City of Refuge

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released March 9, 2018

All lyrics by Taryn Jessen
Music by Wild Wool
Recorded at Plaid Dog Studios
Produced by Mike Davidson
Album art by Tessimo Thompson

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Track Name: City of Refuge
We are so troubled for such young people
Minds like stained glass, broken in steeples
There is no comfort in this city's hands
And there is no company, save the hicks and the heavy metals bands

I have been here now longer than I'd like
It's where I've spent most of my loneliest nights
Still I wish I could flourish where I'm planted
Time is still time and not to be taken for granted

City of refuge, city of
Sadness runs in the city's blood
City of refuge, city of
City of refuge, city of

I sit in sadness like it's a chair
And it's uncomfortable but I'm too bored to care
I'm in love now and that helps a lot
But I still look and see all that can't be forgot

So here's the trigger, but I'm so scared
I could pull it now, but I feel so unprepared
And here's the thing: what if I can't sing?
What if I can't make it with only words and strings?
Words and strings

City of refuge, city of
Sadness runs in the city's blood
City of refuge, city of
City of refuge, city of lost love

What does it take to look inside yourself?
What would it change? What if you were someone else?

City of refuge, city of
Sadness runs in the city's blood
City of refuge, city of
City of refuge, city of lost love
Track Name: What Can I Do?
I look for words to say that I have none
I look for fixes for things I've never done
And I want you but I won't say that you're the one
I waste my days worrying 'bout days yet to come

I run away in hopes I will be followed
I turn my back hoping that you'd grab my collar
I try real hard to sound like I don't bother
Take what I can chew but not what I can swallow

What can I do? Your thoughts are all I think
What can I do? It's how an island sinks
What can I do?
It makes me so sad to think how I want you but
What can I do?

A name, a face, a stranger at the best
You fight the urge to run up and confess
Things that mean so much to someone who means less
You fight the feeling God don't stand by what he says

What can I do? Your thoughts are all I think
What can I do? It's how an island sinks
What can I do?
It makes me so sad to think how I want you but
What can I do?


You look so mean when you turn your back on me
You smile so hard, to hide, but I can see
And I'm so see-through from the holes you put in me
Now if alone is what I want, alone is what I'll be

What can I do? Your thoughts are all I think
What can I do? It's how an island sinks
What can I do?
It makes me so sad to think how I want you but
What can I do?
Track Name: You're Weak
My feelings are my own
Your feelings are your own
But if we always keep them hidden
We’ll always be alone.

We are ephemeral and little more.
What is now is what’s in store.
Can we stop wasting time?
Aren’t you tired of pretending to be blind?

But Oh, I am alone again
And Oh, oh, that’s all right
‘Cause I need so much more
Than just another dimming light.

I’m not saying that you’re wrong.
No, that's not your defeat
What I’m saying is, you’re not strong
What I’m saying is you’re weak

But Oh, I am alone again
And Oh, oh, that’s all right
‘Cause I need so much more
Than just another dimming light.
Track Name: Rest in Peace
Last night I thought about if you were dead
I thought about the funeral I might attend
My best friend said she would go with me
And we talked it out like it was happening

I thought how the people would be so confused
By me, a stranger, all consumed
I bet I’d get kicked out for staying so long
By maybe your girlfriend or maybe your mom

No one knows what you mean
no one knows what I see
If you’d be patient with me
Then I could rest in peace

Sometimes I think about if we’d never met
There would be so much less shit to forget
Or would I be strung out on any old man
Is there something in you that I can’t understand?

No one knows what you mean
no one knows what I see
If you’d be patient with me
Then I could rest in peace

There are things I’ve been trying to say
There are things I’ve been trying to hear
I’ve been trying to stay out of your way
But I was just living in fear

No one knows what you mean
no one knows what I see
If you’d be patient with me
Then I could rest in peace

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