Red State​/​Blue State

from by Gretchen Phillips

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Remember when Bush was re-elected? I don’t know about you, but I took it really hard. It was hard not to feel hopeless about my own country. And I really don’t like feeling that way. So, in order to help process my negative feelings I wrote this little comforting disco mantra I could sing to myself.


I see my path so clear
I want to live in love not fear
A million thoughts can bring me down
But if I stay in that place I'm gonna drown
Who do I know? Who do I know?
Where do I go? Where do I go?
I gotta get out of this trendy neighborhood
I gotta believe that people are good

I can't blow off my family
Even though we disagree
A leaf is twirling in the sun
It just might be that we're all one
I'm not gonna change, not gonna change
Get all angry, act all estranged
Loving is hard, but what else can I do?
Hate will really take it out of you

I see my path so clear
I want to live in hope not fear
The day I go and get a gun
Is the day the terrorists have won
Stuff's been shitty for folks, it's true
But maybe tomorrow will bring something new
I could believe that this world is going straight to hell
But I'd rather believe that kindness will prevail


from I Was Just Comforting Her, released February 4, 2009
Words & Music by Gretchen Phillips

Gretchen Phillips - guitars, voice, hammered dulcimer, Casio sk1
Melissa York - drums
Rob Halverson - matrix, strings, bass, vibes
Steve Bernal - bass
Thor Harris - air drum, yet more drums



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