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You're Not Alone

from Strange Tales by John Plainsong

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All bow to the King. May he rest impeached.


On the south side ,down the road
They’re using lessons that he taught them;
how to hide out in the cold.
Lock it away, we should have known.
Maybe the rust was really medicine they pumped into our home.
(But its all right 'cause a half life’s overblown.)

They been boozing, calling names
swimming in their little ocean, in an inky sea of games
mobilizing far and wide
I can’t believe so many minions would swallow up the lies.
Get a rock to hit a jaw to ...
Let ‘em lie.

Look outside.
Is that the sun again?
The same as yesterday?
No one nailed a wretched cloud above your home?
Shine a light if you see shadows.
Shout a warning at the dark.
If you ever feel abandoned or alone ... you’re not alone.

Bees are swarming! Get 'em out!
Take them on down the road and turn 'em loose,
but here they ain’t allowed.
Another light year, led by the nose.
Room by room they try to sell us on a rose that never grows.
Get along now.
That’ll light ya.
Let it go.

Get inside and guess again.     
He's got a lousy set of rules there that’ll let the rooster in;
Beady eyes, an empty head.
I can’t believe the stupid things he did, the stupid things he said.
Shoulda locked him in a room, hung by a thread.


from Strange Tales, released January 1, 2020
Written by John Baker.
All the instruments and singing and stuff: John Baker


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