The First Waltz

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One time when I was a kid I fell out of a tree and knocked the wind out of myself for the first time. It scared the shit out of me. I seriously thought I was dying. All of my friends, present at the time, would not stop laughing at how panicked I was: crying and gulping for air, awkwardly screaming "I CAN'T BREATHE!"

Kids are dicks.

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I was at my friend's house climbing trees and I thought this branch would hold me while I hung from my feet. It broke and I fell down, my back hit a root on the ground, and I couldn't breathe.

My friend went inside to get his mom so she could come see what was wrong. As I lay there tears welled up in my eyes. Just for a second I thought I might die. I didn't know what was happening. It's all I could do to heave the words, "I can't breathe"

"Of course you can breathe, if you're talking to me. Just try to breathe. Take deep breaths with short rests."
The first time I had the wind knocked out of me.
The first time I had the wind knocked out of me.
It was scary.

My friend and his family stood around laughing at me turning red as a beet, curled up in a ball rolling around on the front lawn trying to breathe.

His mom put her hands on my chest, and ever so gently she pressed. Now, when I look back, I still ask myself, "How in the world could that help?". But then suddenly the air rushed to where it should be, and I could breathe.

"Of course you can breathe, if you're talking to me. Just try to breathe. Take deep breaths with short rests."
The first time I had the wind knocked out of me.
The first time I had the wind knocked out of me.
It was scary.

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from Musicians, released April 1, 2011

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