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Hours In A Day

from Still The Birds (2016) by Darryl Purpose

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HOURS IN A DAY
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He’s shining up his rifle as the coffee starts to perk
He’s scanning over headlines as the neighbors go to work
(It says) Another postal worker with a gun has gone berserk
And started shooting everyone he knows

He remember how his father taught him everything he knew
Why the wind would blow and why the sky was blue
And how he once met Lyndon Johnson and said, “I didn’t vote for you”
And Lyndon Johnson punched him in the nose

CHORUS: And there aren’t enough hours in a day
there aren’t enough hours in a day
there aren’t enough hours in a day... ....to finish anything

He was afraid of being photographed like aborigines
He was afraid of being captured by the North Vietnamese
And when his little brother volunteered for service overseas
He was trying to turn water into wine

He bought a razor for this father and some roses for his mom
And then he split just like an atom splits up in an atom bomb
Cause the thought of spending Xmas in some hole in Viet Nam
Was enough to make him cross the borderline

CHORUS: And there aren’t enough hours in a day
there aren’t enough hours in a day
there aren’t enough hours in a day... ....to finish anything

Thirteen years of driftwood and Canadian debris
Thirteen tired horses on the road to Calgary
Until the day that Jimmy Carter granted amnesty
He lived under a bridge at Reindeer Lake

He put old bones together like an archeologist
He found old fossil records where ancient lives exist
And how easily it shatters in the clenching of a fist
When he took all of the grief that he could take

CHORUS: And there aren’t enough hours in a day
there aren’t enough hours in a day
there aren’t enough hours in a day... ....to finish anything

He drives clear through Alberta without any alibi
And as he crosses over he sees logos rushing by
Big electric billboards that are busting up the sky
The sky that never hurt no one

In the middle of Nebraska he finds the watertower
And all his guns are loaded and all his grapes are sour
On the Richard Nixon Freeway going 90 miles an hour
He wants his fifteen minutes in the sun

CHORUS: And there aren’t enough hours in a day
there aren’t enough hours in a day
there aren’t enough hours in a day... ....to finish anything

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from Still The Birds (2016), released May 6, 2016
Acoustic bass - Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen)
Drums and percussion - Eric Darken (Jimmy buffet)
Electric Guitar - Daran DeShazo
Hammond organ - Joel Guzman (Paul Simon)
Cameo vocal - Carrie Elkin

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Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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