Paint and Gold

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for NYC, and everyone who has ever travelled alone to find euphoria and defeat in the same breath.

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There was a city, so I was told
Where everything glittered, but nothing was gold
“You have to come visit, and sit by the shore,
Follow the river, to what you look for”
But I found the streets crowded, and I couldn't breathe

When your fortress rests on other people's dreams
Your city isn't what it seems
When your towers stand where lovers used to lie
There's only shadows on your side

I flew to Jersey, a man drove me in
Said he got married yesterday, but he's working again
I saw all the people too broke to get by
Trying to live beneath a golden lie
I found the streets crowded, and I couldn't breathe
I felt my heart pounding in my chest and the worries got to me

When your fortress rests on other people's dreams
Your city isn't evergreen
When your towers stand where lovers used to lie
There's only shadows on your side

And all the trains make grating sounds
Too loud to let love out
Too loud to let love out (let your love out, let your love out)

When your fortress rests on other people's dreams
Your city isn't ever clean
When your towers stand where families lived and died
There's only shadows on your side
There's only shadows on your side
There's only shadows on your side

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from What I Do, released June 9, 2016

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woodwinds + vocals + composer/arranger + educator

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