The Mother Tongue [YouTube demo]

by Stephan Nance

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Raise your voice
And you know
You're being heard
Raise your voice
And erase
The meaning of the words

When we're in the womb
We already study
Prosodic features of
Our parent's speech—
We learn.
When we're in a room
Squinting through darkness
Backlit figure in the doorway
Yelling red and yellow
Ready to attack with venom
Yellow
Ready to attach the leech—
We learn

The mother tongue
Is nowhere near as mighty as
The mother lung.
The mother tongue
Is nowhere near as mighty as
The mother lung.

Raise your voice
And you hear
The echoes of your roars.
Praise your choices
As exemplary; you know they are
Because they're yours.

Take the lever,
Split our family name
Make sawdust of the
Doors and frames—
Annihilate and
Retreat.
Take another swill
Of power
From the bottle or the Bible—
Master every fallacy you need
To stifle empathy
To reproduce
When logic and compassion
Compete.

Oh
The mother tongue
Is nowhere near as mighty as
The mother lung.
The mother tongue
Is nowhere near as mighty as
The mother lung.

Raise your voice
And you lose
Your fundamental sound
Raise your voice
And you lose
Your fundamental ground
Raise your voice
When you reach
The limits of your words
Raise your voice
And you know
And you know
And you know
And you know
And you know
And you know
And you know
You're being heard.

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released March 5, 2017

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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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