Refugees Rebuke

from by Spencer Scholes

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I wrote this song in about an hour sometime around 2008.
I remember coming back to the apt. I lived in at the time and the lyrics just bursting to be written down. I sat and scribbled the lyrics in about ten minutes and then picked up my guitar and put the music too it.
It has developed over the years as a part of my original repertoire but has retained it's form and changes becoming more interesting to me over time.

Despite the title, this song has nothing to do with immigration or any other political row. The title could refer to an experience of meeting someone younger than you who is in the middle of making major mistakes that you once made. Mistakes that perhaps caused you significant social, emotional, or physical burns. The lyrics are a statement to someone who is perhaps caught in a trap that has them spell bound by the surface appeal of it. From one who has tasted that particular poison and suffered significantly from it.
The music depicts the intensity of that warning from one who at one point did not or could not heed it, unto one who probably won't heed it either. Followed by a statement of rising above the triviality of the experience to see a bigger picture that makes the argument within the would be warners self obsolete and relieved.


Today your life is shining
you're young, you're strong
and you're high
But you are flirting with disaster
and in her arms you are not shy

Keep flirting with destruction
but don't expect relief
you can only go so far in this direction
before you find out what it means

So you had to leave your home
believe me, I understand
You're going to need a place to hide soon
you're going to need a helping hand

Don't bite the hand the helps you
Don't try to pass the blame
you've made the move now move on
I've had to do the same

When you can't win for losing
and you find you're on your own
Take an honest look
You have to carry it
or let it all go

In the halls of the sublime
we took the potion
passed all time
watched as the fragments danced
we tasted joy and sorrow
saw they are the same at second glance


from Dragonfly Season, released November 25, 2013
Words and music written and performed by Spencer Scholes. All rights reserved 2013



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Spencer Scholes Durham, North Carolina

Spencer Scholes writes songs hefted from the weight of experience, painted with hues of imagination, and tempered by the sting of sharp self examination. Softer sounds in his recordings conceal the foothills of volcanic stage energy. Currently, Spencer is touring nationally in support of his debut solo album Dragonfly Season. ... more

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