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Smoke and Mirrors

by When Humans Had Wings

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This song was inspired by the concept of "shadow work," which is essentially the process of facing one's own dark side. In order to do this, we must first acknowledge that the qualities we most despise in others, are actually our own shadow-self being mirrored back to us.

It is only by consciously illuminating the hidden mechanisms of the subconscious mind, that we can liberate ourselves from limiting beliefs and stagnating behavioral patterns... and finally move towards Love.



I’m not the person you thought you knew
but in fairness neither are you
We’ve got our secrets, everyone
is guilty when it’s said and done
Nobody gets out of here all right

You’re not the person you think you are
until you learn to see in the dark
So switch your mask up all you want
It’s the only trick that you’ve got
Nobody gets away from the light

So if you leave it’s nothing to me
You’ll be back eventually
With a different face and name
I’ve heard it said we’re all the same
Wherever you go there I will be

Yeah you’re going to keep going in circles
Around around around around

Until you make your nightmares real
and you feel all you can feel
Until the dark becomes the day
and you’ve said all you can say
Until you see that I’m a mirror
and you’re right now and right here
and you know who we truly are

I’ve done terrible, terrible things…


released April 1, 2022
Vocals, Music, Lyrics and Mixing by Alicen Grey. Cover photography by theilr.


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