The Number

from by Erik Ritland

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Inspired by St. Ignatius' Rule for Discernment 314.1.

Evil spirits enjoy creating anxiety and sadness that permeates into the deepest part of our being, assaulting our minds and disturbing our souls. God counteracts by giving consolation and peace by means of courage and strength.


When Monday comes I just can’t take it
Waking up early and facing the day
Another long week of making bad decisions
And moving the pieces a little ahead

I can’t pick up the phone
And dial the number that I need to call

At the end of the day when the sun is setting
I feel a hunger that can’t be filled
The ashtray says that I’ve been up all night
Skipping stones in a shallow pool

I can’t pick up the phone
And dial the number that I need to call

A crack of light comes through the window
Blinding me until I see again


from Little by Little, released May 5, 2016



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Rock n' roll. Country western. Blues. Folk. Americana.

The past is never dead. It isn't even past.

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