We Fall Apart (feat Iris)

from Mark Lint's Dry Folk by Mark Lint

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I wrote this for Iris Hutchings to sing, based on her originally asking me to pen something about how she and her boyfriend were so in sync that they would solve magic eye puzzles the same way. Months past, they broke up, and it being easier to imaginate about a depressing situation, this was born in August 2018 just in time for this album.

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When I look at the clouds I see all the shapes are free
To appear in so many ways
But the ways that you see were the ways that I see
When we could see clear through our perfect days

And with one of those magic eyes where you stare at the page
Until some shapes might arise
You and I were synced up; we would see simultaneously
And we thought that were shared the same eyes

Until we did not
Because of life
Because of the typical nonsense, because
You can be wrong about someone
And find your connection has faded away

We see together, but we fall apart
We fit together, but we fall apart

When you look into somebody’s eyes you can’t see their soul
No matter (rest) how hard you try
I can look my cat and it’s sort of the same thing

Is that love? Is that just being human?
The octopi will give you the same kind of glance
Do they see in your soul?
Maybe so, but if so, then it’s only the surface

Until it is not
Because we hide
Because of the typical nonsense, because
You can be wrong about thinking
You’ve found what you thought you had looked for all your life

We see together, but we fall apart
We seem together, but we fall apart

Unless this hope can be given away
I’ll keep looking and find it some day
I hope I will finally see OK

We fit together, but still came apart
We were together, but we fell apart

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from Mark Lint's Dry Folk, released December 18, 2018
Iris Hutchings: lead and harmony vocals
Mark: harmony vocals, steel-string guitars, electric bass
Mina Linsenmayer: high harmony vocal
Rei Tangko: piano
Jim Turk: shaker, djembe, tambourine, finger cymbals

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Catchy, homespun tunes ranging in style from power pop to folk ballads to alt country, laced with a sense of the absurd.

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