Running From Myself

from Gatefold by James Henderson

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I had a dream the trains stopped running
So I had to quit running from myself
& no one picked me up when I was thumbing
& every liquor store in town had empty shelves

I went down to the corner
To find my man so I could cop
But the only thing that found me was an old lady
Who said my connection had been popped

Now all I do is sit here
Trapped in the confines of my mind
& I hope that I will wake soon
This nightmare has to end sometime

I went to see my old lady
Who once spoke tenderly of love
When I got to her house her husband was holding a baby
& he said she with the angels above
I went down to the cemetery
With my knife and my old gun
But my knife it had a blunt edge
& all my ammo was gone

Now all I do is sit here
Trapped in the confines of my mind
& I hope that I will wake soon
This nightmare has to end sometime

I screamed at the preacher
Said "What of my crimes has brought me to this hell!?"
But the preacher just turned me over to the policeman
Now I'm rotting here in this jail cell
I saw old death a commin'
Said "Take me with you" as I stared into his eyes
But the only thing that stared back were empty sockets
As that bag of bones done passed me by

Now all I do is sit here
Trapped in the confines of my mind
& I hope that I will wake soon
This nightmare has to end sometime

I had a dream the trains stopped running
So I had to quit running from myself
& no one picked me up when I was thumbing
& every liquor store in town had empty shelves

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from Gatefold, released April 20, 2019

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