Masterpiece by Yee and O'Brien

by John Cathal O'Brien

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What a time to leave me

What a time to set you free

I’m surprised I’m still weeping

When I can’t even feel

It’s true it’s true, there’s not much I can do

Can’t build a bridge from here

They say the darkness in the heart

Is there from the start and it’s dying to rage

They say that in the body theirs a body of a child and it’s dying to be named

They say if you fall into the river when it’s cold

You won’t grow old

It’s still a world of dirty tyrants

There’s still a lack of regicide

It’s still so cruel and violent

Was this the masterpiece you had in mind

The one with all the soldiers dying

Still breaks my heart each time

And all the people there, up in Union Square

They hadn’t heard

And who was I to say it was just another day

I passed along no word


released January 25, 2020


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John Cathal O'Brien Brooklyn, New York

"Even in New York, O’Brien brings the melodies and lyricism of his birthplace, Dublin, Ireland, to the ears of those lucky enough to stumble into his path (or those nudged in his direction, as was the case this time)."
~ Lisa Regula Meyer , Ear To The Ground Music.
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