from by Lyle Christine



Help me understand the problems you’re facing, never caught the tail you were chasing
We can double up and double our chances, yeah – with feeling!
Maybe there’s a group for victims of torture, sit around, discuss the horror,
You can look away or you can move closer, yeah – let’s hear you

Sing, for your supper, for your troubles, for your life – take it by the throat
Now, will you listen, will you give in, to the truth – taking off the mask

I’m not taking off the mask, I’m not living in the past, I’m not polishing the brass, I’m not drinking from the glass,
Go now, make your voices loud, step out from the angry crowd, right now I couldn’t be more proud, I’m not taking off the shroud

Talk me through the plan including the detail, see the world by hanging on coattails
Gonna make a mark by making a copy yeah – no secrets!
No one’s gonna pay for what they can get free, low fruit hanging on the pear tree
Trade in those guitars for shovels and dig a ditch – no future!

Here, lies your future, in the sewer, in the dark, running underground
You, with your vision, with your pictures, with your heart, - taking off the mask

One thing, before the day runs out, stock up, prepare yourself for drought
March on, toward the distant spring, old hope, you carry in a sling
These days, defined by endless grind, all those confessions left unsigned
I'm not taking off the mask, I'm not taking off the mask

I never paid for those mistakes
I didn’t need to draw my blade
I never thought those thoughts would fade


from Duff Steer, released March 20, 2017


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