Shotgun drumbeat

I’d finished
and was leaving
on my way
back to the street
when i heard
that shotgun drumbeat

i turned back
found a corner
ordered whiskey neat
then i heard
that shotgun drumbeat

something came alive in me
and something else just died
i don’t know how to tell you
I couldn’t if i tried
something came alive in me
and something else just died
it sliced my soul in two right then
a gap, ten miles wide

eyes closed
waiting for
a table with a seat
and then i heard
it once again
that shotgun drumbeat

twenty minutes
and i was sitting
with a coke and crown
waiting, wishing
for that
god damned
shotgun sound

something came alive in me
and something else just died
i don’t know how to tell you
I couldn’t if i tried
something came alive in me
and something else just died
it sliced my soul in two right then

i listened
to the music
but, i never
ever heard
a sound like that
shotgun drumbeat
i’d been muddled
in the words

full out attack
like Keith Moon
back in the day
I’d never heard
the music
Never heard
what it could say

something came alive in me
and something else just died
i don’t know how to tell you
I couldn’t if i tried
something came alive in me
and something else just died
it sliced my soul in two right then

closing time
came quickly
faster than i would
have thought
i told myself
this feeling
would never
go for naught

now awakened
by a drumbeat
i was living, fresh, anew
i could no longer hide
that shotgun
killed off something
giving birth to something too

something came alive in me
and something else just died
i don’t know how to tell you
I couldn’t if i tried
that goddamn shotgun drumbeat
made me feel alive
i can’t describe the feeling
I couldn’t if I tried

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