Approach Avoidant

by Matthew B Everett

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Part of a continuing series of pop songs named after dysfunctional behaviors from the psychological literature.


I've been thinking about the night
you clenched your teeth and held me tight
and all the demons in your head came spilling out
And you were blinking into the light
with such a headache you couldn't fight it
and you said, I'll blame the world for now

And it feels like years, since I watched those tears
but I couldn't believe what they told me
If we could start again today, I wouldn't take away the pain
I would just let you enjoy it

I've been drinking a bit too much
reaching for a bigger crutch
not the one you kicked away
I've been hoping for grace
to reassess the human race
but I'll settle for whatever remains

And it feels like years, since I kissed away your tears
and you told me the door's right there
If I saw you today I wouldn't wish away your pain
but neither would I inflict it

I told you it's alright
but now I'm not too sure
now I'm not too sure – about anything


released January 20, 2012



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Matthew B Everett Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island-based musician/composer Matt Everett has recorded about five albums. He performs solo and as MG with drummer Greg Motta. He has also done various music for films, dance pieces, circuses, etc. His most recent record White Sugar is put out by 75orLess and can be purchased on their website, and also from iTunes and Amazon! ... more

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