Creationism (2016)

by Shannon Curtis

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Blank page talking back at me “Hey girl, you’ve got some audacity” White slate, an accusation “Who gave you permission?” “And who do you think you are? Just who do you think you are?” I’m just a soul searching for grace In a photograph, in the clay In a poem, in the paint In a stone, on a stage These hands perform an act of love With every pen stroke, every brush That’s all I am and that’s enough All I am and that’s enough Lights up, shadows mock my worth “Who says they will care about your words?” Face flush, the fire down deep Confronts the doubt that would drown me “Who do you think you are? Just who do you think you are?” I’m just a soul searching for grace In a photograph, in the clay In a poem, in the paint In a stone, on a stage These hands perform an act of love With every pen stroke, every brush That’s all I am and that’s enough All I am and that’s enough I wrote my fears out on a list And it was dark and bottomless Dive in right now, don’t stop to think Treasure is always buried deep
2.
All I own on the lawn outside my best friend’s house All I was sold for ones in my pocket One by one, here and gone The scene is emptied out All the I said I wanted emptied out Windows down, driving south trailing the casualties Broken hearts, razor sharp on the pavement “Warning: girl on the run from someone else’s dreams” I can save me or save them, I’m so sorry So I come to the end of a page This story’s not done And in my hand there’s a pen to write it There’s only one way to find out what comes next Our heroine takes her pen and she writes it Boxes high, brand new life it’s up to me to fill No one left here to ask for permission Do or die, on a wire a twisted kind of thrill Traded predestination for brazen will Is this a tragedy Satiric comedy Whatever, it’s up to me It’s still a mystery This non-fiction fantasy Maybe it’s a great love story
3.
Elevate 03:48
Look at you, standing up there a quivering lip you pray no one can see but it’s beautiful to me Opening your mouth, words you have chiseled on your heart come tumbling out doesn’t matter how they hear it Look at you standing, look at you Look at you standing You elevate me You power, it makes me soar Just seeing you make it: maybe I can You dared and it raised me I’m seeing from higher up Just watching you brave it elevates me Look at you, filling that floor you limbs create the wind that sweeps me up you move because your body must A stumble there, you hope the watchers are unaware but I know you can fly my heart leaps with you every time Look at you dancing, look at you Look at you dancing You elevate me You power, it makes me soar Just seeing you make it: maybe I can You dared and it raised me I’m seeing from higher up Just watching you brave it elevates me And it’s just what I needed to see Someone else to help me believe Don’t wait to be fearless
4.
Little Life 04:49
You and I made this moment Stacked it high on the apex Of the ones that came before it A little to the left, a little more, that’s just right Step back, admire the work we’ve done Your hand brushes mine, a little thrill spills steady Across my face into a smile You and I made this moment Stacked it high on the apex Of the ones that came before it We made a little life out of it Out of the corner of my eye, you in the next room Low light, working the rhythm in your head The waves pulsing these four walls and my body I always wished for this content You and I made this moment Stacked it high on the apex Of the ones that came before it We made a little life out of it Made our little life out of it Holding on to each other, hanging on for dear life Braced against the piercing winds of youth Wholly unprepared for what would be required You believed in me and I in you
5.
Storm out of nowhere Stalled out, pulled over Where was I going anyway? Where was I going anyway? Small voice from he corner Hollers in the thunder “Whatever weighs on you can wait Why don’t you come, sit, and stay?” Right here, in the downpour the stillness in an uproar and it’s calling out, calling out The water rushes over I breathe in to come closer to the stillness now calling out to me Late last summer four leaf clover Was it a secret wish I made? Was it me calling for the rain? Now I’m here, in the downpour the stillness in an uproar and it’s calling out, calling out The water rushes over I breathe in to come closer to the stillness now calling out to me Been caught upstream In a trance routine It’s been waiting for me The old whisper now collected in clouds washes me till I’m clean Here, in the downpour the stillness in an uproar and it’s calling out, calling out The water rushes over I breathe in, coming closer to the stillness now calling out to me
6.
So the world’s on fire But still here we are Holding open hearts To the roaring flame Burning hot and higher This is who we are We are open hearts We’re a roaring flame No more waiting For something to happen We are making it every day No more praying For something to save us We are burning to light the way So the waters rise Grieving mothers cry We do not stand by Drowning in our fate Take your one hot life Make it burn so bright Fire with fire we fight We’re a roaring flame No more waiting For something to happen We are making it every day No more praying For something to save us We are burning to light the way So the world’s on fire But still here we are Holding open hearts To the roaring flame
7.
Let’s pretend that we are pixie queens in a hidden blue-green land There is no fear: we dance and sing until the sun lies down to mark the end of the day Dinner time, and then for sleep Let’s pretend our beds are ships set out on fearful rolling seas But we’ll be safe, ‘cause nothing can destroy our sister fleet And we will said the seas of dreams and wake again to a brand-new morning Whatever happened? Whatever happened? This was the world we made This was our great escape This was the promise said to get us through Let’s make our eyes un-see How yellowed with age it’s been Come on, let’s make believe it’s all still true ‘Cause I still need you Let’s pretend we can be anything imagination schemes And words like worry, doubt, and pain are banned from pulling at the seams And when the sadness comes, it gets wiped away with a kiss on the cheek Whatever happened? Whatever happened? This was the world we made This was our great escape This was the promise said to get us through Let’s make our eyes un-see How yellowed with age it’s been Come on, let’s make believe it’s all still true ‘Cause I still need you I need you more than ever These seas are darker than we ever could have known Depth and distance grow You’re still the only one who knows Let’s pretend our beds are ships set out on fearful rolling seas But we’ll be safe, ‘cause nothing can destroy our sister fleet And we will said the seas of dreams and wake again to a brand-new morning
8.
Come Away 03:51
Do you know my voice? Can you hear beneath the noise? I come quietly, like in your sleep Come away I’ve known you for years Since you heard with younger ears No, I never left I make my same request Come away, come away If you come, I cannot promise you’ll be safe But if you come, I’ll be the voice guiding your way And if you come, the world will open like the daybreak Come away, come away Yes, there will be danger On which the strength of love is measured You will praise the path when we plant our flag Come away, come away If you come, I cannot promise you’ll be safe But if you come, I’ll be the voice guiding your way And if you come, the world will open like the daybreak Come away, come away
9.
Last day Did you know it Like a secret goodbye Plans made Orchestrated Or just the mark of your life? Last hours Could you feel them Like a weight on your limbs? As you pounded To the finish Or was that just how you lived? If this is the last night ever I don’t want to say I never Loved so hard that I fell Or lived true to myself Don’t want to say I never took the leap Or said the words If this is the last night ever on earth Last minutes Of sunlight You could’ve sat and soaked it in But you turned up Your own fire And we are still feeling it If this is the last night ever I don’t want to say I never Loved so hard that I fell Or lived true to myself Don’t want to say I never took the leap Or said the words If this is the last night ever on earth You light the way Light years away Through time and space You are still beaming
10.
What comes after this Can a night be carried with us Beyond the hour the stars go out? Will my ears forget Little bit by little bit, like a doppler effect how magic sounds? A particle collision Now I’m a different person I walk with higher vision Away from here There’s a piece of you In the figure of the truth That has made itself a home in me Even if we never Meet again on earth There’s a virgin universe conceived A particle collision Now I’m a different person I walk with wider vision Away from here Ancient words said: two or three together open space that’s holy I may not know what to believe But what I know is You have changed me

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released June 17, 2016

written by Shannon Curtis
produced by Jamie Hill
engineered and mixed by Jamie Hill at Secret Agent Audio Services, Los Angeles
additional production and recording by Shannon Curtis
published by Shannon K (ASCAP)

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Shannon Curtis Tacoma, Washington

"And Her Whisper Becomes a Storm," Shannon's eighth full-length studio album in eight years, was released on June 20, 2020.

Shannon lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband, producer / mixer Jamie Hill.

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