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1.
A gun has been fired, echoes from the mountain can't lie The hunters, the hunters have been tracking their preys from early morning The snow is still flickering through the cold breezing sky The blood on the ground is slowly disappearing underneath The hunter is coming December's falling down and time suddenly seems too numb to care I never thought it could be that cold here The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming down, the hunter is Another footstep away from you, lost in distant storms My long view's blurry by slow streaming cast and tones The hunter is coming My heart's howling for spring, for memories to revive But high hopes never bloom from our saddened demise The hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter is coming, coming for me The prey is laying down in the freezing evening cold Wounded by the very same hands that used to feed his land The winter The air so sweet and soft, almost perfume, over its body, broken, broken, broken Horizon's never been that magnificent, that vivid and free But freedom has a color that I just can't see The hunter, the hunter is coming, the hunter The men, tired of their ceremonial walk over, walk over the hill Standing witnesses, life leaving traces of a dream now fading into the night I'm breathing in, I'm breathing in and out, I'm breathing in I'm breathing in, I'm breathing in and out The hunter, the hunter is coming I'm breathing, I'm breathing in and out I'm breathing Another footstep away from you, I'm lost in distant storms Another footstep away My long view's blurry by slow streaming cast and tones Seaside never felt that far, never felt that unreachable My heart's howling, my heart's howling for spring, for memories to revive The hunter is coming But high hopes never bloom The hunter is coming I'm breathing in, I'm breathing out I'm breathing in, I'm breathing out The hunter is coming I'm breathing in, I'm breathing out The hunter is coming I never thought it could be that cold here The winter is coming, the winter is coming, the hunter is coming Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries its goodwill stray We watch a new day, rising from afar, kneeling our last breath away And I'm breathing in, and I'm breathing out The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming As we stand under a crystal curtain of dazzling gold Beholding a last image of youthful faith The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Don't you wait for me Don't you wait for me The hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter is coming, the hunter Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries you away, away The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Winter is coming The hunter is coming Coming for me Coming for me Coming for me The hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming for me Coming for me Coming for me Coming for me He's coming, he's coming, he's coming, he's coming for me And I'm breathing in, breathing out Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries its goodwill stray One step away from you Don't wait for me, I won't be back this time, won't come home tonight I've closed my eyes in peaceful glimpses of pure white sky, I've closed my eyes And I'm thinking of you, feeding the fire, the fire Our dreamful laughter life I'm thinking about you I'm thinking Don't wait for me, I won't be back this time, don't wait for me Don't wait for me, I won't come home tonight I've closed my eyes in peaceful glimpses of pure white sky I'm thinking of you, feeding the fire of our dreamful laughter life Now I'm standing, I'm standing by the seaside window, looking at you And I'm looking at you, looking at you Don't wait for me, I won't be back this time, don't wait for me Don't wait for me, I won't be back this time, don't wait for me The hunter, the hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter is coming And he's coming for me But high hopes never bloom from our saddened demise Not until flowers unfold their pure redeeming blue, until we find peace with our hunter's rue The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Don't wait for me, the hunter is coming I won't be back this time, the hunter is coming I won't come home tonight, the hunter is coming And I've closed my eyes, and I'm thinking about you Don't wait for me, I won't be back this time, no no no no The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming The hunter is coming And I'm standing right above your seaside window shine Just a footstep away from you I'm breathing in, I'm breathing out I'm breathing in, I'm breathing out I'm breathing in
2.
A gun has been fired, echoes from the mountain can’t lie The hunters, the hunters have been tracking their preys from early morning The snow is still flickering through the cold breezing sky The blood on the ground is slowly disappearing underneath The hunter is coming December’s falling down and time suddenly seems too numb to care I never thought it could be that cold here The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming down, the hunter is Another footstep away from you, lost in distant storms My long view’s blurry by slow streaming cast and tones The hunter is coming My heart’s howling for spring, for memories to revive But high hopes never bloom from our saddened demise The hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter is coming, coming for me The prey is laying down in the freezing evening cold Wounded by the very same hands that used to feed his land The winter The air so sweet and soft, almost perfume, over its body, broken, broken, broken Horizon’s never been that magnificent, that vivid and free But freedom has a color that I just can’t see The hunter, the hunter is coming, the hunter The men, tired of their ceremonial walk over, walk over the hill Standing witnesses, life leaving traces of a dream now fading into the night I’m breathing in, I’m breathing in and out, I’m breathing in I’m breathing in, I’m breathing in and out The hunter, the hunter is coming I’m breathing, I’m breathing in and out I’m breathing Another footstep away from you, I’m lost in distant storms Another footstep away My long view’s blurry by slow streaming cast and tones Seaside never felt that far, never felt that unreachable My heart’s howling, my heart’s howling for spring, for memories to revive The hunter is coming But high hopes never bloom The hunter is coming I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out The hunter is coming I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out The hunter is coming I never thought it could be that cold here The winter is coming, the winter is coming, the hunter is coming Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries its goodwill stray We watch a new day, rising from afar, kneeling our last breath away And I’m breathing in, and I’m breathing out The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming As we stand under a crystal curtain of dazzling gold Beholding a last image of youthful faith The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Don’t you wait for me Don’t you wait for me The hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter is coming, the hunter Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries you away, away The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Winter is coming The hunter is coming Coming for me Coming for me Coming for me The hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming for me Coming for me Coming for me Coming for me He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming for me And I’m breathing in, breathing out Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries its goodwill stray One step away from you Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, won’t come home tonight I’ve closed my eyes in peaceful glimpses of pure white sky, I’ve closed my eyes And I’m thinking of you, feeding the fire, the fire Our dreamful laughter life I’m thinking about you I’m thinking Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me, I won’t come home tonight I’ve closed my eyes in peaceful glimpses of pure white sky I’m thinking of you, feeding the fire of our dreamful laughter life Now I’m standing, I’m standing by the seaside window, looking at you And I’m looking at you, looking at you Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, don’t wait for me The hunter, the hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter is coming And he’s coming for me But high hopes never bloom from our saddened demise Not until flowers unfold their pure redeeming blue, until we find peace with our hunter’s rue The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Don’t wait for me, the hunter is coming I won’t be back this time, the hunter is coming I won’t come home tonight, the hunter is coming And I’ve closed my eyes, and I’m thinking about you Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, no no no no The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming The hunter is coming And I’m standing right above your seaside window shine Just a footstep away from you I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out I’m breathing in
3.
A gun has been fired, echoes from the mountain can’t lie The hunters, the hunters have been tracking their preys from early morning The snow is still flickering through the cold breezing sky The blood on the ground is slowly disappearing underneath The hunter is coming December’s falling down and time suddenly seems too numb to care I never thought it could be that cold here The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming down, the hunter is Another footstep away from you, lost in distant storms My long view’s blurry by slow streaming cast and tones The hunter is coming My heart’s howling for spring, for memories to revive But high hopes never bloom from our saddened demise The hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter is coming, coming for me The prey is laying down in the freezing evening cold Wounded by the very same hands that used to feed his land The winter The air so sweet and soft, almost perfume, over its body, broken, broken, broken Horizon’s never been that magnificent, that vivid and free But freedom has a color that I just can’t see The hunter, the hunter is coming, the hunter The men, tired of their ceremonial walk over, walk over the hill Standing witnesses, life leaving traces of a dream now fading into the night I’m breathing in, I’m breathing in and out, I’m breathing in I’m breathing in, I’m breathing in and out The hunter, the hunter is coming I’m breathing, I’m breathing in and out I’m breathing Another footstep away from you, I’m lost in distant storms Another footstep away My long view’s blurry by slow streaming cast and tones Seaside never felt that far, never felt that unreachable My heart’s howling, my heart’s howling for spring, for memories to revive The hunter is coming But high hopes never bloom The hunter is coming I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out The hunter is coming I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out The hunter is coming I never thought it could be that cold here The winter is coming, the winter is coming, the hunter is coming Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries its goodwill stray We watch a new day, rising from afar, kneeling our last breath away And I’m breathing in, and I’m breathing out The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming As we stand under a crystal curtain of dazzling gold Beholding a last image of youthful faith The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Don’t you wait for me Don’t you wait for me The hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter is coming, the hunter Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries you away, away The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Winter is coming The hunter is coming Coming for me Coming for me Coming for me The hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming for me Coming for me Coming for me Coming for me He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming for me And I’m breathing in, breathing out Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries its goodwill stray One step away from you Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, won’t come home tonight I’ve closed my eyes in peaceful glimpses of pure white sky, I’ve closed my eyes And I’m thinking of you, feeding the fire, the fire Our dreamful laughter life I’m thinking about you I’m thinking Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me, I won’t come home tonight I’ve closed my eyes in peaceful glimpses of pure white sky I’m thinking of you, feeding the fire of our dreamful laughter life Now I’m standing, I’m standing by the seaside window, looking at you And I’m looking at you, looking at you Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, don’t wait for me The hunter, the hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming The hunter is coming And he’s coming for me But high hopes never bloom from our saddened demise Not until flowers unfold their pure redeeming blue, until we find peace with our hunter’s rue The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Don’t wait for me, the hunter is coming I won’t be back this time, the hunter is coming I won’t come home tonight, the hunter is coming And I’ve closed my eyes, and I’m thinking about you Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, no no no no The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming The hunter is coming And I’m standing right above your seaside window shine Just a footstep away from you I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out I’m breathing in

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The lyrics are part of a series of texts that I wrote in my new home in the middle of the Virginia Highlands after completing a 2-year exile in the city of Tangier. The symbolistic elements are numerous but are fundamentally the most honest I’ve been able to be regarding my lifelong struggles with depression and anxiety.

The hunter is the prey, as much as the prey stands as the hunter, both followed by the shadows of their own desperation and disillusions, both trying to escape reality and capture mirages. You can feel the conflict between denial and admission. You can see the traces of life following daydreaming echoes, offset reflections of similar images juxtaposing affective desperation and unwillingness to let go of their own deceptive creations. You can slowly figure out tiny pieces of the prey’s wounded agony, afflicted by a hunter renouncing to his own merciful innocence. The battle raging inside oneself, craving what we so easily leave behind, sometimes still bleeding from what has been taken away from us. Memories, like spring, cannot be revived, and disheartened will makes a redemptive seaside unreachable.

The hunter is the light, the prey is the darkness falling in the hands of a new morning. You feel the same, but everything is different somehow. You stand up. You hear the sound of a gun that has been fired. The ghosts that kept on haunting you are waiting outside for your daily anguish to begin. It’s hard to breathe. The fight against yourself is one that is as bright as the dawn. You’re breathing in, you’re breathing out… and just like that, everything starts once again.

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released March 13, 2020

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Alex Henry Foster Montreal, Québec

Alex Henry Foster (AHF) is a Canadian musician, singer, author, producer, and composer, best known as the frontman of Juno Awards nominee Post-Rock / Noise band Your Favorite Enemies (YFE).

On November 9, 2018, Foster released a first solo music project, an intimate poetry essay about finding peace, faith and hope through the context of grief, depression, and distress.
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