What Others Leave For You To Keep

by Cam Jansen

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Your voice was somber: said he wouldn't let go, that he wasn't giving up til his breathing stopped on its own, but to please come over; doctors didn't quite know how long that would be enough as you fell to tears on the phone.

The waiting room felt like it had become a second home. When death did you part finally, you'd never felt so alone.

Just wait it out.

It's so hard so take this slowly when every day now, all these once mundane and common places make themselves homes for his face, and just the act of getting through drains so much out of you. A broken heart takes time to mend, but you can't see how you'll learn to love again.

The "I'm so sorry", "there's always a reason", "God just needed an angel" — they could all have kept to themselves, for as days turned to weeks, every consolation became so predictable that the last thing it did was help.

You were a ship that watched on as the lighthouse crumbled down, and all through it you wondered why you too weren't meant to drown.

It's so hard so take this slowly when every day now, all these once mundane and common places make themselves homes for his face, and just the act of getting through drains so much out of you. A broken heart takes time to mend, but you can't see how you'll learn to love again.

Is there such thing as permanent, or is it just pretend? When the mourners have dispersed can you open your heart again, or did you bury it away with him forever?

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released June 8, 2015
written by Jake Lazaroff
produced and engineered by Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger
mixed and mastered by Jesse Cannon

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