The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: All At Once

The Airborne Toxic Event, All At OnceFrom The Album All At Once (2011)
Published by Primary Wave Airborne (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Mikel Jollett

All At Once

We were born without time, nameless in the arms,
Of a mother, a father and God.

When the world would wait for us, a thousand years in the crush
Of our eyes, fearless and awed.

Quietly, we’d fade into sleep, with nothing on our minds.

Then we longed to be loved, in the rush we’d become,
Some things we thought we’d never be.

We were surprised by how hard, left wary and scarred
By the nights spent feeling incomplete.

And all those evenings swearing at the sky, wishing for more time
All the promises we broke when we tried, were just wasting all our time.

We grow old all at once, and it comes like a punch
In the gut, in the back, in the face.

When it seems someone’s lied and our parents have died
And we hold onto each other in their place.

And I feel the water rising around us. Maybe that’s OK.
I feel the world changing all at once. I guess it’ll be OK.

And we all had just one hope, there was someone looking down,
To return our bodies to each other and the ground.


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