Alas, Posterity

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lyrics

Alas, posterity.
Alack, such sincerity.
I lay my white crown round.
I load it down.

High school papers' honorific, Acrobatic headlines.
Long lost 5k charities and small town race times.
The animated remnants of a life before I knew you,
and you were mine.

Alas, posterity.
Alack, such sincerity.
We lay white arrows 'round.
We load it down.

Stillborn eloquence and evidence of European tours.
Still-resolving photos close enough to see your pores.
The annotated remnants of a life I lived behind you,
when I was yours.

Once, all alone in a red October,
wound down vainglorious in clover.
Frowns found under words of a Turk in Dover,
now lines you'd hide web-woven over.

But unsung liturgies, obituaries written to the sun.
Inundated pages old enough to make you young.
Commemorate the remnants of a life in twenty-aught-few,
when we were one.

Alas, posterity.
Alack, such sincerity.
You laid your white brow round,
and now,
and now, I load it down.

credits

from The National Archives, released October 26, 2013
Ben Mericli - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Laurel Halsey - harmony, accordion
Michael Erisman - trumpet
Ray Remesch - bass

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