False Freedom

You boarded the train
With a one way ticket
Thinking that you were going somewhere
Well, well
The journey ended, didn’t it
Soon you came back to square one
Ain’t got nothing to show off
Not a penny in your holed pocket
Loyalty didn’t count for shit in your cv
Older and wiser is a big fat lie
You know why
they built a ladder to heaven
To make sure that
only God would take you
Humans are too fucking selfish
to care about a man
living under the proverty line

A Day Trip

The world became a strange place
almost over night for all of us

to some
job loss,
couldn’t pay bills,
couldn’t pay rent,
hiring freeze,
maxed out credit cards,
maxed out personal favours,
in that order

sleepless nights
worries
anxious thoughts
self hatred
in a circle
chasing each other’s tail

We drove to an apple orchard
for a day trip
picking apples from a tree
before gravity got the better of them
we felt somewhat heroic
saving the apples
from being bruised and battered

We snapped a few photos
wearing big smiles
with buckets of harvest
in the sunlit red and green orchard
a message you sent home
for their peace of mind

Somehow I knew
a day trip was no more
than an act of bravery
for the sole purpose of
changing scenery

this evening onward
for you
sleepless nights
worries
anxious thoughts
self hatred
in a circle
chasing each other’s tail

 

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Photo by Cassa Bassa at Bilpin, NSW, Australia

 

#Songshare – Feel No Pain

Feel No Pain – Sade

 

Mama been laid off
Papa been laid off
My brother’s been laid off
For more than two years now
Ooh, can’t get a job
Billy can’t get a job
Ooh, they gotta listen to the blues
Help them to strive
Help them to move on
Help them to have some future
Help them to live long
Help them to live life
Help them to smile
Don’t let them stay home and listen to the blues
Papa been laid off
Mama been laid off
Billy can’t get a job
For too long, too long
Don’t let them lose
We gotta give them a chance
It’s gonna come back on everyone
If you don’t make them dance
Don’t let them stay home and listen to the blues
There’s nothing sacred
(Why?, why?, why?)
Breathing hatred
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah
We have to face it
(Why?, why?, why?)
No one can take it
And feel no pain
(Feel no pain)
Mama been laid off
Papa been laid off
My brother’s been laid off
For more than two years now
Ooh, can’t get a job
Billy can’t get a job
Ooh, they gotta listen to the blues
Help them to strive
Help them to move on
Help them to have some future
Help them to live long
Help them to live life
Help them to smile
Don’t let them stay home and listen to the blues
One day we’re gonna wake up
And the ghetto’s all around
All over my friend
Have you ever seen a man break down
Do you know how that feels?
(Why?, why?)
To walk the street with your head held high
(Why?, why?, why?)
Oh Lord have mercy
(Why?, why?)
Did you ever see a man break down
There’s nothing sacred
(Why?, why?, why?)
Breathing hatred
We have to face it
(Why?, why?, why?)
No-one can take it
(Why?, why?, why?)
And feel no pain
Ohh, did you ever see a man break down?