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I was singing along to “Between the Bars”
under my breath in the passenger seat,
and my sis was too
I could just hear it
as we drove along the waterfront,
down I-5 in the rain, and it reminded me of a life past
I could almost remember it

Then I got home home and cried
for the way things used to be,
when a city and a record meant so much to me
But now it's hard to feel anything at all

Portland isn't the only thing that's changed:
My heart moved on with it
and my friends did too
I know that I will never feel the same
I gotta live with it,
it's all I can do

And I grew up close enough,
I could almost taste life in the Rose City when I turned 18
but I moved too far
I lost the feeling
But I still keep the black and white
of the Fremont Bridge I took at 16
It reminds me of a life that I had once

And now Portland is my home,
but it's not how it used to be
When a friend and a dream were everything to me
but now they're dead, I can't feel anything at all

I'm not writing songs
I'm not making friends
I'm not living life
I'm 30 and I'm already thinking about the end

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from The Spoils of War, released April 26, 2019

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Val Bauer Portland, Oregon

From Portland, Oregon, Val Bauer writes songs of earnest confessionalism, following in the songwriter tradition but built on a pop-punk foundation. Val's music is about the struggle, but also the optimism that it's possible to not have to accept what's given us; that we're all fighting the same fight, and that we're not alone. ... more

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