We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

The Great Plains are an Ocean

by Desert Atlas

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $5 USD  or more


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    "The Great Plains are an Ocean" in physical form. Comes in a handsome eco-pack and includes a Desert Atlas sticker!

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Great Plains are an Ocean via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7 USD or more 


Carolina 03:13
Carolina, where ships go to die Off your outer shores, out of sight, out of mind You're first in flight, but last in love Empty sky is all you have You can’t stay there all your life We all come down Blue Ridge Mountains, as close as I could get Looked down on a cloud, still earthbound at the end I can’t think too clearly under starry Southern nights And the songs you play they fill my head with light I’d put up a fight but we know you’ve already won Without a drop of moonshine on my tongue Carolina, promises unkept Spring was nowhere near despite everything you said
I don’t wanna die—just live enough to forget everything I’ve lost and every place I’ve ever left 'Cause there’s still sand in my shoes from your little seaside town and there’s still snow in the shape of your shadow on the ground I don’t wanna lie—just leave enough off the tale that I tell myself to make it to another day 'Cause there’s still sand in my shoes from that weekend we left town and there’s still snow in the shape of your shadow on the ground Like a leaf pressed between the pages, trapped in another time Just slightly faded but fragile, here and now, it can’t survive I don’t wanna die—just live enough to forget Everyone I’ve lost, and everyone I’ve ever left ... behind.
Put up your hands, show me the shape of your heart Tight as a fist, soft as an open palm Don’t waste my time, don’t waste your breath It’s what you’ve done, not what you’ve said You say you’re proud, proud of this world that you’ve built But when I ask about all the blood that’s been spilled You hide your mouth, you speak in code You think you’re smart, but everyone knows You’re so bulletproof behind the artless walls that leave you blind But I can see through the charade, you’re so afraid Put up your hands, show me you’re bound to be free Give me your hand or wait to be swept out to sea Need I be kind when the future’s mine? Your thoughts and prayers won’t turn back the tide.
Turn To Me 02:28
Take me home, yours or mine Doesn’t matter much to me this time of night I just need someplace warm A place to land that’s softer than my lover’s arms Cause when she turns to me, she turns into stone And when she turns away, I may as well be gone So tell me true, am I here? Don’t care what I look like long as you can see That I’m a man, flesh and bone Enough to cast a shadow standing on my own Will you turn to me before the morning comes And I turn into a raindrop in the sun
I found the past up in the attic of my mind Covered in dust, deep in a box I thought I’d left behind And most days it’s easy to look ahead But some days you can’t even fall out of bed I found the time, back when you asked me to fly your way Out to the coast, out where the sun shines every day And I still remember the things I said But I still don’t understand what I did Oh I wish I could say that I’ve learned from my mistakes So many years have gone, and all I’ve gotten is older I should’ve lied, I should’ve bared you my heart and soul Should’ve come clean, should’ve kept playing that empty role All those songs I sang to you I still don’t know which words were true
One midnight the summer I turned seventeen We shed our clothes and leapt into the great unseen Little more than strangers, I knew your name Waiting in your driveway, I’m glad you came Two windows down, we drove up to the reservoir Just north of town, but it felt like we had gone so far The water left me shivering, I called your name Waiting in the deep ... I’m glad you came Breathless as the day we were born We both knew how to swim but not to walk So when the light beams found our faces and said we had to leave We found our clothes and tripped our way on bare, unsteady feet One morning, I woke up from a drawn-out dream I reached for you, but I’d been asleep for many years My mind is blank, my mouth is dry ... what was your name? One thing I’ll remember: I’m glad you came
Sun is loud in the bright of day Makes the sound of life burning away So I wait to take a breath Until the sun has deigned to set So don’t say, don’t tell me your name And I swear I will do the same So I can tell you anything Or let the quiet between us ring Tonight, tonight the moon’s an eye Nearly all the way shut tight And even if she could see She can’t speak, she can’t speak There’s nothing to tell ... nothing to tell One last puff and kill that flame Come inside and take this stage At this modern medicine show Sing me something I didn’t know I needed. I needed.
Another Lie 02:40
Spring is just another lie Bitter poison, sweet, sweet wine Fill my cup, burn my tongue Close my eyes, pretend it’s love Sun is just a circle in the sky There’s no warmth in a trick of light Cool and distant, gone too soon May as well be the moon Don’t fall for the river, gleaming in the light the surface may have melted, but it’s winter deep inside Bitter poison, sweet, sweet wine Drowns my doubts every single time Breathe it in, fill my lungs Same old song I’ve always sung
Sky Is Blue 03:14
The sky is a lonely shade of blue— watching the water, waiting for someone to come true. Each broken promise leaves a wake long past when the morning breaks The sea is a mirror, spreading lies. It gives the illusion of depth, but soon you will find all those secrets that you've held—you were just keeping from yourself I have found solid ground is just a myth we're all afraid to doubt— a fairytale that we can't sleep without. The sky is a lovely shade of blue— catches the moonlight and turns into something new. Someday she will see ... all she needs to be is be.
Drinking in a bar on 10th Street you told me your Big Apple dreams going down to where the lights are always bright ain’t as hard as it might seem We’ll leave our cars in someone’s driveway we won’t need them when we go say goodbye to this old one-horse town wake up where it’s never slow Let’s move down to New York City you can cut and paste your way I’ll do whatever I’ve been doing What do you say? We won’t talk about the weather or how the leaves are turning blue We’ll speak our minds to perfect strangers or disappear like lovers do Let the city take you in its arms hail a taxi when the rapture starts watch the sun take off its heavy crown lift our heads up when the night falls down Let’s move down to New York City take a train into its heart join the dreamers and the cynics find a place where we can start
Great Plains 04:52
The Great Plains are an ocean so calm you’ll never drown The mountains are a great wave frozen we won’t live to see come down You’re asleep, I’m awake. You’re a death, I’m a wake You’re a ship sailing through and I’m awake The sky is empty as I am. What I’d give to see a cloud. I’m searching for a place to land. Hopes are dashed without a sound. You’re the moon, I’m the tide, I have nowhere to hide Like a leaf on the wind, my hands are tied Home is where the heart is when it finally stops beating Where the silence looms so loud, can’t tell the calm from the whirlwind Steel your nerves, steal a map, and if every page is blank Raise your sails, don’t look back, don’t look back
I’m twisting up a dream—this time I’m gonna try to make it last Making room to breathe—tonight and then again when I break fast Burn my bed—who needs sleep? Bite my tongue—talk is cheap Feel a slow, steady beat Leave my troubles—they’ll keep I see a little snow—enough to change the city’s silhouette Highways are closed—in my head’s as far as I can get I came alone, but you’re all here Nothing ever truly disappears The haze it hides and it reveals The truths you need, need to hear I’m not flying to forget I just need a middle distance from it all Put away your safety net—I promise I won’t fall I’m lying in between the way things are and the way that things could be Waiting in the wings—the words arriving just before I speak The clouds will part, my path is clear Mud gives way to spinning wheels The pictures match the way I feel It looks so real … so real.
Sing With Me 03:53
I’m all alone, standing in front of a sea Of poets and strangers, lovers and judges-to-be No I am not afraid, the silence is mine to break The air is a future I can shape I don’t presume but I have made room for your song Just say the words, we will know where they belong The key it is yours to turn, I’ll do my best to learn Music that I have barely heard Will you sing with me tonight, our voices like your hand in mine And if the spotlight’s less than kind, we’ll survive, we’ll be fine Out on the waves, I am no braver than you I’m much too old to feel anything but the truth You don’t need all your strength, just take a deeper breath Open your eyes and see what’s left
No, we’re not alone A city’s a city no matter how small Or cobblestoned the cafes are crowded in spite of the fall So come, let’s take a walk A couple of strangers who don’t even know how to Talk, save to say I love you but that’s all the language that I need today Take my hand It’s not Paris or Rome but I know you understand Take my hand, let’s dance In this snow globe on the Saint Laurent It’s cold, but let’s stay awhile In this park right outside our hotel where the moon’s shining bright On this ring And the look on your face means we don’t have to say anything


released June 1, 2021


all rights reserved



Desert Atlas Denver, Colorado

lowercase songs

contact / help

Contact Desert Atlas

Streaming and
Download help

Report this album or account

If you like Desert Atlas, you may also like: