When You Need To

by Matthew James Carmichael



They don’t have to show you love
if they’ve got something else to give you.
Boy you’ve got a lot to learn.
You’ve got a lot to live for.

Don’t shut me out now.
Throw me a bone if you’ve got such a big, bold heart.
Come on, look in the mirror, my man.
Can’t you spare some attention?
if you can’t give me sympathy,
I deserve your attention.
Oh hell, I need it really.

And now its magic. See it’s only magic my love.
Every time you touch the ground and listen soft, take it down:
Drink when you’re thirsty, eat when you're hungry,
rest when you're hurt, and run when you need to run.
And if you want to sing out, sing out.
And if you want to be free quit moping around
feeling sorry for yourself.


released December 18, 2016



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