Smooth As Thorns

from by Curtis McMurtry

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I wave my hands
and part the sea
while you look on
impressed but not amazed

will you be alright
if I’m never perfect
will you be alright
if I fall to pieces
will you be alright
if I don’t become the one you dream of

your words sink in
smooth as thorns
simple and precise

I bare my teeth
respond in kind
gentle as the ice

will I be alright
if you’re never perfect
will I be alright
if you fall to pieces
will I be alright
if you don’t become the one I dream of

but you can’t let me go
and I can’t let you go


from The Hornet's Nest, released February 24, 2017
Curtis McMurtry- banjo, vocals
Diana Burgess- cello, vocals
Nathan Calzada- trumpet, vocals
Taylor Turner- upright bass



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