You Gotta Breathe

from Waves by Burke Ingraffia

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The baby is crying
The bills are piling
The bank is calling on its loan
Your marriage is frozen
Your boss has just chosen
To chew you out on the phone
Your life is a mess
And on top of that stress
Your income taxes are due
I’ve been there my friend
And in the end
There’s just one thing left to do

You gotta breathe
As if your life depended on it
Air is free —
you’ll be spending nothing on it
Then release all the things
that don’t belong inside you
You gotta breathe

Your identity has been stolen
Your prostate is swollen
Your dog just killed your neighbor’s cat
The cops pulled you over
After drinking vodka sodas
How’re you supposed to get out of that?
You’ve run out of steam
And your old self esteem
Is knocked down a couple of rungs
But before you start climbing
I think it’s good timing
To fill up both of your lungs ...

Your doctor called you fatso
And even though that’s so
Insurance won’t pay for the claim
Your pants are getting tighter
You’re sure that it’s the dryer
That needs to take all of the blame
A hurricane is coming
Your roof has been leaking
You’re more than just bummin’
You’re totally freaking
And as you’re thinking
“How will I survive?”
There’s just one thing
that keeps you alive ...

There’s war and there’s fear
In the news that we hear
And train wrecks we just can’t control
Designer diseases
And it seems legal-eze is
The only dialect that we know
But I gave my heart
A brand new start
And you can do the same
Oxygen again and again
is also good for the brain ...


from Waves, released March 27, 2020
Burke Ingraffia: guitar and vocals, Marcello Benetti: percussion, Tim Laughlin: clarinet


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Burke Ingraffia Alexandria, Virginia

Burke Ingraffia is a singer/songwriter/guitarist whose multi-genre music fits pleasantly in the ears of both jazz and folk audiences alike. He was a finalist at the 2012 Kerrville New Folk competition.A native of New Orleans, Burke currently lives in the Washington D.C. area. ... more

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