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you’ve been down 100 roads
none of them were right
you would never call my name
you’ve had tribulations
without a hope in sight
you still are playing children’s games
you’ve been walking around again
and you wonder why your spirit’s maimed
I can make you smile again
I don’t have to hold your chains

love is all around
you tell me it always
brings you down
look again
it’s what you crave
ambivalent slave
your pointing fingers
with no one to blame

like a stubborn blind man
who cannot find his cane
you never let me ease your pain
smashing out the mirror
doesn’t do a thing
your shadow never goes away
walking forth and back again
is driving you insane
you never let your efforts wane
I can make you smile and laugh
without ill-gotten gains
I don’t have to hold your chains

you can sit in quicksand
and talk about your pain
or the sympathy you never got
or hang around the kind of friends
who’ll tell you just the same
no matter if it’s right or not
you can keep on telling me
it’s really not your fault
that your spillage doesn’t
leave a stain
I can make you smile again
without ill-gotten gains
I don’t have to hold your chains


from No Feet on the Cowling, released July 1, 1989
Written by David Barbe



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