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Is this all we are?

from The Hardship Diaries by Dave McPherson

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This track was the first written intentionally for the album back in 2008. I was in a pub with an ex-girlfriend & noticed this sorrowful gentleman drinking on his own & staring into space. I may have been looking into things too much but I felt sorry for him & then developed a tale about how he'd lost everything. For the second verse I shifted to a female point of view & continued to write a fiction that hopefully people will still relate to or understand. I love the shift between minor & major in the verses & chorus.


He cloaks his tears, disguises his fears.
The man he was has disappeared.
He sleeps alone, his restless mind is overgrown.
Some used to call him father.

Seven years since he held his son.
Time is the cruelest thing.

But his ex-wife has found a new life.
Now he drinks away his future longing for a broken past.
And he knows the only one to blame is him.

We say too much, we don't listen.
Is this all we are?
We drink too much, we don't do enough until it's too late.

She is too polite, and out of spite they walk all over her.
She prays all night, her hands pressed so tight.
Comfort in a blind faith.

Five years since anyone touched her.
Touched her with her consent.

She's too scared to live her life.
She's too scared to make mistakes and new regrets so she just hides.
But she knows the only one she's hiding from is her.

We live a lie then we wonder why?
Is this all we are?
We hurt those we love 'til they've had enough & then it's too late.

Is this all we are?


from The Hardship Diaries, released April 10, 2011
Written & performed by Dave McPherson.
Programming by Dave McPherson.
Produced & engineered by Mike Curtis.


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Music is my life. An oft-used cliché yet nonetheless true for me. I've devoted most of my existence to exploring it in every way & in turn it has enabled me to travel the world & meet new friends all over.

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