When the Spirits Leave Me

from by The Twelve Canons

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Won't you look at me?
Talk to me
Answer, please

Won't you let me know?
Please don't go
Tell me all about my sins

Damn the man who says
that ignorance is bliss
Damn the eyes I have
for showing me this

The company you keep
is a reflection of yourself
but what if they're not real?

You're imagining things
that you want to see
because at heart you have a need
to suffer more than most

I do all of this and more
when the spirits leave me
with an empty cup
I can fill up

And I need it bad
God, this is sad
Shouting madly in the yard

What must the neighbors think?
It's clear he needs a drink
Let's not give him one
'cause watching him's too fun

The memories you leave
with all your friends and family
are difficult at best

May as well give up
Why bother even try
because you clearly want to die?

Just the captain and the ship
need be swallowed by the sea
when the spirits leave me


from Volume Four: Sacrifice, track released June 14, 2011
Vocals, classical guitar, lyrics - Jim DuRocher
Bass, viola, and violin composition/sequencing - Justin Norman

Mixed/edited by Justin Norman



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The Twelve Canons Marion, Iowa

The Twelve Canons were formed sometime in 2001 or 2002 in Des Moines, Iowa by singer/guitarist Jim DuRocher. After three albums with members Sam Gold and Alex Body, the Twelve Canons stripped back to a two-piece with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Justin Norman. The music combines folk, pop, and unbridled horror into one bitter, but ultimately rewarding package. ... more

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