Everyone's Afraid These Days

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Ambitions waver in the overcast
Condemned to linger in routine
End each directive with a question mark
I search in vain for higher peaks.

I feel the new year breathing down my neck
So heavy with uncertainty
And in the celebration's aftermath
I grind the stones between my teeth.

The silence stretched across the afternoon
The blankets tucked beneath my chin
The voices whisper underneath my door
They'll pray but I won't let them in.

('Cause it's okay) Everyone's afraid these days
(I'm okay) Everyone's afraid these days
(There's no shame) Everyone's afraid these days
(We're all okay) 'Cause everyone's afraid these days.

And the wrinkles of the sun
Will fill our faces with their ghosts
Carving valleys in our skin
Burning blisters on our hopes
And the party's almost gone
You were such an awful host
Icy murmurs chill the air
As you stutter through a toast.

('Cause it's okay) Everyone's afraid these days
(I'm okay) Everyone's afraid these days
(There's no shame) Everyone's afraid these days
(We're all okay) 'Cause everyone's afraid these days.

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from Maps of Outer Space, released December 15, 2016

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Elmer and the Ceramic Trees Janesville, Wisconsin

Conceived in the summer of 2012 by Janesville, Wisconsin singer-songwriter Robbie Haas, Elmer and the Ceramic Trees blend the lush melodies of bands like The Beatles and Big Star with the doom-and-gloom pop of The Cure and The Smiths, the college rock jangle of REM and The Replacements, and the big choruses of u2 and Arcade Fire, to form a style of indie pop that is both catchy and honest. ... more

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