growth and rebirth

by James Burrow

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released October 12, 2015

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James Burrow Cookeville, Tennessee

James is a 23 year old trans musician from Cookeville, TN.

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Track Name: Life With You
Wish I knew you way back when
Back when we were little kids
And I rode my bike down the street from your house

We would walk to school each day,
And I'd chase all your bullies away
And I'd give you the best parts of my brown bag lunch

We would play hide and seek
I would kiss your skinned up knees
And we'd grow up better for knowing each other

Feels like I've known you all my life
Oh, sometimes I think you know me better than I know myself
You give me a feeling that I can't deny
I want to spend my life with no one else
Except for you

And I know the future can't be told,
But I hope I know you when we're old
And we'll race our wheelchairs down the halls of the nursing home

We'll play pranks on all the staff
They'll scold us but we'll only laugh
Cause we know that they'll still like us anyway

You can join my cribbage game
And when you win I won't complain
Cause I'll just be happy to have you around

Feels like I've known you all my life
Oh, sometimes I think you know me better than I know myself
You give me a feeling that I can't deny
I want to spend my life with no one else
Except for you

Except for you
Except for you
Except for you
I want to spend my life with you
Track Name: Space Traveler
Floating out in space I saw
The tiniest astronaut
I waved at her
And she at me

Out there in the Milky Way
With my skin made of paper mache
I would bare it all to feel the sun

I realized I too was small
In the grand scheme of it all
We're all tiny floating specks of dust

I wanna be with the stars in the sky
Lost to oblivion, no one beside me
Track Name: At the Bottom of the Sea
I'm living at the bottom of the sea
I've cast away my old life; it's no good to me
Sometimes I miss my toes in the sand
But the glamour wore off; I couldn't do it again

Mm-m

I've crafted up some portable lungs
Now I can breathe underwater, live away from the sun
The fish aren't much for conversation
But the quiet feels nice these days

I used to live among the people
They didn't understand why I was so blue
I thought it might be better down here
With just me and the whales that are passing through

I'm living at the bottom of the sea
With no one's expectations of who I should be
I don't have to leave to go to work
I just swim all day, the ultimate introvert



I made some clothes out of some seaweed
So not even marine life can see me
Honestly, sometimes I feel so alone
But I know that it's too late

I used to live among the people
They didn't understand why I was so blue
I thought it might be better down here
With just me and the whales that are passing through

I know I can't go back
I know I can never go back
I've gotten used to this constant current
The pressure will crush me if I go back to the surface


I know I can't go back
I know I can never go back
I made my choice when I jumped in the Atlantic
I was calm it was no moment of panic
Track Name: How to Love Myself
I don't know where I am
I think last night I fell in a black hole and lost myself
I don't know where i've been
All I know is where I want to be

I am soft I am gentle
I am learning to love myself
I am new I am growing
I am learning how to love myself

I don't know why I try
To beat myself up for the person that I used to be
All I know is it's a lie
When I tell myself that i'm fucked up eternally

It's so easy to be impatient
When I feel that I am stagnant
But I remember where I came from
And I know this life's a good one

I am soft I am gentle
I am learning to love myself
I am new I am growing
I am learning how to love myself
Track Name: Pixie Dust Kisses
I want to tell you how
How I feel about
About you baby now that I've got you around

When I met you, my eyes
Like a desert were so dry
You washed the sand away
When you walked into my life

I want to kiss you and
I want to be your man
If you understand
Tell me baby

Your pixie dust kisses
So sweet, I'm flying
So sweet, I'm flying

And deep like an ocean,
My heart has decided
My heart has decided

You make my heart do loop-de-loops
I want to hold your hand and make you soup
When I just look at you, things fall into place

When I look at you, I'm home
And I never want to go
And if you want, I'm right here for you
Right here for you

Your pixie dust kisses
So sweet, I'm flying
So sweet, I'm flying

And deep like an ocean,
My heart has decided
My heart has decided

Your pixie dust kisses
So sweet, I'm flying
So sweet, I'm flying

And deep like an ocean,
My heart has decided
My heart has decided
Track Name: Worth Waiting For
Dust is spinning
Around my head and I
Breathe it in and feel the silence seeping through my pores

A split decision
And every second counts
Stretched out before me
Are all the things I've done
Can't look back now

I made a promise
To be gentle with myself
Turn the anger into love and put it on my shelf

I'm inconsistent
But nothing if not sure
If I'm persistent
One day I won't be so insecure

Every day is a new day
I'm alive, I'm alive
Like a phoenix born from fire,
From the ashes I will rise

Don't know what's waiting,
Don't know what's out there
Or what tomorrow has in store
Today I'm happy
And I've been waiting
For a feeling worth waiting for

Passing faces
Connections to be made
And I have problems relating to them
Some things haven't changed

If I keep trying,
I know I'll figure out the key
Before I worry about those people,
I've got to worry about me

Every day is a new day
I'm alive, I'm alive
Like a phoenix born from fire,
From the ashes I will rise

Don't know what's waiting,
Don't know what's out there
Or what tomorrow has in store
Today I'm happy
And I've been waiting
For a feeling worth waiting for

Every day is a new day
I'm alive, I'm alive
Like a phoenix born from fire,
From the ashes I will rise

Don't know what's waiting,
Don't know what's out there
Or what tomorrow has in store
Today I'm happy
Today I'm happy
And that's a feeling worth waiting for