After All This Time

from Year Of The Bird (Volume 3) by Pale Bird



They were there to see me
Putting one foot down
The old country’s looking fine
But I was trying to hide

I live in North London now
And I feel like a Quisling in those sunny social climes
Who the hell has the money?
Who the hell has the time?

You don’t know letting go
So what would that feel like?
What if it’s safe to say “no help is on its way”?

Are you so scared of dying, or just being forgotten?
I have to break the news, but both are going to happen to you

If you keep raging at the things
No one will say
But you won’t say
What do you mean, are you afraid?
Frightened what will happen

If you ask “how do we know
Is this the best we’ll ever do
Or will we fall so short we’ve been
Throwing pebbles at the moon”.
It’s a low, constant whine
So childish to ask
And to ask again
After all this time


from Year Of The Bird (Volume 3), released September 20, 2019


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