Old Souls

from Sermons by Matt Halvorson

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Every day and every night are just the time I’ve been given
The time of my life
So, every night and day I try to have the time of my life

I pledge to live right — right as I raise each drink
I try to keep it simple, but there’s too much time to think
And then it’s over before you can blink

Oh, and when all that I asked for was a little more time
All they gave me was a piece of their mind
And when all that I wanted was to have nothing at all
All they gave me was a piece of the pie

Until I found that I…
I was barely alive
Under the weight of all that I dragged behind
That wasn’t me
Just “mine”

Hear my confession: I’ve made concessions, but my foot is down now
Fear and aggression, shame and depression, all of the wheels I’ve spun around
All of my questions with no answers to be found
Yeah, I give it all back to the ground

All my obsessions and all my collections and all of my stresses and all my successes
My bones and my flesh and the heart in my chest and all of the rest
Just take it!
I’ll still be left
Oh, and when all that I asked for was a little more time
All they gave me was a piece of their mind
And when all that I wanted was to have nothing at all
All they gave me was a bigger piece of the pie
Until I found that I…
Just as sure as I breathe
I believe
That the less that I ask for
The less that I need

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from Sermons, released February 28, 2020
Words and music by Matt Halvorson.
Performed by Matt Halvorson.
Recorded in a flash by Zebulon Dak at Momentum Studios (Portland, OR).
Mixed and mastered by Matt Halvorson.
Original album art by Jon Halvorson.

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Matt Halvorson Seattle, Washington

Matt Halvorson is a musician, writer, activist and father, and his music is an exploration of his place in the world. An earnest, prolific songwriter, Halvorson’s songs plumb the depths of his soul, and he sings each delicate tune with captivating intensity. He founded and continues to manage the Rise Up Music Project, and he writes a blog about equity in education called Rise Up for Students. ... more

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