A New Wilderness
This is probably my favorite of this year's 50/90 so far. It was originally just a short vocal riff alongside an acoustic guitar, more City & Colour-ish, but I hummed the chorus melody over and over in different combinations and it eventually turned itself into this kind of Blue October rock balled.
The lyrics are about liberating oneself from the toxic clutches of fear, by first getting to know it, understand it, even respect it. And then in the end, letting it go with love.
The imagery is inspired by recent treks out into the woods here in Oregon, specifically the Tillamook State Forest, someplace I visit often lately to get away from distractions and modern life.
Hello my greatest fear
Let me buy you a beer, friend
And share your story
Of all your favorite side effects
As we stumble drunk into the street
Pissin' on pavement like cavemen, carefree
Trek into the wilderness unknown
Life will seem so weighted down below
Tying hammocks to the trees that won't let go
You can trust this, its built into our bones
Now that we've been to war
A band of brothers, washed on shore
Make our way up the beachhead
As hateful bullets fly between our beds
Now we stumble bloody into the trenches
Just like old friends mendin' each other's fences
My young habits don't fool me again
With those canteens of your old medicine
What age was it when we met?
I kind of forgot, that well, we were never ever really friends
© 2018 Peter Arvidson Music
© 2018 Sara Janda Artwork
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