Ordinary

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Ordinary is more than another word for the everyday (Berlant)
Everyday I hike through this concrete jungle
Sometimes this city looks like it could eat me alive
Other times it's the image of beauty.

Urban spaces that seem empty at first glance
Replete with dive bars and money loaning banks
Yesterday you were out biking around the park
Your lack of innocence got to the heart

Chorus: Of why I seem to, Retreat and run back to you, Retreat and run back to you

Traffic hibernates on a Sunday
Numbness in my vision and a tingling in my limbs
City ghosts howl like
Church bells in the distance

You hold so much space for others
I don't know where you store all of your memories
This clock strikes eleven
Over and over again

Chorus: That’s why I keep on, waiting for the world to end, waiting for the world to end

Bridge: “Intuition is where affect meets history” (Berlant 2011, 52)
Structures of feeling accreting through time
An atmosphere charged with a sense of trying to catch up
Overdetermined, overdetermined

"Old ironwork, trams red as fire-engines,
Mahogany bars with balustrades of polished brass;
Brickyards in deserted alleys
Where the wind was the only street cleaner;

A city that pushed continually upwards" (Levi Strauss)
As you pushed continually at me
An impasse shaped by crisis
Is our ordinary

Chorus That’s why I keep on, waiting for the world to end, waiting for the world to end

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from linoleum sessions, released June 9, 2016

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