The Desert

by The Debts

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The Desert was inspired by a line in Tacitus that says "The Romans make a desert and call it peace." Also alludes to the sowing of salt into the land after the fall of Carthage.

Two songs, one recorded on a Tascam 4-track in what is a haunted Motel in Wray, Colorado and one recorded live at the White Eagle Saloon in Portland, Oregon.


released May 26, 2017

Kevin Shaw, Nicole Blauw, Dane Sybrant, Brooke Sybrant




The Debts Wray, Colorado

Sad songs for fat kids.

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Track Name: The Desert
Your call comes late
I'm still awake and writing
half of me is hoping nothing happened
but you're crying
the anger left like the fox abandons the nest
but feeling forgotten I attacked you

I measure up these moments of weakness
and calculate
I know you'll stay whatever happens between us
the anger breaks like the shore awaiting the waves
revealing the wreckage of a friendship

How I make my peace
is I break your hands
and I burn your home
and then salt your lands
Track Name: Muddy Waters (Live)
He took his name from a song he heard by Muddy Waters
He took his life by the Missouri river after hours one night

But you shoulda heard him blow the blues harp

He grew his hair for a girl who was considering her options
He couldn't cope on his own but that really wasn't her problem

But you shoulda heard him blow the blues harp

He wrote his last song alone on the banks of the Big Muddy
He brought it home as the words tumbled into the Missouri

But you shoulda heard him blow the blues harp