from by Rick McLean

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This young man wanted what everybody wants
but he wasn’t sure how to do it
He wasn’t sure if he wanted love or at least something close to it
So he shopped around from town to town
but he didn’t find what he needed
So he shed some ground with his head down
feeling like he’d been defeated

He strolled up to a village, he’d been doing way too much thinking
He walked into a tavern and that’s when he took to drinking
He met a crazy lady there who matched him shot for shot
She put his hand upon her breast and asked him what he thought
By sundown he was looking for a place to lay his head
By midnight he was laying in that crazy woman’s bed

He woke up in the morning his head screaming like a birth
He turned to see a lady who was twice his size in girth
He stumbled out the door way and out onto the road
To reflect upon a night that he would rather leave untold
He found his way to the town square and to a general store
He wanted some tobacco but he needed twelve cents more
So he went in search of another shop and he wound up in the port
He found another store there but he was still twelve cents short
He took to the street with an empty tin cup in his hand
The folks said he’d have better luck begging with a band

So our young man stood on the dock of a bay watching another ship
with his face on the flag go sailing on without him
He tried to say “hi” to some passers-by
but nobody seemed to give two thoughts about him
So he walked along the shoreline to a populated beach
Where people were having small talk in the water up to there feet
So he swam out far and he dove down deep to see what he could find
But he forgot that people need to breath and then the poor boy died
The poor boy died

He sank down to the bottom with nothing to his name
No one knew he died and they went about their business all the same


from Coupla Focal, released November 7, 2015



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