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Someone tell me why I'm here
Treading water in this pool
My heart burns me to run away
But I'm told to keep my cool

This fire's not meant to be contained
My heart's not meant to be a slave
Teach me tricks and keep me caged
Just to play your silly games

It wakes me late at night
It says to me, "It's not too late to fight
These boxes suffocate me
And in your mind you know that this ain't right at all"

Our hearts were meant to steer this ship
Somewhere along the way we got it flipped
This vertigo had made me sick
But bit by bit my vision shifts

This frigid Ohio air keeps knocking at my door
Snow turns to sand and up ahead I sense the shores I'm longing for

I don't need your world of kings and queens
Won't sell my soul for jobs and things
I just need some love and a song to sing
Set sail with me and we can be
Completely free


from Gradience: An Unofficial EP, released May 13, 2016



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