I do not want to go tonight

I do not have a tale to tell

The people of this city know

My stories all so very well

 

I do not want to stand behind

A microphone inside a pub

And pour my heart to strangers’ ears

While people drink and shovel grub

 

I do not want to hear my voice

So loud, so tight, so dry, so thin

Reciting words that mean so much

And take so much from me within

 

I do not want to join a clique

Or to be judged on what I’ve said

I simply want to free these words

Then hurry home and go to bed.

 

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