Ringing Chord

from Pale Cicada by Makeunder

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You're a flash of light
Against the monochrome
And from the mouth you strike
A ringing chord that I've been listening for

You whisper "yes, it's real"
I touch your electric skin
How do we live in this forever
A lone verse apart from a ruined world
That don't sing much anymore

Maybe I haven't found
My people yet
Ayahuasca in
The desert with a stranger I just met

I take you to the river
Get hitched D-I-Y
Your mama cries "what a life!"
And though your daddy don't approve
In time, he'll see my follow through
We'll dance the hora to the B-52s

I wanna show you the mind
What is real and what is not
I tell you what I want
Leave your afflictions at the door
Don't matter what came before
Forget your distant woes

I came alive at twenty-four
And then at twenty-five I died again
Well, that was long ago
And now I'm old enough
To see the difference
Between withdrawal
And survival


from Pale Cicada, released June 28, 2019
Hamilton Ulmer – vocals, keys, synths, percussion, production
Van Jackson-Weaver – guitars
Mario Godoy – saxophone
Cassandra Bequary – violin
Charly Akert – cello
Ian Pellicci – tracking (New, Improved Recording)
Nick Lobel – mix
Dale Becker – master


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Makeunder Oakland, California

Led by songwriter Hamilton Ulmer, Makeunder wrestles diverse tastes - from Renaissance motet, to art rock, to 90's R&B, synth pop, soul, & modern orchestral music - into powerful songs about death, survival, migration, & loss.

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