The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Sturgill Simpson

Breakers Roar


Oh how the breakers roar
Keep pulling me farther from shore
Thoughts turn to a love so kind
Just to keep me from losing my mind
So enticing the deep dark seems
It's so easy to drown in our dreams

Oh and everything's not what it seems
This life is but a dream
Shatter illusions that hold your spirit down
Open up your heart and you'll find love all around
Breathing and moving
Healing and soothing
Away all the pain in life holding you down

Bone breaks and heals
Oh but heartaches can kill
From the inside or so it seems
Oh I’m telling you it's all a dream

Sturgill Simpson

All Around You


There will be days when the sun won't shine
When it seems like the whole world is against you
Don’t be afraid when life is unkind
You can let go of the pain if you choose to
Because time slips away and skies fall apart
Revealing to all a universal heart
All around you

There will be nights that go on forever
Like you're alone, lost at sea, never to be found
But just know in your heart that we're always together
And long after I'm gone I'll still be around
Because our bond is eternal and so is love
God is inside you, all around, and up above
You the way.




STURGILL SIMPSON is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, musician, producer and performer. His latest album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was written—beginning to end—as a letter to his first child, who arrived during the summer of 2014. Widely praised by critics, his music has received acclaim from The New York TimesRolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR and many others. Simpson and his band are currently in the midst of an extensive sold-out worldwide tour. More info is available at



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