Raise A Glass

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"Raise a Glass"

The body sags and droops like it's in need of a drink
While afternoon repeats glaze my eyes and I turn them to thinking of you, the last of the fools.
I'll pour myself another glass of something that stings
And let my memory cast it's net and snagging on the things it brings reminds me of you
The last of the fools
Oh

I write a line with passion and indelible grace
But lose my muse to self abuse and trying to find the answer to:
"Well who wrote the theme to The Go-Betweens?"

Here's a glass for every man who didn't make a back-up plan
I can see you standing there
Blaming all surrounding air for letting you down
Here's a glass for all who tried for something more than getting by
I can see you standing there waiting for tomorrow where you'll start it again.

Holding down a job is just as hard as it seems
I'll pay the rent and just dispense with fruitless and indulgent things
A whisky and ice or a take-away price
Open up the door and let me breathe in the rain
I'll settle for the weekly score and ironing shirts for Monday's work
And goodbye to you the last of the fools
Oh

Here's a glass for every man who didn't make a back-up plan
I can see you standing there
Blaming all surrounding air for letting you down
Here's a glass for all who tried for something more than getting by
I can see you standing there waiting for tomorrow where you'll start it again.

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from Be The Architect, track released December 14, 2009

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Hope and Social Leeds

In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E-Street Band...meets Arcade Fire...meets The Faces…meets Dexys Midnight Runners…meets Prefab Sprout…at a party...in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...

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