Three Days

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This is an old one, but it’s a crowd pleaser. It came from a time when I felt like I was regularly screwing myself up by having no space between stimulus and response; instead, I was very reactive, especially to anything that upset me. I then instituted a “three day rule,” requiring myself to wait 3 full 24-hour periods after receiving a triggering stimulus before I allowed myself to respond. This rule has since saved me repeatedly, and interestingly, only once did a situation require a response in fewer than three days. I figured if Christ took 3 days to rise from the dead, I can freaking wait three days to respond to an email that pisses me off. So this song is kind of a funny, self-deprecating song with a bite.

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When the first few moments hit me, I barely know my name
I’m triggered from my heart down to my soul
I swim in only feelings and irrational waves of pain
For the next three days, saying nothing’ll be my goal

It takes three days to pull myself together
It takes three days to know what’s in my heart
It takes three days until I might feel better
It takes at least three days to own up to my part

Recriminations fly out, injustice fills my head
A sudden blindness to my faults descends
I gorge on bits of blaming, I need to go to bed
Be unconscious ‘til my mental state unbends

It takes three days to pull myself together
It takes three days to know what’s in my heart
It takes three days until I might feel better
It takes at least three days to own up to my part

In sleep my conscience greets me, invites me to arise
A creeping sense of sorrow pools around my eyes
My faults come into focus, sanctimony dies
A tender way of seeing comes with the sunrise

After three good nights of slumber, I can face the stubborn facts
My heart’s a bit more lined up with my head
My words are framed with forethought, my boundaries are intact
At least I’m far less prone to leave a mess

It takes three days to pull myself together
It takes three days to know what’s in my heart
It takes three days until I might feel better
It takes at least three days to own up to my part

Words & Music © 2012 Martha Groves Perry

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from These Hands, released March 1, 2020
In addition to songwriting, lead vocals, and writing the harmony vocals, I played acoustic guitar and performed backing vocals on this song. Kenny Schick, my producer, also sang backing vocals and played or programmed all of the other instruments. Kenny recorded his parts at Basement3Productions in Nashville, TN, and I recorded my acoustic guitar and vocal parts in May 2018 with Steven Glaze at ToneFreq Studio in San Jose, California.

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Martha Groves Perry San Francisco, California

Martha Groves Perry is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music is straightforward, compelling, and sometimes edgy with strong blues and southern rock influences. Her lyrics reflect the fearless truth-telling and unbothered amusement of a seasoned, female point of view. Martha’s music has been described is a cross between Tom Waits, early Gwen Stefani, and the Indigo Girls. ... more

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