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Blacklight Paint

by The Night Prior

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Why don’t you look around?
It’s only boys in button downs
They’re so ill-fitting and tragically
Threaded for virility

She said, casually,
“They’re tearing down the house next week”
So let’s get acquainted
And destroy this place

With our hands so still and quiet
Paralyzed, begging to act on tendencies
They should be more shrill and violent

So when the lights get dull and faint
Let’s write our names in blacklight paint
We’ll watch them settle in
But can we keep things simplified?
Buy into systems, let it ride
We’re here, so let’s be here tonight

When you love, should it feel like dying?
Give it up for a summer chasing fleeting affairs
Will you grow if you sit in silence?
Cause you’re stuck trading glances as a guilty routine

Will you still hear these sounds, one year from tonight?
Or does magic just fade with the passing of time?

Will they still see the paint when the ceiling divides?
I guess our names are just names when you turn on the lights
With your fingers like seams, trace the holes in my jeans
Keep them memorized

Are you feeling me?
Or just filling spaces in between
Who you were and who you'll be

When our cars arrive
We’ll leave and let the walls collide
The cycle starts again


released November 5, 2019
Jacob Lauing | vocals, guitar, bass, drums, synths, programming
Peter Verheecke | vocals

written, performed & produced by Jacob Lauing.
produced by Peter Verheecke.
mixed & mastered by Gabe Wolf.


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The Night Prior Los Angeles, California

The Night Prior is the solo project of Los Angeles-based songwriter Jacob Lauing.

He blends the infectious melodies and angst of pop-punk/emo with the dense, layered arrangements of post rock.

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