70 Excuses

from by Gar Clemens

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the holy home is a war zone
and the Pope is in New York
thousands gathered on 5th Ave.
the Tribune is suing City Hall yet another time
for 7 times and 7 times again
i'll make 70 excuses for the crooks that i call friends

the hallowed water is tarnished
and the Prophet is on trial
there's a stampede in the land of Abraham
where Mother searched for water 7 times through scorched sand
for 7 times and 7 times again
i'll hide fruit beneath the silence from all my thirsty friends

suicide brings Paradise
and water is catching fire
nearly every levee left in disrepair
and i've squandered in kind
any good left in my mind
and i am the Roman pawn
and i am hither and yon
for 7 times and several 'til the End
i'll make 70 excuses and sleep soundly in my bed
i'll make 70 excuses and sleep soundly in my bed.


from Cricket Hill, released January 15, 2016



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Gar Clemens Greensboro, North Carolina

Gar Clemens' delightful Americana-influenced-folk debut full-length may be simple, sleepy and comforting, but it is also thematically captivating, and all too capable of stirring up the kind of nagging life sentiments usually reserved for when your head hits the pillow. (Jamie Downes // 07/01/14//United Kingdom) ... more

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