Futility Blues

from by Harrison Lemke

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Did you remember to bear them in mind?
Did you remember to bear them in mind?
All the big books that you read
that sent such shivers down your spine:
Did you remember to bear them in mind?

Was there any point to all of this?
Was there any point to all of this?
All the pleasures of the flesh
that crumpled up like a paper cup in your fist:
was there any point to all of this?

What was all of it for?
What was all of it for?
All the lovers with the whole world in their kisses
who you don't see anymore:
oh, what was all of it for?

What are you going to do?
What are you going to do
with all the endless reels of things that you
and you alone bore witness to:
what are you going to do?

Will it all just come to nothing in the end?
Will it all just come to nothing in the end?
All the sore thumbs, and the loose strands,
and the mysteries that burned you when you held them in your hand:
were they all just worse than nothing in the end?
Were they all just worse than nothing in the end?

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from some more advent songs, released December 25, 2017

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