Amanda Palmer – Drowning In The Sound

— AN OFFICIAL PATRON-SUPPORTED RELEASE, AUGUST 31st, 2017  —

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Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force, taken by Staff Sgt. Oscar M. Sanchez-Alvarez/Released. This has been modified from the original. Creative Commons.

this song was written as a two-day songwriting exercise on august 29th and 30th, 2017, using input/inspiration/comments from over 600 patrons (you can read those here). it wound up being a response to the insanity of internet politics melded with the recent total eclipse and the devastation of hurricane harvey….and, y’know…other stuff.

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-THE LYRICS-

you worship the sun and you’re aching for change
but you keep starving your heart
you used to have sisters
you don’t anymore
you worship the sun….
but you keep feeding the dark

and i’m out in the yard
with my son and daughter
and the sky is all black and i think we should start running…..
running from the water

and everybody’s yelling
yelling that they’re coming
but i don’t see a single soul
they’re all so busy yelling
not one of them is hearing
the hissing from the bottom of the boat

i got some feelings up my sleeve
i got a compass in my arm
i got a needle in my heart
it’s gonna tell us where we are

south by south west
two miles from town
i can’t get out
i can’t look down
if you can hear
if you’re around
i’m over here
i’m over here
i’m watching everyone i love
drowning in the sound

you worship the sun
but the moons in the way
so get your armaments out
she’s always looking for trouble
she’s gonna get what’s been coming to her
she’s switching the tide and we can’t have that shit around

the television they’re blaring out the warning:
that our natural state is drowning
that our natural state is burning

and you’re trying to help
and you’re clicking for change
and you’re calling it out
and you’re adding your name
and you’re marching for peace
but you’re lynching the bitch
that got up in your face
how else they gonna to take you seriously?

south by south west
two miles from town
i can’t get out
i can’t look down
if you can hear
if you’re around
i’m over here
i’m over here
i’m watching
everyone i love
drowning in the sound

and your body is a temple
but the temple is a prison
and the prison’s overcrowded
and they know about the flooding
and the body politic is getting sicker by the minute
and the media’s not fake
it’s just very
inconvenient

do you ever feel that this should be officially the end?
and that you should be the one to do the ending but you can’t?

and do you ever feel that everyone is slowly letting go
do you ever feel that…incredibly alone?

and they’re saying not to panic
and it’s like a broken record
not like anybody know what that is
and they’re saying that they’ll manage
its the the hottest one on record
and they’re saying that it’s just the way it is

and now i can taste it coming
i can taste it with my tongue
and my children are so heavy
but i pick them up and run
and i know i’ll have to swim soon
when the water gets too high
i’ll keep on holding them above me
i’ll keep on holding them and crying

south by south west
two miles from town
i can’t get out
i can’t look down
if you can hear
if you’re around
i’m over here
i’m watching
everyone i love
everyone i love
everyone on earth
drowning in the sound.

you worship the sun and you’re aching for change
but you keep starving your heart
you used to have sisters
you don’t anymore
you worship the sun….
but you keep feeding the dark

-THE CREDITS-

music, lyrics, piano, vocals: amanda palmer
engineer: eli winograd @ lone pine studio in kingston, NY
special thanks to ben folds for texting with me before his show in little rock, arkansas, and making me change one rhythm and cut two useless repetitions before the first chorus
all photos by amanda palmer unless credited otherwise

 

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36 Responses to “Amanda Palmer – Drowning In The Sound”

  1. Alex Wooten

    This is legit the best song you’ve written. Hands down, my favorite. The rhythms, the sounds, and the words… absolutely perfect. Thank you.

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  2. Lacey Cains

    This is so amazing. It touches ground so perfectly to what is happening in the world right now. Can’t wait to be able to download it.

    Reply
  3. Kati Mndlch

    I’m always so happy when there is new stuff coming! I’m listening to your music since 2007, religiously. Since the concert with Edward in Munich some weeks ago I’m listening to your stuff even more. Great show! Keep up the magnificent work, Amanda. And thank you.

    Reply
  4. Casey Burno

    Essence of Ani DiFranco? The chorus is dope! I can see where all the layers must have been a bitch. Thank you!!!!!!

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  5. Caprica Song

    thank you, from the girl on patreon who felt so incredibly alone. you took the rawest, most painful thing i had to offer and made it part of something so beautiful. thank you.

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  6. Nozomi

    This is beautiful, Amanda!!!! Instant love. I can’t believe this was written and completed in such a short time (speaking of which…. new 8in8 album… pleeeease)! You did a fantastic job. Going to have to listen to it a few times over again today!

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  7. Leanne WILLIAMS

    Sublime sounds… senses signalled, salivated. Spirit salved.

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  8. Jann McKenzie

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! It hits the spot of right now. Thank you!!!

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  9. Wɹ Ɔǝllodɥɐuǝ

    Never in my wildest dreams would i have believed one human could channel 600 and bring out the raw emotion of everything we posted. But then again, you are Amanda Palmer. i believe there is no plateau that you will ever stagnate on. You will forever ascend us and yourself in your works and we will happily drift along beneath you caught in your enlightenment. Whisk us away.

    Reply
  10. Sue Marsden

    Fan-Fucking-Tastic my friend; to distill all the beauty, pain, hope, agony and faith–that is a gift. You are that prophet in the desert and we are circling the sun, sending random feathers and you are dancing in the light. Thank you <3

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  11. Mikaela Jago

    I have an ache in my heart that I don’t know how to heal.
    This is amazing. That beautiful piano reminds me of Tori Amos.
    I need to give you all a hug. I feel we can all heal if we just embrace each other and look one another in the eye. ❤️

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  12. Lia Nouwen-Surprenant

    Powerful work, Amanda. Thank you! So much love and gratitude to you…

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  13. Kell

    Thanks for sticking in there and doing this twice…I have a needle in my heart now too….xo

    Reply
  14. CJ Hopegiver

    THIS is why I am a patreon supporter! Amanda, you continually embrace all the qualities of a true superstar. You entertain, communicate with fans, get involved in your local,area,and national communitues, & do it all with so much love in your spirit. Thank you for this, all of my Texas family and friends thank you as well.

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  15. bellaci

    I’m sitting here in Houston and I don’t know what to say after reading such incredible lyrics. We here continue to be amazed that people have paid attention, and so very grateful for words like this – profound, deeply moving, and damned perfect for what we’re all experiencing. Pretty surreal here, but to know that souls like you would take the time to sit down and pen such enormous gold … it shifts our senses, causing us to keep moving forward, helping us see the enormity of what just happened. Kinda hard to do that while ripping out walls and tarping roofs. And then this ~ I cannot thank you enough, Amanda Palmer. You’re bringing to light, in one gorgeous moment of a song, all that has just gone down these last couple of weeks.
    Someone said, after the eclipse “is that all there is?” And then it wasn’t. We had no idea what was about to happen. And these floods only get worse, all over the world.
    You’ve brought clarity and grace to us again. You’ve helped us remember our dignity. Thank you again and again.

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  16. xunk16

    I feel so targeted. Now stating all this is very well and good… But it still leaves us with the same darn feeling and problem. HOW? Now what? Where does it stop? Where does it begin?
    Still… Truth hurts. And putting it so nicely while not provoking rage is a beautiful feat of art.

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  17. rodgriff

    Thanks for that. Reading and listening to it I can feel the effort it took. We were flooded a few years back, not like the people in Texas or Bangladesh – lets not forget them, but bad enough. It was the week after I retired, head full of plans and dreams that were all washed away by a 300 year flood – nothing like Texas or Bangladesh. It took at least a year to get anything like back to normal and that normal was never going to be what it had been. That’s what’s facing these guys. It’s not just the water and the mud, it’s the dreams and plans that are washed away. We need to keep remembering because it takes at least a year, and that’s if you have insurance and your house is still standing and your job wasn’t washed away.

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  18. TheDeadUnicorn

    It’s unbelievable to me how this not only fits a very specific (and dreadful) situation of which we all know,but also it simultaneously sounds so personal and manages to bring a lot to the surface.And it’s refreshing. (Hint:I cried.As usual)

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  19. Natalie

    This is probably my favorite song that I’ve heard of yours. Just within the first few seconds I could tell that I was going to love it based on the lovely piano. My heart hurts but in a healing way.

    Reply

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