Canary in a Coal Mine

by Trophy Lives

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Something's got me shaken up
I've not had the greatest year
I'd be glad to get back what little faith that I'd had
In what little I'd held dear.

In these lines, there was promise
Something I'd hoped my friends would hear
But it's gone now, like an ember
When the wind died, it finally disappeared.

I guess you can try to make things perfect,
But you can't outrun these fears
That you don't know why you're doing this
and you don't know what you're doing here, oh.

(you can try)

It's as if some great angel of fate came and whispered in my ear:
"you will become what you hate, and everything you'd feared."
"OH, do you even know why you're singing,
when it falls upon deaf ears?
What are you trying to prove to somebody who left,
who's been dead to you for years?"

Oh well, you can try to sing pitch-perfect
You can try to make things clear
But you don't know why you're doing this
and you don't know what you're doing here, oh.

With nobody else around, does a caged bird still sing?
When it knows it has no room to grow, will it still try and spread its wings?
I'm a canary in a coal mine, but here's the scary thing:
It's that if I end up dead, it won't be 'cause I couldn't keep breathing.

You can try to make things worth it
I've been trying for all these years
But I don't know why I'm doing this
and I don't know what I'm doing here, oh.


released January 14, 2015



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