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Calm Before

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I couldn’t stand in the way of what you want
but what you’ve got is a bridge that I would burn before I’d dare to cross
and it always seems that the way through it was rejected
parts that moved connected leaving less than we’d expect of them
an overcast consuming buildings collecting a sense of the calm that comes before
the sky is worn here shaking with the breeze
reaching for grey but ending incomplete
soaked into the ground under my feet
mortar stained black from the dirt beneath
bled from flesh bones and teeth
to transform the strong into the weak
the darkness in this city has stolen my heart more than once before


from This City is Sinking, released February 28, 2022
Music by The Vast:
aj hofstetter, alan baumann, casey bourisaw, casey oliver


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the vast St. Louis, Missouri

casey bourisaw

aj hofstetter
/guitar + vocals

casey oliver

alan baumann

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