This Is Kneeling

by Matthew Fountain

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Tell me are you braced for this?
This is kneeling
I wonder, were you raised for this?
This is kneeling
A simple thing
Can be profound
I’m going to put my lips to the ground
I’m ready, are you up to this?
This is kneeling

Have you ever seen a wound disappear?
This is healing
Have you ever prayed to stars
Through a crack in the ceiling?
This is the place
You’re standing on
Where grass still grows
Still grace might dawn
This could be an opening, a revealing

This is a story bending
Your will into faith
An invitation
It’s time to dress this cut
Before it scars
Can you go there?
You are here

Have you stood to fight
What you cannot change?
Does the thought remain?
Can you let go the reins?

Sometimes you’re granted more
Than you’d dream of stealing
Sometimes you’re born on the hook
Then released in the reeling

Lay down your guard
And take it in
You’ll find the meaning
On your skin
Maybe we were made for this
This is kneeling


released July 14, 2017
Written & Arranged by Matthew Fountain
Produced by Matthew Fountain, Paul Laxer, and Jeff Stuart Saltzman
Mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman



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Matthew Fountain Portland, Oregon

Portland upstarts whose cinematic song noir fuses densely arranged chamber folk, moody, syncopated grooves, and angular, runaway-train guitar work—set against a wearied baritone and direct-yet-poetic lyrics on everyday mysteries and anxieties-- love, war, eternity, identity. Influences include Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, Portishead, Harry Nilsson, Björk, and Elliott Smith. ... more

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