Room to Grow

by Juniper Ginger

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the sun rose in spite of everything it knocked so I woke, it mocked so I broke we’d once wagered life on an endless dream that knocked you back a beat, a cell phone ring it seems prophetic in the wake of some simple curses, but I made them all up my hexing hand was just childhood rage a teeming temper bleeding through the page right to the other side rust orange walls in the apartment we smoke with windows shut to keep some precedent and those boxes packed almost ten years in are the violent past that I’ve inherited
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there’s a bullet buried deep in my inheritance inside a gun that’s been engraved with my own name i keep it strapped tight to my hip under my jacket it killed my father but I won’t end up the same though I shoot myself in the foot from time to time and I shoot whiskey when I’m sick of my own mind and the questions keep me slurring through the day: what’s unforgivable, and who’s to say? it got revealed to me, the curse of my own heritage I was afraid it was a role I’d been assigned so I played the part a bit too well, if you're asking but if you ask then I might feel compelled to try and write an ending that's worth anybody's time one day I’ll stand above the west ridge of the river on the bridge that stitches one state to another I'll feel the life force of the earth staring me down and I’ll drop my gun straight into the river’s mouth I’ll drop my gun into the goddamn river’s mouth
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Room to Grow 03:07
pour myself a cup of coffee and feel the wind blow ash right out the window I think they like me here but I don’t know if there's room to grow breathe in twice, ash out the window sometimes we sleep with knives I put a shirt over my eyes to keep the light out drink a bottle every night to keep the light out keep the party going fine until it's lights out on a tuesday in the rain unpacked my bags alone on a tuesday watched the rain seep in across the crooked kitchen floor but I think they like me here so I wrote a simple song cause I was learning how to use less words though I found strength in numbers I felt strength in the numbers til I found strength in another for every blacked out night kept the curtains drawn tight til it was light out could be better, but I'm doing fine for right now though I'll be with you if you think the end's in sight now there's an end in sight now

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songs from summer 2019

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released August 22, 2019

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Juniper Ginger Portland, Maine

Juniper Ginger is the solo project of Portland, Maine songwriter Alex Millan. Her songs are mostly honest stories about the people and places she encounters. When heard live, sparse accompaniment invites listeners to get lost in the poetry.

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