How Alone (Lyrics & Demo)

How Alone

(Rob Russell – Copyright 2011)

Hold up and let me smoke this

I need some time to think

and pray the poison in my lungs

will purge the urge for another drink

the next song won’t help me through this

when all the meaning has been wrung

from these lines from all the hundred thousand

times that they’ve been sung

as one small letter on a white page

as a man without words on the main stage

are just two of the answers,

but the question they are failing to …

is how alone

is here

without you

sometimes the spirit takes me

and I’m howling at the moon

like there is no past and I’m still big

and I’m bad

it’s a rock and roll brigadoon

but mostly I’m just maintaining

and lately it’s nights like this

someone dims the lights

and says goodnight

and I try hard to forget

an old love letter never sent

all those lost hours wondering where they went

they couldn’t be more lonesome

than the barely living proof

of how alone is here without you

Measuring my life in highway miles

When I should’ve been counting your sweet smiles

All of us are dying

it’s just a matter of degree

it’s too much all the time or too little red wine

depending on who you believe

And we’re all blind to something

what’s beyond our want or care

we don’t see what we don’t need

or what’s hiding underneath the stairs

Found a box of pictures

that you left behind

through faces and places

the layers of time

these words etched on a gravestone

nearly faded out of view

how alone is here

without you


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on July 30, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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