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The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election cycle has created -- revealed? -- more divisions and vitriol and animosity than I have ever seen in my lifetime. This song is my tiny contribution to the idea of a more civil discourse, and more civil attitudes, especially between people who don't agree with each other.

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The more of this noise that I perceive
The harder it is for me to believe
It's too much with the hatred, too much with the you-versus-me
It's too much with pretending the truth is too veiled to see

It's hard enough
It's hard to transcend
Sometimes we all need a shoulder
And we're all we've got in the end

I can't say that I understand
Locking the gates 'round the Promised Land
It's too much with division, too much with the lines in the sand
It's too much with the torches and pitchforks in all our hands

It's hard enough
It's hard to transcend
Sometimes we all need a shoulder
And we're all we've got
Sometimes we all need a shoulder
And we're all we've got in the end
We're all we've got in the end

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from A Burning Ember to a Grove of Trees, released October 17, 2016
Guitar, vocals, bass, and drums by Vance Kotrla

Recorded and mixed by Jaron Luksa, The Rattle Room, Burbank, CA
Mastered by Tim Moore, York Recording, Los Angeles, CA

Written by Vance Kotrla
Published by Antique Robot Songs (ASCAP)

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Sci-Fi Romance Los Angeles, California

Sci-Fi Romance is an independent folk band from Los Angeles that blends unique arrangements and a dark, percussive take on acoustic music into a sound that has been labeled "steamfolk." It began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Vance Kotrla.

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