Thinking Cap

from by Idan Rabinovici



most of what i say is known
most of it's been said
these lowly rants pop up sometimes
for us to make amends
boys don't learn to play much
when the bombs are out flying
and it's hard to pick on who to blame
when everyone's in hiding

don't tell about fear
i've been marched down those lines
have eaten their words
and blew smoke in their eyes
don't tell me 'bout what's possible
don't talk to me of consequence
just pull off your thinking cap
and cut off your confidence

they say wars should be won
by those who want it more
that conflict is interest
that reason breeds war
it's about moving forward
it's just about getting ahead
and the buildings of our future
rise from corpses of the dead

i pack my bags and leave to go
when things get too close
i guard my confidence with piety
but sleep at my post
it's hard to keep your grip
when you've given up your hope
but after so many shipwrecks
someone's bound to keep afloat

it's time now to react
the whole wide world is watching
so clean out your chimney
and roll up your stockings
smile hard when you stand
smile harder when you fall
and be careful where you sit
because this country's too small

so release me - till you see me again
and then tell me of how long it's been
that you missed me - you knew all along
and i'll tell you 'bout long ago
when i wrote you in a song


from Bedroom Folk, released March 16, 2008


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