Talking to a Man

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Talking to a Man

I met a man one day out on the street
who said he he'd dreamed he'd been lost in a forest of trees
and then woken up cold on a hard stone floor
with holes in his hands and scars on his knees

and two thousand years of history in his head
but with no explanation for what‘s been done or been said
Just a feeling as empty as an old abandoned building
on a winter shore

And as we stood there on that city street
With the cars rushing by but no one else to meet
and just the company of birds who kept their distance
up on the barbed wire fence

He was pulling in air like a baby being born
but the air here is heavy with the promises drawn
from billboards above and poisoned rivers below
so the words came out like a bells last toll, and he said

There are so many mines and factories
But still so many people on their knees
And so many people without a job
And so many who work too hard

And then there are those who plunder the earth
With hearts as black as the shadow of a funeral hearse
And so many saviors that come too late
And so many that come but just make things worse

And I said, Man if you are going to talk to me
you might as well come back and sit down at my place

He said man if I could I would tell you about all the things
that I've wanted to do in my life but
if only I still knew just what they all were in the first place

He said man if I could I would take you to where I was born
but I'm just so afraid I've been gone for so long
that we'd get there and in the end
I'd just feel out of place

And he said man do you know that there are children being born
who will never understand their place in the world
but who'll still always long for a place to call home
and some sort of heaven to aspire to.

And if there is something to believe in
it's certainly not anything you can see and
if man is the image god
then he’s nothing but the product of his own imagination,

And if you go on from that then it must be true
that nothing that you can ever say or do
will ever mean anything to anyone anymore
when everyone you know here is gone.

I said, what can I say other than
that you might as well come back and sit down at my place.

I said man if you are going to talk to me
then you might as well come back and sit down at my place

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from Becoming, released November 10, 2017

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Gil Hockman is a musician from Johannesburg, South Africa.

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