The Slimest of Hopes

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This song is a downer, albeit a beautiful one. The inspiration for this song came from an incident I endured during my high school years. The local bullies from my school undertook a rather lame home invasion of my friends house whereupon I hid in the shed while my friends, among them a karate black belt, fought them off. I've never been good with physical confrontation so I chose to run. The middle chorus, the tears of shame, are an allusion to these feelings, though the protagonist in this song is a lot deeper into the ugliness of bullying than I was that day in my teens.

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With all the drink gone
In the melt of cheer.
That’s when it came on
The rising tide of fear.

I kept my head down
When he called my name
Songs of hope, songs of pride
Touched my lips, then they died
Washed away by tears of shame
By tears of shame.

It was too much for me to feel
It was too much for me to feel hope for one second
It was too much for me to feel.

I had a hold on
The slimmest of hopes
But when he came on
I just couldn’t cope

I kept my head down
When he reached for me
Songs of hope, songs of pride
Touched my lips, then they died
Washed away by blood and tears
By blood and tears

It was too much for me to feel
It was too much for me to feel hope for one second
It was too much for me to feel.

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from Naked Despair, released December 1, 2013
t.k. bollinger – Voice, Guitar, Melodica

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t.k. bollinger Melbourne, Australia

A connoisseur of dark moods and plaintive melodies, t.k. bollinger is an explorer on the road less travelled. His musical children are songs of contrite and emotionally challenged characters confessing their darkest fears and tortured realisations.
They speak of the usual things – love, abuse, neglect and the small triumphs and tiny truths that gleen in our day to day growth and survival.
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