You're Not Ready (To Leave Us Behind)

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This song was written and performed for part of the "Rocketelle Project" at the 2012 International Beethoven Festival. The melody/chords in the song are built off of a melody line found in the first movement of Beethoven's third symphony, "Eroica". The lyrics were inspired by Beethoven's "Heiligenstadt Testament" which is a letter he wrote to his brothers and discovered after his death.

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Well, I know how it goes when you're losing control.
Nothing unfolds the way you were told.
The cracks in the floor could swallow you whole and no one would know.

And I know that you thought you knew what was right, who you could trust and who you should fight but the truth you have chased became a face you didn't recognize.

The sounds will fade over time, leaving you to the night.
The dagger swings in your mind, but you're not ready to leave us behind.

So you'll reside with that thorn in your side, feeding your fear to the fire inside.
Soon we will be what you've helped us see through your unstitched eyes.

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from Nashville Sessions, released October 29, 2013

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