song every seven

by rushmore beekeepers

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1.
if the world ends someday soon will it mean the same to you and me, to you and me we share a drink, don’t hold hands i’ll never feel the wind blow so strong again, so cold again that big ol’ clock is counting down hands they spin, lose their way to you and me, to you and me we share a meal, pass the time i’ll never hear your voice so clear again, so sure again heard your fingertips, tap tap tap at my bedroom door looking for me, looking for me we share a path, walk for miles i’ll never feel my feet tread lightly again, so free again lightly again, so free again
2.
alarm bells ring in the distance as i sit at home and try to assess this couldn't be as bad as they say but look at those obituaries pages and pages they're cancelling all of the dances everyone is being sent home say when and where and i'll meet you at a distance we'll air dance to the radio we're all sold on the end times scripture to the movies, it's wrapped in our minds couldn't be as bad as they say might wait it out or line up to be saved we're all taking our chances not everyone has a choice say when and where and i'll meet you at a distance and try to make sense of the noise
3.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 days 9 10 11 12 a little more than a little bit lonely without you here still i hope you’re taking care of yourself when i see you again i’ll say i haven’t seen you since back when we thought we had it all together 13 14 15 16 days 17 18 19 20 21 you sent a letter, you’re a little bit lonely without me, dear still every day i hope you don’t find someone when i see you again i’ll say i haven’t seen you since back when we thought we had it all together when i see you again i’ll say i’ve had some time to think about when we truly did have it all together sunrise sunset, i’m done counting days does no one any good a little bit more than a little bit lonely without you here if you ever want to call, i hope you would
4.
streetlights shine all night this town is locked down and shuttered waiting for you to walk by but we’re all hiding from each other days keep going, rolling when it’s dark out you can take your time how long, there’s no way of knowing but when this is over come on by
5.
these storms come without warning in the middle of the day or night sometimes you see them brewing sometimes you’re ready to put up a fight i can hear an engine roaring somewhere, i can’t see i’m looking everywhere trying hard not to drag my feet i’ll wonder these endless pages find what i’m looking for these words, they say, weren’t meant for me but i don’t listen to them anymore, anymore, anymore dress up and get out of town hold your hands tightly wringing carry yourself with a new voice listen to that listen to that listen to that distant mournful singing
6.
everybody’s walking outside right now doing what they can while they can everybody’s plotting how to get out i’m settled in, don’t need a plan we’ve got everything we need at least for now and for now that’s all we need pretty bad at writing letters letting days and years pass by was a nomad getting better at staying put but times still fly we’ve got everything we need at least for now and for now that’s all we need the storm it came they said it would we can’t all hunker down i know each name at least i should only wish you’d make a sound we’ve got everything we need at least for now and for now that’s all we need at least for now that’s all we need
7.
got new shoes, nowhere to go walking my dog down the road wanna go out? i don’t, no guess i forgot everything’s closed late at night, listen to the wind i have the time, the time to spend when are you coming around again? i can’t wait for this to begin my messy hair, your shining eyes existential feelings in the morning light try i may, try i might if i grow up i’ll be surprised reading real books, feeling the paper checking the weather, waving at neighbors apologizing for my behavior making these hours something to savor
8.
i soaked my hands in water till they couldn't hold any more my wrinkles like river veins leading to the ocean i turned my eyes to the sky closed against the brightness my eyelids letting light in like a canopy of trees these memories have lost their purpose but their uselessness is something i can rely on and i'm not running from anything anymore i'm holding my ground and facing whatever is on its way i saw my fingers drift away spilling on the table holding tightly to whatever words made their way to the page i heard my mouth fall to pieces as i tried to speak these thoughts whatever tumbles out i hope will find its way like the wind these memories have lost their purpose but their uselessness is something i can rely on and i'm not running from anything anymore i'm holding my ground and facing whatever is on its way
9.
i may stay this way for years almost knowing, never quite sure i’ve held this in my hands can’t count the times the harder i try, the harder i try you may see me someday when you’re done imagining you’ll see me again i’ll hold you in my arms like i did in my mind the harder i try, the harder i try it may seem so obvious mapping this route that found us i’ll hold truth in my hands like it was always mine the harder i try, the harder i try i can see it when i close my eyes the bridge that leads from here to that side i’ll take each step like each step was mine the harder i try, the harder i try
10.
i’m sitting on the floor with my back against the wall and i’m listening to these noises tryin’ to make sense of them all there’s too much going on i can’t keep up when i hear your footsteps i’ll know i listened long enough i’m far too restless to sit back and enjoy the day but i’m too weary to fight it as it slips away there’s too much going on everything at once how long can you hold out how much is enough and i’m bound to end up somewhere maybe i’ll see you there i’m sitting on my porch as people walk by some are young, some are old we’re all alive there’s too much going on i hope for now we keep up i’m okay being part of everything at once and i’m bound to end up somewhere maybe i’ll see you there
11.
in the morning, so sleepy taking a moment wonder if you’re dreaming the way the sun shines weirdly bright in the morning, waking so early go back to sleep let the birds sing the way the sun shines let’s close our eyes in the night time, up so late you can feel everything and carry the weight the way the stars frame the glowing moonlight
12.
they tore the building down at the end of the street we were all staying home didn’t see a thing so much noise i could’ve sworn i felt the earth shake thought it was a halfway house wonder what they’ll put in its place nothing will stand forever no matter how you build it little more than a lifetime old enough for you to feel it the columns are crumbling see cracks drawn in the stone this could stand 100 years maybe longer if you leave it alone nothing will stand forever no matter how you build it little more than a lifetime old enough for you to feel it
13.
hey friend, give me a ride i promise not to get in the way i’ll earn my keep my nose clean need an interstellar shelter in space i’d go with you anytime looking up at the stars or looking down at the earth never dark enough for a good view take this wonder what is it worth i’d go with you anytime hey friend, give me a ride i’m holding on, my sense of adventure my sense of adventure my sense of adventure
14.
sometimes all i can feel are my fingers reaching down like raindrops splashing with the tiniest sound when they get to where they’ve got sometimes all i can feel are my toes pulling me, deciding every step digging in, they root themselves and make a path to everyone i’ve met i’ll start walking in whatever direction i’ll only stop if i see you sometimes all i can feel are these thoughts crowding out all of the good they push and pull and leave no space i’m taking it back and maybe you should i’ll start walking in whatever direction i’ll only stop if i see you i’ll start walking in whatever direction i’ll only stop if i see you i’ll only stop if i see you i’ll only stop when i see you
15.
all the noise it drowns out all the words i write down oh, the silence sneaks in start, start, start start again all the noise it makes sense let it in your head oh, the silence gives in start, start, start start again take my hands and i will take your hands and we will make it through, make sense of it all all the ringing church bells oh, the roaring thunder swells oh, the silence sneaks in start, start, start start again and the back it finally breaks metal on metal aches oh, the silence gives in start, start, start start again take my hands and i will take your hands and we will make it through, make sense of it all all the chanting and the crowds shouldn’t have to be so loud oh, the silence gives in start, start, start start again start, start start again
16.
close the windows and draw the curtains something is happening here check the doors and find the flashlights we need a plan but there’s nothing to fear it’s getting dark but there’s a little light left follow it, go where it goes listen real close and you’ll find the answers if you can wait till the end care about truth and care about love these things will find you again and again it’s getting dark but there’s a little light left follow it, go where it goes i’ll wait for you even in the darkness the darkness nobody knows when the sun rises, the story is done the arc is long and it bends i’ll find love wherever it lives and grieve for peace wherever it ends it’s getting dark but there’s a little light left follow it, go where it goes i’ll wait for you even in the darkness the darkness nobody knows i’ll wait for you even in the darkness the darkness nobody knows
17.
creaking of the branches, broken limbs holding strong until they don't anymore never hear the wind, just the things that it bends i've never been here before hold on to what you can, dear listen closely and watch for what you can't hear i won't leave you behind but nothing's waiting for us on this side dust it blows across the globe, when it reaches me i envy what it's seen we hold these truths to be self-evident the evidence makes me wonder what that means hold on to what you can, dear listen closely and watch for what you can't hear i won't leave you behind but nothing's waiting for us on this side hold on to what you can, dear listen closely and watch for what you can't hear i won't leave you behind i won't leave you behind
18.
weatherman said sunny skies but the rain poured down on the fourth of july set a date for independence day where are we going? what do you say? there’s a moon shining bright tonight imitation bombs blast till the morning light sky is red, my head is, too close my eyes and think of you by the dawn, the early light, i wonder what’s going on? worried as hell, don’t let it show enough makes it through, sure you know easy going, can’t relax mind won’t stop, wringing hands there’s a moon shining brightly things are changing, at least they might be wait for me by the tracks twilight gleaming, don’t look back by the dawn, the early light, i wonder what’s going on? by the dawn, the early light, i wonder what’s going on?
19.
one day these wheels are gonna roll again we’ll crank that engine, hit the road we’ll take this rolling home to places we used to go we’ll take this freedom like it’s owed one day this will be like home again not somewhere that we’re stuck we take each day as new and hold on to what is true we take our time, don’t try our luck and hey, I know it’s hard to forget might think we are but we’re not done with this yet today i set the clocks again to remember the time, it will go we’ll take each second that we can stick to an outline of our plan we’ll take this freedom like it’s owed and hey, I know it’s hard to forget might think we are but we’re not done with this yet
20.
i saw you at the end of the block ‘neath these hundred year old trees at six to ten feet we stopped to talk under cloudy skies and summer’s heavy heat under a dark sky, under stars so bright you getaway drove until street signs were gone stopped on the roadside, turned off the headlights stared at that deep black sky, then moved on maybe i’ll see you again in a decade, or the world’s end maybe i’ll see you sometime they built with stone to keep the hope in ready for trouble, ready for a feast you and i are good at beginning we’ll stay if we want to, run if we need glad i saw you again in this new town, at the world’s end i’m glad we have some time the fires burn and glow into the night secrets don’t sleep and they know how to find us under a dark sky, under stars so bright you and i are here and that’s enough
21.
you were there, i was there we met at the right time a month or two, a year or two, had to wait ‘em out, let ‘em pass by making sense of this town making sense of our lives years they go, decades too hold on tight but let them pass by hold on, we have miles and miles left when we moved way out west might’ve overstayed our time headed east, hit the road everything and everyone let us pass by the world it turns, lumbers forward means the same from your view or mine the time we have, the time we lose hold on now, let it pass by hold on, we have miles and miles left
22.
i let the tall grass swallow me up summer dirt wet with rain i let the water tap like fingertips felt the grass and mud stain in the time it takes to get across the ocean i could lie here, never move again i climbed and climbed but lost my way swear the ground, it changed direction my hands refused to carry my weight my thoughts open to dissection in the time it takes to fight hard enough to win i could sink in, never fight again fresh cut grass and dusty earth summer shade and a view i let clouds roll in, dark and grey landscapes change and i do
23.
behind the wheel, taking turns i’ll see you again on the road i’m sitting still, i’m running hard i’m tired, i’m restless but i’m home under a tree, summer heat i’ll find me a lake to jump in i’m mapping paths, i’m packing up i’m tired, i’m restless and i’ve been don’t know where it is i want to be but i know i’ll be coming back home wait for me, catching up i’m taking more time than i should write and read, talk and listen i’m tired but trying to be good don’t know where it is i want to be but i know i’ll be coming back home
24.
i won’t go back to some golden age where everything, you say, was better the time we have now is right here it’s real, i can hold it for a second moving forward, even if i strayed it’ll last but it won’t last forever the time we have now, it’s never clear don’t run to the past, let it beckon we may not have tomorrow but we’ll never make yesterday again hurts to think how clocks they turn but time will go either way we’ve got it all, as much as we can rather walk in the dark than wait for mine take your time, your time to yearn relive the love but don’t stay i’ll learn to slow down, that’s my plan be careful where you step, don’t fall in line we may not have tomorrow but we’ll never make yesterday again
25.
back and forth, a change of scenery we may have been here long ago file and sort, a place for all these things some of them we’ll be sure to keep close the words you say aren’t waiting and i know what you mean in between the lines i’m staying keeping my house lean smile and wave, staying where i’m at keep your distance and take care young and brave, hope you take it back maybe i’ll see you when i get there the words you say aren’t waiting and you know when you’re done in between the lines you’re staying don’t apologize to everyone back and forth, a change for you and me we may have been here, i don’t know file and sort, a place for all these things some of them we’ll take when we go
26.
no need to run they're moving slowly see the way they walk they don't know where they're going you and i, we know we've always known we look beyond we don't take what we're shown time, it stays in place but we don't know better we still seem the same in my mind and i'm sure you and i, we know we've always known we let the train go find our own way home no need to run and you know i'm clumsy see the way i walk and you still walk with me you and i, we know we've always known take it all in but get yourself home
27.
lift my fingers, let them fall i don’t tighten my grip but i hold onto it all read these stories, search for clues don’t believe every word but i still want some truth road it winds, take it slow i’d love to stay but we need to know poles they shift, weather blue i’ll be there waiting do what you need to tides they turn, planets spin i don’t know at all no idea where to begin lucky break, simple plan i have no clue but i’ll do what i can
28.
the autumn wind is holding back quietly brushing past me sun goes down a little early every day don’t know when but i’m gonna leave i can’t hide for very long and i’m too tired to run i’ve taken time, tried to be strong i’ve seen myself lost in a spark from the sun boats they sink, waves bring them under no apologies are made you can take everything you’ve asked for don’t forget there’s a price to be paid i can’t hide for very long and i’m too tired to run i’ve taken time, tried to be strong i’ve seen myself lost in a spark from the sun the winter chill isn’t holding back hurts my face and my feet sun goes down too early every day i held you then, now i need to leave i can’t hide for very long and i’m too tired to run i’ve taken time, tried to be strong i’ve seen myself lost in a spark from the sun

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RBK is writing, recording and releasing one song every Tuesday from March 2020 to March 2021. Amanda is creating artwork to complement each new song.

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releases March 4, 2021

Songs by Zach Fountain. Music by Zach and Amanda.

Art by Amanda Hawkins.

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rushmore beekeepers Tulsa, Oklahoma

Indie folk/electro folk duo RBK (Zach Fountain and Amanda Hawkins) layer guitar, autoharp, and mandolin with keyboards and electro beats while covering the pivotal themes in life: love, loss, adventure, and occasionally the apocalypse.

Based in OK and AZ, the solo/duo act plays shows brimming with emotion, banter, and forgotten lyrics at coffee shops, bars, and houses across the USA.
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