In the Eyes of a Stranger

by Gentle Return

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Your fire is not my fire Your rage is not my rage I smile and let it pass I smile and walk away Your fire is not my fire Your rage is not my rage I smile and let it pass I smile and let it be
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Bleeding gums cuz it’s hard to change I’m slow slow slow Headache cuz I don’t say no I’m slow slow slow I remember once I smiled I remember once I laughed I felt just like a child When you said I won’t come back Phantom rings cuz I’m holding on So slow slow slow Crossed the street to avoid your store So slow slow slow I remember once I smiled I remember once I laughed I felt just like a child When you said I won’t come back Bleeding gums cuz it’s hard to change I’m slow slow slow Headache cuz I don’t say no I’m slow slow slow So slow slow slow I’m slow slow slow
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How could this be real The dew leaves dance across the sky White foam mists my face Kissing the sand Reminds me that I’m safe I’m not dead not dying right now No pain distracts me I never thought I’d feel this way In the jungle of my hate Squirming running out of my skin The hand upon my head said “sit” There’s no way out but through Without this weight how high you’ll fly Without this weight oh how high you’ll fly
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The rituals that save us all The piece I wish for everyone Consistency in a sea of change The ocean and not the waves The ritual of giving thanks The ritual of hello The rituals that save us from ourselves I wish for you In the eyes of a stranger I know that I don’t know And in the eyes of a stranger I know that this is me is you is us The ritual of giving thanks The ritual of hello The rituals that save us from ourselves I wish for you
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Just because you’re smart Doesn’t mean you’re right You got a lot of nice words explaining everything You been right before Doesn’t mean you’re right again You got real pretty words to prove your intuition We all want love for ours and yours So why fight about how? Just because you’re right Doesn’t mean you’re smart You got real nice words explaining everything You been right before Doesn’t mean you’re right again You got real pretty words to prove your intuition We all want love for ours and yours So why fight about how?

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How can we show love and empathy while also recognizing our healthy boundaries? How can we connect our hearts and show vulnerability when we struggle to trust? How do we re-learn our connection to time and place? How can a simple habit or ritual bring us to thanks and gratitude?

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released October 29, 2021

Written, performed, produced, mixed by Devin Lane

Recorded in my bedroom in San Francisco, CA
Mastered by Nick Jones

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