My Mockingbird

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She still gets out
just to see and be seen.
“’swhat life’s about, innit?
Havin fun and livin’ it
up!” She goes towards the mirror,
armed with her best cover-up
and a steely will.

She hears a knock:
“I don’t mean to be mean
but you could use
a little something to make you look more young.”
He shuts the door. Right then, my
mockingbird flies by their windowsill.

My Mockingbird, tell me true:
why don’t anybody sing the blues like you?
Hey, Mockingbird, tell me true:
why don’t anybody sing the blues like you do?

She swipes again
The prim and proper cashier
shakes her head,
“Keeps gettin’ rejected.” So he
grabs his card, says “Never mind!”
And races out the door. The bell chime’s unimpressed.

A pack of smokes.
The prince of paupers lights up.
“Where to now?
What kind of toys can empty pockets buy?”
His head hangs down.
Right then, my
mockingbird flies past, and home to nest.

My Mockingbird, tell me true
why don’t anybody sing the blues like you?
Hey, Mockingbird, tell me true:
why don’t anybody sing the blues like you do?

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from Never Be Yourself, released May 15, 2011

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