Featherless Appendages

from by Brian Combs

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I wake up each morning to a soup can serenade
Today is tomato condensed
There’s an Egyptian diorama on the coffee table
A pack of Camels and a beer can pyramid
I open the soup can and I turn on the hotplate
And watch the coil’s orangey glow
There once was a time I’d try to find me a hot date
But that was many years ago
If life was whiskey I would drink it down
And if I had wings I would fly
But these featherless appendages keep me on the ground
And life ain’t whiskey it’s life

I once knew a girl who seemed as sweet as could be
I gave her the keys to my heart
But when she’d take it out she’d never fill it back up
Then she sold it to a chop shop for parts
Pining for a girl who ain’t nothing but trouble
Ought to be its own brand of insane
It’s like doing the same thing over and over
Expecting something different than pain

Now I spend most my time watching lead paint peeling
Watching the cracks start to show
I got four walls and a floor and a ceiling
The same as a con on death row
But before that con takes his long walk to the needle
Before he has his talk with the priest
He’ll get whatever he wants for his last meal
But I’ll have a tomato soup feast


from Sad Songs and Other Natural Disasters, released August 26, 2016
By Brian Combs and Keith Rowland



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Brian Combs Lexington, Kentucky

Jackson, Kentucky native Brian Combs is set to release his official debut album Sad Songs and Other Natural Disasters via Shaker Steps Records (Lexington, KY) on 8/26/16. If we are what we eat, or in this case listen to, Brian has fed himself on heavy doses of Prine, Drive-By Truckers and anything else that leans towards well crafted heartfelt lyrics with a driving beat and little country twang. ... more

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