You're Not On Your Own

from by James Jefferys

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James Jefferys - You're Not on Your Own

Send me pennies in a vault or a purse
Honest, I promise I'm the salt of the Earth
And need and greed are faults from birth -
We're cyclical, fickle, caught in a dearth

Me and many
Maybe Mary and Jenny
Might all have to gnaw on that bone
At times this hard,
It's dripping and lard
And trust me, you're not on your own

Hands cupped, looking up around the cupboard
The children's whimpering should amount to something
They belt to shelter under clouds that have gathered
They only hope, and find they're smothered

Luck was laying
A rush of rain
Like a lake in the last days of Rome
We issued our thanks
And sipped from the banks
Brother, you're not on your own

A reading is Eden was fine and okay
And fathom despite Adam trying, it wasn't his day
Lungs full, then a pull - dandelion blows away
How can he? Humanity flies into disarray.

Clearly just cleaning
The clumps from the ceiling
Won't reveal what still needs to be shown
Let's get on the ground
With tweezers and trowels
It's alright – you're not on your own

The older and bolder are barking offences
The young ones are stunned and sharpen their senses
And forget they were set on marking their fences
And only to barter with what they were meant to

Cold and mouldy,
A ring shakes his shoulder
He rises and limps to the phone
But it's not for him,
It never is
Cos you know, you're not on your own


from Lungs Full, released December 4, 2016



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