alone, as we are

the time is never right
the time is never right to let things go
let things go and give up the fight
there is no wrong or right
no one cares how you live until you die

we can never own
we can never own anything we believe
what we believe until we’ve had to risk it all to survive
it’s the tears we cry to feel alive

so then why do we cry when we die?

we are all alone
we are all alone to fight ourselves
find ourselves in the night where we hide
daylight brings shadows
hope just lifts us up to let us down

so why do i cry to feel alive?

moments pass along
breathing clouds and the rain
singing songs in the pain
to show us what we’ve gained

we can never know
we can never know what we can’t control
what we control is what we believe to survive


from live with coffee and wine in an apartment_ [free download], released April 7, 2016
dustin johnsen



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dKOTA Portland, Oregon

dKOTA is music from Portland, Oregon that explores expansiveness, dynamics, unexpected progressions, and heartfelt lyrical expression. The project is lead by songwriter and vocalist, Dustin Johnsen. Dustin’s songwriting utilizes American roots music as a foundation to layer an amalgam of sonic textures, dissonance and resolve, and intentional rough edges. ... more

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