Why Care EP

by Alexandra Day

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Sweet Crescent City looks so pretty on my drive away day Diamond ring on Louisiana I aim my camera at the skyline as it fades away But a picture won’t contain a thousand goodbyes 700 miles of highway blowing through my head Blooms on Highway 10 ablaze in red I shout out the window “Oh my love, farewell” But one yell won’t contain a thousand goodbyes I was so down and heavy hearted when I started this trip Driving down to Louisiana But she opened her big arms and said “Baby, you can tell me ‘bout it Cuz everybody here is traumatized And this town echoes ‘round with the sound of goodbyes” So I sat down and ran that river dry Goodbye to what I said when I was laying in your bed Goodbye to empty shotguns and cities of the dead Goodbye to what I promised myself under that crucifix Goodbye like phantoms finally finding friends in moldy attics Goodbye like bribes you pay and then hope for the best Goodbye like prayers you pray as you cry and beat your chest Goodbye to the illusion that we’d one day live in truth Goodbye to the confusion from back when I thought I knew you Goodbye like piles of crawfish, dead and delicious And shots of bourbon helping me say goodbye to my wishes Goodbye to that trust, goodbye to that faith Goodbye to those ideas that kicked me in the face Goodbye to that trust, goodbye to that faith Goodbye to that faith Sweet Crescent City looks so pretty on my drive away day Diamond ring on Louisiana I snap a picture but a picture won’t contain a thousand goodbyes
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Layers and shelves of house plants can’t get me through the winter When even they can’t stand the air that hits you like a splinter When icy drafts come through the cracks in the rafters I’ll remember Sunny days and golden rays and when I knew you better When I knew you better It might be August, but I can feel the winter bearing down How can we say “I love you” and “I don’t trust you” with the same mouth Really now Right beyond us, I can tell there’s quicksand underground How can we say “I love you” and “I don’t trust you” with the same mouth Really now A beautiful tan on a small man won’t make it past the summer When colder breeze and autumn leaves will send them seeking cover A beautiful bike in the porch light won’t even last the night sometimes When ‘neath the wind chime lost boys climb that porch to smash and plunder Smash and plunder It might be August, but I can feel the winter bearing down How can we say “I love you” and “I don’t trust you” with the same mouth Really now Right beyond us, I can tell there’s quicksand underground How can we say “I love you” and “I don’t trust you” with the same mouth Really now It might be August, but I can feel the winter bearing down How can we say “I love you” and “I don’t trust you” with the same mouth Really now Right beyond us, I can smell the cinders of our house How can we say “I love you” and “I don’t trust you” with the same mouth Really now
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There was a time I loved you for always being right Polka dot philosophies perfected over tea time I gave away my secrets to get in your tiny house You let me live there happily until you threw me out Now I know when you say you love me You don’t mean you love me You just mean you like having me around Now I know if I ever need you What I really need to do is find some other friend There was a time I loved you for making no excuse Unapologetically a wild one on the loose You just grab your guitar and hop a bus to New Orleans Even in your absence you were so inspiring Now I know when you say you love me You don’t mean you love me You just mean you like having me around Now I know if I ever need you What I really need to do is find some other friend There was a time I loved you for being so adored You had a harem full of men and women To hang on and obey your every word But you manipulate to get just what you want And then grin like a guru of living in the moment Well I’m sorry if I’m not charming enough today To help your rainbow-sprinkled cupcake to go down with ease But you tricked me and made me think it was safe To share what’s underneath the pin up paper doll version of me Now I won’t say you made me need you But I’ll say that you tried And then I needed you and you got so surprised saying “Why does this always happen to me?” Well if this is not first time, maybe it’s your fault not mine Maybe it’s your fault not mine Now I know when you say you love me You don’t mean you love me You just mean you like having me around Now I know if I ever need you What I really need to do is find some other friend Who will not let me down
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It was 7 o’clock on a Friday night The sun just starting to sink in the sky Seemed the place to be was the riverside So I called him up and said “what are you doin’? I see people pedaling two by two into a sun sun waterfront weekend paradise” And he said “Ooh why don’t we go Pedaling two by two like the people Who clearly know what to do with a Friday night.” He said “I got the mozzarella. Girl get your bike!” At 11 o’clock the sun had gone down We were lookin’ at the stars and lying around I got it in my mind that we should head to town So I rolled to face him, said “what are you thinkin’?” He answered back to me without even blinkin’ he said “I’m thinkin’ about dancin’ and drinkin’” So I said “Ooh why don’t we go Pedaling two by two like the people Who clearly know what to do with a Friday night?” He said “I got the Macarena. Girl get your bike!” 5 years later we’re still together Got a tandem bike with a baby trailer Out livin’ the dream not far from that old river Some summer nights I still think about The first days when we started out Just a friendly Friday phone call picnic dinner Where he said “Ooh why don’t we go Pedaling two by two like the people Who clearly know what to do with a Friday night.” He said “I got the mozzarella. Girl get your bike!” Girl get your bike Girl get your bike Girl get your bike

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released May 29, 2020

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