Dance Again

by Nathan Peterson

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These are the songs I wrote during the year following our daughter Olivia's passing. At times I have felt like this isn't even art—that I'm a fool for sharing it. But all the while, I've heard a voice telling me to keep going, to finish my assignment.

So here it is, my darkest dark, my deepest pain, my hope and my healing. 🎈🌊

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released December 7, 2018

Written, performed, recorded, and produced by Nathan Peterson
Mixed by Matt Rausch, Nashville
Mastered by Tom Baker, LA

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Nathan Peterson is a singer/songwriter and author living in Illinois.

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Track Name: Dance Again
I may write another song, maybe even the perfect one, but it won't ever be the same. And I may take another try, pick my feet up for another mile, but it won't ever be the same. It won't ever be the same.

I don't want to dance again. Tell the music not to play. Tell the music not to play. I can see her, I can feel her face. I don't want to dance again.

Seasons change and memories fade. Tears dry but scars remain. Things are never gonna be the same.
Track Name: Is It a Sin?
Is it a sin to want to choke the life
Out of the lungs of Jesus Christ
To watch his last breath
Since I missed when my daughter closed her eyes

God forgive me for the things I've said
And the things I'm gonna do
But God help me if I ever see your face
And don't say these things to you

Who are you to take her away
Just because you're God
Just because I'm not
With your arms around her now
Is that supposed to feel like something that's good

I ran so fast I could hardly see
I needed to be there
But I was too slow and she was gone
And I'll never get that back

I tried and I tried and I tried
To be there for her
But I guess you're her father now
And I can go back to whatever the hell I was doing before

Who are you to take her away
Just because you're God
Just because I'm not
With your arms around her now
Is that supposed to feel like something that's good

God forgive me for the things I've said
And the things I'm gonna do
But God help me if I ever see your face
And don't say these things to you
Track Name: Don't Rush to Get Up
Don't rush to get up now,
You've really been through it this time around.
And I know you want to run,
Just to feel it, to feel it,
Just to know that you're still here.

It's like a movie all around,
Speeding up and up,
But you're only slowing down.
You'll never catch up now, no
Let it go 'till the pain catches you,
It's a moment, here and now.

You're not saving anyone
So don't rush to get up.

She's not going anywhere
And you're not saving anyone.
Come back to where you are.
It might hurt like hell, burn like coals,
But at least right here we know who we are.

You're not saving anyone
So don't rush to get up.
Track Name: Cry
When you call, but she doesn't come home
When you swear that you hear her voice, but she's nowhere to be found
When all you have is reminders that she's gone
And nothing left can imagine going on

Go ahead and cry, it's fine
It's the only way for you to feel right now
Go ahead and cry, it's fine
It's the only way for you to heal somehow

When it's cold, and it's never gonna change
When you try, and you try, and you try, but it doesn't do a thing
When all you have is a memory that fades
And every step is another step away

Go ahead and cry, it's fine
It's the only way for you to feel right now
Go ahead and cry, it's fine
It's the only way for you to heal somehow
Track Name: Marathon
How are you?
I'm okay.
How 'bout you?
I'm the same.
But if you only knew, then you'd say...

It's not a marathon,
You don't have to be strong,
It's okay to fall apart,
You can only be where you are,
You don't have to control,
The waves will come and they will go,
It's not a marathon.

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