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Lost Coastlines
Okkervil River Lyrics

Packed and all eyes turned in, no one to see on the quay
No one waving for me, just the shoreline receding
Ticket in my hand, I'm thinking "Wish I didn't hand it in"
'Cause who said sailing is fine?
Leaving behind all the faces
That I might replace, if I tried on that long ride
Looking deep inside but I don't want to look so deep inside yet

Sit down, sit down on the prow to wave bye
There might not be another star further on the line
Look out, look out at each town that glides by
And there's another crowd to drown in crying eyes

And see how that light you love now just won't shine
There might just be another star that's high and far in some other sky
We sing, "Is that marionette real enough yet
To step off of that set to decide what her hands might be doing?
Ruining the play, to in the ensuing melee escape"

We packed up all of our bags
The ship's deck now sags from the weight of our tracks
As we pace beneath flags black and battered
Rattling our swords in service of some faded foreign lord

And we sail out on orders from him but we find
The maps he sent to us don't mention lost coastlines
Where nothing we've actually seen has been mapped or outlined
For we don't recognize the names upon these signs

And every night finds us rocking and rolling on waves wild and wide
Well, we have lost our way, nobody's gonna say it outright
Just go la la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la
La-la la-la-la la-la-la la
Oh-oh oh

La la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la
La-la la-la-la la-la-la la
Oh-oh-oh oh

La la-la-la-la la
La-la-la-la-la la

La la-la-la-la la
La-la-la-la-la la

La la-la-la-la la
La-la-la-la-la la

La la-la-la-la la
La-la-la-la-la la, la

Written by: Will Robinson Sheff

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I haven't listened to this band in a while. Reminds me of my college days. For whatever reason this song popped in my head today. Specifically those parts with the baritone singer. People with baritone voices don't get enough opportunities to shine in pop music. PS I'm pretty sure I met one of these guys in Dallas at some art show or local film deal.

Darth Davlo

I came here because of more than meets the eye, but stayed for how beautiful the song is, the band, is a band I higly have to learn about

Naval Phalanx

“ he’s dangerous he’s delusional I don’t trust him or him and explicitly in there combined form he owes me money and those are just the A’s” - Ultra magnus

Syabila Azri

I laugh so loud over that line when i read it for the first time....

Ronald Dan Caliva

This song and this band are one of my favorite now I just discovered them on Spotify a few weeks ago 🇵🇭

pamela nunes

I watched y'all live in Austin. I still have the cd I bought at the show! This song will play at my mom's memorial because you really can't account for lost coast lines!!!

Jared White

Brilliant videography and story. Well directed and produced.

M Huberty

I winder how it took me so long to ever hear this band. Great stuff!

mel m

first song of theirs i heard, on a music video show... still one of my favourite bands

Steven Katz

Hi Mel! Look what I found!

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