Paper and Bone

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i need a brother to teach me to swim,
one with a sister with paper for skin,
and when we hit the water, i'll try not to shake
when i see the paper fall from her face.

we'll catch it on camera when my brother cries,
and the light from the flashbulb will burn out our eyes,
and the gospel of adam will lead us to rome,
just me and my sister, paper and bone.


and the eternal city is covered in rust.
it's falling to pieces. it's turning to dust.
but we'll keep our heads down. we'll keep our mouths shut.
we'll laugh if we have to. we'll cry if we must.


at the top of the stairway, she'll tell me the news.
"rome is on fire, so you gotta choose:
you can kiss me on new year's and float into space,
or dance in the fire and further the race."

millions of people will gather around
to watch me and my sister burn to the ground.
the sinners from tulsa will all stand and laugh
at me and my sister, covered in ash.


and the eternal city is covered in rust.
it's falling to pieces. it's turning to dust.
but we'll keep our heads down. we'll keep our mouths shut.
we'll laugh if we have to. we'll cry if we must.

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from O You, Stone Changeling, released May 13, 2011
written by Brine Webb & Ben King

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Brine Webb Norman, Oklahoma

"Haunting melancholy, covered in a coat of drunken optimism. The simplicity of his lyrics defy the complexity of all they imply. Webb is a writer of desperate honesty and brilliant truth."

- Sarah Belling, Workweek Mag.
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