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dirt blues

 
 
were fucked and we know it

have opened the ground up on the job  
and the water is flowing so fast through it  
twenty feet down
that Ive been dreaming pissed-away dollars all night  
 
its a seven figure fuck-up
or I havent been doing this twenty two years
 
nothing to do but ring the man who owns the company  
and tell him as straight as straight  
we got real trouble here  
 
he goes quiet on the phone
serious and sane  
and we get to talking about plans  
plan B  
plan C  
and another plan after that  
because thats the game were in  
 
then I hang up the phone  
and think about all the jobs Ive done before  
bad ones  
good ones
watch the men coming up from the hole  
heading for smoko laughing and joking and paid by the hour
with a fat autumn sun yellow on their shoulders  
the sky as blue as a sailor could hope
 
decide not to smoke any more today  
go back into my office  
close the door  
sit down in my leather chair
today a hollow symbol
 
kick my feet up on the desk  
close my eyes and rest awhile  
 
it aint my money well lose  
and Im fucked if Ill wear a heart attack  
for dollars that never passed through my pocket  
 
then I think about my woman and my dog  
four hours' drive north of here  
 
shell just be getting out of bed now  
coffee on the stove  
cat on the kitchen table knowing hell be shooed
her slippers on  
rooster crowing to be let out into the yard  
and still  
and still  
and still  
Id rather be here  
 
makes no sense
to say it like that
 
open my eyes again
growl a solid ah fuck it
shake that shit off
take my phone from my pocket
get back to the job I signed up for
for better or for worse
married
to the dirt
Written by hemihead (hemi)
Published | Edited 18th Apr 2013
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