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I started writing this song after hiking in the mountains near Lake Placid, but when I read a story in a New York paper about a young woman who died by suicide, it became something else. Why do some people soar while other people crash? Is the glass half-full or half-empty? That can certainly depend on one's emotional health. I know life is far more complex than that, but the song examines that scenario. Why is it that life can be impossible for some people to navigate and so the only way out is to end life and yet for others... the bigger the hurdle to conquer, or mountain to climb, well, they face that challenge with unyielding determination. I wanted to end this record with an offer of hope for anyone feeling trapped. And it also became my own coda for my own emotional situation over these past two years. Basic tracks were recorded at drummer Sammy Merendino's studio in Harlem and Queen Esther provided background vocals

lyrics

FLY

I'M GONNA CARRY MY SHAME TO THE SUMMIT
TAKE MY TIME, I'M TIRED OF RUNNIN'
SHOUT IT LOUD FROM THE MOUNTAIN SIDE
AS FAR AND WIDE AS THE HIGHEST CROW FLIES
I MAY NOT CLEAR THIS ATMOSPHERE
MAY NOT SEE, BUT NOW I CAN BREATHE
FLY! FLY!

I'M GONNA HITCH A RIDE ON A SHOOTIN' STAR - FLY!
LEAVE BEHIND ALL MY VANISHING SCARS - FLY!
WON'T LOOK BACK ON WHERE I'VE BEEN - FLY!
I'M ONLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MY FORWARD SPIN - FLY!
REALLY DON'T FEAR THIS ATMOSPHERE
SO RELIEVED I FINALLY CAN BREATHE
FLY! FLY!

SOLO:

I'M GONNA BURN SO BRIGHT IN THE EVENING SKY - FLY!
I'M GONNA CIRCLE THE SUN AND NEVER ASK WHY - FLY!
I WON'T LOOK BACK ON WHERE I'VE BENN - FLY!
I'M ONLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MY FORWARD SPIN - FLY!
REALLY DON'T FEAR MY ATMOSPHERE
FINALLY CAN SEE, AND NOW I CAN BREATHE
FLY! FLY!

REALLY DON'T FEAR MY ATMOSPHERE
FINALLY CAN SEE, AND NOW I CAN BREATHE
FLY! FLY! FLY! FLY!

credits

from Caterwauling Towards The Light, released December 13, 2016
Dusty Wright - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Matt Goeke - cello
Martin John Butler - bass
Drums - Sammy Merendino
Queen Esther - background vocals

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Americana singer-songwriter from NYC.

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