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​How To Return Home

This song is by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, features Natalie Weiss and appears on the album Our First Mistake (2011).

Your bare feet sliding on the old wooden floorboards
Home just as you left it but still you're shaken
Like walking into a museum somehow out of time
It's all the same except the girl in the hallway
Where she's been and who she will ripen into
Your childhood's on the other side of a sprawling divide... too wide

Take a silent breath
Hold in the change
Tell yourself you still live here
Take your bags upstairs
It's the only way you'll get through today
Count the hours
Take a shower
Wash yourself away

The house is pulsing with an alien heartbeat
Was it always here but you never listened?
It's calling you to be the girl that you were way back then... again

Take a silent breath
Hold in the change
Tell yourself you still live here
Take your bags upstairs
Put away your clothes, take it nice and slow
Be their daughter
Nothing's harder
When nobody knows
How to return home

How to return home
And how to survive
There's no written guidelines
How to go back
How to show up and unpack
How to show up
How to grow up
How to take a breath

Take a silent breath
Hold in the change
Tell yourself you still live here
Take your bags upstairs
You still share a name
But you're not the same
You don't fight it
You don't hide it
It's a whole new game of how to return home
How to return home
How to return home
How to return home

Your bare feet sliding on the old wooden floorboards
Home just as you left it but still you're shaken