Lines On The Wall

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You trip and you fall victim to
the catastrophic absolute
the cattle call is closing soon
you caterwaul at each salute
and each vermouth you drink to health
you think too hard on future wealth
and sink too far to reach the shelves
we wink and nod to teach ourselves

With tongues in our cheeks
we’ll pretend we’re complete
let’s just waste our whole lives
doing things we don’t mind

I hold you tight in my embrace
and speak word some genius misplaced

I tell you that
Growth is not measured by lines on the wall
By your weight on a scale or the first day you crawled
I've been here awhile now
So I know what to do when you fall

The pendulum is swinging still
Like the setting sun in a silent film
You're regretting fun cause you think you will
The kettle rung from the steam it built
And the dream you built you fear is just
A dream to wilt and melt to dust
This stream of guilt won't seem to rust
And greener fields weren't meant for us
And all that I know
Now that rain's turned to snow
That I'm bitter and cold
Cause I fear I'm too old
Now hold me tight in your embrace
And speak words that you had misplaced
You tell me that
You tell me that
Growth is not measured by lines on the wall
By your weight on a scale or the first day you crawled
I've been here awhile now
So I know what to do when you fall

What's next? Just the usual
Will bread make you fruitful?
Will stress keep you youthful?
Will regret make you useful?
May your crucial attempts
To live frugal prevent
The day's brutal intent
To say rueful laments about you

credits

from Not Brandy, Not Whiskey, released July 22, 2017
Music and lyrics by John Michael Sherry

Vocals by Jess Elaine Ramsey
Drums by Sean Lochridge

All other parts by John Michael Sherry

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