Color Me In

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People get so angry and aggressive these days. I suppose they've always been, but social media makes some folks feel like they've got a 24/7 audience for every piece of dehumanizing negative they want to hurl at anyone who believes differently or even just less emphatically than they do.

I wanted something really mad for the solo, which made me thankful I decided to do it myself. Matt was very patient in mixing it, especially since it wasn't the sort of thing that can be explained and I suddenly gave him 10 new tracks that only appear in 20 seconds of an otherwise sparse song! I'm not sure if he really got what I was trying to do, at least at first, but Matt never tries to tell me how something's supposed to sound, which is why I like working with him.

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Color me in
Come on and color me
Put words in my mouth
Paint yourself on my skin
Look for yourself in the eyes of everyone you meet

Equate those who hurt you with those who disagree
Changing the subject to your pet-cause frequently
You won't even let me quit the game until I feel the same

So color me in
Come on and color me in
Where society ends is where you begin
Can you even be satisfied?

'Cause it's some other battle when one battle ends
Can't you be friendly, at least to your friends?
I swear I remember laughing by your side
Or has that part of you died?

So color me in
Come on and color me in
Burn down your straw man and say that I'm him
Tolerance is easy when everyone thinks like you

Because you can't have a dialog all by yourself
So extend your empathy to someone else
Anger feeds a narrative and not a conversation, if I'm not mistaken

So color me in
Come on and color me
Put words in my mouth
Paint yourself on my skin
Look for yourself in the eyes of everyone you meet
Until you believe yourself

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from Soon, released June 1, 2018
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