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"A singular yearning..." - Young Han

“Dear, Silence is a beautifully haunting song, so relatable for anyone, and a great opening act for a great album." - Gabriela Esslinger

"A beautiful and humble rumination." - Jessica Lehman

I wrote “Dear, Silence” in 2008 in a chaotic neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia. The curt guitar line is meant to call to mind a child’s music box, repeating within an ever bleaker and indifferent urban scene. Piano, guitar and glockenspiel join in chorus at some moments, conversation at others, giving “Dear, Silence” a feeling of spaciousness. Gordon Withers plays lovely cello. The song reflects on coming to terms with uncertainty.

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Dear, silence hides in your throat.
Here, sirens sound but no one takes note.

We hide in a shroud. Say it out loud.

I don’t know, I don’t know.

Dear, violins quiver and quote.
Here violence gets out the vote.
Tigers and tyrants alight
All men are tied.

I don’t know, I don’t know.

Even the smallest thing ruins a life.
Even the greatest thing matters but little in time.

Even the greatest thing might not save your life
Even the smallest thing might measure greatly in time.

Even the smallest thing might save a life
Even the greatest thing matters but little in long enough time.

I don’t know, I don’t know how this ends.

Dear, silence hides in your throat.
Here, sirens sound
But no one takes note.

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from A ring around the Atlantic, track released October 1, 2011

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Peter Maybarduk Washington, D.C.

Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based songwriter and a human rights lawyer with Public Citizen.

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