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Selfless in a City

from Joy and Better Days by Hip Hatchet



A man with a twist off bottle of wine
asked me for a corkscrew
I said man, take your time
do what you gotta do

a larger man, well he bummed a smoke
and said you must be local
I moved here three weeks ago
but i know a thing or two

selfless in a new city thinking
I'll give myself away
'till I'm empty like the women
who fill a void and I avoid next evening

The large man's friend with shinning head
said that he came looking for some
Last night was seattle
and tonight well it's gonna be rough

go upstairs to the bar
that i can barely afford
these days i've been bleeding
months of humble chores

Selfless in a new city thinking
I'll give myself away
until my friends have had their fill
and let their knees dig in my back till my chest is dead and still

Man i met at the Bye and Bye
had his ears stretched open wide
he saved me from being alone
for an hour's time

A little later in the night
I said I probably shouldn't drive
but oh man, I've been feeling alone
and a car wreck sounds all right

selfless in a new city thinking
I'll give myself away
until my shoulders touch my toes
And i look down and both my hands

are gray and old
so i can say that oh, i gave it all


from Joy and Better Days, released April 10, 2012
Philippe Bronchtein - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Alex Lewis - Guitar
Charlie Freundluch - Double Bass
Jake Nussbuam Drums


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Hip Hatchet Nashville, Tennessee

With a voice that can meander from a whispering purr to a hardened howl, Hip Hatchet lusters the poetics of travel. Threading bold and unique guitar picking patterns with the strings of experience Hip Hatchet, the songwriting moniker of Philippe Bronchtein, is the beautiful resolution of a life lived in motion. ... more

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