nocturnal

by Lizzie Bartow

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To Donavan. Here's to another year and many more.

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released November 3, 2016

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Lizzie Bartow is a singer/songwriter from Asheville, NC.

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Track Name: nocturnal
There are rules to being a vampire:
You must never name your cats and
you must always name your lighters
Don't hang out in places built past '75
and if you go somewhere
always make sure you've been invited
Only quote authors
and reject offers
to eat anywhere black coffee is not served
You must wake nightly
You must speak brightly
You must stun them all in look and act before you speak a word

So don't take advice from blood-drinkers
Do not take advice from poets and thinkers
Do not think that I can say a word about your life
when I never learned the proper way to see the light
I will dance with you and I will bring you to delight
But don't!
Oh, don't
No, don't
let a vampire live your life

There are rules to being nocturnal:
You must know what drinks to drink and
you must know yourself eternal
Don't go to clubs with more than one dance floor
and if you've been invited
double check just to make sure
Keep your friends' tokens
Keep your heart open
Read old poems writ by somber candle-flame
You must sing sweetly
You must mourn completely
If they ask you who you are don't ever give out your real name

So don't take advice from night-risers
Do not take advice from kindred or their sires
Do not think that I have got a single thing to say
when I never did know how to make it in the day
I will give you every star under the milky way
But don't!
Oh, don't
No, don't
let a vampire rule your day
Track Name: coffin nails
Take three coffin nails, put me up for the night
I promise I stopped in for more than a bite
When you lie awake, I'll be lying with you too
Every hour spent sleeping is one I can't see you

Wake up when the sun rises
when the day breaks
and sleep closes my eyelids
Wake up! When the day is long
I will hide away
I will write this song

I'll say:
Where are you now, dear?
I'll say:
Where do you go?
I'll say
how hard it must be
when the sunlight blinds like snow
I'll say I am sorry
to leave you alone
I'll say I am sorry
I am little more than a ghost in your home

Lay back when the air is still
when the moon is full
you will get your fill
Lay down! When the night is deep
I will keep you there
I will guard your sleep

Take three coffin nails, put me up for the night
I promise I stopped in for more than a bite
When you lie awake, I'll be lying with you too
Every hour spent sleeping is one I can't see you