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This Riddle

from this riddle (acoustic demo) by Vanessa Peters

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I have been writing this song for about, oh, a decade. Maybe one day I'll post all of the drafts. Like most of my songs, it grew out of a real detail, and then morphed into fiction. That real detail was the tree - my old house in Austin had a tree growing through the front porch.

This was recorded live into one mic.
A Wunder Audio CM7, for those of you that are into that sort of thing. ;)


I woke up resurrecting demons
drowning in the details we push way down
like how you knew the name of every flower
and how you introduced me to your town

how we never used that great front porch
had a tree growing straight through the middle
and how you were a terrific problem solver
but not enough to crack this riddle

a head full of all the bits I saved
like how you loved so much to sleep in late
and how you drove away while I just stayed
paralyzed by the choices we made

they say things happen for a reason
but we try to cover all the bases just in case
too afraid to claim anything as certain
tying our laces to avoid running the race

a head full of all the bits I saved
and all the times I piled on the blame
and how you drove away while I just stayed
paralyzed by the choices we made

it’s time to make peace with the demons
all the details we push way down
I meant everything I ever told you
like how I said I’d always be around


from this riddle (acoustic demo), released April 5, 2017
vanessa: acoustic guitar, vocals
rip: engineer


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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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