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lyrics

206 bones

pockets full of spare keys
to houses I don't live in anymore
they weigh me down completely
but I cannot seem to let them take their leave of me

and after so long of carrying sharp words on my tongue
I've earned the right to be earnest
when you pare it down to the last few things
the last few things to get done are always the hardest

two hundred and six bones
only one heart

and when the wood house it burns down
all that's left are bolts and hinges, nails and screws
we couldn't hold it all together
when the flame, it lit the fuse

two hundred and six bones
only one heart

and lately we work all the time
to keep our hearts from getting broke
afraid of missing out
afraid of letting go

two hundred and six bones
but only one heart

with thanks to anthony f. marra, whose novel “a constellation of vital phenomena,” inspired this song.

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from The Burden of Unshakeable Proof, released March 1, 2016

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Vanessa Peters Austin, Texas

Indie singer/songwriter from Texas. Musician, Italophile, Virgo, coffee nerd, food lover, bossy-pants, big ol' softie.
I've released 10+ albums and played over 1000 shows in 11 countries. I'm not done yet.

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