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Tear You Down

from Two Suitcases by Joshua Fialkoff

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Tear You Down

It was such a surprise
When you showed up at my place
Tracking dirt on the floor
Throwing mud in my face
I coulda sworn you were gone
But you're still taking up space
Hiding out in the corners
Trying out different shapes

I was enjoying myself
Pretending you weren’t around
I was out shaking hands
With everybody in town
Now it’s clear that you're here
I'll keep you wearing a frown
I’m gonna make you a promise
Resolute is my vow

I’m gonna tear you down
Wipe the surface clean
Keep fighting ‘til it’s ended
Keep fighting ‘til I set me free
I can take the blows-
Can you take what you got coming?

I’m gonna tear you down
I won’t leave a trace
You coulda left when I asked nicely
Woulda let you off so easily
Now, I’m rage and flame
And I’m burning through your fables
And I only stop at victory

These fields are overgrown
With all the lies you’ve sown
And their roots extend to where soil meets the sea
And you can watch them burn
Each root and tree in turn
‘Cause it’ll take more than your lies to conquer me


"A big middle finger goes out to fear in all its forms. We’ll not mistake your persistence for strength." - Joshua Fialkoff


from Two Suitcases, released November 16, 2019
Music and lyrics by Joshua Fialkoff

Joshua Fialkoff – vocals, piano, keyboards, claps
Ross Bellenoit – guitars, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Matt Keppler – bass guitar, double–bass
Alex Maio – drums
Nicole Tranquillo – vocals

Ryan Calloway - album cover
Devon Rowland - photography

Produced by Ross Bellenoit
Mixed by Doug Raus
Recorded and mastered by Sean Svadlenak
Additional recording by Jeff Hiatt and Doug Raus
Recorded and mixed at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia


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Joshua Fialkoff Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Josh Fialkoff has been blending his smoky voice and soulful instrumentals for audiences since 2006. His music features a refreshing take on both traditional blues and jazz music as well as modern songs, and his arrangements blend these influences in a way that is neither stale nor abstract. ... more

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