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lyrics

All this getting ahead, all this leaving behind
All this losing of heads, are we out of our minds?
I am fortunate, I cast my dreams like hooks to the water
Sheared, shaken, under strain, but they are shimmering in the sun, saying
Can I get a wave, can I get a wave?
Can I get a wave, to carry me

I am getting ahead, what am I leaving behind
What of a life spent pushing getting to the front of the line?
Sometimes I think that the world is on a string on the brink of destruction
Sometimes I worry that all this work and hurry's for naught
Because you'll find me, where we'll all be
At the bottom of the sea

(Can I get a wave, can I get a wave, can I get? Can I get a wave?)
We will be empty as can be
(Can I get a wave, can I get a wave, can I get? Can I get a wave?)
Sinking down with detritus and debris
Yeah what is left of you and me
(Can I get a wave, can I get a wave, can I get? Can I get a wave?)
Will be the bottles in, bottles in the sea
(Can I get a wave, can I get a wave, can I get? Can I get a wave?)

Carry me
'Cause we are swimming in an ocean of ideals
This is a battle of ideas
We must go swimming but some of us are drowning

Good God I'm drowning in your sea of ideals
Can't breathe I'm floundering in your battle of ideas
Dear God I'm drowning in your sea of ideals
Can't breathe I'm floundering in the battle of ideas

Winter night drive talk radio
Bodies floating in the Mediterranean
They were importunately knocking at the door
Of an Occident that doesn't care anymore

The flares were bright lit up the night
Who makes the choice, who lives or dies?
Who reaches shore, Calypso's cave?
And who sinks into a watery grave?
With all the bottles and the useless things we've made
Can I get a wave, can I get a wave?
Can I get a wave?
At the bottom of the sea

(Can I get a wave, can I get a wave, can I get? Can I get a wave?)
We will be empty as can be
(Can I get a wave, can I get a wave, can I get? Can I get a wave?)
Sinking down with detritus and debris
Yes what is left of you and me
(Can I get a wave, can I get a wave, can I get? Can I get a wave?)
Will be the bottles in, bottles in the sea
(Can I get a wave, can I get a wave, can I get? Can I get a wave?)

Carry me
'Cause we are swimming in an ocean of ideals
This is a battle of ideas
We must go swimming but some of us, some of us are
Some of us are drowning
Some of us are drowning (some of us are drowning)
Some of us are drowning
Some of us are drowning, drowning (some of us are drowning)

If I sit on the floor, close my eyes, see through blindness
Take my heart on my sleeve, try to breathe, what is timeless
Could we cast suffering out, on a boat, that we're rowing
Steadily along, steadily along

Now I sit in my car, motor runs, what is constant
There is lightness in being, but we sink, when in water
Could we cast suffering out, on a boat, keep on rowing
Steadily along, steadily along

Now I sit in my car, wave my flag, of surrender
There is lightness in being, but we sink, when in water
Could we cast, suffering out, on a boat, that we're rowing
Steadily along, steadily along

credits

from Sea of Ideals, released May 5, 2019
Nicole Portley: lyrics, music, vocals, piano, synth, guitar
Gavin Duffy: production, lead guitar
Chris Andersen: audio engineering
Mike Murphy: bass
Adam Carlson: drums
Jenny Estrin: violin
Bryce Caster: violin
Annissa Olsen: viola
Heather Blackburn: cello

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Independent rock and classical music written by Nicole Portley in Portland, Oregon

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