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I See the Years I've Lost

from Where I Sleep at Your Door by Jon Hughes



Walked on hot streets
Through all that concrete sprawl.
We had conversations
I know I'll never recall.

I see the years I've lost
Finding nature in a vacant lot,
Smoking cigarettes at the truck stop.
Morning breaks and casts
Shards of cloud above the overpass
Near the house where I saw you last.

Stepped down. Cheeks sunken.
See the years have been dragging you down
Since you, half-drunken, let fall that
Rippling gown;

And the baby at your breast;
It wasn't me who brought her into this mess.
See your eyes bespeak my heartlessness.
I know I should concede
That I'm lonelier than I thought I'd be;
That I am misgivings mostly.

I see the years I've lost
When I find what you were is what your not.
In your eyes I see what I haven't got.
Evening comes and weighs
With the memories I've buried away
Near the house where I hoped you'd stay.


from Where I Sleep at Your Door, released March 25, 2015


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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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