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My freshman year of college was largely filled with visiting one of my best friends that lived in a residence hall across campus. This song was borne from one of the many nights I spent walking back to my room, alone among the cold winter air and starry skies. The wind would come screaming down from the north, hitting my face and reminding me of our own fragility. I would look up and see the winter constellation of Orion, and every troubling thought inside my head would subside, if only for a few seconds. This song is about that sense of perspective.

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Winter wind
bite my nose.
A jacket's not enough,
to ignore your prose.

Mother nature tell me stories
on this tranquil night.
Campfire tales
under orange streetlights.

We're always seeking,
searching,
with passion burning.
Wishing, hoping
we'll find the way,
to love and laughter,
happy ever after.

How did the stars get
so bright?
How was there a meaning
behind that fight?
On this roadside reflection
my soul will thrive
because I don't just exist,
I feel alive.

On this wet grass
I'll lay down.
I can see the sky so clear
without your telescope of brown.
Footprints in the dust
on a full moon beaming,
how can I party like a rockstar,
when a roof keeps me from dreaming?

Without a rocket
I danced through the sky
I felt the thrill of flight
on this dirt where I lie.
On the red dust of Mars,
I stood tall.
My problems on that blue dot
weren't so big after all.

How did the stars get
so bright?
How was there a meaning
behind that fight?
On this roadside reflection
my soul will thrive
because I don't just exist,
I feel alive.

And I won't need my bloody hands
to feel my warm smile,
as I lie in the shattered glass
and breathe deep for a while.
I'll forget about the crash,
because the stars are bright,
and I'll look up and watch,
Orion fight the bull tonight.

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from Roadside Reflections, released March 21, 2016

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