Red Cardinal

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Red Cardinal, you landed in my yard. You had all that sky, but you left it for a reason. Red flowing blood, it will only keep my heart strong, as long as your route is in season. Red Cardinal, you came dressed in autumn leaves. We flew for a year, then reenacted every memory. Red river run through my veins and keep my heart young. Tenderness, my Red Cardinal and me.

You were never just an ordinary Mary.

I don’t care what the old crows say, you know they’re only going to lead you astray. I just want everything to go my way. Red bird fly. Like throwing paper planes to the wall, we collide and then we crumble.

I saw you for one moment all wrapped up in white. My young fool heart's delusion but perfect every time.

It’s the eye of the target. It’s merlot on the carpet. It’s brake lights when it’s darkest. It’s bad temperament, I know. It’s red eye on the tarmac. It’s your face in every forecast. It’s what leads our blood to boil and makes us whole.

You could be whispering. You could be suffering.


from Revenge of the Sun, released August 11, 2015
Verse guitar lead and key change help from Pat Nelson.


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