Phantom

by Nick Mintenko

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1.
Nothing was sweeter than the first time you quenched your thirst with holy wine. You went on the dance in perfect time, and your eyes, they met up with mine. I can tell the things you want to say. I can tell that they are gonna stay. You took my hand and lead me from the fire out to look over the calm, moonlit, July water. I remember my face was numb I think. I'd lost my mind and dared not to blink. I can tell the things you want to say. I can tell that they are gonna stay.
2.
Play that song again. Let me lay here, pretend That I am not afraid to wait, and that this love gone blind will return in time. My feet are yearning, but my heart is living in this tree. The blossoms are lush and I want to lay here in the shade. But, time has lain its waste once more, Looking back on a memory scorned. I seem to live in days to come concerned about what can't be undone. I've gotta be more and learn to savour. It seems present days are all I endure. And I am not afraid to wait. And this love gone blind will return in time. In idle time. Wading in the shallows of this cool creekside. Living in the hallows of this gifted time. Lay down in the water please with me. Let the river drown the hands of time. And I am not afraid to wait. And this love gone blind will return in time. In idle time. In wasted time.
3.
What's the point of a war? What's the point of a white flag or a marble arch? Is it best to give in? Is it best to find solace in that mortal sin? No. If your eyes were the printers of our modern past, If your tears filled a bottle for me to drink Would it change how I think? When the pain hits you hard All that's left is a shard of your former self. It's like looking through a glass If you eyes were the printers of our modern past. If your eyes were the printers of our modern past, If your tears filled a bottle for me to drink Would it change how I think? Give it up for those who tried. Give it up for those who gave it up and stepped aside. Sure is nice to have a hand. Sure is nice to have a warm caress in a dirty land. So write me up that ampersand And I will throw it at the one percent and, Talk with doubt among your friends. Talk with doubt about the preachers of deliverance, yea. If your eyes were the printers of our modern past, If your tears filled a bottle for me to drink Would it change how I think? Is it the bottle, or is it the one that we follow? A promise, a premise designed To satisfy but not to rectify.
4.
Moonlight on the water. Can we live in flickering shadow? Even I must admit the charm of it. As I walk down an ancient street Thoughts lead to time, and the cobblestone sing sympathy to my lone parade. Here, here we are. All while what I can see gives me no company. This phantom of time will find me No matter where I lead It to. Cold hands cling to my shoulder And a vaporous voice dictate sweet nothing sweetly. Wont you take my destitution and run with it, Leaving me left to my own device? Certainly life will win out in time. Say, second chances make human divine. Here, here we are. All while what I can see gives me no company. This phantom of time will find me No matter where I lead It to.

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Recorded live off the floor September 18, 2020 at The Barnhouse in Qualicum, BC by Justin LaPointe.

Artwork by Arely Yorio.

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released June 28, 2021

Bass - Gord Light
Keys - Jeff Poynter
Electric Guitar - Justin LaPointe
BG Vocals - Eryn Sharpe
BG Vocals - Danielle Lebeau-Petersen
Drums - Marshal Wildman
Violin - Quin Etheridge-Pedden
Lead Vocal - Nick Mintenko
Acoustic Guitar - Nick Mintenko

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Nick Mintenko is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in Victoria BC.

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