Didn't know we were naked because nobody told us,
felt like nobody could be but in awe to behold us
(we were in awe of everything back then).
But we pull skins around us that aren't even ours, now,
dress up like the animals we know that we are now.
Show myself to you, then cover up again.
It's an instinct, but it's brand new,
'cause I feel you looking at me the way I'm looking at you.
Once we loved all the animals and gave them their names
but now you'd never even know it to hear them complain,
cries that cut like knives when we lie down in the dark.
Our old friends see us coming and remember what we've done,
smell us on the wind and they know they've got to run.
Little eyes like wandering stars that watch us from afar.
It's an instinct, but it's brand new.
Feel them looking at me the way I'm looking at you.
from Apocryphal Blues,
released March 11, 2018
HPL - acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, electric guitar, tambourine.