Patience

by Sondre Lerche

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1.
Patience 05:00
Time moves like a glacier through my mind glides by like songs I’ll never find Darling, do you wanna hear such a pretty little thing that I pulled out of thin air that I wrote down in your blood Patience, I’m coming Time moves like a glacier through my mind glides by like songs I’ll never find Darling, do you wanna see this performance piece of work that you sometimes sleep next to that I loosely based on you Patience, I’m coming I once met a guy, about my size And he said, I can’t believe no one knows who you are And I thought: oh well, the stars are at it again. It’s a quiet night somewhere Thanks for autographing my kid, she said. I had it tattooed. You helped me through some dark times A woman on the verge of tears after midnight in a parking lot in Denver told me in confidence: You should be on The Voice! Adam would love you. And I thought: shrug emoji, shrug emoji…wind blows through a field of green…purple heart We can only take so much But some have to take so much more Patience, I’m coming
2.
If I convert to you, will you revert to me? Our love could forge a self-sustained reality We’ll tell our own damn time, gaslight each other’s minds Sweet confirmation bias time for you and I This is the most outrageous gift that I could give to you Surrendering to a lover’s lies, insisting that they’re true Oh, is this the way our parents used to live? Let’s do the opposite of everything they did It isn’t so hard to do I love you because it’s true If I reduce myself, and you isolate yourself Our love could thrive against a common enemy And this is the most outrageous thing I wish I didn’t do Surrendering to a higher truth that simply wasn’t true Oh, is this the way I sometimes used to live? Let’s do the opposite of everything I did It’s so very hard to do I love you because it’s true
3.
You’re not at all who I thought I was before So who’s the man standing on your bedroom floor? Calmly putting on his shoes Softly shutting tight the door Crossing an ocean to be by the sea Leaving you behind cause he’s leaving with me You are not who I thought You are not who I thought I was when I met you So who am I to you now? Who am I now that I cannot forget you? You are not who I thought I was This guy’s disguise, dressing to repress his core Whose are the feet tiptoeing across the floor? He’s taking off his shirt and pants, and sliding underneath the sheets Laying down the law of what dreams can be dreamed I’m sound asleep while you’re sleeping with him You are not who I thought You are not who I thought I was when I met you So who am I to you now? Who am I now that I cannot forget you? You are not who I thought I was
4.
Love is upon us Two bodies fit Our minds align but in the end we must admit There is no certain thing except that we will die alone
5.
Are we alone now? We always were You are the person I have met I most prefer But we’re not match for the small fact that we are both alone Are we alone now? We’ve always been Even if fear allows the terrorists to win Lovers and killers do it, even soulmates die alone Are we alone now? We’ll always be Even if we decide to make a baby It takes a village to be ultimately all alone Are we alone now? Someday we’ll see that everything withers away, eventually It’s such a blessing to be brought into this world alone To love someone And die alone
6.
That’s all there is A stream of captures That look you wore The sunset backwards Your lips on mine Our faces backlit That foreign sign How we misread it Heading out to see my love It has been too long for us Heading out to see you off It has not been long enough Catching up with you again Catching up is everything Every moment nears an end Let’s not wait so long again That’s all there is Some days we had it That thing you said The way you said it Your secret smile will always kill me That’s all there is Our finest heartbeats. That’s all there is That’s all there is A stream of captures Somewhere inside A stream of captures That’s everything A stream of captures That’s all there is Our finest heartbeats That’s all there is
7.
Put the camera down You don’t need to justify every single turn You don’t need apologize after every word Give them grief or give them grace Give them nothing, take the praise It’ll come together by and by Put the camera down You don’t have to be unarmed but put away that knife There’s no sound in our alarm, just a silent light And you tell me how I failed And I’ll tell you once again It’ll come together by and by Always chasing the same lead, the same old cobbled streets Always barely head above the water Always balancing the short end of the final straw Always just an inch above the gutter So is this it? At you fingertips is a world in a cage Tell me something, say something you couldn’t tell me But you tend to recommend truth And without breaking no sweat, no plates The disguises The disguise has The disguise has eyes Put the camera down You don’t need to second-guess every fickle itch You don’t need to disavow every bygone stitch Give them grief or give them grace Give them nothing, take the praise It’ll come together by and by
8.
Here we are, laughing at the sea Baby, you and me Kissing like lovers long deprived of human touch Whispering with two tongues Afraid of saying too much Why would I let you go? Here we are, burning down the sun Prisoners on the run Drowning our sorrows in another desperate embrace Pushing back anything that might get in our way Why would I let you go? And in my dreams I have the strength To not keep love at an arm’s length And in my dreams I see myself the way you do And in my dreams I understand The value of the love at hand And in my dreams I love you like I used to Here we are, stranded on a cloud The ocean’s getting loud Aching for something to prolong this credulous view Asking the sunset for more crimson, violet and blue Why would I let you go? And in my dreams I have the strength To not keep love at an arm’s length And in my dreams I see myself the way you do And in my dreams I understand The value of the love at hand And in my dreams I love you like I used to Why would I let your love run out on me Here we are, lit up by the moon Babe, I spoke too soon Taking for granted all the love I cared to devour Spurning a heart so pure cause I can’t muster the power How could I let you go?
9.
Darling of mine I’ve no desire to do you wrong The story’s short, the excuse is long Darling, oh darling I wasn’t looking for someone else Just some other part of myself Oh darling, when I see the pain I cause in plain view Oh darling, I can’t see myself without you Darling of mine I slipped into the faceless pack like I just shot someone in the back Darling, oh darling If temptation creates the thief The pleasure cannot match the grief No darling, when I see life from afar in clear view Oh darling, I can’t see myself without you Darling, I can’t see myself without you Darling of mine The ego wants everything and more in pursuit of an even score Darling, oh darling I wasn’t looking for someone else Just another part of myself And another, and another, and another Oh darling, when you whisper in my ear I come to Oh darling, I can’t see myself without you Darling, I can’t see myself without you
10.
Don’t waste your time on love You should be having your fun Don’t waste your time holding on You don’t belong to anyone Nothing can make you stay Nothing can make you go Don’t waste your time on love You should be crushing frail hearts Don’t waste your time on romance Don’t squander your second chance Don’t waste your time on love Don’t waste your time on love You should be horsing around Don’t waste your time on the one Now you belong to everyone Nothing can make you stay Nothing can make you go Don’t waste your time on love You should embrace lack thereof Don’t waste your time being true Don’t let your love get the best of you Don’t waste your time on love Don’t waste your time on love You should be using someone Are you having your fun? Are you having your fun, fun fun
11.
Why did I write the book of love before I knew your name? Why did I memorize the rules but never play the game? The news are full of lobbyists and demagogues and populists And you can be as tough to read but infinitely more rewarding Why did I write the book of love before I knew your name Why did I waste such precious time fear-mongering in vain The universe is full of misplaced privilege and misogyny But you are both the privilege and the challenge I deserve, I hope So why are we not enough to save the world, to save ourselves? And why are we not enough for me? I’ll never get to heaven, never get to hell I’ll never get it right if I can’t get out of my own way Why did I write the book of love before I knew your name? Why did I go to all that trouble to fan a dying flame? The truth is compromised by a creeping normality of lies But you have the distracting touch that gets me to the church on time So why are we not enough to save the world, to save ourselves? And why are we not enough for me? I’ll never get to heaven, never get to hell I’ll never get it right if I can’t get out of my own way The truth is hard to reckon with, you fuck with it, it fucks you silly Why did I write the book of love before I knew your name? Why did we never meet-cute on the power-walk of shame? The world is full of tragedies and efforts to desensitize us Never let me off the hook, just hold me so accountable Oh why are we not enough to save the world, to save ourselves? And why are we not enough for me? I’ll never get to heaven, never get to hell We’ll never get it right if we can’t get out of our own Never get to roll our eyes again Never never get it right if we can’t get out of our own Never get to patronize and polarize We’ll never get it right if we can’t get out of our own ass
12.
Over the Milky Way Two skaters on the galactic plane Looking for a little light To help navigate the flight I don’t know what I’d do without you It’s easy to see But my love is hard to explain Like unresolved stars Two galaxies apart Arms reaching to embrace in the dark Bracing for a sleepless night The blackest hole in a band of light I don’t know what I’ll do without you You’re easy to love But my love is hard to explain Like unresolved stars Love burns us from afar We’ve always been adrift Hitchhikers hoping to catch a lift Heading where we’re not allowed Dust to dust, earth to cloud I don’t know what I’d do without you

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released June 5, 2020

All songs, words and music by Sondre Lerche, except track 1, words by Sondre Lerche, music by Sondre Lerche, Chris Holm, Dave Heilman and Alexander von Mehren. 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 11 recorded and produced by Matias Tellez. 2, 6, 9, 12 recorded, mixed and produced by Kato Ådland. 4 and 7 produced by Sondre Lerche. 1 and 11 co-produced by Sondre Lerche. 1, 7, 8 and 10 mixed by Jørgen Trœen. 3, 5 and 11 mixed by Matias Tellez.

Executive producer: Sondre Lerche.
All musical arrangements by SL with the musicians and producers.
Mastered by Jørgen Træen at Duper Luftgrotten, Bergen.
Cover painting by Loribelle Spirovski.
Image Copyright: Loribelle Spirovski, All Rights Reserved.
Photographs by Jen Steele.

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