My Lips Are Sealed

by Mount Everest

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My Lips Are Sealed is not about keeping secrets. It’s about not being able to speak. The fall of 2010 was the weirdest time in my life. It was the culmination of a year long ordeal with a vocal cyst that upended all of my plans and put my life on a decidedly different path. I wrote about this as I reflected on releasing 60 songs in 60 weeks. It was a moment that my timeline hinged on. Without the weirdness of that fall none of these songs would have been written, and the most inconvenient thing to ever happen to me would never have turned into the catalyst for what I’ve begun to view as my life’s work.

I was horse for over a year, unable to sing, and unable to interact in a conventional fashion. I still have a knee jerk reaction to being in crowded places, because I fear the damage that raising my voice even a little might do. It was a very bad year and it did bad things to my personal state, but the weirdest part by far was the very end of it. Surgery fixed me up good, but after the doc cut me up I had to go on total vocal rest, which meant no speaking of any kind for any reason for a period of weeks. This song is about feeling trapped in your own skull because you can’t say a word. It’s about some time that I spent isolated in the woods in New Hampshire because being around people was too much for me to cope with. It is also about the immense gratitude that I feel toward my parents for helping me through that period of my life. It’s about being a different person later on.

Thanks for sticking around for 60 weeks! I love the hell out of all of you!

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I screamed at the top of my lungs
And all you heard was just a peep
It’s hard saying what you mean
When saying anything at all would make you weak
And at the bottom of the cavern
Wasn’t any further down that I could go
Until my mother and my father gave me shelter
And the room to grow

I said you’ll never see the rest of me
I think I died out there
So someone else could come to be

Oh God what I’ve seen I’ll never tell
In a house in the woods all by myself
In a heart locked down
Setting up to feed all the things I’m made of into me

You’re giving them hell
You’re giving them hell
You’re giving them hell
Is everybody better off for wishing they’d be better off?
Oh well

Haven’t you heard
Your luck could change
You cursed your voice
You cursed your name
Heaven forbid there’s something you would say

My God what I’ve seen I’ll never tell
Little house in the woods all by myself

I said you’ll never see the rest of me
I think I died out there
So someone else could come to be

Haven’t you heard
Your luck could change
You cursed your voice
You cursed your name
Heaven forbid there’s something you would say

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released January 9, 2012

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Mount Everest Brooklyn, New York

I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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