Tablets of Stone

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Take me for what I am. I am not perfect but I try. I also screw up because I try and don’t always consider consequences. I am very clear about the things I oppose with a passion.

lyrics

TABLETS OF STONE

If you’ve a feeling of loss and you’re grieving
I will feel that I’ve done you proud
There’s nothing much left to believe in
As I sit up here on my cloud
Or who knows I may well be burning
In the fiery furnace below
But wherever I am and whatever I’ve done
My love will be with you wherever I go

So to those who embezzle and profit
From misfortunes that others may have
Put a wet finger into a socket
Or drop a live wire in the bath
To the fascists and bullies and rapists
You’ll get your just desserts
From a malignant manifestation
In a place where I know that it hurts

Well this is my Highwayman
This is my War and Peace
This is my Holy Bible
My Tolkein trilogy
This is my Grapes of Wrath
This is a Kampf of Mein
These are my tablets of stone
For those I leave behind…


To the hand wringers and the believers
You know that your time will come
When the depth of remorse goes from ‘very’ to ‘grievous’
You’ll want to run home to your Mum
Deluded, duped and defrauded
Your minds have not been your own
Hoodwinked, swindled and cheated
To fight for your lives all alone

To the disingenuous divas
Who gambled our pensions and savings
Who promised the earth but dished only dirt
Your itching will turn into ravings
Your ravings will turn into madness
And you will start to pick at your skin
With needles and pliers and coat hanger wire
Until you’ve atoned for your sins

Well this is my Highwayman
This is my War and Peace
This is my Holy Bible
My Tolkein trilogy
This is my Grapes of Wrath
This is a Kampf of Mein
These are my tablets of stone
For those I leave behind


If I left you feeling angry
If I ever caused you offence,
My attention was unsatisfactory
Or my rantings just didn’t make sense
Just remember that I was a poor boy
From a big Catholic family
I swore at a teacher, gave a bribe to a priest
And a prison officer came running after me

So to anyone who would mistreat you
May a tsunami come rushing in
Breaking all sides of the sandbank
And leave them to sink or to swim
To the miscreants and liars
May their hearts and minds be cursed
May their brains be invaded by riddles and teasers
May their children be sterile from birth

Well this is my Highwayman
This is my War and Peace
This is my Holy Bible
My Tolkein trilogy
This is my Grapes of Wrath
This is a Kampf of Mein
These are my tablets of stone
For those I leave behind

credits

from Inheritance, released October 18, 2019
John Reed: vocals, acoustic guitar, cittern
Ali Karim Esmaail: production
Matt Steady: violin
Duncan Reed: vocals

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John Reed Manchester, UK

John is a Blackpool born singer-songwriter from Greater Manchester whose songs cover themes of social injustice, environment, politics, and life.

That said, John's latest album #Inheritance is about #Ancestry #Family #Love #Environment and #Peace

Working in collaboration with other musicians and backing band The Folded Arms, John delivers powerful and thought provoking live shows.
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