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Purification Ritual

I once met a man going through rehab for his 14th time. Despite that, he seemed earnest and upbeat about his recovery. I found that very moving. This song isn't about him, but it is about what his story came to mean to me.

To me, his story came to symbolize a broader truth: how we pledge ourselves to do better but then fall down. How we feel strong one day and then very weak on another. How we can cycle between hope and despair. It’s not manic— it's just human. It's the way of hearts. And isn’t it very beautiful when someone gets up after being knocked down? To ask for help? To try for renewal? To fight on in spite of evidence otherwise?

This video was directed by Bert McKinley.

Be near me
Draw me into your embrace
Guide me along my winding way
I’ve made up my mind to come home again
I’ve got earth on me!

I’m such a fool / always I do
I’m such a fool / always I do
I’m such a fool / always I do
I’m such a fool / always I do

You spoke to me
In the faces of those who have loved me
In sweet summer breeze through the willow tree
The tectonic plates deep below me
I’ve got earth on me!

I’m such a fool / always I do
I’m such a fool / always I do
I’m such a fool / always I do
I’m such a fool / always I do

Guide me through your love
I can't do this on my own


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Purification Ritual was released 2017-08-24


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