In the Event of Failure

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lyrics

Brother, we’re standing at the edge of buildings.
It’s a long descent to scrape the bottom.
The rhythms and standards of modern living,
they weld our feet into a growth of scenery.

Towers burn the night sky into glimmer:
the shooting stars we sink our hope in.
Dreaming to be a corporate explorer
who will battle deadlines and burn the midnight oil.

But, in the event of failure when all of my efforts compromise.
The rubble rises in place of buildings.
God I’m trying, God I’m trying, God I’m trying.
What futures will say to me,
“It goes on, on, on.
And I know I’ll see you there standing free.”

All of your worth it slowly falters.
Even all the good ones crumble.
Your treading breaks into distinct stumbling
and all you see is broken travesty.

But, in the event of failure when all of my efforts compromise.
The rubble rises in place of buildings.
God I’m trying, God I’m trying, God I’m trying.
To future selves that sulk in failure:
the pain is a temporary tide.
What heartaches will bring you to crippling stature.
Seize the times, stay alive, stay alive.
And I know I’ll see you there standing free.

If you feel yourself moving, then keep on going.
Keep on fighting that sinking spirit.
The struggle is tiring, but you’ll see through it.
And I will see you there standing free
from the life, in the light, in your life form
I know we’ll be as one, standing free, going out with me.

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from Death Wave, released May 21, 2010

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Hemmingbirds Chicago, Illinois

Hemmingbirds is an indie alternative rock band from Chicago. The band began as a solo project of singer/guitarist/violist Yoo Soo Kim in the fall of 2009. The recordings from the solo project expanded into what would ultimately become the full-fledged band. In 2012, they released their latest album, "The Vines of Age" and have since been Alternative Press' AP&R Band of the Day and more. ... more

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