Dead Ringer

from by Andrew Howie

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Booted up in black steel toe caps
Holding little fragile hands
Prolonged and sentimental goodbyes
When he shouts he hopes she understands
The stitches slowly coming apart
Inside his heart

And he could count the years on fifty fingers
That he’s worn your smile and been a dead ringer
For a member of a club that is a mystery to me

Staring through Europa’s windows
Wishing he could sneak in and hide
From the prolonged and sentimental love songs
That make him contemplate suicide
And you wonder why his lips never part
Well, here’s a head start

Yeah he could count the years on fifty fingers
That he’s worn your smile and been a dead ringer
For a member of this club that is mystery to me
Baptised in black when he had zero comprehension
Of a life outside this monochrome dimension
That felt safe and warm but was a strange introduction to this world

And can you see he’s barely holding it together
That he’s tried to fake it but it doesn’t make it better
And the voices in his head they say they won’t be fooled again

But the best part of a Sunday is her smile
When he sees her face returning down the aisle
And they sing the songs together as he holds her in his arms

Yeah he could count the years on fifty fingers
That he’s worn your smile and been a dead ringer
For a member of this club that is a mystery to me
Baptised in black when he had zero comprehension
Of a life outside this monochrome dimension
That felt safe and warm but was a strange introduction to this world
And the darkness in his soul is like a poison
That consumes the light that people say can save him
But his scars are like a beacon in the freezing desert night

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from The Great Divide, released March 16, 2015

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Andrew Howie Stirling, UK

Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/community group music tutor. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love. You'll find him either holed up in his home studio or playing in your living room. ... more

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