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There is No Promised Land

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Best not to think about it.


Blame it all on strangers
Blame it all on the family
Take it out on the dog

What were you expecting
A whole lifetime of maybe next year
There is no promised land
The air is warm and stagnant
No open windows only locked doors
There is no promised land

All the daydreams that kept you going
Became a burden when you came of age
And now your talent has become a cage
And now ambition is a luxury
And now you wonder “what became of me”

Once upon a time you were a golden boy
Everybody thought you were the real McCoy
How the hell did you become a dinosaur
No one flirts with you on the street anymore
Your daughter's at that insufferable age
She says you have no right to your rage
Your wife says just be grateful for what you own
So you go out each night and start drinking alone

And so you're a failure
By your own sad metric
The neighborhood eccentric
Hey weren't you the guy who used to be
And now you wonder what became of me
And what happened to all those dreams
And then you slowly come apart at the seams

What are you not getting
That damn ship will never come in
There is no promised land
Another damn tall poppy
Grab those shears and show him what for
There is no promised land

How many times do you have to be told
I'd like get to there before I get old
Another deadline has to be made
Another damn bill that has to be paid
Hey weren't you the guy who used to be
And now you wonder what became of me

walk past big houses
dream of how you'd landscape the lawn
you'll never do that
you'll never do that
empty office buildings
imagine your name etched in the door
you'll never see that
you'll never see that
no matter where you go it won't be enough
no matter what you do it won't be enough
you should have been something
you could have been something
it would have been something


released November 12, 2018
words and music by Frank Cwiklik


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