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Born at 5:00, bright blue eyes
Mother beamed, father cried
His first words came from a song mom sang
Big sis wished it'd been her first name

And he took his first steps learned to live upright
He sat through school but he ran through the night
And at 13 kissed a girl but she didn't kiss back

A name misspelled on the diploma
Paycheck, road trip, Arizona
His first love wore her hair full of curls
They called it quits but he found another girl

And everyone stared as she walked down the aisle
Kids got daddy's eyes and they stole momma's smile
And for a while there everything was goddamn peachy keen

Until he cheated death at 35
Asleep at the wheel swerved just in time
His heart grew cold and he lost touch
The job was boring and the marriage was tough

Then he saw a drop of blood roll down his son's face
He was standing in a robe he was teaching him to shave
And he snapped out of it and he learned how to love again

But a stroke got dad and they buried mom
Once the cancer grew too strong
A lullaby from sister's lungs
First tear in dad's eye since the birth of his son

So he took the year off to get back on his feet
He didn't do much, took a trip to the beach
Where he slept on the sand, had a dream where the girl kissed back

Highway home, daily grind
Birthdays, holidays, peace of mind
He lost his hair, found his laugh
Composed a will and his epitaph:

“There was nothing too special about the way he lived life
Was about average build, was about average height
Sometimes he did things wrong other times he did right”

A porch out front and a yard out back
The quiet life in the cul-de-sac
Kids in school gowns and ties
More little babies with bright blue eyes

So he cashed in his chips and he moved to the hills
But he didn't eat right and he didn't take his pills
And then at five o'clock one day those soft blue eyes grew still

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from Metrics of Affection, released July 23, 2013

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