03 - Over My Walls

from by Kevin Mason

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lyrics

Here we are all gathered in piles
and we’re afraid so we take and we take
yeah we take and we make what we can
as we perfect our plastic smiles

and there’s a road I crossed over once
with the deep old ruts of a million trucks
and I stopped for a while and I filled my lungs
with hillside breezes until my tongue was stilled
and my judgment fell to pieces

whoa—
there’s a time to go
and hey hey hey hey
there’s a time to stay
and there’s a time to not know what the future holds
and a time to celebrate your most miserable days so let’s celebrate!

so tell me is anyone here a fortune teller
cause I’ve looked everywhere trying to make things better
and I’m suspecting that no one can teach me anything
I can’t teach myself

like under the surface this life is full and brimming
the dullest of days are when god just sits back grinning
and god is a name we’ve made to explain all the blanks
in the stories we tell

about how we’re all shooting stars tumbling down to earth
that is to say we’ll all burn out before we’d prefer
so go ahead make a mess do something foolish for once
if you’re like me you’ve probably blown a good few years waiting on a stroke of luck
but now I’m starting to see that no one ever leaves this place unscathed
and I’m much more afraid of wasting away than of making mistakes
after all the time is now and there’s nowhere else
and we create our own heaven and hell
and there’s nothing real to buy and nothing worthwhile to sell

what once felt like marching now feels like a crawl
and I’ve come so far to learn nothing at all
and I’ve got problems in piles with none of them solved
no none of them solved
but I crawl not in shame but in humility and lord I try to be grateful for what’s given me
but on my cynical days when I get in my way

may these words float me over my walls
may these words float me over my walls

the truth of the matter is that nothing matters
except happiness and peace and honesty and laughter

but when clouds in my mind gather thick over time

may these words float me over my walls
may these words float me over my walls

the truth of the matter is that nothing matters
except happiness and peace and honesty and laughter

and when everything falls at the end of it all

may these words float me over my walls
may these words float me over my walls

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from Drinking Water, released June 7, 2017

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Kevin Mason Appleton, Wisconsin

I've lived in Illinois, Oregon, and currently Wisconsin. I have been writing songs most of my adult life and playing them publicly since 2015.

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