Ode to Alleyway

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Met a man today, in an alleyway, giving all these different things away
You want a book, he said, some music possibly; it’s free; no you don’t have to pay
I found this stuff discarded, by a trash can disregarded
But you never know what might change somebody’s day
So I sit here, most won’t come near, because they lack a healthy dose of doubt or fear for all mankind inside this strange collapsing world
That only thinks about today, and throws away
Well ain’t that nice but they’ll think twice when this here trash infested world is thrown in front of them and they can’t look away

The more we talked, the more his face turned darker shades of gray
There are these days, he said
When I get out of bed, I hope to god for death
And not because I hate myself; I’m grateful for every breath
But as the years go by, I don’t want to be alive
Because just being here, a part of this, is poisoning my soul,
And I want out of here, but more and more, there’s nowhere left to go
I swear it didn’t used to be this bad
The city didn’t used to seem so goddamn mad a few decades ago,
But now you know, there’s hardly any further down to go.

It was in that alleyway we stood when he asked me for the greater good,
If you could do you think you would go end all of mankind
And I said yes and no, the answer here is just so hard to find
If we could change things now, you know, we might just save our lives
And yeah, your soul destructive, mind corruptive, isn’t set in stone
You can live with independent thoughts
Don’t just live connecting dots
Focus on tomorrow; start to notice what it means to be alive.


from Doldrum Demos, released April 26, 2015



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