Hope or Float [YouTube demo]

by Stephan Nance

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Oh
What an
Unfortunately
Unsurprising turn of events...
Oh
What a
Conundrum it presents.

Swing with a white-knuckled grip and
Cling to the pieces of ship—
Or start in the water and
End in the water?
The swells,
After all,
Intercept
Just the tip.

Oh
What (on earth) can I do
I want help you (on sea)
I want to help you unsee
I want to help
But if I help you
I can't help me
And if I go unhelped
What help can I be?

But what if everything is okay?
What if everything is
Easy for once?
Maybe everything can be
Easy for once.
Maybe everything can just
Be okay.
Yay.
Maybe that isn't a psychopomp
Maybe that's our lifer Hoopoe.
Maybe that little Grim Reaper
Will grow up to be a lighthouse keeper.

Hope.
Hope.
Hope.

Hope.
Hope.
Hope.

I hit the deck
A cannonball
From a diving board
On the crow's nest.
Best leave the stunts
To the unprofessionals.
Leave the stunts
To the unprofessionals.

The boat's
A hoax
A fantasy of control
A joke.
See it for what it is
Now that it's broke.
Now we avail ourselves of its
Splinters and rope
To impale ourselves
And hang ourselves.
Hope is what kept us from
Learning to float.

Float.
Float.
Float.

Float.
Float.
Float.

But go ahead.
Offer me another free cruise on a shipwreck.
How could I refuse?
Why can't I refuse?

While there is life, there is hope—so
Why, for the life of me, can't I just float?

Hope.
Hope.
Hope.

Hope.
Hope.
As if the water I fear
Is not the water I bathe in.

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released October 22, 2016

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Stephan Nance Eugene, Oregon

I'm Stephan Nance. I'm a singer-songwriter based in Eugene, Oregon. You can call my music poetic piano rock.

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