The Horse Raced Hardest Lost

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lyrics

Watched the nails, made sure they stayed down
Watched it all, lowered into the ground

The fountain gone, just a baron concrete hull
And always there was fear of forever drying out
But when it rained, it wasn’t quite same
The wind would chill and the clouds came sulking in
But no amount of will or force
Could make the metal rain
Dance like where we bathed
And still all summer the storms seemed to insist
That they were more

Than collections of awful sounds (discordant slurs)
Adopting some artistic appeal to no one

So we tied the shutters down
(spoke up over it)
And we turned ourselves away
(some needless music)
We were answered with a flood
(forceful, swept away)
To deny attentions paid
(willful sway)

We conceded, it relented
We’ve been meaning to believe it
Our perceptions, implemented
We thought ours was right
So we put up a fight
With nothing to back it up

Records syncing up with the frames
It’s not the same

Slow, you swear you could see the nails all lifting
Still, you swear you could see the lid lifting
Now you swear you believe it’s coming back to life

Laid in bed, your arm across your eyes blocks the light
Every night for the past week I’ve tried to keep it together, to keep it alive
But I know what I’ve done, I know what we said, and I know what we really meant
If I wrote out the words to myself, I’d probably say that you’re kidding yourself,
You’ll never convince her, you’ll never get over this time of your life
That the truth wasn’t what you said, was it? The truth wasn’t so flat, was it?
But even if I had written to myself I’d never have read it

The sound of her crying
Her voice breaking apart
What you did to stop it
But you couldn’t stop it

“Couldn’t rest with this sense of duty hanging off of our chests”¹
In a way it was for the best, to drive out of the driveway one last time
And never look back

We fight and never know why

Still you wonder now
(we concede)
Every now and then
(it relents)
Still you wonder how
(we proceed)
If things were different

Swear you’d never rest
(without your gaze)
Swear you’d not regret
(the ones who take your place)
Swear you’d soon forget
(crossing out your name)
So you tried your best
(so you tried your best)



¹Anathallo - "Hoodwink"

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from Strengths, released October 28, 2014

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Invalids started as the bedroom project of Pete Davis (with remote internet-based collaboration with other musicians). As of March 2015, it has grown to a proper four-piece band with the addition of Joe Scala, Raymond Bonanno, and Brock Benzel.

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