Retaliation Blues

from by The Short Waves

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Who drew first and shot?
Who cast the first stone out?
Can blame be given to?
Retaliation Blues

Stoking up the fire
Make the coal stack higher
The weapons that you use
Things that only work on you

And I saw you when the white flag got too heavy
The table, wet with fallen tears
And I walked in when your eyes were for another
And the tears were just another tactic then

Living in full view
Of a hundred people who
Turn the other cheek
When they turn and talk of you

Christian values say
Forgiveness is the way
Is there a magic prayer to say?
To make him love you now

And I saw you close up
Through a microscopic lens
Found a million new truths
Aw I never knew you well

Shame can do some heavy damage in your heart
And you always cared what people thought of you
I’d like it to be known that you’re still punished even now
Living with retaliation blues


from Lucky, released September 14, 2015




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