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the ladder

a city of lights in a summer of darkness
countless little fires going out in our hearts
faded like a dream as the embers are dying
like a million grounded stars leaving holes in the sky

summer's gone out like a flickering light
but something's still burning in the wake of the fighting
every brilliant flash fades back into ashes
every young dream becomes a thing of the past

but I'm not gonna let you fade into a ghost
when you're the last thing that I've got to hold onto
lost another night in a shadow of doubt
and you're the last fire that I want to go out

another night so silent, another dream so violent
another haunted passage, a hurt no hand can bandage
another heart so hopeless, a ladder where the rope was
when darkness overtakes us
a spark that still could save us

we waited for the sun but we never came down
leave it to the lucky ones to hang around
braced against the wing and the wailing past
you're the single spark left to burn in the ashes

what makes us say mistake?
it's only some pieces breaking
it's only a scar by name
we'll leave the past in the past
but the memory won't fade


from A Howl Against the Wind, released May 19, 2013



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