Drug Dealer

from by Michael George Riley

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when that town by the sea fell they were just waiting to descend
like buzzards on a rotten piece of meat
and what they sold you was a lie, but you bought it anyways
'cause when you're starving you'll do anything to eat
and they say i grew up wrong, but it was all i ever knew
and i swear i gave it everything i had
but then you turned eighteen and headed to Toronto with a dream
i stood there watching how you never once looked back

but even the drug dealers here would tell you times are tough
the hard living catches up with you til you say enough's enough
and if you fall along the way, well darling promise me
that if you're gonna lie to get something then lie to get something you need

when the company pulled out, your mother swore she'd find a way
that woman's faith was always oh so strong
but the hard times surely came, we medicated them away
lying on your floor we lost it to some song
and your dad said he'd handle it, he'd cut out that evil's root
as he sunk into his chair with one more drink
and i'm still living here and living with the words you told to me
despite it all you know i still care what you think

even the drug the dealers here would tell you times are tough
the hard living catches up with you til you say enough's enough
and if you fall along the way, well darling promise me
that if you're gonna lie to get something then lie to get something you need

if you're gonna lie to get something
then lie to get something you need

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from Easy Coast, released December 4, 2016

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