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DROWNING MAN

drowning man....
he had a ten ton monkey on his back
and oh, Lord, it was bringing him down
he had built it up with bricks and stones
and broken dreams he'd collected
choking on his existential angst
he spit black rage at the world
then he cuaterized his wounds
with whiskey and tears of shame
drowning man...
he had a lonely artists' lair
where he could use and abuse himself
he had built it up with life in mind but got lost on the way
slinging out sarcasm he would shoot down anyone
then he'd slink into a drunken haze and cry tears of shame
drowning man
broken soul
stunted heart
frightened boy
drowning man...


PEARLS

seventeen thousand pearls of wisdom, i have swallowed down
all of them growing here inside me like children
mottled and glistening in my gullet, i can feel them change
they've aquired edges and grown stronger like diamonds
nobody knows they lie here nesting, no one's seen them yet
they can't be found by one not looking for treasure
open me up you might find hidden gold i've been saving for some rainy night
peel back my skin and i might just unfold like a flower in first morning light,
on a bed of crystal water
seventeen thousand seeds and secrets, i have tucked away
sweet and delicious in their silence like shadows
open me up you might find hidden gokd i've been saving for some rainy night
peel back my skin and i might just unfold like a flower in first morning light
on a bed of crystal water


NO MAN'S LAND

you can't find what you haven't got in no man's land
can't find what you haven't got in no man's land
won't find what you haven't got in mo man's land
can't get what you haven't got in no man's land
clothed in a moonless night
and bathed in another's skin that doesn't quite fit
masked as a gentleman
and cloaked in red wine but wine doeasn't last
it breathes and goes stale on the counter top
where are you going in your top hat and your tails
i'm sure you'll make the party but you forgot to wear your soul
family of lonely hearts
a fortress of leaves, they're pretty but frail
change colors and fall as the seasons fade
don't forget your hammer in your tool box by the stairs
you can't borrow other peoples nails and you
can't build on other peoples land
you can't borrow other peoples trust and you
can't borrow other peoples love