Shadowboxer

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Brother I’ve seen the night in the eyes of the enemy
Scarred and bored, lit up like a dime
My welcome home came with no song
I’ve never been much of a lauded man
They told me I’d find you in trees we used to climb in
Spun around like a weathervane
Before I let you down you threw me your crown
And said I must be one of the lucky ones
One of the lucky ones

Dreamed that I’d lived my life in the arms of the enemy
Starved and bored, swept up in the tide
There’s Queen Anne’s Lace on the floor by a vase
I’ve never been much of a patient man
Sat on the stoop in our grandfather’s suit
And watched you sweep leaves off the balcony 
Before I let you down you threw me your crown
And said I must be one of the lucky ones
One of the lucky ones

When lightning struck the roof
And split the walls you had your proof
That’s how if feels to take
The first real punch of a shadowboxer
All the years we used to bleed
I don’t recall but I believe
That’s what it takes to face
The first real punch from a shadow boxer
Long before I let you down
I stole your name I wore your crown
Now I’m here to take
The first real punch of a shadow boxer

Brother I’ve lived my life in the arms of the enemy

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from City of Vines, released June 30, 2017

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