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This is what you are
This is who I am
We play house like children
To keep the truth from seeping in

Like indoor flowers grow
Only drinking sanctioned light
Our tired ideas hold us down and
Insulate us from the night

We live in boxes
Tidy, little boxes
Pretending to be who
The other thinks is true
Never stepping outside the lines

Good actors find a way
To make their story fit the stage
We’ve been pretending for so long
Reading from the same worn page

We live in boxes
Precious little boxes
Standing one step from the light
Ignoring our lost sight
Always keeping one another in line

The sun may cut through the clouds
But what’s it matter if we’re hiding underground?
I’m not the things you made of me
Maybe we’re just too blind to see

There’s got to be another way

The plots lay side by side
And so our story will be told
It’s just the way we wished to be remembered
Never spilling from our molds

Yeah there were things I never said
Feral secrets burned inside
If I’d have opened up and let the fire spread
Could we have put it out in time?

We lived in boxes
Pretty, painted boxes
Pretending to be who
The other thought they knew
Crated, safe, and confined

We choked in boxes
Cramped, imperfect boxes
If I were stronger I’d have shown
That the devil was the known
And his shadow kept us safe and blind

We die in boxes
Safe, but barren boxes
And I think you know
I would have let yours go
If you’d opened up the door to mine


released May 5, 2017
Written by Edwin Caldie; Recorded by Circus of the West at The Pearl Recording Studio by engineer Zach Hollander; Produced by Adam Levy


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Circus of the West Minneapolis, Minnesota

Circus of the West infuses pop melodies and rock energy with lyrics about loss, hope, identity and connection. Their debut full-length, We’ll See Ourselves Out, was produced by Adam Levy of The Honeydogs.

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