Your New Old Apartment

from by maxwell stern

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i only saw you a couple times last year
once at a wedding and once at a funeral
i wore the same clothes to both and i was worried you would notice
cause yours were impeccable
you filled me in on potential five-year plans
you’re thinking of jobs and homes and children
slowly rotating a silver wedding band
between your thumb and middle finger

and i wondered “oh my god, did i get lost? 
am i young enough to just move on?”

i saw a classmate i hadn’t seen in years
he was well-dressed and i fucked up our handshake
“how’s making music? i haven’t listened yet, but someone said you’re doing great”

and it felt like a dream at double-speed on a Greyhound back from Pittsburgh
comparing something like that to where others are at?
what a backwards way to calculate self-worth

my mother’s out there climbing mountains
my father’s buried in his work
my sister’s moving to a brand new city
my brother’s looking out for her
but anyway, thanks for having me over

to your new old apartment
i’m doing well, my flight was fine
i see you listened to the record that i sent you
i wish i saw you all the time
but this is fine.

i hope i see you a little more this year
i want a good look at the life that you're building.


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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