I Talk To Me

from I Talk To Me (Single) by John Black

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"I Talk To Me" is the first single off of the forthcoming full length album - THE SECRETS WE TAKE WITH US TO THE GRAVE - due out this year.

Special thank you's go out to all of the staff of Vertava Health / Swift River in Cummington, MA for helping inspire this song. Additional thanks to Bob Gough and Chris Davis for their contributions to its initial performance.

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I TALK TO ME

If I could talk to myself at the age of five,
that terrified little boy
who just watched his baby sister die,
I would hold his hand as he grew past six and seven,
and tell him never to lose his faith
as he searched for her up in the heavens.

If I could talk to myself at the age of twelve,
that isolated adolescent,
who felt ashamed and overwhelmed,
I would hug him tightly
as he described the taunts from the other boys,
and I would buy him his first guitar
so he had a way to drown out all the noise.

Because with anything that I could say to them
at any point in time,
I would pass along the message
that it's okay to not be fine,
that it's okay to fall down
face first in the dirt,
but that it's important to feel,
even when things hurt.

If I could talk to myself at the age of eighteen,
that kid who never quite felt the love
a growing boy so badly needs,
I'd tell him not to care about the money
that the other kids seemed to have
and I would hand him my cell phone
so he could finally call his dad.

If I could talk to myself at the age of twenty-three,
the struggling singer,
feeling his first brush with humility,
I would warn him not to numb himself
by finding solace in a bottle,
because, before long,
his addiction would take hold,
aggressive and full throttle.

Because with anything that I could say to them
at any point in time,
I would pass along the message
that it's okay to not be fine,
that it's okay to fall down
face first in the dirt,
but that it's important to feel,
even when things hurt.

If I could talk to myself at the age of twenty-nine,
the hollowed out man
who'd long since lost control of his life,
I would grab him by his shoulders,
and shake as hard as I could,
pleading with him desperately
to get the help that he should.

Because with anything that I could say to them
at any point in time,
I would pass along the message
that it's okay to not be fine,
that it's okay to fall down
face first in the dirt,
but that it's important to feel,
even when things hurt.

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from I Talk To Me (Single), track released July 24, 2021
All lyrics and music by John Black
Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by John Black of Desired Effect Media

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John Black New York, New York

JOHN BLACK originally hails from NYC. Formerly the frontman of the powerhouses MAKESHIFT LULLABY and SARAH'S REDEMPTION, he began to release music under his solo moniker in 2015 hoping to branch out. His music has been described as a haunting blend of ambient pop with definitive rock influences and intelligent, catchy lyrics and choruses. ... more

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