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The day the street view van drove by our house
I was lying on the couch, the one she’s lying on right now

We’d hung our laundry up to dry, colored towels on the line
From the beach the day before, shirts I don’t wear anymore
Through the shirts, you see the shades; through the shades you see a shape
You see me lying on the couch, the one she’s lying on right now
Zoom out just a little father, you can almost see my car there
Back before it started rusting, now it’s waiting for the dustheap
And it seems somehow unfair to exist both here and there
Forever lying on the couch, the one she’s lying on right now

I called up Mountain View and said, “This map is far from accurate
All these stores have long since closed, that old guy there long decomposed
Folks might get the wrong impression when they’re searching for directions
And see me lying on the couch, the one she’s lying on right now”
But they told me, “It’s no use, no one’s gonna get confused
Why would there be any danger when you’re the only one who’s changed here?
We can’t send a van around every time someone leaves town
We don’t stay that up-to-date; what are we, the NSA?”

And you’re changing every day, old skin peels, old cells replace
Till there’s no common cells between you today and you onscreen
Still you’re more or less the same, mechanisms in your brain
Are recording every instant, keep your sense of self consistent
Instants layer as you grow, like sand turning into stone
Like a composite mosaic, you’re the sum of all your data
And the data that’s archived is obsolete but will not die
It lies there waiting to be tapped, like a photo on a map

Yesterday that van drove down my street – I ran and ducked behind a tree
Before their digital cameras trapped me in digital amber
And then I went back through the trail of pictures, messages and mail
And made sure each one was deleted, but in the end I was defeated
‘Cause when I’m dead and Earth explodes, aliens with a telescope
Will point it at the sky and scan it, and they’ll find our long-gone planet
And because light travels slow, they’ll see the scene from long ago
They’ll see me lying on the couch, the one she’s lying on right now

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from This was Inevitable, released October 18, 2019

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