Come Find Me When the World Ends

by Dustin Drennen

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Making a record and recording some songs are two different things. I record songs all the time: in my kitchen, truck, bathroom, garage; in the woods; in a studio.

Steve Earle once said Townes Van Zandt never made a record. I was surprised to hear him say it, but I agree. Still, the man wrote some damn good songs and I’m glad he recorded them.

Here are some songs, just me and my guitar, recorded in a couple sessions. The circumstances were these: two Sunday afternoons in late summer, woods and mountains, cups of coffee, the unusual conversations between musicians. I was there of course, and presiding over it all was a musician (a guitar player if ever I’ve met one) whose boots I am unfit to tie, or untie, or shine, or even write about for that matter. Needless to say, I’m grateful.

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released January 14, 2018

Songs x Dustin Drennen; Recorded somewhere in North Idaho x Bruce Bishop; Mixed @ Audioconfusion in PHX, AZ x Jalipaz Nelson; Mastered x LANDR

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Dustin Drennen Clark Fork, Idaho

I write songs, stories, and poems.

I live in North Idaho with my wife and four children.

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Track Name: Yellowed
Picture me torn up in pieces
drowning in ashes
and burning with tears
I’m the half of this glass
already past you lips
I’m a photograph faded by years

Breath with me in this smokescreen
Your eyes like black holes
the cold space in between
I’m the life that is left
in your last cigarette
I’m afraid I fear dying
more than death

Heaven is calling
I’m letting it ring
The sky might be falling
So I’m digging in

Standing my ground
I’ll admit I’m afraid
To die here alone
In this hole in the world
With another that you left in me

Rescue me from this fever
my guts are crossed-wires
and I’m currently shocked
at the length I will go
to make my insides explode
just to see something ugly come out

Wrap me in my favorite blanket
lay me in lowlight
put me in my bed
in the space between dreams
slip quietly close to me
wearing nothing but the air on your skin

I’ve still got fingerprints
where your fingertips are missing
that is just in case you some need evidence
more convincing
Track Name: Ships & Ghosts of Ships
I stumbled into town
Like a dog with three legs
Everybody stared and teased

You said you like like a redneck
Wearing them boots
How’d you like to dance with me

We spun all around
In the lights and the sound
We laughed, and sweat out the drink

I took you home
And I walked all alone
Right down into the sea

There are ships and ghosts of ships
A man is a vessel just the same
We come out of the ground
and we drift for a while
Then we go down again

I spent high desert nights
With a choir of dogs
Taking turns singing scared names

Couldn’t tell the difference
Between spirits and stars
It was like we were swimming in champagne

I sang your name out then
And I lost it to the wind
She hid it in the rocks and the trees

I’ve been drifting for a while

I just want to hear your voice
I just want to see your face
I can still smell you on the breeze
Track Name: Blackvein
Were you lonely
Did you miss me
Were you bored in your grave
just thinking about what we could be doing
if we were together
Cause four lips makes a kiss
and I think we’ve got silence to spare

Between you and me
here at the end of all things
I remember a boy
He wasn’t such a cripple
on the inside
You’re a bit bright for these eyes
It helps me bleed the ink
from my veins
   
Were you lovely
by the lowlight
Did you sleep just to dream
When I dream I hope I see your face
and I hold you just close enough
that when our bodies touch
our veins bleed each other’s blood

Between you and me
here at the end of all things
I remember a boy
He wasn’t such a cripple
on the inside
You’re a bit bright for these eyes
It helps me bleed the ink
from my veins

What have I got to give
I’m not ready to give up
thought I was through with this wandering
Turns out I’m just tired
of this business I’m in
Take me with you the next time you go

And if you want to go searching
I’ll go pack my heart
I still haven’t found my home
Track Name: Predators, Ghosts, Motion
Outside the wolves, inside the jackals
I'm haunted by her words, I'm betrayed by my actions
her wounds are bigger walls than I have bombs
and she cries bigger tears than I have guns
As far as I can tell, backing down is foreign ground to both of us

I have never been so useless or alone

Down there are flames, out here's silence
I never felt that kind of hurt, I think she's just frightened
Her skin is thicker steel than I have tools
and she's still entangled in their rules
We're both pinned down, dead to rights, without a fight, no weapon left to use

I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do with these hands

The morning is cold, head's a mess of rattlers
My spirit flows like toxins, her body's warm beside me
But her ghost roams in lines I can't trace
I showed up to her heart, found it vacant
So we packed up our things, guess we'll wait it out in this empty house, where we learned how to dream

Now we can't even find sleep, we turn at night, just like our days in the machine...
Track Name: Come Find Me When the World Ends
If you come knocking at my door
I won’t live here no more
Just some ghosts
And a cold, hard floor
If you come knocking at my door

And the ghosts sing out…

Don’t you go asking where I’ve been
They’ll saddle you with laws and bind you with sins
They say I’ve painted my skulls,
that I spoke with the dead
Don’t you go asking where I’ve been

And the dead sing out…

Don’t try to follow my trail
The frozen tracks, the blood & the hair
Teeth and bones,
They can’t take what I own
Don’t try to follow my trail

And the blood sings out…

If you see a fire at night
High on the mountain, with no moon in sight
Name me a star
And gather your wise
If you see a fire at night

You can sing out…

If you hear a voice in the trees
It’s the echo of your spirit caught up in the leaves
Forsake your reflection
And these earthbound things
If you hear a voice in the trees

We’ll all sing out…