Sharp Relief

by Sam Hanlan

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1.
What a waste of skin the man you let in and what a price to have paid to have it your way I'm amazed you stayed I mean, what an ugly place not strong enough to call his bluff or leave the love to rust. I will always have my sympathies for you let's loosen up the bandages, inspect the wounds I'll show you mine, you show me yours we've nothing to prove we're just a pair of hypochondriacs in bloom. You: trained to stay a little faith couldn't save you no better off getting lost with the one who couldn't hope to stay afloat. Turned up one day, took it all away what a waste of space he's all guts and no brains, but the heart breaks all the same and no one escapes trying desperately to come clean fuck sake, just say what you mean or do me the decency and leave me be. ... You: trained to stay blamed away that behaviour no better off getting lost with the one who couldn't hope to stay afloat. Let me help you man, 'cus I have been there and I can tell you that it don't go anywhere you've got to stack your needs against your reasons, please you're about halfway to the door and I'm going back for more and more and more.
2.
Coming Easy 02:54
Oh, ply the reigns lead this old dog astray I'd like to behave but you're calling my name it's just another time and I'm just another time and I wouldn't be ready for you if you were mine. It's coming easy but it's leaving easier and it's coming easy but it's leaving easier. I'll let you slip ahead from me and my peg-leg reserved for the curb in the middle of the road I'd say a vow but it's such an empty sound I'd rather lay down kiss your mouth. There is nothing in my heart that I wouldn't take apart for you just take a look here there is plenty of room. So I'll dust off my receiver and you'll open up your signal and I'll finally hear you rising from the crackle of the speaker the warmth of your sweet voice lights a fire in my eardrums and the coming, endless going isn't easy, and you know it so come on, honey, don't you make me go it alone don't make me. ...
3.
If I'd only known you would slow me down I would have chased you out given you the slip crossed you off of the list and pressed for an early release and if I'd only found higher ground I might have survived So just come with me, quietly I know a place I can put you to use. This will be your tomb: my engine room so knuckle down it looks like you work for me now welcome to the house of fun where I get all my thinking done twenty-four years, finally in the clear still living in the wake of all my mistakes. But I am not a slave driver I've got time for ya and I will keep you close you'll never even know I'm there. Lay down in the snow a deep freeze could really cool me down so turn off the taps and relax I just like having you around we can reconcile with a knowing smile some piece of mind or rattle through the days loosen the chains and live like free men. But until then... This will be your tomb: my engine room so join the crowd it looks like you work for me now or am I doing it wrong did I come on too strong like a drunk on a crawl too heavy, as always they handed down the days just camping in my grave where I will remain with all my mistakes. ... Bleeding like a pig over everything that you ever loved so hold the creature down and we'll cut it's throat you can be my guest believe me, this what I want let's just get it done breathe a sigh of relief as we put it to rest.
4.
Skye 04:31
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5.
Man is cheap to run not easily undone his furnace burns a duller sun until his love is done the head obeys the body body's life is lonely lovers never knowing the fire's heat is weak the precious dead and long gone sat beside them so long spat them out a swan song but left the lights all on so cheap and badly framed the weening and the waned hang thin across these days and he can't be loved again. But I can and I will in our bed that's where we'll live the master of my callow heart the dye is cast, now so where to start and sure enough easy to love. Where exactly is the line that I drew the last time hands have never been so dirty by design heaven opened up its gates but I went round the back way had myself a long stay and left the way I came dig a little hole, where the man can call his home, where silence fills the air, where the devil makes his lair. Or live a little larger we can farm a little harder we can walk a little farther and love a little, too. We're sailing hard along the causeway strapped with nothing more to say they'll pick apart any words you'll find and you can't have mine so are you ready to die pinch yourself and feel alive sail away to the other place with the pretty lawns and pearly gates. Send a letter when you arrive let me know that you'll be alright in the vault, you can look inside it'll probably be time. But I can and I will in our bed that's where we'll live the bodies piled up in my mind the dye is cast, now so where to start and sure enough easy to love.

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released November 22, 2019

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