Blood in the Dew (new song video)

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #87. “Blood in the Dew”. This song woke me up in the middle of the night last night, begging to be written. There it was. 4 verses of lyrics, the refrain, and the melody. So I wrote them down, then added two more verses today. It is a song for our time and it speaks for itself. I hope it resonates. Here are the lyrics:

The flowers on the powder keg
have dried up undreamed;
while the buds on the jasmine
are not what they seemed.
At one time a kindness
opened all slammed-shut doors,
but now one dead clown’s grimace
controls countless wars.

I’m tired and I’m broken
but that’s nothing new,
and each blessed morning
There’s blood in the dew.
I look out my window
and I hear a bird sing.
There’s naught left in this world
to which I can cling.

Then you find yourself smiling
with naught left to lose,
and you walk on a tightrope
as they tighten the screws.
Their aim is to break you
so you’ll fall right in line.
But your weapon of choice is
to let your love shine.

For it’s all been spoiled,
and the sweetness has all gone,
and the world’s shown its true colours.
“How long, O Lord, how long?”

I walked in a forest —
the thickest I’d seen;
and there in a clearing
(the deepest I’d been),
I found something hiding,
it was battered and blue;
but was full of resilience.
Then I said, “Who are you?”

“My name is T-R-U-
T-H — a cliché.
For few want to meet me
or to hear what I say.
So I’ve come to this forest
where I can only be found
by those who will love me:
They’re the true underground.

If you go from this forest
and recount what you’ve seen,
they will scorn you then kill you:
That mendacious machine”.
So I went from the forest
and I told what I saw,
and I’ll fight to the last breath
in this spiritual war.

For it’s all been spoiled,
and the sweetness has all gone,
and the world’s shown its true colours.
“How long, O Lord, how long….
How long?”

© Copyright, Alan Morrison, 2022

[The copyright on my works is merely to protect them from any wanton plagiarism which could result in undesirable changes (as has actually happened!). Readers are free to reproduce my work, so long as it is in the same format and with the exact same content and its origin is acknowledged]


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