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We only know that things are wrong because we have a conception of how things SHOULD be. We only experience grief because we inherently know that something beautiful is being violated. My friend Sean reminded me of this contrast one night after another tense bout of all-too-common infighting in the house. In that moment it gave me hope for a life beyond the mire I’d come to accept as reality. Since then, striving to hold on to that beauty has been a large part of what keeps me going.

Flowers are some of the most beautiful, but most fragile things. Yet despite their fragility, they can often be found in places that seem ill-fitted or unlikely. I remember attending a Fall Out Boy concert as a freshman in college and hearing Pete Wentz compare his fans to flowers pushing through the cracks in a sidewalk. At the time I thought it was terribly cliché, and maybe it still is, but the analogy is not without warrant. In the midst of what had been the worst year of my life, the idea that something beautiful could still grow in a place where the entire weight of the world resisted it was exactly the hope that I needed.

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Winter’s come and gone
And here we are
A little worse for wear
But still alive and holding on
Our limbs covered in frost
And withered spots
We crave the heat of summer
We hunt the time that we have lost
Trying to stay inside the box

We are flowers pushing through
The sidewalk underneath your shoes
And when we start to bloom
We are beautiful, yeah we are beautiful and true

We search for things divine
In things finite
We run on tired legs
Until the sidewalk touches sky
Where history unwinds
And there we find
That everything we know
Is mere refraction of the light
We need to grow up tall and high

We are flowers pushing through
The sidewalks underneath your shoes
And when we start to bloom
We are beautiful, yeah we are beautiful and true

Woah oh oh, woah oh oh
We lived through the winter
And now we can finally bloom
Woah oh oh, woah oh oh
We lived through the winter
And now we can finally bloom
Woah oh oh, woah oh oh
So open the coffins
And roll back the stones from our tombs
Woah oh oh, woah oh oh
We lived through the winter
And now we can finally bloom

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from Where Is Winter?, released April 22, 2017

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Primer & Grayscale Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Primer & Grayscale is a lyric-driven indie/punk/emo band from Beaver Falls. We're dedicated to making art that is honest, heartfelt, and thought-provoking.

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