a bit more
and you guys are still in town

but i got too caught up in my own sh*t
it’s how every out come is such a come down

and i knew it when i saw it!!!

and i did only what i wanted
so i go thru with this, i knew happiness when i saw it.

i saw it

Tomorrow: “The Very Last Day” by Parker Millsap

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