New music video: “Fight or Flight” featuring Jeff Campbell

Here’s something fun that happened. A few weeks before the 2016 election, after a series of sleepless nights, I woke up before dawn with this song in my head.

Up until then, I’d been in a creative drought for years. But the tension of the campaign ended up inspiring me in unexpected ways. For the first time in 8 years, I’d finished a song I felt good about.

So I asked my friend Jeff Campbell—leader of Pine & Battery, Static & Surrender and one of my musical heroes—if he’d produce the track. He went a step further and ended up playing guitar, arranging vocals, and writing the intro and bridge for the song.

Hard to put into words how lucky I feel to have such a supportive friend. Big thanks also to the fantastically talented Gawain Mathews for capturing the Kings of Leon meets Pete Yorn sound I had in my head, and to Rick Munoz who rocked like a thunder god on the drums.

When you download my song “Fight or Flight” at drewpearce.bandcamp.com, 100% of my proceeds will be donated to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency who are helping refugee children and families receive life-saving relief and support.

Thanks for listening and supporting the cause!

LYRICS:

To all of you who lay awake from 3 am until the break of day
because your mind is racing from a dream of something chasing
You across an open plain through empty fields in heavy rain,
Running faster, still it gains. I feel it too, I feel the same.

Don’t lay back down now we are awake
Now there’s more time for us to take
Fight or flight? Fight or flight is not our only choice tonight.
Help me find another side

That night across the kitchen table,
I fought with you like I was able
to persuade you you were wrong,
the argument went on and on
We reenact the civil war, fight over what the fight was for:
to free the slaves or rights of states:
don’t lose the common ground we made

Don’t lay back down now we are awake
Now there’s more time for us to take
Fight or flight? Fight or flight is not our only choice tonight.
Help me find another side

Armed to teeth and geared for riot:
look at what our fear invited
Starting war to keep the peace,
starving poor to feed the greed
The ugly truth about this life:
it’s easy to believe in the beautiful lie
that someone guides us from above
and wants us all to fight for love

Don’t lay back down now we are awake
Now there’s more time for us to take
Fight or flight? Fight or flight is not our only choice tonight.
Help me find another side