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Twenty Four Minus Eighteen (2022)

from The Rumor (2022) by BEFORE BRAILLE



This is a personal song inspired by David Jensen’s Mormon missionary experience.



Coming clean
To everything
24 minus 18
Find a problem for everything
Don't try to tell me what I mean

Don't try to build yourself
From the outside
Don't try to make yourself
You'll break every time
Don't try to take your guilt
And leave it behind
I carry mine
I carry mine

This lust
Will defeat us
I've learned too many times
You cuss
When you see us
I'm taking all this in stride

I breathe too hard
My lungs are scarred

Have you tried to arrest yourself
Arrested in time
Why change
If you can't find the time
Gotta make the most of this
Or get left behind
Everything comes at a price

You trust us when you need us
Why do I feel there's nothing inside
(Do I mean anything)
This crutch
Will relieve us
How can I fix this if I haven't tried

I want to send you roses
Before your death is staged
When understanding violence
Suspects know their fate
I want another reason
Why I never help myself
I waste my days regretting why

Celebrate, Semper fi
Sic Transit Gloria
Sic Transit Gloria
Celebrate, Semper fi
Celebrate, Semper fi
Sic Transit Gloria
Sic Transit Gloria

If you don't intend to go
Never say that you want to
Stay home until you know
Life’s short, but a hell of a ride
(When you) got 8 months to go
A tightened grip will get you through
Don't forget your goals
Time is on your side
As long as you're alive

You want some closure
You almost finished
But couldn't fool your pride

Out of nothing
Fake forgiveness
Never satisfied

What if I'd lied?


from The Rumor (2022), released September 10, 2022


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