Still Life

by Racemates

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This is a song about moving, but not being sure you're going somewhere. Which is okay because it takes time.


[Take your time]

Everything is still, still in motion,
I’m the teardrop frozen up in the swirling ocean,
Men in black and white molding my mind, telling me to make decisions,
But in a given landscape everybody changes position.

Forgetting all the words, falling in the woods,
making no sound as the trees come down.
Running out of room to get up and running,
on the cold ground exposing my wounds.
Lungs are automatic,
but I need you to see the swells, the swells,
The rise and fall of my chest
as you take away my breath.

[Take your time]
Still life, still in love with you,
Still life, still a lifeless portrait of you,
Staring me down in my mind’s eye when I try,
To get up and running, but I need more time.

I walk with the cars in the dead of night,
a broken moth feeding on sound instead of light
In a war with my thoughts, I hit the wall,
they say you gotta move to move on,
Curse the blinking cursor turning a blind eye,
looking for the doubts that I can’t put down,
I'm still stuck here with my wishes
scattered by the velvet sun.

Still life, still in love with you,
Still alive, but I’m still dying to say,
One day I’ll stop counting the days and be okay,
I’ll be up and running but I need more time.


released 08 January 2015
Music: Elizabeth Onstwedder, Spencer Woody, Maryann Verghese, Julian Xie
Mixing and mastering: Elizabeth Onstwedder and Julian Xie



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Racemates Durham, North Carolina

Adhar Maheshwari, Ruici Ong, Elizabeth Onstwedder, and Julian Xie. Puns in four part harmony and some guitar/piano/bass. We appreciate you who take the time to listen to our honest attempt at something that matters to us!

[Racemates formerly featured Maryann Verghese, Spencer Woody]
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