The Try (unmastered demo)

by Vanessa Peters

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A few things:
1. I love this song.
2. This song may not be on the new album.

When we made "The Burn The Truth The Lies," we ended up having to cut "Change Your Disguise" because the demo couldn't quite get up to the level of the other songs on the record. It was a tough one to cut, but the album was tighter for having done so (and happily, CYD will appear on the new album, but more on that later).

"The Try," thematically, fits in perfectly with a number of the songs on this record, including "Mending Fences" and "Delicate" and "New Year." It's about not giving up, about digging in when you want to run away.

We finished tracking the songs for this album in late August, and at first we weren't sure that we had the final performance that we really wanted for this song. For me, it's too important of a song to release halfway. But we didn't want to give up on it, so today we added some vocals and percussion, and now we're going to hang out with this demo for a while to decide if it's going to make the cut or not. For that reason, it's not in the AOTY collection at the moment but is a standalone single.

We can save ourselves
if we gather up the try.

(also: #whales, #gorangers, etc).

lyrics

it's an uphill climb
for our heroine
the sun is setting
the air is growing thin
and i can hear the cheers
from all my friends
from the safety of base camp

and I don't know how everyone else carries on
I don't know what they've figured out
maybe it's not that hot, and we're not about to die
and we could save ourselves if we'd gather up the try

the avoidance of regret
is what i'm working on
a life lived without it
or to just move on
to let it go and really mean it
to open my hands and free them
for receiving

and I don't know how everyone else carries on
I don't know what they've figured out
maybe it's not that hot, and we're not about to die
and we could save ourselves if we'd gather up the try

and the wound I carry tonight is heavy
it won't stop bleeding
no matter how tightly I wrap it up
it's always open, a constant needing

and I don't know how everyone else carries on
I don't know what they've figured out
and baby, it's getting hot but I'm not afraid to die
and we could save ourselves if we'd gather up the try

we could save ourselves if we'd gather up the try

credits

released September 29, 2015
acoustic & vocals: Vanessa Peters
electric: Daniele Fiaschi
keys & drums & percussion: Rip Rowan

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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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