The Year of Death

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First it was Larry, collapsed in the street
Then it was Sarah, of a stroke
Then Jenny and Adam
Who never did meet
At least this way no one’s heart is broken
Except mine
One every month
Each month for a year
What’s up with you people, anyway?

Facing the year of death alone
Facing the year alone
Facing the year of death alone

Next it was Thomas - at least he was old
Then it was Laurie, who was not
Then I closed the curtains
Stopped answering the phone
Started saying, “I love you” a lot
To everyone
Except for one guy
One guy in a year
Of too many unexpected sorrows

Facing the year of death alone…

If God is real, he’s certainly creative
About how to get the job done
Baby, I’d fear the reaper
If I were you

After Vanessa, I finally went numb
Barely registered Peter or Daisy
But that guy kept calling
Boy I thought he was dumb
Clearly not superstitious, clearly crazy
To want me
An echoing jar of broken heart shards
Still saying ‘there must be meaning in this’

Facing the year of death alone…

If God is real, he’s certainly creative
About who he brings together
Baby, I’d stay in pieces
If not for you

Facing the year of death alone –
If not for you

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from The Hour Before, released April 21, 2015

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