The Only Way Out Is Through

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I can’t do much of anything when I’m feeling down, let alone write a song about it, but one day in 2019 when I was trudging my way back, I made an attempt to leave a breadcrumb trail for my future self.

"The Only Way Out Is Through" is my attempt to trap the "shapeless forces" that "pull at me", making them solid by assigning words to them, reducing their power and size to something I might feasibly be able to overcome. The aspirational sentiment that “resistance is crucial, forgiveness is beautiful” is one I find very hard to enact in the moment, but something I can at least continue to strive for.

Ironically, this song is being released during my lowest fortnight of the last 12 months, so the safety line of lyrics I knotted inside the music is a helpful reminder of brighter days.

The choice to release music in a universally dark time isn’t one I take lightly. “The Only Way Out Is Through” is the most resonant and useful piece of music I have to offer right now, a rescue raft for whoever needs one.

That’s what this song is for me.

lyrics

LYRICS

Gotta get out of this
Making a meal of distress
Fatalistic to the bone
Thunderclouds in every home
Gotta get out of this

The only way out is through
Not gonna lose my heart - I never meant to
The only way out is through

Gotta get out of this
Drowning in yesterday's tears
Intimate conspiracies
Shapeless forces pull at me
Gotta get out of this

The only way out is through
Not gonna lose my heart - I never meant to
The only way out is through

The only way out is through
Not gonna lose my heart
I never meant to wish on a falling star
But I won't let it go

Denial take me away
Pretend like I'm not the queen of stretching the days
In all the wrong ways - til they break
Denial take me away
I crave your sweet mistakes but
Resistance is crucial
Forgiveness is beautiful

The only way out is through
Not gonna lose my heart - I never meant to
The only way out is through

credits

released September 8, 2020
Written, produced, performed and engineered by Laura Kidd. Mixed by Dan Austin. Drums by Max Saidi.
Portrait by @genskiart, concept and layout by Laura Kidd.

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Penfriend Bristol, UK

Laura Kidd is a solo artist based in Bristol, UK.

From 2010-2019 she created her own audiovisual world as She Makes War, releasing four albums shemakeswar.bandcamp.com

Since then, she's been making music as Penfriend. Part reinvention, part reckoning with a more confident, wiser self, her new project is a deliberate call for more meaningful connection at a time of cheap dopamine highs.
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