Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River

[Will Sheff]

Packed and all eyes turned in
No one to see on the quay, no one waving for me
Just the shoreline receding
Ticket in my hand I’m thinking wish I didn’t hand it in
’cause who said sailing is fine?
Leaving behind all the faces that I might
Replace if I tried on that long ride
Looking deep inside but I don’t want to look so deep inside yet

[Jonathan Meiburg]

Sit down, sit down on the prow to wave back
There might not be another stop further on the line
Look out, look out at each town that glides by
And there’s another crowd to drown in crying eyes


And see how that light you love now just won’t shine
It might just be another star that’s high and far in some other sky
So we sing, ‘Is that marionette real enough yet to step off of that set
To decide what her dance might be doing?’
Ruining the play, too, and in the ensuing melee escaping.
Packed up all of our bags, the ship’s deck now sags
With the weight of our tracks as we race beneath flags black and battered
Rattling our swords in service of some fated foreign lords


We sail out on orders from him but we find
The maps he sent to us don’t mention lost coastlines
And nothing we’ve actually seen has been mapped or outlined
And we don’t recognize the names upon these signs


And every night finds us rocking and rolling on waves wild and white
Well we have lost our way, but nobody’s gonna say it outright
So we just go,

La la, la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la la laaaaa
Oh oh ohhhh

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