Angry Voices

by Ryan Van Slooten

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about

This song was derived from a desire to get away from all the cynicism, bad news, and negativity we are constantly inundated with. We have gotten so far away from being able to have reasonable and constructive conversations with each other. It seems that too many are invested in being angry and one sided, and not in trying to understand and empathize with one another.  That overwhelming frustration led me to the chorus, "I just want to get away from it all". 

Yet, there are those who try and take you down with all the other angry voices, when all you want is a break from the mental and emotional exhaustion. The song is also a call to action to stop, look around, and appreciate all the good that still exists around us. No matter how grim, every little bit of happiness matters, maybe now more than ever. There are so many things beyond our immediate control, so look for the good, and just keep living. 

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Another goddamn day of all the same things 
Predictable, unchanging points of view 
So meaningless to compound the frustrations 
By blocking every point the light gets through 

‘Cause nothing is, so black and white 
Exists always in the gray 
Blur the lines, between wrong and right 
It won’t justify the need, you seek 

I just wanna get away, from it all 
Try to clip my wings just to watch me fall
But I’m not coming down 
Until I know for sure I won’t be buried by the sound 
Of all these angry voices, when one of them is mine 

Nothing’s gained through drawn out conversations 
When the art of listening is all but dead 
So desperate to know all of the answers 
You hear what you want but not what’s being said 

REPEAT PRE-CHORUS / CHORUS 

Take a good look around, set your sights on 
Something other than the cynics 
And all the bullshit their spinning and remember 
To be grateful and grab every piece of happiness 
That you’re being given and keep on  living 
Just keep living 
Take every piece of happiness that you’re being given 
And keep living, just keep living 
Take every piece of happiness that you’re being given and… 

Get away, from it all 
Try to clip my wings just to watch me fall
But I’m not coming down 
Until I know for sure I won’t be buried by the sound 
Of all these angry voices, until none of them is mine

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released September 18, 2020

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