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Past caring past sharing past believing at all
Past the church we were married which is now a mall
Past the After-Hours we went to after your fall

Past sulking past crying past calling your name
Past the golf course sign: Develop Your Game!
Past the House of Knives and the Fishing Hall of Fame

Past lying past loving past spinning this top
Past the stains on the library steps that look like blood
Past the river and the sculptures made of mud

Time’s a machine and we all got stamped
Time’s a machine and we all got hammered

Past grieving past stealing past the RSA
Where they stroked your breast as you pulled beer
Pass the bucket past participles in my head

Past yearning past clinging past breathing a word
As the Assembly of God all got cured
And we retreated as they went forward

Past returning past reliving past mining the seam
Past the drive-in body-painting with icecream
On your birthday hanging yourself at eighteen

Time’s a machine and we all got stamped
Time’s a machine and we all got hammered.
But what was given, we can reject
And what ruled us then, we can escape
Let's all escape!


from the lines are open, track released October 14, 2014
Damien: words, music, vocals, electric guitar
Luke Buda: electric guitars + backing vocals
Tom Callwood: bass
Craig Terris: drums + backing vocals


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The Close Readers Wellington, New Zealand

Formed in 2010, this band records the songs of New Zealand fiction writer Damien Wilkins.

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