Not Gonna Back Away (Live Recording)

by Sara Riley Mattson

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I recorded this with my phone for a friend. I'm surprised how good phones are getting at recording things live! So, I thought I'd share. It is the song I wrote a year and a half ago, just before I drove off into the desert.

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Dirty dishes in a dirty sink piling up
It's been a few weeks
Since I had the energy to get those things done
Dirty dishes in the dirty sink
I could use some help
But all the money in my bank account is gone

I spent it all last year on trying to stay alive
On doctors and medicine
And things that were required for my survival

Now I'm sick again
And I'm sick of being sick
I'm sick of feeling sorry for something I never did
I'm sick of this short straw drawn before I was born
But I'm not gonna back away
'Cause I still got something to say

Eat right. Sleep tight, eight hours every night
Thirty minutes of sunlight every day
To anticipate a long and healthy love
Fresh food, fresh air
Keep moving. Keep positive. No when to move on
One must not underestimate the benefits of exercise.

But I've had to do battle with the reaper anyway
This game I'm playing was rigged before I ever was made

Now I'm sick again
And I'm sick of being sick
I'm sick of feeling sorry for something I never did
I'm sick of this short straw drawn before I was born
But I'm not gonna back away
'Cause I still got something to say

Time is short on a small planet
In a tiny corner of the vast and expansive universe where we belong
The galaxies, the stars, the planets which seem to go on and on forever
Were born and one day will be gone

And I've spent so much time trying to deny
The ephemeral nature of all of our lives
The petals will fall
The petals will fall

Now I'm sick again
And I'm sick of being sick
I'm sick of feeling sorry for something I never did
I'm sick of this short straw drawn before I was born
But I'm not gonna back away
'Cause I still got something to say

Recording copyright (c) Sara Riley Mattson 2017
Lyrics copyright (c) Sara Riley Mattson 2017

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released March 18, 2017
Guitar and vocals: Sara Riley Mattson

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Sara Riley Mattson Rapid City, South Dakota

I'm a lifelong musician. The daughter of a deep-thinking poet and a harmony-obsessed choral singer. I grew up on the music my parents grew up on...Beach Boys, Beatles, Carole King, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Brothers, and The Temptations. When you mix that with my classical piano and choral training I think you can hear where my style comes from. I like things that are fun and hard. ... more

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