another room lets go of its light
another child holds on, scared of the night
oh, dreams through fragile eyes
broken like shattered glass

another room holds onto the night
another child lets go of setting things right
oh, all innocent and alone
ghosts are the ones that know

so sweet among the walls of fear
oh, home to a heart that bleeds
deaf to the noise outside
blind to all the pain in sides
form shapes to lock up damaged souls
with the color of light darkness won’t let go


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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