The Man Who Waits

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There's a man in a town,
the one where all the horses drown
in the summer, when the summer heat sinks in

And he cries every night,
though he tries with all his might
to quell the demons that are crawling in his skin

Not much to his elation,
he's built quite a reputation
for the things he does to try and stem the tide

And all the school kids dressed in blue
make a point of passing through
just to see if they can take a peak inside

There's a faint dog's bark,
a winding shadow in the dark,
a faded picture in a state of decay

But there's nothing he can see,
except the problems that'll be
if he declines to do just what they say

He's the man who -

So he sits and he waits
for someone new to take his bait
so he can satisfy their craving for the kill

Then he goes for a ride,
the vile voices as his guide
to where he's surely got an empty hole to fill

There's a cold wind's burn,
a little face he can't discern
as he removes the virgin dirt from its grave

But there's nothing he can see
except the problems that'll be
if there's a part of him that he tries to save

He's the man who -

Catch the cornrow's sway, as the wind blows down
to your feet, all bound.
Know my face as dark, and in places scarred,
as the moon is bright.
Count down from three, 'cause that'll be the last thing you see.

As the sun rises up,
he calmly spits into a cup,
another dawn to plan, to swallow his shame

But there's nothing he can see
except the problems that'll be
because another day is always the same

He's the man who waits.


from The Plaid Part of Town, released December 15, 2012



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