I roll through a new town every year I'm not afraid of the games that little townie boys place with my rugged heart now jessie says that I'm so brave to show up to the party I used to serve coffee to a girl who said that I've lived more than most men and I was 16 then do you believe me when I say that I've been looking everywhere from new york to belgrade for someone just like you? I've been through the sun and valley and know you're the best of I've seen all there is to see, just about and you're the best of I'm clever like the runaways that god can never catch but I think you're better I've looked at the deepest pits and found that your love goes even deeper in the darkness, we say the same things you're something special you could be the man that takes out of me the walking vagrant and I think you like that I've been through the sun and valley and know you're the best of I've seen all there is to see, just about and you're the best of
I started writing songs in 2019 to help me recover from and process an abusive relationship. As I started attending songwriting workshops, someone noticed that all of my songs revolved around the same theme: anger and hurt. He told me, “what if you wrote a song about where everything worked out?” I wrote “Sun and Valley” in the summer of 2020, in the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have written many happy songs in which everything worked out, but “Sun and Valley” was the first. I imagined a world in which all my pain and work turned into something safe that made sense. In retrospect, this song represents much more than recovery from abuse – it also held hope for the light at the end of the tunnel of the pandemic.