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Café humdrum
Hot radiator hum, good enough to be the sound of
Someone’s lullaby
Impressions of someone near,
Lost and lonelier than us.

He’s all louder than life—
Thumping through the speaker towers
Higher than I’ve ever felt and
First off worth more—
Fresh from the factory, sounds like they’re making
More than me.

Play it safe—say you didn’t see
That it was me who you were stepping on—
So who else were you stepping on?
Playing your game,
Until everybody feels the same.

The quiet space to dream,
The melody shop is closed—
“Noise manufactures noise, you know?”
“No, I don’t. Tell me something please,
That doesn’t make me feel so cold.”

Play it safe....


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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