old-ship-164981I have been to many places
Climbed many mountains
Stood on many stages
Taken many bows and soaked up the plaudits
Worked hard and done my best
Tried to make everyone happy
Keep the whole train rolling

But as I stand here in this place
Surveying all this landscape
All this accumulated experience and supposed learning
Here’s the One Big Thing I’ve learned: I’m broken

I’m a broken man living in a broken world
Speaking broken words to people with broken ears
Trying my best to limit the damage
But so often just making matters worse

I don’t want to hurt you or me
I want us all to feel understood, even if we disagree
But somehow, despite my best efforts
My good intentions are so often derailed
Somewhere between my heart and my mouth

I’m trying to stay positive, keep the porcelain smile in place
And maybe that’s part of the problem
Trying to stay one step ahead of the game
Is exhausting in the end
Comes time when you have to admit defeat
And maybe that time is now

The heart is a mystery, especially when it’s mine
Sometimes feels like I understand everyone else
Better than I understand myself
(I know this too is a delusion)
I don’t mind digging for the big truth out there
But in here it’s cold and dark as hell

They say no one can live without hope
Well sometimes it feels like a tiny, fragile thread
When that’s all you’ve got, you hang on tight
But what happens when the thread breaks?

So here we are at the end of the line
Can’t keep all these plates spinning
And all the punters happy forever
Gonna have to just let go and trust…

I’m a broken man living in a broken world
Speaking broken words to people with broken ears
Trying my best to limit the damage
But so often just making matters worse

Won’t someone please hear my heart?
Won’t someone please listen past these cracked and broken words?
Won’t someone please tell me what it is I want to say?