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Bad Old Friend

So you thought enemies can't
be better than friends,
Thought I was a fan
of your insolence,
So I played the part
of the silent complicit;
Slightly embittered,
I stretched it to the limit;
Before I finally held a mirror to your face,
Of shadows you did cast and culture you've defaced,
And it was more than the little man in, you could take,
And I thought, humorless dog gimme a break!

It ain't easy to let go of you, bad old friend,
As I see me from your view,
Walking on eggshells, just to talk to you!

You said you wished to see me
Homeless for a night,
Said you wished to be me,
I understand you've had a hard life,
As children of the darkness
Who long for light,
Like you I didn't care what's true,
So long as I won the fight;
But you sold your soul to the first and only theory
You were blackmailed as a child to believe,
Those early days blank as a page soon to be filled,
They promised you life if only you could stand still!

It ain't easy to let go of you, bad old friend,
Like none of it ever meant a thing to you
The inmost self I shared with you!
It ain't easy to let go of you, bad old friend!
Can't take the cold anymore than you do
Take the time, to define, time!
Now it hurts hanging on to you,
Spreading the word that I'm not really me,
But a photo you stab at before you go to sleep!


from This Great Embarrassment of Being!, released December 18, 2015
Words: A. El-Motassem
Music: A. El-Motassem/ M. Sobhi



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