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from Helio by Ardie Collins

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It’s no use, it’s no use at all
To try your level best while you are facing the wall
It must have a year ago, if not more
Since we last worked out how long since the time before

I don’t mean to be a bloody nuisance
I don’t mean to jostle endlessly
I know you’d let me outstay my welcome
You’ve no idea how much that means to me

So be nice when your mother calls
And watch out for your mouth it’s betrayed you before
When will we learn the lessons of the assembly hall?
Between naivety and cynicism we skipped them all

You needn’t be enslaved by your instincts
You needn’t pay attention to me
I told myself that I was just a person
It felt like such a pyrrhic victory

No we are not what we lack
Just like this Cassinian gap
That pulls a past still further back
While we’re lurching, we’re reaching out
I think of home from time to time
But I fear each thought grows the divide
And I fear each fear is only mine
Here’s to the human mind
But there’s a danger lurking yet
To sense a danger never there
That any dreams that haven’t left
Are lined up and filing out
How philanthropic, how sublime
How I’m part of how you spend your time
And Saturn dressed up to the nines
Just to find a spot in the sky


from Helio, released December 19, 2018




Ardie Collins Cardiff, UK

I'm a songwriter from Cardiff, Wales.

In 2011 I released a song a day. In 2014 I released a song a week. I haven't been up to much since.

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