Remarks Upon Seeing The Milky Way With The Naked Eye

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The darkness above the centre of town
This unending halo of rust
I see it within each of us
We’re born from and pass back into this dust

We were only 6 hours sailing from land
When every cloud cleared from the sky
A glowing ravine opened over our heads
The dark at its centre drew every eye

I’m not a sailor
I’m not a sailor
I can’t even swim the Australian crawl
And I think I should warn you, I’m not that kind of doctor
I don’t think you know me at all

So were you there all along
Waiting for us
To turn out the light
It’s hardly a smile cutting open the stars
Covering over the night

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from Year Of The Bird (Volume 3), releases September 20, 2019

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