Wave Bye​-​Bye to the Bureaucrat

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Losing sleep that you can’t nap back
Waving bye-bye to the bureaucrat
Reaching up to a higher level
You could try another year at that
Working harder than the devil
Calculating every single act
A cleaner shirt looking more disheveled
You could try another year at that
(I’ll be okay
In my own way
I’ll be okay
What’s one more day?)

Superiors have banished him
He’s stuck in middle management
Still he’s proud, he’ll brandish it
But has his heart abandoned him?
Every day at his desk
He mostly fears what happens next
Still he tries his very best
But will they ever end the test?
Ulterior motives have
Increased the scope of his grab
Still he has more than he had
But if he jumps will he land?
Every night through window panes
He sees their eyes, he feels afraid
Still he’s alive and plans are made
But if he’s late will he be saved?
Will he be saved?

I have one lesson I can teach
Keep your head down and don’t dare speak
Hours divide up your whole week
Stay on, I know you’ll earn your keep
Insiders guard their trade secrets
Take mine it looks like you need it
I saw you eyeing my office
Take mine I know that you want it
(And when you want it
That’s when you know
I thought you bought it
Paid for my soul)

Wracked my mind and my bones
Swinging swords at my clones
Folded into the crease
Caught a healthy disease
Shattered glass that mattered most
When raised to the battered host

Tell me, are you hurt?
Don’t you know it could be worse
‘Cuz my shoes are tracking dirt
And the coffee hasn’t been made


from Water, released October 22, 2016



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