Covered In Clover

The Album Diaries

Track 5, Day 5 of 10

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The Story Behind The Song Shade of Silver

Welcome to Day 5 of the secret diary for my album Covered in Clover!

During my research for my book Bare Naked Bravery, I kept coming across all these phenomenal stories of personal heroism. However, one of the darker sides of doing brave things is that often you feel like you don’t belong.

This is because bravery requires you to do different things or do the same things differently than the rest of the world. It can leave you with this feeling of “between-ness” like maybe you aren’t welcomed or less than.

This is true especially for people who are born into bodies that don’t feel like home or aren’t accepted. It’s also true for people who are born into families or cultures that don’t fully accept their personhood.

If you’ve ever felt like you don’t belong or like you’re between worlds. This song is for you.

All the research I did for Bare Naked Bravery kept pointing to the fact that this kind of bravery -- between-ness -- is the most powerful gift we can offer the world around us... why?

Inbetweens hold everything.

They have access to both sides of a story or experience. This kind of access to the world is profound. Especially if we are willing to bring life to these gray areas.

When I asked my friend Jess Aldredge (of Gospel Songs/Tooth & Nail Records) if he’d be willing to arrange orchestral parts on one song for this album, he picked this song to arrange. It meant so much to me that this song has the kind of orchestral arrangement it deserves.

I really hope you like it.

If you do, please leave a comment below!

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Listen to Shade of Silver 

(Shhh!!! This is for your eyes & ears only!)

The Lyrics for Shade of Silver 


Edges ache and ribs break inside out

from black and white fences

Should you ever need someone standing by your side

I’ll be right here tugging on the line



We’re all a shade of silver

& Inbetweens hold everything

Yes is overrated.

No is overrated.

So maybe…


Quilting pins take the magic from the sky

Fear will freeze your heart

When your gray starts to seem too blue

I’ll be right here dancing next to you



We’re all a shade of silver

& Inbetweens hold everything

Yes is overrated.

No is overrated.

So maybe maybe maybe...

The Credits

Produced by Emily Ann Peterson / Co-production & engineering by Gary Mula / Mixing by Mackenzie Spear / Mastering by Raelynn Janicke / Vocals, piano, cello & tenor guitar by Emily Ann Peterson / Bass & guitar by Eric Howk / Drums on tracks 1, 2, 4, and 7 by Aaron Benson / Drums on tracks 6, 8 and 9 by Lacey Brown / Violin by Alina To / Bassoon by Coltan Foster / Flugelhorn by Carey Rayburn / Trumpets by Scott Morning & Carey Rayburn / Saxophone by Andrew Vait / Instrumental arrangement on track 5 by Jess Aldredge/ Photography by Laura Schneider  / Cover design by Emily Ann Peterson

This album exists with help from my fans and patrons: 

Margaret Ann Martin, Eugene H. Peterson, Jan Krist, Shelby Earl, Jennifer Monahan, Janet Haney, Nicholas Herring, Hillel Cooperman, Jeff Brumley, James Lenhardt, Chris Burlingame, Karen Schwartzbauer, Hanni Hunderfund, Karina Sprinkle, Mandy Troxel, Steve Eulberg, Freya Kennedy, Heidi Stoermer, Nathan Hollifield, Anna Ungar, Anna Armstrong, Mark Peterson, Cindy Peterson, Melanie Harding, Kye Alfred Hillig, Erin Mae Lewis, Jess Shook, Pepe Doval Conzalez, Jamshid Faryar, Nyhuis Creative, Diane Morissette, Kristi Leksen, Laura Constantino, Karla Johnson, Daniel McBain, Maria Bunn, Kaitlin Winter-Eulberg, Kari Van Gelder, Scott Haydon, Kelly Goss, Cherie Perucci, Charlotte Seawell, Matt Hanna, Michael Clark, Becca Iverson, Chris Nippard, Emily Rose, Renee Escobar, Peter Berkeley, Christina Strand, Chris Mathews Jr., Theresa Kennedy, Cheryl Branz, Billy Brush, Elizabeth Burda, Heather Grady

...and anyone else who's attended a concert, purchased my book, listened to my songs, or joined my Inner Circle. 

Thank you for your enduring support of musical bravery! 



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