How Long

by Zachary Green

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you say I'm running too fast,
so I'll call you a slowpoke, but I don't want to get caught,
I want to make it last
you say we've got one hour left,
but I wan't you to stay here forever, with me till the very end
when will we see you next?
I don't want this day to break up

how long is 'not too long'?
is it more than the weekend?
I feel the waves crashing over me
how long is 'not too long'?
I'll pay the hourglass to fall down and bring you back to us now

let the sand pour out, and cover my feet, as you're chasing after me
I want to get lost in this playground with you
follow me up to the tower,
we'll climb and slide for hours and hours,
until I let you sit down and rest, while I make new friends
and even though I let you go,
I see you both watching me, with a smile and hearts so full,
I hope you know, I hope you know...

even though you will say, 'it's late now'...

catch me if you can, and then push me on the swing set,
make it higher and higher, and then put me on your shoulders
spin me around and around again,
laughing out loud as we fall down and tackle mommy,
and now we've taken back our castle from the troll,
she's out to get us, and send you home

where do you go?
what's in those mountains, anyhow?
where do you go at night?
what's in those mountains, anyhow?
I don't want to go to bed..
I don't want this day to end..
I don't want this day to break up

how long is 'not too long'?
is it more than the weekend?
I feel the rain washing over me
how long is 'not too long'?
say 'tomorrow'
maybe you could pick me up right after school, and...

why do you gotta leave so soon?
why do we gotta leave so soon?


released October 30, 2016
Zachary: Vox, Guitars, Piano, Glock, Synth, Percussion

Mastered by Noel Molenda in Hollywood, CA.
Mixed by Zachary and Noel.
Words and Music by Zachary.


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