In Their Words: “‘Jeremiah’ approaches sentiments that I’ve held for many years, but I haven’t known quite how to approach them in a song until recently. Growing up in a rural mountain town, few people stuck out. Those who did, did so courageously, often because they had no other choice. Hearing others use slurs was commonplace, unfortunately. The nails that stuck out got hammered down. Though I’ve never been subject to any discrimination, I have friends who have been many times. ‘Jeremiah’ is a memory of my feelings about it. It is a critique of the Bible Belt, but also American culture at large. I’m proud of where I’m from, but we have some things to work on. I try to stay optimistic.

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