Mad Old Man

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Drifting by, whiskey poured,                                    
lately I’ve been wanting more—                                   
It’s all I ever do: declare myself the fool.
Getting home, nearly blind,
with a heart so old—
My god, it’s come to this: I sleep on a mess.

Even you want to know
where the drunk and hardened go:
before, when I had it all, oh tell me about those days.
And I like to keep it going, when the evening’s low—
as much as I can get before I’m in the grave.

We all know what I am:
a bitter boy grown old
You’ll be gone by day, and I, I’ll die right here
with nothing more to fail.

Giving you all my wine—
it lets me know what’s on your mind.
I raise a glass, my dear, to all these wicked years.
I’m letting go of hanging lights—help me home,
before I lose my mind, forgetting all this time.

We all know what I am:
a bitter boy grown old.
You’ll be gone by day, and oh, what I’ll owe.

We all know what I am:
a spent old man in robes.
I’ll be mad by day, and you, you’re so tired—
but don’t turn me away.

I am no home.


from Emerald City Blues, released July 27, 2012
Patrick Burke, Andrew Kuhar, Nicholas Kuhar



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