Promise of Brevity

from by Scotty Houston

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Cards on the table
in the Monday morning light
A game left unfinished
from the previous night

I never meant to hurt you but
I took some delight
That's the very worst part of
a very good fight

I’m not going to tell you
That I did everything right (‘cause I haven’t got the right)
All I’ve got to levy is a promise of brevity

All my bones are aching
My heart is dusty-dry
We’ll count the same stars
Til the day that we die

If a cockroach can survive
a nuclear war
Then you can hang on
just one year more

What’s it going to be?
All the billions in the sea?
This is it. If you choose, could be sorrow for days, sorrow for days

You can be so free and name all the birds in every tree
That’s a promise baby
That's the promise of brevity


from Flash of a Smile, released January 1, 2018


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Scotty Houston California

Since catching on Vestafire in 1987 Scotty has been writing and recording songs. A key member of Bay Area bands 100 Watt Smile, The Verms and The Mighty Lynch-Pins, in recent years he's supported and/or recorded with the likes of Bernie Jungle, Danny Allen's High Diving Horses, J Kleinberg, Guy Capecelatro III, and Val Esway +El Mirage. ... more

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