Spanish Yellow Orange

from by maxwell stern

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A song about two people leaving something bad for something better.


Caltrain on the coldest day
12:10 out of San Francisco to San Jose
we hid our drinks from the conductor
saved our smiles for each other
and your anxious ankles traced circles in the air forever

we shared a Mad Dog in the parking lot where we first met
I read a book and asked you what the word "somatic" meant
you said "a physical response to something" and you touched my hand
a thousand shivers traversed my spine
I said "I understand"
you were always there.

you were glowing
Spanish yellow orange
everything was glowing
Spanish yellow orange

so was it you in my sleep I was talking to?
what's worth more? is it the content or the context?
a slurring, blurred-out me, asleep in the light from the TV
maybe I only tell the truth when I'm unconscious

I said "I feel exhausted"
You said "I got this"
And bathed in the reading light, yeah, you were flawless

you were glowing
Spanish yellow orange
everything was glowing
Spanish yellow orange
and in that moment
everything was foreign
but it was perfect
so why would we ignore it?


from There's A Time For Everything, released March 24, 2017



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maxwell stern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Max plays in too many bands and also makes music by himself. He writes songs about ghosts, love, public transportation, dogs and ghosts.

He grew up in Cleveland, OH and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. He is trying to ride his bike and call his friends more. He is also on tour a lot. He is 100% not the person writing this.
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