Alxander Jon, Garrett Marshall - If I Could Only Breathe

from by Wayne Self, Various Artists

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In this song, one of the first songs completed for the musical, Buddy and Agneau, two survivors of the fire with a history of enmity between them, sing about what they now share: an inability to move past the tragedy. - WS

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BUDDY:
The heart beats
Slow after fast
With an undying passion that
I can't explain,
Without regard
For it's safety, unmarred,
A stranger to pain.
The heart beats
Unseen in me.
Now, if I could only breathe.

Breathe.

AGNEAU:
The mind sees
Each season turn
Each person yearn
As his dreams age and die,
For childhood's old solace,
Feigned safety from all of it's
Wherefore's and why's.
The mind sees
Unbeaten in me.
Now, if I could only breathe.

Breathe.

BOTH:
I'd inhale the smell
Of Carolina jasmine,
I'd exhale the haze of regret.
I'd take in the mem'ry
Of Gulf brine and chicory.
I'd take in my lover's last breath.
Then, living, decide
To get on with life,
Or with death.

The soul faints,
A hearth without bellows,
A torch in a windowless room,
A hot ember buried
In mountains of ashes,
Expired, not exhumed.

The soul faints,
The mind sees,
The heart beats.
Now, if I could only breathe.

Breathe.

credits

from Upstairs - Workshop Selections, released March 6, 2013
Words and Music by Wayne Self
Vocals: Alxander Jon, Garrett Marshall
Piano: Sean Alexander Bart

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