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When You Dive into the Ocean

from Caregiver Caretaker by Graham Earley

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re: distance


when we float along the ocean
you're pointing to the shore
i was reaching for the horizon
you're reaching for the oar
you dip your hand below the water
and i dip below the deck
i grabbed you by the arm
and you held me by the neck

so we're drifting to the shoreline
and the waves are getting thin
i say baby there's no way
you know, the water's getting in
but we both know there is nothing
i just don't want to regret it
i say i'm trying to find my way
but i just want to get it

we're diving down
right below the surface
trying not to drown
and when i felt the ground
the sand filled my eyes
and i couldn't look around

there's this distance between us
and i think that's okay
scoot a little closer in your pew
that's not gonna make it go away
we're so far now from the ocean
and when i look back at the shore
i can't keep myself from thinking
what the fuck'd we do that for?

because you
you flagged me down
didn't know what i was doing
so i thought i'd stick around
and when
i knew what i'd found
the tide rose up and
it washed me out of town

when the negotiation's over
i can hardly feel my feet
your identity's a house
and i was just walking by your street
when you dive into the ocean
and i walk along the shore
i was tracing along your footprints
i can't find them anymore


from Caregiver Caretaker, released August 18, 2017


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