Lay of the Last Survivor

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Okkervil River

Okkervil River is an indie rock band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 1998, the band takes its name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya. They self-released their first album, Stars Too Small to Use, which led them to the South by Southwest music festival. After recording their first … more »

She went out
And found 
Her father face down on the ground 
Out in the cold

 Walked her way 'round
A hill where the sun's sinking down
Into the snow

Oh, white caps of the waves slap
Like last hand claps 
And the dark
 Water dies in the crash 
Is sucked back with a moan
 Smoke on the coast 
And old, piled fathers
Soft-sighing daughters  Where does it go

It's a dream now
I'll describe 
Let your mind drift on down
Like so
To when the world was young 
Big sky
Blue with a dead
Bachelor's tongue 
Blood-red bloom on the rose

So, some line someone told
Says, "Even light can get old"
Oh, slobbering lovers
Drink-clinking brothers 
They don't have to tell us
'Cause we know

"What a way down
What a ride
What a slide 
Spin around 
What a life to have known 
What a time"

And how
I was singing out in a crowd 
Of a thousand of the most frightening faces I've known 
When the lighthouse  Lending a sight, finally went out
What a fright we felt in that night 
Friends, just shout it all out
All the 'why's and 'no-no's
All the cries in your throat 

How right 
We felt
With our hands tightly closed  Around something we broke 
And then our whimpering sisters
 Sobbing well-wishers

Well, it's over
Just let my hand go

Written by: WILL SHEFF


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