Back Then

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Back Then

Back then - my people left Arkansas, before Noah built the Ark
Back then - walked to Amritsar, over mountains in the dark
Back then - our blood burned with anger, a thousand miles a day

Back then we swam the oceans
Back then we soared in the sky
Back then watched stars form in Memphis
Back then I don’t remember why

Back then - we were the warriors, back then - we were the priests
Back then - our silence was a hunter, hiding among the thieves
Back then - when happiness was illusion

Back then - we walked through the night, candles lighting our way
Back then - the sun warmed our sacred hearts, emptiness was our curse

Back then we swam the oceans
Back then we soared in the sky
Back then watched stars form in Memphis
Back then I don’t remember why

Back then - she kissed me in the subway, I followed her many - sided face
Back then - I was conquered by passion, couldn’t remember my place
Back then - we hitched a ride to Boston, from there to Bangalore

Back then we swam the oceans
Back then we soared in the sky
Back then watched stars form in Memphis
Back then I don’t remember why

Back then - a thousand years from now
Milk will quench your thirst
Back then - incense will be my breath
And money will grow from the earth
Back then - I swam in the Ganges
Put my name in the sacred book
Back then - you were my brother
Please remember why

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from 9, released February 27, 2017

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Danger Painters Washington, D.C.

Danger Painters is Michael Barron, Bob Boilen, William X Harvey and Kevin Lay. Their musical Heritage dates back to the seminal 70s-80s DC music scene, including Tiny Desk Unit, Fuji's Navy and Rhoda & The Bad Seeds.
The band members met in DC but now live in Maryland, New York and Rhode Island, collaborating via the internet and very rarely meeting in one place to perform in public.
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