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Skin of the drum

from by Devin Howell

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This song is a promise to myself, the people who listen to my music and my muse that I will keep playing and writing music no matter what.

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Every smile every frown every mark every line
Paints the story of life and its passage through time
There's no shame in the scars being human creates
No blame as I page through the tale on my face

When the pen or the brush exposes all my regrets
All my misgivings that I've tried to forget
I hope it will show also truth that I've told
Pride that I've swallowed emotions controlled

Sometimes we paint life in the colours we choose
Sometimes we have only the greys and the blues

But my hands will stay fat on the skins of the drum
And the land will shake from strings that I strum

My heart will be pushed 'til just before bursting
I'll drink the well dry and then still I'll be thirsting
For silence to carve into the sounds of my soul
And wisdom to know all the secrets it holds

Sometimes words write themselves into songs
Sometimes the page is white for too long far too long

But my hands will stay fat on the skins of the drum
And the land will shake from strings that I strum

'Cause the work never stops when it comes to creation
From the pen of the poet or the stone of the mason
There are worlds to unveil in music and verse
We must lay open our hearts no matter how much it hurts

Sometimes pain gives the strength to create
Sometimes to touch someone’s heart ours must break

So my hands will stay fat on the skins of the drum
And the land will shake from the strings that I strum

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from Chase the sun, released December 8, 2013

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Devin Howell Cape Town, South Africa

Devin writes songs that convey the message of life in all it's colours. Aural pictures of the serious, the comical, the sexual and the spiritual aspects of our world.
With Pertinent musings and infectious groovings, Devin's introspective philosophy combines with catchy melodies and feel-good rhythms to create an uplifting journey through our spectrum of emotions and heart vibrations.
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