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As a child elemental
Fear-filled and fighting off the devil
With 103 degrees
A mother praying on her knees

Hurry night please steal the day
So you can blindly lead the way
Through the lack of light and calm
My clammy fright lies in your palms

I can't hold on
You say I'm strong
I can't hold on

At least the hospital's consistent
Nothing feels worse than the incisions
Made when pity piles high
You barely balance but you try

And then it all caves down
Using grins to hide frowns
Optimism's just a high
Just tricking yourself not to cry

I can't hold on
You say I'm strong
I can't hold on


from Grow Around The Bones, released April 26, 2014



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Morning Brigade Chapel Hill, North Carolina

When Peter Vance came to Chapel Hill from Washington, DC, he had been playing his songs as a one-man band for years. Pianist Gabriel Reynolds approached Peter with an interest in giving his songs the treatment they deserved. It was with the addition of Christian Adams' cello, Eli Howells' fiddling fingers, Nathan Spain's drumming, and Mary Koenig's harmonies that the songs truly came to life. ... more

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