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Gun Shy

by Paper Beat Scissors

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As I saw it no-one called it
Breathe in, hold it, wash over, ignore it
Step back, shaken, voracious, I know

Fully loaded, too anxious to let go

Come down, see now
the rancour that pours out
Comfort is sought out in ways that bring us down
Reach for the wrong side, we’d hold it, but it’s gone

Fully loaded, too gun shy to let go

We look to them for wisdom, but they don’t know

Are all sides cut off?
No-one else to let go of
See now, all that comes off
When we pour out the venom we’ve known

Crawl out, can’t undermine, can’t fall in line, we’d fall apart

Fully loaded, fully empty of all heart


released June 14, 2019
Lyrics and music by Tim Crabtree

Vocals, guitars, string arrangement – Tim Crabtree
Viola – Pemi Paull
Violin – Sebastian Chow
Double Bass – Sage Reynolds


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Paper Beat Scissors Montreal, Québec

Musical monstrosity deposited in Montreal, Quebec after the first years in Burnley, England.

Tim Crabtree’s haunting voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort.
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