Matt Elliott - The calm before (2016)





The calm before

Here comes a storm
The dust and papers dance around the room
It tells of a storm
The sky is a painted viscous swirl of troubled hues
There’s a storm
The branches rock and dance and creak and wave
We’re in for a storm
I’ve got this headache that I’ve had for days
Here comes the rain
The first few drops caress and gently dance
They light up your face
You smile in wonder looking through the eyes of a child once again
But soon the gentle drops become the deadly wolf of a gale
Our voices become lost beneath the chaos
Here comes a storm
The way the wind it starts to play and race
It whispers a storm
And here comes a storm
Just as everything was falling into place here’s a storm
There must be a storm
Don’t we need it
Just to clear it
To blow the dust away
Away, to a place where it can never be found or thought of again

Draw me the shades
The beasts that softly whisper in your ear & keep you awake
We all have ghosts and monsters dear it’s best to give them a face
And then you simply take it, burn and throw the ashes away
The creeping doubts will disappear without trace
Here comes the dawn
I can’t believe we’ve been sitting here all night talking this long
About exactly when and where it started going so wrong
Dissecting every aspect as if it was fine all along
I told you that I’d never been all that strong
Here comes a storm
And with it come the things that we will have to face in this storm
And here comes a storm
Just as everything was falling into place here’s a storm
There must be a storm
Don’t we need it
Just to clear it
To blow the ashes away
Away, to a place where they can never be found or thought of again

This patch of blue, this ray of sun
The sense of a strange uneasy calm
Perhaps that was all, perhaps we’re done
Or maybe the worst is yet to come
And all is calm and cold as death
As all of nature holds her breath
But soon enough she’ll blow
She’ll howl
She knows
And she will howl
She’ll blow us deep into the ground
To the ground
Where we can only pray that we’ll never be found

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