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Fireside Lament

from Decided by Cymbeline

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Never clothed with anything that's ever been brand new.
No one really understands what it is we’re going through.
Would have given everything if only we would not bequeath
Shadows thrown by never knowing work, but,
This is what we learn.
This is what we learn.

The night lamp lights another world that's simply out of reach.
Coldly blankets hold her close and nature nurses her to sleep.
Don't have much to give each other; wayward and distant father.
Storybooks; hardly ever heard.
This is what we learn.
This is what we learn.

Any dream we dare to dream is just a waste of time.
And any chance that we can see is quickly out of mind.

Nowadays we make it by just living hand to mouth.
Things could be so different here if any men would stay around.
House becomes another cage. All hope engulfed in flame.
And everything around us just confirms
That any bridge will burn.
This is what we learn.

All along I always thought that it would turn out right.
But every now and then we get reminded by the firelight.
Teenagers just running wild; deep fear in every child.
And anyone who leaves never returns,
Suburb slowly burns.
This is what we learn.
All our bridges burn.
This is what we learn.


from Decided, released June 1, 2015


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Cymbeline Melbourne, Australia

Cymbeline is a group of musicians who assisted in the recording of these albums, written and sung by Simon McDonald. Chris Hutchins: lead guitar. Tony Hunt: bass. Ken Stephenson who played any instrument when needed. Drums by Lee Davidson and Matt Darcy. Others musicians included Amanda Pope, Margaret Ayers and Genevieve Ryan, plus vocalists Kirsty Morphett, Olivia Drake and Georgina Docherty. ... more

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