the sudden clamor of silence

where will i run?
where will i hide
when it’s time to look inside

where is the love?
where is the light
without fear of what is right
when everything is wrong

it’s so quiet outside
i hear everything

where will i fall?
where will i land
without ground from which to stand
when everything is all air

it’s so quiet outside
so loud from torn insides

where will I fall when i run into the silence
of all that I’ve loved and lost
it’s a pretty violence
of everything
all i fear
and all i hear
it’s too much inside
to let it out


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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