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Treading Water

from Trial & Error by Seth Benjamin

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his voice rings out he's glad to meet me
i lose my words and glance down at my feet
his lips curve up as he takes my hand
something behind his eyes says he's not all he seems
but i'll smile back like i can't see

it goes down easy for a few weeks
but he gets up some nights when he thinks i'm asleep
covers his tracks as the sun rises
but he can't mask his breath quite as well as he thinks
well i'll tell myself this doesn't change a thing

one year spent under his rain cloud
and i'm left treading water til the sun comes out
and now he's down on one knee waiting
my gut screams out "no" but my throat keeps it down
well i'll nod my head and pray i don't drown

broken glass and tear-soaked sheets
the neighbors don't wave back no more
i've packed my bags and changed my name
i'll smash down a wall but can't walk out the door
cause i dissolve from the shoulders down every time you're near
the queen yells "march!" but the knights turn to stone
and i don't know what it is cause all signs scream "keep out" and i still dive in
i don't know how long i'll stay afloat


from Trial & Error, released November 13, 2016
Seth Benjamin: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars
written by Seth Benjamin




Seth Benjamin & the Philistines Brooklyn, New York

Seth Benjamin & the Philistines are an alt-rock band from Brooklyn. Their songs have been called "catchy and sad."

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