Boxes

from Boxes (single) by Ryan Oyer

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"Boxes" was written for a 2021 songwriting challenge in Chattanooga started by Robert Lovett. We all threw 3 ideas into a hat and got 3 sent back to us at random. My challenge was to write a song from "an alien view of earthlings". The song was recorded entirely on my iPhone using GarageBand.

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They put themselves into boxes
They go to work and they check off their boxes
They come home to their nice and warm boxes
They place their children in their own little boxes

Kids to school and make friends with their boxes
They sit them down they learn at their boxes
Tell what they can and can’t put in their boxes
So they can fit within their own little boxes

They buy & keep their possessions in boxes
They ship their boxes across the country in boxes
They fall asleep in their safe and sound boxes
They put their love and their dreams into boxes

D’ya think they know that nothing that’s alive should grow in boxes?
It won’t belong and they’ll wonder where it went when it’s gone til they unbox it

The eat their food from their take Togo boxes
They keep their memories in their photo boxes
They watch each other on their tv boxes
Talk to each other with their streaming boxes

They hide their dirt & their secrets in boxes
They put their own limitations in boxes
They count their days down on their boxes
Bury each other in the ground in their boxes

D’ya think they know that nothing that’s alive should grow in boxes?
It won’t belong and they’ll wonder where it went when it’s gone til they unbox it

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from Boxes (single), released April 13, 2021
Written by Ryan Oyer
Ryan Oyer - Guitars, Bass, Drums, Percussion, & Vox
Otis Van Oyer - Vox, Handclaps
Kai Breedy-Oyer - Handclaps
Tom Oyer - Handclaps

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Ryan Oyer Chattanooga, Tennessee

The work of singer-songwriter Ryan Oyer is intrinsically tied to personal experience and emotional connection. Universal sentiment and intimate insight are irrevocably intertwined within a landscape of folk-rock rurality and indie rock tenacity. He conjures comfortable evenings & loses himself within the lulling ease of front porch singalongs. -Joshua Pickard "The Southern Sounding" ... more

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