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I wrote Grow with the intention of creating a song that could be written from the perspective of a loving god-like figure, or a parent who is speaking to their child. I specifically pictured a character like Link or Red at the beginning of an adventure driven RPG game being spoken to by a higher power who is preparing them for the journey ahead. “I didn’t have to go, leave you all alone. Give you a sword and shield, and hope that they do yield and let you grow”. Playing an adventure game is less fun if there is an all-knowing character completing all the tasks for you before you get to them. I think that this represents my relationship and understanding of God or a parent that leaves us equipped enough to face the world without holding our hand the whole way through. It can be hard and scary to be left to your own devices, but you are never really alone, and support is around you should you seek it


I didn’t have to go
Leave you all alone
Give you a sword and shield
And hope that they do yield
And let you grow

I couldn’t hold your hand
Make castles in the sand
I’ll leave you with the key
Hold it close and think of me
And I’ll be there

And leaving you is hard for me
But its hard for you because you cannot see
The future is just sticks and stones
So remember you are not alone

I didn’t need to stay
Your feet don’t go astray
Your heart is full of gold
Keep it bright when you grow old
And lead the way


from Overdue, released July 10, 2020


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