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As Jimi Hendrix once said, “If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”  Music creates a universal language that breaks all barriers, outshines all differences, and helps us overcome all obstacles.  It is by no accident then that in times of joy, happiness, loneliness, pain, and all emotions in between, that human beings, by nature, find themselves seeking comfort in song.  All over the Earth, you will find celebrations, ceremonies, and gatherings, bursting with the sounds of people coming together, singing as one voice.  So its no surprise that when Jamie Sivrais had the idea to start AVFTI, that he would use his love of music to help bring people together, allowing the many Voices of sexual abuse to come together as one, creating a harmonious community of love, support and healing.l_aaf23bf7a8774d2695f27f89833ae888[1]

All But Paralyzed tells the story of a victim-turned-survivor, on his path to reclaiming his life as his own.  This is not just a song about sexual abuse.  This is an anthem for anyone who has ever been knocked down, used up, or worn out.  With lyrics that capture the perfectly realistic balance of fear, anxiety, and courage that it takes to stand back up after an emotional fall, Jamie makes every listener feel as if he has written this song about their own experiences, and invokes a confidence in them to fight back, no matter the obstacle.  The use of banjo gives this song a quirky bluegrass feel, similar to that of The Avett Brothers, while catchy hook and upbeat feel are reminiscent to that of Jason Mraz, Andy Grammer, and the Kooks.

You can purchase this, as well as 15 other tracks on the Voices Compilation for only $8 if you preorder now, or for $10 after the official release on October 19th.  But first, enjoy a free listen to this track below, complete with the lyrics.  And help your friends and family find their voice by sharing this blog, or by liking us on Facebook.

All But Paralyzed lyrics by Jamie Sivrais

I was all but paralyzed
I was all but six feet underground
I never thought this strain would end
Situation compromised
Left for dead and bleeding, beaten down
I shouted out “if you can hear me
I’ll take back my life
Even if it kills me
I’ll take back my life”
Now I’m singing

I found myself and found my way back home
Finally I’m standing on my own
Standing on my own
Standing on my own

Imagination terrorized
Finding out my throat can’t make a sound
I can barely maintain oxygen
Memories antagonized
By thoughts I can’t wrap my tongue around
Head full of doubt, jaded and weary

I’ll make it through tonight
Though panic fills me
I’ll make it through tonight
Then I will say
“I’ll take back my life
Even if it kills me
I’ll take back my life”

I found myself and found my way back home
Finally I’m standing on my own
Standing on my own
Standing on my own

I was made for so much more than wearing your regret
Now I’m set to clear the air so you settle your own debt
This hasn’t killed me yet

I found myself and found my way back home
Finally I’m standing on my own
I found myself and found my way back home
Finally I’m standing on my own

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