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​Call Yourself Renee

This song is by Okkervil River and appears on the album Away (2016).

Don't look back until you realize you're pointedly not trying to look back
And then reconsider, try for a clearer mind, try for a grace of some kind
Leave your house and walk into autumn light
Imagine a river, massive and galloping beneath your feet
Or you can call yourself Renee again and you can move back to Rapid City

You live in a hotel, you wait for a phone call, you wait for an email
You look out the window at a tree, weighted down with snow
You worry about your mother, you watch a couple movies, you take an Ativan
You walk down a Rapid City street alone
And at night there's a pink cast underneath a blank grey cloudhead
Well that's something pretty to look at in the sky
And I don't know why So-And-So's taking much time to breathe something new into my life

And there's a tip-tap on the window that could be fate's pale face looking in
Energy could be in the trembling hands of a tree, or it could be light
Or it could be nothing at all

Out in the night
The world was right against our skin
And it was right again
Out in the night
The world was right against our skin
And it was right, baby

Mysteriously absent for the afternoon and suddenly missing for a full month
His mother called up, called around the corner, called out shooting from a dream
Called his father five states to the south, said he was gone
When he could have easily been seen in a Vero Beach Dillard's
Weaving in and out of the racks of beautiful blue men's shirts
Or in South Florida, breezing through the drive-through, easy like a song on the stereo
Letting it all slide like an easy-going guy
Or he could have not existed, just a vision of his mother
When she wished it so hard into something she could almost see
Or he could have been a feeling in the air, or the guy who cuts your hair
He could have been anyone, he could even have been me

And me, I don't care if I come back as a single wave
Or an oriole, or a spare branch on a tree
'Cause I'm not scared to die as long as I know that the universe has something really to do with me

Out in the night
The world was right against our skin
And it was right
Out in the night
The world was right against our skin
And it was right, baby

I wanna make it nice again
I wanna make it all right
I wanna make it nice again
I wanna make it all right

Out in the night
The world was right against our skin
And it was all right, child
Out in the night
The world was right against our skin
And it was all right, baby

I wanna make it nice again
I wanna make it all right