From the album Chrome (2009)

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One of the most vulnerable songs I’ve written. I see this song as partially mournful, ending in a benediction. I hope you hear the same.

Lyrics

Reality Came Crashing Down
(Eric Peters)

I used to think that I could change the world
Write a song to make me rich and famous
Mine would be a name that you’d read all about
But then reality came crashing down

I used to think that I could save the world
Write a song that said nothing in particular
Pretend that I was worthy of the words beneath the words
But then reality came and kissed my chin
Reality came and settled right in

Dreams don’t mean all that much
If we can’t find ourselves
In the dust that shapes the ground
When reality comes crashing down

There are no lost souls, only hopeless ones
Love is a cause for constant celebration
It binds and affords what our wallets cannot purchase
Hallelujah, it came to us first

So, son, don’t waste your words tuned to a whim
Cast out your net and slowly drag it back in
Your catch may be small and your belly may burn
But live for the language that speaks few words
Live for the language of love

Dreams don’t mean all that much
If we can’t find ourselves
In the dust that shapes the ground
When reality comes crashing down