If We Had Known

from The Quarantine Tapes by Liz Bagby

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When you said goodnight, I would have touched you then
Lingered against your skin, leaned close
I would have found the nerve to speak, hidden embarrassment,
begged you to stay as you went—but so it goes

What do I have but time? What can I do but waste it?
The moment drew out a line—I reached out and erased it

The hours spool away, oh, and I squander them
Let myself wander in the past
And my reckless lonely heart greets me at every turn
Is this the way I’ll learn at last?

What do I have but time? What can I do but waste it?
The moment drew out a line—I reached out and erased it

A ring around a finger, a stiff drink, a blues singer
Oh, the old impressions linger on
A last night on the town, the alley echoes drown your sorrows,
Love, oh, ashes, we all fall down

What do I have but time? What can I do but waste it?
The feast was almost mine—I was afraid to taste it

Sleep all day and drift confused about the house at night, unused
To idleness, to loneliness, uncertainty
I do the things I know I should. Solitude’s all well and good
Until you can’t stand the company

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from The Quarantine Tapes, released April 13, 2020
Written and performed by Liz Bagby

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Indie rock + alt-country + post-punk = post-country. At least that's what we tell ourselves.

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