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THE CHILD WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN FEAR

from THE INFINITE HOTEL | soundtrack by THE FEW MOMENTS and FIREHORSE

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lyrics

I don’t want to scare you but we need to talk.
It’s only fair that you know a few things about me, before we start
And if you determine after learning of this little issue of mine
That you need to go
I won’t be surprised.

You strike me as someone who’s seen quite a lot.
But in my honest opinion I doubt this’ll work — like you thought.
There’s something specific I need you to do — if you’re up to the task (which you don’t seem to be from the way that you’re still staring back with no change of expression)
But hey — you can give it a shot.

I wish I was, I wish I was
I wish I wish i wish i was
I wish I was, I wish I was, i wish i was afraid because...

I’ve seen how people work
I’ve watched them all these years
They are not driven by ambition
All their motors run on fear

Everyone afraid of aging, dying
Being lonely, missing out
Terrified of moving on
but scared of staying here

I bared my neck to the teeth of a knife
The’ve held my head under the water for minutes. I didn’t mind
I’ve been blind, bound and tied at the mercy of strangers, they beat me,
whatever
My heart didn’t race. I was fine.

I got them to hang me from terrible heights
They took me to places of poverty, malice, unspeakable war,
I have seen people die.
They’ve left me at night in the heart of the forest, the air full of noises, the
creatures that eat us
just feet from my face , I did not bat an eye.

I wish I was, I wish I was
I wish I was afraid because
I wish I was, I wish I was, afraid, afraid, I wish because....
I wish I was, I wish I was
I wish I was afraid because
I wish I was I wish because
if you’re not scared, you’re not in love

I’ve seen how people work
I’ve watched them all these years
They are not driven by ambition
All their motors run on fear
Everyone afraid of aging, dying
Being lonely, missing out
Terrified of moving on
Scared of staying here

Help me understand
Fear.

Will you
teach me
to fear?

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from THE INFINITE HOTEL | soundtrack, released April 26, 2019
Written by Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, and Michael Joseph McQuilken (as The Few Moments).
Performed by Leah Siegel, Joey Trombino, Daniel Reece, Michael Joseph McQuilken, Eric Farber, & Freddy Epstein.

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