Cave Painting

from by April White & Matthew Hollett

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You paint paintings, I write poems,
and if we’re lucky people see ‘em,
and if we’re luckier they might find homes
in books or in museums,
but in a hundred years, what’ll remain
of all our canvases and pages?
What if I told you I might know a way
to make a mark that lasts through the ages?

Oh, all it’ll take
is a little chalk on rock,
and maybe an earthquake
to seal it all off…

Let’s make a cave painting
in your unfinished basement,
a landscape in ochre
and concrete and patience,
and in ten thousand years
when someone finds what we painted,
they’ll brush off the dust
and stare in amazement…

At our stampedes of feral shopping carts
and flocks of supermarket flyers,
our herds of woolly mattresses
and sabre-toothed tires.

Oh, all it’ll take
is a scrawl on a wall,
and maybe a volcano
to bury it all…

Let’s make a cave painting
in your unfinished basement,
behind the broken washing machine
that already looks ancient,
and in ten thousand years
when someone finds what we painted,
they’ll brush off the dust
and write a dissertation…

About our paintings of plastic-bag pyramids
and henges of vending machines,
our burial mounds of coffee cups
and monolithic television screens.

Oh, all it’ll take
is dust and a brush
and maybe a meteor’s
finishing touch…

Let’s make a cave painting
in your unfinished basement,
a pictograph or a petroglyph
lasting longer than civilization,
and in ten thousand years
when someone finds what we painted,
they’ll brush off the dust
and wish they could meet us.

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from Topiary, released February 28, 2017
Lyrics + Support Vocals by Matthew Hollett
Vocals + Ukulele by April White
Recorded by Michael Venart
Drums by Marlene Creates

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