Humming-CD-cover-600Words and music by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

He leaves the TV on in another room
The blue light flickers
On the dusty picture of the bride and groom
She drops her suitcase down with a hazy smile
And he stands there weighing
What he’s not been saying for a long while
From the dawn to dusk is an uphill slog
When the sleep is falling
All the doubts come crawling through the heavy fog

If he could find the words
Lay ’em down right there
If he could clear his voice
He might have a prayer

He pours another glass; she reads a magazine
The remote is clicking
But there’s nothing sticking on the TV screen
They’re laying back to side in a chilly bed
All the anger welling
But there’s just no telling what is in his head
In a game of chance, he is down by law
He will soon be folding
And he’s always holding on the shortest straw

If he could find the words
Lay ’em down right there
If he could clear his voice
He might have a prayer

In the headlong rush of the day to day
It’s a way of being
Keeps our eyes from seeing any other way
All the shock and awe and the shameless lies
The big suits figure
With their hand on the trigger we won’t realize
They are making off with quite a haul
But there’s no point stopping
All our bargain shopping at the mega mall

If we can find the words
Lay ’em down right here
If we can raise our voice
We might have a prayer