Letter to Marshall

from by Ryan Morgan

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Well, hey, man, I thought I'd see how things are going.
The cigarette's burning, and the whiskey is flowing,
yeah, so conditions seemed right for a letter to you.

How have things been, man, and how is your mother?
The last time we talked, it seemed like she'd recover.
Are you still just as optimistic that she's gonna pull through?

It can be hard to be optimistic in times like this.

Kathryn's in Canada, and Bryan is sleeping
or busking on West 4th or talking all evening
with Katy on video-stream live via satellite

and I'm broke again as of seven this morning.
I should've quit smoking (well, at least so says Warren,)
but overdraft fees make it more and more likely I might.

It can be hard to be optimistic in times like this.

A while ago, I did cocaine at a party
and I couldn't believe what it did to my body,
and it led to the only real fight me and Kathryn have had.

It used to make me feel so focused and sharp,
but this time it just seemed to speed up my heart,
and when I walked by my reflection, man, it just made me sad.

But it can be hard to keep up resistance in times like this.

I'm supposed to be writing a song about castles,
but all I've come up with is that it rhymes with 'asshole,'
and that don't seem like such a promising concept to me.

I wanted the lyrics to sound like a poem,
but now I think I'm ripping off Leonard Cohen
and the more I think about it, probably Niall and Casey.

But it can be hard to think for yourself in times like this.


from Last Day On Earth EP, released January 7, 2013
Produced/mixed/mastered by Warren Malone in Morningside Heights, NY on December 21st, 2012.

Written for the Path Cafe Songwriter Challenge theme 'castle.'



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