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Last Dreams Of Summer

from We Were Enchanted (2008 album) by Roommate



Rise and shine my friend
It's your birthday--the first day of summer
Yeah, the world's getting dumber
but don't you stop getting smart

It might be news to you
that you are no one until someone makes you
I know you've been waiting to break through
Try not to break apart

Get your best guitar
and take your mother's car
up to the lake house
Get the lead out--
your new friends are expecting you

You won't sleep tonight--
as long as there's light you'll be singing
The songs you're bringing will drown out the howls
of the midnight sun

Sing your best for them--
let them see the fear and hear the love
You'll never work again
if you can show them what you're made of

All your city friends
will spin and spin and spin and spin you into legend
They will close their eyes
and proselytize
as waste flames light up the sky

Rise and shine my friend
In this riverbed you are born again
On this mountain of garbage
such beautiful grasses grow

Scale the canyon wall
From the cliffs you will see
how a great city falls into ruin
In that crater of fire there soon will be
mountains of snow

In your second life
you're a siren song of awkward sex
And it's a putrid rain
that beats against your glory chest

You are sick with rage
waiting for the scene to render
Don't you close your eyes
when the dragons fly
and fake names light up the sky

In your dreams tonight
you will suffer salvation by candlelight
and I will tell you
that in hell there are worse things than fire

And the ghost brigades
in their slow parade
up to heaven
They will sing with a fury
that only the Lord can inspire

We are young and strong
and death is whistling through the trees
It's a stupid song
but still it brings us to our knees

We are sick with rage
waiting for the light to change
We'd better close our eyes.


from We Were Enchanted (2008 album), released April 15, 2008
Josh Berman & Jaimie Branch: horns. Erica Dicker: violin. Kent Lambert: vocals, piano. Keith Lawrence: viola. Justin Petertil: electric bass, guitar. Luther Rochester: buchla music box. Jeff Thomas: guitar solo. Seth Vanek: drums.


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Roommate began as a Kent Lambert solo project in NYC in 2000 and has been an ever-mutating Chicago band since 2004. The band's 2015 album MAKE LIKE was described by [sic] magazine's Tim Clarke as "astute, economical, meticulously performed and produced, and deeply affecting, both lyrically and musically." ... more

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