There’s Always Someone Tougher and Meaner

Curtains hide from prying eyes
All but a television’s glow
As three friends sit in their home
so far away from home
we’d cut ourselves
from a sinking ship
Found only more drugs and booze
Old habits took hold
While we slept from
the breath of the move

And a pendelum swings
with an axe guided weight
Cutting lies
from an ever growing stone
A timber of voice often heard
where the truth is seldom told
It’s a hard earned disgrace
when the brunt of the ache
finds the faces of friend and family
As our futures turn not out to be what they’d hoped or believed

And we made our way
playing heartbreaking games
In our eyes are the bitterest of truths
Intentions speak not as loud
as the choices made in youth

And it’s been a long hard winter
We danced near the fire
’til we withered away
We shook and we sweat
long in the morning
Oh your face could be that
of a stranger
As the rose on your cheek
turned to gray
mirrors show who we are
Not who we long to be

Though my words hit you like
a bare knuckle boxer
Whipping boy
you’ve been beaten by yourself
So caught in the calm I but whisper
and you hear devil’s howl
Both the strong willed and weak
hold the tools to escape
My dearest friend
I cannot hold you alone
And I fear
the path on which you travel
I could never follow on

And we made our way playing heartbreaking games
In our eyes are the bitterest of truths
Intentions speak not as loud
as the choices made in youth
And it’s been a long hard winter
We danced near the fire
’til we withered away
We shook and slept
long in the morning
Oh your face could be that
of a stranger
As the rose on your cheek
turned to gray
mirrors show who we are
Not who we long to be

And it’s been a long hard winter
We danced near the fire
’til we withered away
We shook and slept
long in the morning

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