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THIS BOUNDARY

VERSE:

If I’m goin’ to get by
I’m goin’ to need a little help from my friends
So I better check in with George and Ira,
Richard and Lorenz,

Irving and Jerome
Won’t you give me your two cents’ worth, please?
Cole and Harold, can’t you help me,
Because I’m down on my knees;

And if Sarah or Billie could try and sing this one,
Or Dear Ella, or Johnny Hartman—no, I’m not makin’ fun
Or maybe I need to call up Old Duke and Billy Strayhorn:
The know about just hangin’, feelin’ so rotten and forlorn.

CHORUS:

And I’m just standin’ here
Peerin’ over your boundary
Got myself burned so bad
Down in love’s foundry

And I don’t want to make a scene
I don’t want to make a fuss
Don’t care to create a spectacle
Concernin the two of us

Because I got it bad
And you know, that ain’t no good
I feel like that lamb
That got lost in the wood

And I know you’re not someone
To watch over me
You’re just someone on the other side
Of this damn boundary

BRIDGE:

And I wish I could
Just call the whole thing off
And take some medicine like I would
For the sniffles or a cough

But you walked into the room
And I had no defense,
No immunity, no remedy,
No antidote, no resistance

We made this truce,
Now we’re more-or-less friends,
But what’s the use
If it all depends

On my keepin my peace
About this deep-cut wound
And never betrayin the truth
In word or tune

CHORUS:

And so I stand here
Peerin over your boundary
Hopin to find some kind of solution
For what’s confoundin' me

And I don’t want to live in a dream,
I know I need to find some way to adjust,
But now I feel like a receptacle
Full of some kind of bitter dust

Because I got it bad
And you know that ain’t no good
I feel like that lamb
That got lost in the woods

And I know you’re not someone
To watch over me
You’re just someone on the other side
Of this damn boundary

CODA:

So Duke and Billy
Harold and Cole
Help me write the song
I can feel in my soul

George and Ira
Help me say what needs to be said
Let me rise up now
And leave this land of the dead

Because what’s called friendship
Just feels like a quandary

Like bein' suspended
In zero gravity

Like bein' stuck
On the wrong side of this damn boundary

Copyright 2012 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer

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from Rocks and Glass, released January 8, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Neal Kosaly-Meyer

Arranged by Your Mother Should Know

Karen Eisenbrey: Vocal, Drums

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Piano (Keith Eisenbrey's 1890 Chickering Grand), Bass

Mike Gervais: Alto and Tenor Sax

Recorded and Mixed by Jake Thompson at Pouch's practice space and the Tintinabulary

Mastered by Steve Turnidge at UltraViolet Studios

Photo by Joe Mabel

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