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Shopping Centre Crisis Song

from Sunshine Remorse by Jon Hughes



Came wearing a halo —
I knocked back a dram,
In the pleistocene fountain I swam.
I followed the fashion —
In featherlight boots I
Hydroplaned over the moon.
Emaciated mannequins made me
Fear for the future and then —

I stop,
The window reflects,
Try myself on —
Shimmer and smoke —
There and then gone.

Ogling fast cars —
Violent machines
Advancing on rice paper screens;
I joined in the stupor,
Religious in feel —
All falling asleep at the wheel.
Oh, how I've come to despise
All the hateful looks in their eyes.

I stop,
The window reflects —
Day rattles on —
Shimmer and smoke —
There and then gone.

End to diffident end —
Dragging the shame of every fall;
How can I envisage a halcyon picture
When I picture nothing at all?
I made up my mind —
Offered the thought buried in song;
How can I be telling you all that I'm thinking
When all that I'm thinking is wrong?


from Sunshine Remorse, released January 12, 2019


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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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