Get Started (2014​-​2015 demo version)

by Vanessa Peters

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Now on Foxhole Prayers! Can't believe how much this one changed. Go check out the "final" version. :)

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I first wrote this song back in late 2013, and put it to music sometime in early 2014, when I was beginning to write songs for this album [The Burden of Unshakeable Proof]. For a long time we thought it would make the cut - in fact, for a while it was being tossed around as the title track, or at least the lead off track. Then we moved it to the bottom of the album, because it seemed kind of nice to end an album with the words "get started." Ultimately it didn't make the cut for a bunch of tiny reasons, but it will almost certainly get a re-working and will end up on the next album (kind of like Change Your Disguise). It will be happier living among another batch of songs than it would have been with this batch [update: it was!].

I still love the idea of it - the older I get, the more I feel time is running away from me, and the more I get mad at myself for wasted days.... get started while you're young, because you won't figure it out until the very end .... This is one of those songs that was a get-yourself-out-of-bed song, along with "Let's Do This" and "January Wins" (which you probably haven't heard yet, unless you've been lurking in the studio underneath a couch cushion).

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I tried to sleep but it wasn't dark enough
I tried to read I tried to write but there wasn't enough light
I tried to meditate but I couldn't still my thoughts
I tried to turn it down a notch and found that I could not

so get started while you are young, dear
it'll take til you are old
get started while you are young, dear
it'll take til you are old

it's such a subtle shift
sometimes it takes years to get the gist
of how it all changed
something inconsequential
caused the sequence of it all
to start a slow unraveling
and you can't stop it now, the best you'll do is stall it

so get started while you are young, dear
it'll take til you are old
get started while you are young, dear
it'll take til you are old

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released August 23, 2016
Rip, Vanessa, John Dufilho, and birds/street noise from Lucca, circa 2014.

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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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