This Over Here

Some people found it too hard to be alone

So they dug in with their thin skin

And their clothes pinned to the wind

 

Some people found it too hard to be outgrown

So they fell out of formation

And in condemnation they sinned

 

Some people found it to hard to be true

So they ran through back alleys

With black hands to wash ‘em

 

Some people found out but they found out too soon

So they sent away for the pickers

And the picker returned with a blossom 

 

Some people found it too hard to be a stray

So they became a believer

And neither had produced what it offered

 

Some people found out that they didn’t want to pay

So they tried to quit the game

But they ended up laying in a coffin

 

Some people found it too hard to have two eyes

So they keep them in their mouths

And they only look around now when they’re talking

 

Some people found out that it was all a lie

So they took off for the edge of town

And started walking

 

Some people found it too hard to be in love

So they shuddered it away in a plain dress

And painted it with water

 

Some people found when they sent away the dove

That the story of the olive branch

Is also the story of the altar

 

Some people found it too hard to be clear

So they fell upon a bottle

Or they fell upon a woman

 

Some people found it too hard to be a queer

So they got married

And perhaps they had a couple children

 

Some people found it too hard to go away

So they stayed still and the evening

Crept upon the windowsill

 

Some people found it too hard to really say

So they bottled it and swallowed all the poison

Till they’d had their fill

 

Some people found it too hard to make sense

So they joined the marching legion

That carries the banner of surrender

 

Some people found us here sitting on the fence

Doing party lines

And drinking our politics from a blender

 

But this over here

You see this over here?

This is the darkness for me

- 1307 Christian St, South Philly 2005

Words and music by Devin Greenwood © 2006 Secret Piney Music

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