Nantahala

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about

Nantahala is river, forest, and area near my hometown in North Carolina.

lyrics

You’re an excavator, I’m a bull in chains
In the elevator, I asked your name:
“I’m free” you said, “I’m free” I said.
You build a mansion, I need my space-
I grow a garden for a roaming-place
To breathe, to land.
You’re pulling slowly, I’m pushing back.
I need a choir to sing all I lack-
I’m bad, I’m cold, I’m mean, I’m on fire.

Maybe I’m a gold-digger, a gold-digger, a gold-digger?
Maybe I’m good at starting things that shouldn’t be?
Maybe you’re a smooth-talker, a soothsayer, a line-walker?
But, I’m right with you, so why don’t you stick with me?

Your mom’s a sweetheart, your pop’s a swell man.
I’m a distant orphan, but, perchance we could have
A story that lasts, and lasts, and lasts?
My dad was an outlaw, my mom’s all I got.
From a twisted childhood, I screamed and I fought
For the things I wanted.
And, you’re forcing a vision of moves up your sleeve.
In the course of division, I’m counting the steps
To fold, to wash, to mend, to devour.

Maybe I’m my mom’s daughter, my mom’s daughter, my mom’s daughter?
But, maybe I’m a special case of live-and-let-it-be?
Maybe you’re on top of it, darling,
Of stopping the scarring and halting what’s harming?
But, I’m right with you so why don’t you stick with me?

They, they figured it all out before we were born
We didn’t need to make the same mistakes.

Baby, I’m a gold-digger, a gold-digger, a gold-digger,
But, maybe you’ve seen it all, said “live and let it be?”
Maybe with you the springs are rolling, the seas are parting, the fates are stolen?
But, I’m right with you, so why don’t you?
And, I’m good with you, so why don’t you?
And, I’m here with you, so why don’t you stick with me?

They, they figured it all out before we were born
We didn’t need to make the same mistakes.

credits

from ARNFINN, released July 2, 2015
Carey Sveen: lyrics, music
Evan Fricks: guitar
Mike Kutchman: guitar
Robert Hellyer: bass guitar
Craig Howe: drums

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