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Walking down 8th Avenue as the rain
crashes against the steel,
a cardboard box withers away at the curb.
I say "man I know just how he feels:
trying to hold it together,
when all you wanna do is fall apart."
It's the softest whispers that end up breaking our hearts.

The sun wakes us up with a brand new day
and I turn over in my bed.
I say "I admire your tenacity my friend,
how can you keep your confidence?"
He says "I stand on the shoulders of giants.
Seeing a stranger's smile shine?
Well, that will rise you up from the darkness every time."

I know, we can be so blind
to what we truly need.
An enemy on the inside.
But we're worth something, darling.
So let's rip off the shackles.
I think it's time.
Yeah, it is time.

We have the power to choose our reactions,
to be who we want to be.
And we can decide if we take the time
to look all around us and see
that kindness and beauty surround us,
that it’s been there from the start,
that it's the thinnest thread that will
end up mending our hearts.


from The Light of What We Are, released March 28, 2017



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Michael Goldense New York, New York

Michael Goldense lives in New York and writes/performs music that sounds a little bit like some of his biggest influences-- Descendents, The Replacements, and The Weakerthans--and nothing at all like some of his biggest influences--Tom Waits, old-school hardcore punk, and Dave Brubeck.

From 2005 until 2017, he released music under the name Our Twilight Pastime. Previous releases on OTP's bandcamp
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