I Can't Breathe

by Adrian Bourgeois

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This song is not my story to tell.

It is an echo.

A reverberation.

An amplification.

A reaction.

Written between 5 and 6am Monday morning.

Recorded in one take for each part.

A song that does not ask to be listened to, but instead says "I hear you".

Free to download, but please donate to any of these causes:

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I can’t breathe
Though I never tasted breath in my whole life
And my nerves were always on the edge of your knife
I can’t breathe and I couldn’t breathe before

So let it burn
Cause my life has been on fire since I’ve had one
And smoke’s the only air that’s been in my lungs
Let it burn don’t ask me what it’s burning for

And I could smash through a window with my bare hands
Or shatter your illusions ‘bout your home land
Don’t tell me that I’m already a free man
But I’m gonna take a knee until you take a stand

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released June 5, 2020

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Adrian Bourgeois Burbank, California

"Just when a tune has ingratiated itself into your memory, in the way the kind of pop music does that inspires one to whistle, the melody sweeps upward, turning and dancing in that unpredictable way that a flock of birds does when it moves toward the sun." (SN&R)
"Lush with strings, angelic harmonies and melodies that swoop and soar like a hook-laden roller coaster"(Sacramento Bee)
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