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A Thousand Skins (Part 1)

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Your fingers tapping on the table 
My feet are bouncing on the floor 
I haven't slept for 40 hours, and I will wait for 40 more 
Until the last shot of the war 

They say the waiting is the worst part 
I only hope that that's the case 
But I won't let a single instant or a moment or go to waste 
To watch a memory erased 

	Hold on 
	Hold on 
	Cuz I don't have the time to wait 
	No, I don't want to be too late 

Your face is burned into my memory 
I've traced the lines so carefully 
I've memorized the hills and valleys
And the freckles on your cheek 
The way you smile in your sleep 

You told me nothing lasts forever 
But won't let you fade away 
As time begins its slow destruction, the inescapable decay 
The colors bleaching into gray

    [Chorus]

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  Discussion: A Thousand Skins (Part 1)

Michael Waddell (anon) · 4 years ago
Holy shit.
Michael Waddell (anon) · 3 years, 11 months ago

Okay, maybe I should elaborate. I was able to be there with my mother when she finally succumbed to cancer. Such a terrible and powerful experience is still not often given form in music, and I understand; it's not easy to talk about, much less sing about. Now I don't know what situation you were thinking of when you wrote this, but to me it captures that moment better than nearly any song I've heard. Thank you.

Calen Carabajal (anon) · 3 years, 11 months ago

Josh, I can't stop listening to this song. I love the new album a ton, but I find myself coming back to this one CONSTANTLY. I've probably listened to it more than 100 times in the past week. It has replaced Colin Hay's 'Waiting for My Real Life to Begin' as my absolute favorite song about death. That is, the most perfect song about death. It is SO powerful. Would you be alright with my band (lol, band...) doing a cover of it? We're a punk outfit, but we do some slower, more musically/melodically driven stuff pretty often. We could do it *some* justice if we practice enough. It won't be NEARLY as incredible as the original, but I don't think I can *not* attempt it. It's too amazing, easily becoming one of my favorite songs of all time. Also, for anyone reading this, listen to Sigur Ros' 'Ara Batur.' The songs remind me a lot of one another. THANK YOU FOR THE INCREDIBLE MUSIC, JOSH.

Josh Woodward Back · 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks so much, Calen! And absolutely, I'd be honored. Record it if you do - I'd love to hear! :D

Shea Van Norman (anon) · 3 years, 9 months ago
I lost my mother to cancer when I was fairly young, and due to a memory problem, I don't remember very much about her at all, so this song speaks to me really deeply. The first time I really listened to what the lyrics were saying, I couldn't stop crying. I'd love to do a cover of this on guitar, but I'm having some trouble with a few of the chords. Could you possibly post them, or e-mail them to me? I'd love it so much, and thanks for the amazing and deep song.
Hans Haberstock (anon) · 3 years, 4 months ago
Hallo Josh, this is my favourite song from ashes. I want to learn playing piano and this song sounds playable with one Piano. Can you please publish the piano notes for this song? Thank You! (Im coming from Germany, so my english is not so good)
Josh Woodward Back · 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks so much! I can't read/write music, so that makes it a little hard, but I'm going to do a live video at some point, so I'll be sure to get a camera angle where you can see what I'm doing.

Marion (anon) · 3 years, 3 months ago
i'm a very big fan of yours, thanks to my brother who absolutely shares your point of view regarding music creation and creative commons. Could you please let us know what notes you play on the piano? I thought I could try and found them by ear, but as it turns out I'm not as good as I wished.
Marion (anon) · 3 years, 3 months ago
hadn't read the previous post sorry ;) i'll wait for the vid then.
Nikita (anon) · 1 year, 9 months ago
Hello Josh, i just want to say thank you for your music :) Actually, my English not so good and i can't tell to you all words that i want. But i'll try. When i listening your music it makes me think that world is better than i thought. Moreover, when i listening to this song the greatest ideas comes to my mind) It makes me happier) Thank you!  P.S. I am soory if i made some mistakes, it's all because of i'm from Russia :)

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