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Tangerines (Single)

by Gavin Castleton



When I was younger, I hated the notion of family traditions - they always meant I had to be somewhere and do something I didn't feel like being/doing. The older I get, the more I appreciate how even small traditions can play the role of constants in my anything-but-consistent life.


We gather at my sister's house on Christmas Eve
I tip toe through the snowflakes shaped like nephews and nieces
and I wish I had my son with me, but he died last year
It's only he knows what I went through just to still be here

and everything has changed
the only thing constant is

in my stocking again
something I can depend on

And the older I get, the more I miss the pulse of an old religion
as it gets harder and harder for me to find my breadcrumbs,
and I start to understand the value of traditions like

like my mother used to give us
like my sister has continued
a fruit that bookends my years
they come as steady as the tears

And I used to brush off this stuff
when Lu was just a pup
but now I know

if you anchor yourself to the biggest things
they will pull you down when they start to sink
when drifting off to sea it's best to cling to simple things like

in my stocking again
one thing I can depend on

like my mother used to give us
like my sister has continued...


released December 12, 2012
drums by Omar Cuellar, backing vocals by Lex Land, everything else by Gavin Castleton. Mix assistance by Brian Cass.


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Gavin Castleton Portland, Oregon

Gavin has released 9 solo albums and 8 EPs. Over the last two decades he has performed and recorded with acts like The Dear Hunter, Gruvis Malt, Ebu Gogo, Paranoid Social Club, Sage Francis, Club D’elf, Lex Land, Facing New York, and One Drop.

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