Hello Cruel World

Hello Cruel World

This is the last in a series of blog entries about the songs on the upcoming album “Hello Cruel World”, to be released January 2012.

Nashville, 2010


Haven’t done as well as I thought I would

I’m not dead but I’m damaged goods

And it’s getting late


As we grow older, the monsters and ghosts that haunted us in childhood trade in their garish clothing for something more mundane, more fitting to middle-age. They take the shape of lost causes, lost opportunities, lost love. They stare back at us from the mirror. They go by names like Futility, Defeat, Failure.


You don’t live this long without regrets

Telephone calls you don’t wanna get

Stones you’d rather leave unturned


Anyone who’s telling the truth will tell you that there are regrets. Eventually your limitations, your weaknesses and your failures rise up to greet you, and you either make peace with them or they haunt you, or kill you. Keep moving forward. Survival is heroic. It’s the struggle, not the victory.


But ooh, the grain of sand becomes the pearl

Yeah, hello cruel world


“Hello Cruel World” by Gretchen Peters
©2011 Circus Girl Music, administered by Carnival Music (ASCAP)
from the upcoming album Hello Cruel World

photo by Gretchen Peters (all rights reserved)


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  1. Can’t wait for this to come out….been on a massive Gretchen listening binge while driving my wife to her doctor’s visits. I take great comfort in your words and your voice Gretchen and I thank you for sharing your gift with us.

  2. Caught you on Imus this morning. “Hello Cruel World” and “The Matador” knocked me out. Brilliant writing (and singing). Looking forward to the release.

  3. Thanks so much for your music ….. your blogs bring the somgs even more alive for me.

    I had hoped to be at your show here on the 1st, but I need to have sinus surgery done on the 31st …. doc sez I shouldn’t put it off … I am hoping a friend will go and get me a cd and beg you the favor of signing it – please

    I hope all is going well … I got a wee bit of the Imus and hope to get the live stream later

    Peace …………mary beth

  4. Counting the days until the CD is in my hands and you are here in Portland to sing the songs live!

  5. Just watched the show from Joe’s Pub in NYC and really looking forward to seeing you here in UK again- we’re booked in for March 3rd at Bury Met!Great new album- can’t wait to add it to my Gretchen Peters collection!
    Barry (the other one!)

  6. Excellent show in York. Nice Dave Jones tribute at the end. Hopefully you’ll come back this way again soon.

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