Buckles and Buttons

from Comfortable Hatred by Greg Hancock

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The lover, the family man, the soldier. Three male archetypes that don't really stand up to a close look


It's been a long night - It's been a hard fight
Through a dark place
But in the daylight, he tries a smile
And reaches out to touch her face
He says he wants to turn back the pages
To when things were still OK
He doesn't want to just burnish these cages
That they're living in today.
He says, "The thing is
I believe there's more to life than this."
But his mask slips
As she pushes his fingertips away.

He gets up early - makes some coffee
And then sits in the dark alone
These are the only moments he gets these days
When his thoughts can be his own
He used to be so out there - self confident
The centre of the fun
Now he just sits and wonders where
The man he was has gone
He says "Don't get me wrong.
I really love them all.
But sometimes I think I'm on the brink
And I'm only half trying not to fall."

He follows orders - without question
And never watches the news.
He says "It's not for people like me
To express my points of view.
It doesn't mean that I don't have them
I just keep them safely tucked away
Cos I know that I can sleep then
Without the dreams of what I do each day.
And when things get really rough
I polish my buckles and buttons up
And put an extra shine on my shoes
To see me through another day.


from Comfortable Hatred, released July 1, 2015
composed by Greg Hancock
Guitar and vocal - Greg Hancock
Double Bass - Lukas Drinkwater
Cello - Jo Hooper
Arranged by the trio.


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