Week 265 // The Lonely Mile

by Mount Everest

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From time to time I like to indulge a luddite fantasy. The chorus of this song sounds nearly silly when I sing it, and I almost couldn't bring myself to do it. Ultimately I couldn't resist the image of human beings bursting through their doors with elation because the internet has finally crashed, setting them free once and for all. Lot's of people argue that technology sets us free, and in many ways I simply can't refute them, and don't want to. I'm as connected as any living person, but when I think about technology in terms of poetry, it is always casting a shadow, rather than illuminating the world. I have this bad feeling that viral culture infects reality. We're counting up likes and shares on mass shootings. How can that not be causing more of them? It must be. That's just one example, and I won't bore you with any more. I will just say that some of the unrest we see in the world certainly traces back to our technological ennui, and sometimes I can't help but imagine a world in which people are free to be present. So I wrote a song about it.

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Walk the lonely mile
Cut away
The sunset's over
Hold me now
In the wreckage of the earth
Count patterns
In the light that appears
In the light peeking through the cracks

Sleep the restless sleep
Look away
The dream is over
Hold me now
On forgotten holy grounds
Count ghosts
As they curse all around
At the useless things we built

Through the front door
Burst with elation
Every website
Crashing at once

Hold your empty cup
Pour again
You're just beginning
Wake me up
When the carnage finally stops
Count drops of blood
Between the clicks and the pops
And every 'like' until we sew it up

Through the front door
Burst with elation
Every website
Crashing at once

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released December 14, 2015

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Mount Everest Brooklyn, New York

I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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