Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ben Gibbard • "Life in Quarantine" • 2020



The streets are empty
The bars and cafes, too
The streetlights only changing
Cuz they ain’t got nothing better to do

You say it’s like Christmas
When nobody’s around
Or when our city was still a secret
Before those carpetbaggers came to town

The airports and train stations are full of desperate people
Trying to convince the gate agents that not all emergencies are equal
But no one is going anywhere soon

Inside the Safeway
It’s like the Eastern Bloc
People have a way of getting crazy
When they think they’ll be dead in a month

But you like the silence
Of the wind through the trees
And I like walking beside you
Through these days of no guarantees

The National Guard is on their way to protect us from our neighbors
And everyone who’s tried to swim for it has drowned out past the breakers

The airports and train stations are full of desperate people
Trying to convince the gate agents that not all emergencies are equal
But no one is going anywhere soon
No one is going anywhere soon

released March 26, 2020
Written by Benjamin Gibbard



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