Light​-​years to the Next Star

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1.
I Am a Snake 01:56
I am a snake See me slither I am hustling on borrowed time I am a snake watch me shiver I feel the ground beneath me trembling I feel a shake Collapse is imminent I have no limbs to pull me out of here But I remember how to squirm Yes I remember how to squirm But I remember how to squirm Yes I remember how to squirm
2.
Oort Cloud 03:49
It's light-years to the next star, But I don't mind the cold and dark I keep my distance and keep goin' 'round, Not a sound as I fly this arc Gravity keeps pulling me, But this inertia never stops Keep sliding, frigid through the vast expanse For lifespans of many smaller rocks You are the sun And I am in the Oort cloud Everyone is flying around the sun And I'm still in the Oort cloud You're drawn as a circle, But we all know your life is a sphere, oh my dear And part of me was once catapulted into your world Just to burn out and fly away, hey I suppose it seems severe To live so far from everyone Beyond the interstellar medium, Meet no one, but I still glimpse the sun You are the sun And I am in the Oort cloud Everyone is flying around the sun And I'm still in the Oort cloud, Yes I'm still in the Oort cloud
3.
Grip 03:43
Bracing myself for the winter chill, Riding alone in the dark At least I was prepared then for every day feeling the same Hiding myself in the summer heat, Breathing the bad air at home, Closing things down for the season that never came Holding onto the branches in gold streetlight glow, Holding on for so long as we sway to and fro, Holding onto this world, though it's cruel, please be soft, Help my grip; keep us from falling off! Saving my words for another day, I bury my thoughts in the haze, Not knowing if I'd ever have something useful to say Now I'm checking off every box on time, Waiting for something to give, Wondering every second, can this be okay? Holding onto the branches in gold streetlight glow, Holding on for so long as we sway to and fro, Holding onto this world, though it's cruel, please be soft, Help my grip; keep us from falling off! Holding onto the branches in gold streetlight glow, Holding on for so long as we sway to and fro, Holding onto this world, though it's cruel, please be soft, Help my grip; keep us from falling off!
4.
Time, time to step into this space suit, Space, how I miss the space I could feel on this Earth, Whatever it was worth, Have we spent all we have? Still, we have stillness and some necessities, I can't see your face, But I know that we're both facing the same choice The very... Sun that keeps shining down for ages And all of its radiation flowing through vast, empty space, Such an unfamiliar place, But it will shine here still Still, we have stillness and some necessities, I can't see your face, But I'm grounded if I can still can hear your voice I hear it... Clear, clearing out our old expectations And making space, outer space for all of the stars to exist, New worlds in their midst We've not seen all they have Days melt into nights, Melt into lifetimes within an instant, tiny particles Fly through the air, And we wave back to... Once my own mother told me a story Of a time when ashes rained from the sky Now there's a different reason why They've come back
5.
Automaton, automaton, An automatic symphony Automaton, automaton, The Automatic symphony Programmed on punch cards in the 70s, Programmed in shades of avocado green Automaton, atomic age, The age of automation Automaton, atomic age, The age of automation Program your symphony alone, at home Nobody needs to play or hear it, come near it Automaton, automaton, An automatic symphony Automaton, automaton, An automatic symphony Automaton, automaton, An automatic symphony Program your symphony alone, at home Nobody needs to play or hear, come near it Program your symphony alone, at home Nobody needs to ever know

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released March 5, 2021

All songs written, performed and recorded by Alison Dennis.

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The project of longtime Portland songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alison Dennis, Dr. Something uses imaginative instrumental and vocal textures alongside humorous, emotionally trenchant lyrics to create engaging chamber pop that blurs the line between art and novelty. ... more

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