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'Silence' was written during the Ensemble songwriting workshops with people who have lived experience of mental health issues. This song was written by Donna Maciocia & Michelle Magaisa

This song is about the power of someone listening to you. It's in the silence where people can be found, being listened to.

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You can’t stand to be in your own skin
What’s worse, when you can’t escape within?
No one knows the place you’re in
Sirens no one seems to hear
Despite the deafening din

Silence louder than words
Lightness the moment you’re heard
Presence in the quiet of kindness
Patience makes you feel guided

Trust in time and fluidity of feelings
Through pain suffocates, it is part of healing
Trust you’ll know when it’s time to surface
Treading waters for so long
You feel it’s not your purpose

Silence louder than words
Lightness the moment you’re heard
Presence in the quiet of kindness
Patience makes you feel guided

One day you’ll find yourself alone in the crowd again
Keeping your head down, walking
Still no intent of talking
A familiar face will smile at you in kindness
Something deep inside of you will find this great solace
Something deep inside of you’ll surrender to it’s softness

Silence louder than words
Lightness the moment you’re heard
Presence in the quiet of kindness
Patience makes you feel guided

In the silence

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from Songs To End Mental Health Stigma, released January 25, 2017
Donna Maciocia: Lyrics, Music, Melody
Michelle Magaisa: Lyrics

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