Telling It Like It Is

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Telling it like it is

When all is said and done, the race all run
Who gets to lose, I’ll let you choose
Amongst the ruins, we pick out our things
Sharpening our knives, untangling our strings

Down there, the promises we make are the promises that we break

Some kind of test, like DNA
Conditions prevail, conditions all the way
Clinging to curves, on the edge of a knife
We ransacked our youth, looking for strife

Spilling out, choking on words that come out, to startle even us
Telling it like it is

Everybody says, what they feel
And in the end, it’s all so real
Dress it in a song, hang it out to dry
Nail it to the wall, take it all the way

To fall in step, to claim the prize, if there really is one for this
Telling it like it is

Clinging to the curves
A question of nerve

You stay where you belong
Now you see it, now it’s gone
At the edge of your smile
As we walk a golden mile
Never right and never wrong
It doesn’t matter in a song
Tell them they got it wrong
The pain won’t last for long

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from Roadside Ballads, released November 28, 2013
Guitar and vocals: Peter Loveday, Double bass: Andrew Henley, Backing vocals: Sarah Davison and Helen Rowson: Backing vocals and piano, Drums: Manu Ibarrechevea, Violin and piano: Naomi Wedman

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