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You can dig in your heels as you scream at the clock
Throw a wrench in the gears but the hands will not stop
You can drink to forget but the time’s not forgot
And you beg for a little but it takes a lot

You've got a nervous
Tick and I can understand
You’ve got a nervous
Tickin' of the second hand

You’re encaged in the grid of a calendar’s page
Every x in the square is a note that you played
It’s been writing a melody, you’re center stage
And you pray you’re in key as your voice starts to shake

Tear it all down, what do they know?
Isn't time an illusion? Oh, I heard that before
But how our ears ring as the pendulum falls!
It's the clapper that swings in the bell that will toll for us all

You can dig in your heels
Throw a wrench in the gears
You're encaged in the grid
Every x in the square


from The Labor in Our Stillness, released January 1, 2021


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Joel Dobbins Bellingham, Washington

Self-produced singer-songwriter

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