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Based on a dream of mine in which I approached an altar with 13 skulls on it and one of them was gold. I picked it up and then the dream ended. I also had a dream that I saw a ghost in my mirror but as my vision improved I noticed that it was me in a white robe reaching out to myself in the dream.
Then I guess there's some social commentary in it somewhere....life is like a bad trip sometimes. Also, I believed that my father's house was haunted because my step mom had a human skull in a box in the closet. Several people told me they saw ghosts in there and I was having nightmares. I bought some sage from a Wiccan goth friend and was gonna light it, but I figured it might be the ghost of a relative trying to tell me something. So I didn't light the sage but the ghost doesn't fuck with me anymore.

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Thirteen skulls on the altar
One is gold and all are dead
Saw my ghost in the mirror
One is me and one is you
In my dream you reached to me
But you're a figment in the sand

The spirit's a dream on the river
She blows her bubbles on the water
Spark my torch to remember
Burn my sage to forget her

Gasp my breath and see thru it
One the sun and six the moon
A clown bows in the portrait
None were free and all were slaves
A clock spits out false teeth
We are breathing needlessly

The spirit's a dream on the river
She blows her bubbles on the water
Spark my torch to remember
Burn my sage to forget her

Thirteen skeletons dancing
Speak this not to anyone
Don't ask the cad with the wallet
Or you'll end up down the stream
Find the golden skull in your closet
Where love is taken from bravery

The spirit's a dream on the river
She blows her bubbles on the water
Spark my torch to remember
Burn my sage to forget her

credits

from Alice Vs. The Magnetic Ocean Floor, released February 14, 2015
All music and lyrics by Chris Balch

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