Darkroom Lullaby

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As with almost every track on the album, this song started out as an angry little poem that I wrote when I was somewhere I didn't want to be. Special thanks goes to Jeremy Richards because we didn't really know each other yet, but I read it out loud to him and he said: Hey that's cool. That would make a good song. “Darkroom Lullaby" was also given an honorable mention in American Songwriter’s May/June 2015 Lyric Contest.


I fell in love in a darkroom
And mistook a red glow for the sun.
We hung slippery pages of memory
From the clothesline our fingers had strung.
I traded my truths like stocks
And bonds tightened ‘round my wrists.
Poison lips you placed on my lips,
But that's not true, we never kissed.

I fell in love in a darkroom
Content to inhale all your chemicals
Conceited to choose something radical
You tears sting so sterile, it's medical.
I gave up life for a snapshot
Forgot about that last dimension,
Retained all your pain in a picture frame,
Confused terror with sexual tension.

I fell in love in a darkroom,
But believed I had mined to the source,
Forced myself to the earth's very core,
Cut my skin on the earth's jagged ore.
I lost the thread to the surface,
Replaced breathing with feeding the furnace.
Put my face to your face for a portrait,
Told you smile and said "Hold it."

I fell in love in a darkroom--
With the feeling of shoulder-to-shoulder--
With the promise of "When you get older"--
With the stoic despair of a soldier.
I fell in love in a dark place
And believed that my love was a shade plant.
I would swallow the sun just to change that.
I have swallowed the sun, I have swallowed the sun,
I have swallowed the sun just to change.


from The Awful Rowing EP, released September 11, 2015



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Hardworker Durham, North Carolina

Sus Long left Oakland, CA in 2013 (and duo Kit Carson, a collaboration with Ian James Walters) to move to Durham. That same year, she met bass and banjo player Michael Conner and the two started meeting up to play Ramones covers. The friends kept making friends with musical friends and this bluesy folk band has grown to include guitarist Danny Nowell, singer Alex Treyz, and drummer Dave Berka. ... more

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