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Written: March-April 2009
Recorded: 4th-7th April 2009


Things always seem to work out best for you
Putting no effort in that’s what you do
When you left school you had no plans
Your friends moved on you tried to be a man

It’s decision time
Working full-time for the rest of your life
Wasn’t what you had in mind

Heading down the stairs carrying crates of wine
This double shift is too heavy for me
This double life has me out on the line
I can’t wait to get home to put on my headphones

When you were idle
You didn’t do the things you had planned
Now you say you don’t have time to talk

We’ve talked about this over coffee and beer
You had your time to make your choice
You thought it would last for more than a year
You’re beyond help if you don’t listen

You want advice?
Just get on with your life
And don’t feel sorry for yourself


from Lights off, headphones on, released May 16, 2009




Jack James Glasgow

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