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Well I don’t want to be like your big brother was
When he’d scare the shit out of you
Comin’ home drunk and mean, and you’d hide from the scene
Or his words would beat you black and blue
And I don’t want to be like your mama was
Pretendin’ that nothing was wrong
She couldn’t be bothered to defend her own child
It’s left you so scarred for so long.
I remember that night in back of the bar
When you laced your fingers through mine
I knew, though I’m just as wayward and hard
I would love you, for all of time.
And I don’t want to do what your daddy did
Sayin’ “Faggot, you’re no son o’ mine”
When I saw all that hurt from your own fami - ly
I lay my head down and cried.
You’re no longer their slave, please come out of your cave
And rest, safe in my arms
I’m a hard-livin’ man, no better than them
But I vow I’ll do you no harm.
Well you know that I drink, and I fuck, and I smoke
But you hold my heart in the sweetest of yokes
And it will always be thine….
And I vow, through my faults and through your scars
I will love you, for all of time
I will love you, for all of time.


from Ambition > Ability, released November 10, 2015
Marty Smith - music / lyrics / vocals
Ian Leinbaugh - acoustic
Wylie Pamplin - bass
Pete Lucey - accordion



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