Second Song in Series of Songs I Swore I'd Never Sing - Is a Tiny Desk Contest Video

This tune is something I've been sweeping under the rug for some time. With so few frigs left to give these days, I've tossed my gloves into the corner, and I'm 100% willing to make a fool of myself.

Nothing sums it up quite like this video, in which I stare the camera down like we're having a fight.  It's even uncomfortable for me to watch, and I have to admit that I'm a little scared of myself. However, I submitted this to the NPR Tiny Desk Contest at the very last minute, and there was no time to reassess my approach. 

So, here is the second song in a series of songs I swore I'd never sing to the public at large. 

THOUSAND YARD STARE

You never stood in any line for any war

but you've always been there.

You never knew what the fighting was for

but you know it isn't fair.

And now you seek the remains of the day

just to find they've been wasted.

And you see all the mess that you made

and you start to despair.

 

Though your hand doesn't draw any blood

you know well you can taste it.

Though your eyes never left these shores

they're deployed in a thousand yard stare.

And you seize on the rest of your days 

with your stores in the basement.

Did they keep all your worries at bay

while they seeded the foil?

 

You were made from the wolves who lay waste

all the world for the spoils.

You were saved from the mud and the toil

by the blood and the oil.

Who are you?

 

You never pulled any trigger,

Never said the word ******

but so much that goes unsaid is still being done.

You're free, you have a voice.

You're free, you have a choice

of clothes to wear and what you wanna do for fun.

But in the morning you feel dread

while you're lying in your bed.

Like the women who bled

for the soldiers they bred.

 

You were made from the wolves 

who laid waste

all the world for the spoils.

You'll be saved from the blood and the oil,

by the mud and the toil.

Who are you?

 

You never stood in any line for any war 

but you've always been there.

 

Jenny Lou Drew 2017

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