"Los Angeles" as written by and Alexander/mahler Mitchell....
At birth you betrayed a tendency toward suffocating
We all assumed you'd dig a hole and just breathe there
No one ever would have guessed that the tube attached to your mask
would stretch as far as it has.

But you, look at you, you've crossed a continent with your mask on,
you tethers let you keep a lung in your home all these years
I don't know why the L, but that is where you had to know,
so that is where you pulled the cord,
inhaled a chestful of this world

It's all you breathe anymore
It's the air that you need
Open your mouth, girl

Nothing must be certain
nothing must be clear
nothing must be perfect
nothing must be clear

You don't need a single string to bring air to where you are,
you can breathe the stuff they got right here

It's all you breathe anymore

And you can try to go back but locks are all changed
The excuses they offer are awkward and lame
They don't even notice the mouth on your face
is facing them plainly and free to exhale

So you open your mouth,
air comes in, air goes out
You can breathe
Air can enter and air can leave
So you've seen a sliver of the cities in the empire
and taken up new breathing at the foot of the Pacific
Is it so these scenes can haunt your dreams in nights of fitful slumber?
Or will you fall back in the map and see what else might come

Lyrics submitted by Dorroile

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