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At the YMCA swimming pool
I was learning how keep my cool
In water deeper than my head
Just started to get a grip
listening to the muted screams underneath
I was beginning to be at peace

But I knew it wasn’t going to stay this way
To pass the class I had to play
The diving game like all the other kids

From way up there it looked mile down
My knees were locking I was crying now
It doesn’t help that they’re cheering me on

I couldn’t jump I was wasting time
So the teacher told me they'll make up my mind
Or they'll have to drop me in

My heart was beating faster than I thought it could
My legs quit working when they really should
Fear has a funny way of digging in

My arms start flailing like a cat in the tub
I couldn’t figure out which way was up
I think this failure is sinking in
I think my failures are sinking in

Years went by avoiding anything deep
Diving lessons never worked on me
But I think it’s time to try again

My pal said that he could give me a hand
We’ll take it slow we're not far from land
We’ll have a lifejacket just in case I start freaking out

But I lost track of my peaceful mind
I was grabbing on to anything I could find
I almost drown my friend who was just trying to help me swim

My heart was beating faster than I thought it could
My legs quit working when they really should
Fear has a funny way of digging in

My arms start flailing like a cat in the tub
I couldn’t figure out which way was up
I think this failure is sinking in
I think my failures are sinking in

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from Overwhelming Odds for Underwhelming Dreams, track released May 1, 2020

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Backyard Universe Twin Falls, Idaho

"Fear has a funny way of diggin' in." Eli Stonemets' affectation is at once a bit cheeky and a little weathered. Through his project Backyard Universe, Stonemets weaves these folksy musings between wiry grooves, elastic & space-soaked guitar lines, and trickling textures. The tunes suggest blurry, triumphant anthems; the words invoke solaced, woodsy reflections. ... more

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