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Amen Dunes – Believe


We’ve already expressed our strong feelings for his new full-length Freedom, and today Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes shares the third track from the album, with the sprawling, poignant “Believe“. According to a press release, it’s “a song of forgiveness and of reckoning”, as McMahon comes to terms with his mother’s illness and mortality, and it certainly feels like the record’s emotional center and heart (and arguably its best song). Listen along with the lyrics for full heartbreaking effect below. Freedom is out March 30th on Sacred Bones.

I believe, can’t deny it
Seen Heaven, don’t get down
When I was a kid I was afraid to die
But I growed up now

Radio’s on and they’re playing my song
Back in 1992
Things were simpler baby, you hear everyone say
But don’t make it true

If I’m caught in the hour of dark
Won’t laugh, won’t make a sound
I won’t scream, and I won’t get excited
I know God’s underground

Well, seems to me baby, you don’t want to stay
That’s O.K. if that’s true
Life goes on, and this is just a song
But still I do it for you
And I do it for you

I can feel it in the air tonight
Summer’s almost done
They said you lived out on the wrong side
You said that’s half the fun

Now let’s not talk too heavy
I’ll see you next go around
Echoes back all things at last
Return where they belong

I believe, and I’ve been spared
And I’m not down
Fall to tears, and I’m not teasing
I’m not down
Yeah I’m not down

Do it for you
I’m not down
Do it for you

Do it for you
I’m not down
Do it for you, yeah, feel it too
Can’t stop the kid from singing
Do it for you
Yeah I’m not down

Be strong
Her heart started racing
Her hips start moving
When things go black
I got you

She’d say, she’d say
She’d say, she’d say
Keep steady, do it
Don’t stop, do it



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