Given to Recourse

from by Surface Area



Raise the shades, fold the sheets
Put flowers out, keep everything pristine
Cook a feast to feed him well
“Welcome home, I hope you’re hungry”

I’ve prepared a thousand meals for nights you’ve missed back here
And I’ll make them all again until you arrive

With a smile I’ll greet and see that you’re okay
That these won’t have been for nothing (these years)
With my arms I’ll tie around your neck and I’ll never let you go

That stands for any night you ever decide to come home
Even if you haven’t heard a soul
And I pray that yours is okay

There’s food here if you’d like it, there’s a place to lie and sleep
Right next to me like we did years before
Before hearing those words
“Ma’am, your husband’s been given to recourse,
His body ground to sawdust to cultivate the land”

This house, this home is empty
Two pillows with only one head
You know you can always come back
I’m not going anywhere


from s​/​t, released September 13, 2011



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Surface Area Corvallis, Oregon

Surface Area is Pete Davis on guitar, bass, vocals, piano, accordion, glockenspiel, and synths, and Jon Lervold on drums.

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