Looking Away

by Doctor Jon

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Part of 52 Week project to record a song a week in 2014, inspired by Steve Poff.


Looking Away

You liked to walk on the wrong side of town
holding the pleats of your long black gown
And you believed
You’d arrived finally

You liked her then, but she was all that you knew
Then one day the shackles seemed cruel
then you believed
You could haunt another door

Our hearts show us how
to leave but not to stay
Our brains give us lies
for our hands and feet to say
Our eyes never stop
looking away

She liked you then but you were all that she knew
You couldn’t fix her and she couldn’t fix you
But she believed
You’d arrived finally

She saw you one day on the wrong side of town
You didn’t looked scared and you didn’t look down
And she realized
it was only a question of time


When you left you grew out your hair
She kept a straight face and avoided your stare
She said, damn her smile
she could give you a little while

You never came back so she packed up her things
she didn’t say where, but she just left town
and boarded a plane
and never stopped looking away


You once were a leader of men.
And maybe one day you will be again
But I’m afraid
You’ll never hear an aye from me

A leader of men has one place to start
gouging his eyes and stabbing his heart
so he can stay
and stop looking away


Why are we so bad at loving to stay?


released February 22, 2014
Mixed by Scott Wilson at Scratch Studio scratchstudio.com All words and music by Doctor Jon (Jonathan Barlow). All instruments and voice performed by Doctor Jon. Icon used in cover art "Couple"
Designed by Jerry Wang TAIPEI, TW 2014, for the Noun Project.



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Doctor Jon Starkville, Mississippi

I make music at home with one microphone, a few guitars, an old drum set, and a macbook.

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