1. Even Stars

From the recording PHENOMENA

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“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live…[For] all go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.” - Qoheleth

Written, produced, and mixed by Caleb J. Murphy
Vocals, piano, guitar, bass, and drum programming by Murphy
Trumpets composed by Murphy
Trumpets performed and additional trumpets composed by Wyatt Corder
Mastered by John Behrens
Cover art by Jan Murphy


Just the other day I met a little boy who said
“Mister, you okay? Take your hands up off your face“
I looked him in the eye, told him they're holding me upright
Sometimes it can feel like life goes at the speed of light
Even stars burn out

I said “Boy, you gotta learn energy comes from the burn
Healing only heals after one too many hurts
And soon you’re gonna break, soon you’re gonna regret the day
The day you showed up here, the day your light first appeared
Even stars burn out"

He didn’t walk away, he stood and looked me up and down
He said “Mister, you are wrong, you only see a star when it’s gone
So you might as well uncover your face and breathe
Focus on the now, don’t look for what you cannot see
Even stars burn bright”