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A Future for the Day

from Voices From a Broken Window by Jon Hughes



A Future for the Day

Jukebox is playing the hits.
The tattoo-face who’s talking to his gin couldn’t resist
Strumming his guitar.
And down at the opposite end
A barstool statue shrinks to rest his head to still again,
Elbows on the bar.

And old stray is taking the heat,
Nestled on the broken factory stairs across the street
With nothing to be made.
I’ll say I was looking for peace.
Bottles with bucolic labels stand facing me,
A dream to kill the day...
The cameraman is focussed on Lillian White.
She’s looking rather famous, all smily and bright.
She talks about the things she’d like to do with her life,
But everybody wants something better to say
Than a future for the day.

Black sky’s crawling over the roof.
If he says rain then I’ll say creeping smoke
Smelling of booze, here to knock us out.
I’ll say I was looking for warmth.
Strangers at the corner table slump
In each other’s arms
And the other corner shouts,
And everybody knows what the noise is about...

An ambulance is crying for help,
Tearing past the window for a chance at anyone else
Too far off to hear.
I’ll say I was looking for hope.
The rusted through collection tin was left without a home
And found its way in here...
And the bourbon on the left says it’s greed we should fear,
And the whiskey on the right is all clouded in tears,
And the bartender is saying that the weather will pass,
The economists are saying that the money won’t last,
And the foreigners are saying that they’ve come here to stay,
And the nationals are saying that they’re stuck in their ways,
But everybody wants something better to say,
Than a future for the day.


from Voices From a Broken Window, released July 2, 2009


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Jon Hughes Ireland

American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Hughes, has been based in Ireland since 2005. He has shared a stage with Damien Jurado, She Keeps Bees, and the legendary singer-songwriter, Buddy Mondlock.

Hughes' latest collection of songs, "Sunshine Remorse", was released in January of 2019.
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