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Bridges (Crossed and Burned)

from by Dave Bradley

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Just in from the critics:

"Absolutely beautiful, naturally sung, with genuine empathy"

"Emotive theme which will always be current"

"Brought a tear to my eye"


Bridges (Crossed and Burned)

She is down on her luck, with no place to turn
Embedded with waifs and strays, her skin patched with bruises and burns
The clothes on her back are tattered and torn
She sleeps in the doorways, where drunks spit out their cold scorn

A lonely young man, with no money to spare
Staggered to see her pain, not sure if he should care
He stretches out his hand, clings to the hope that she can stand
But her fear backs her into the shadows
A helpless girl in a hopeless land

He's a stranger to luck got no place to turn
Embedded with the waifs and strays, his sin was only to yearn
The coat on his back is matted and worn
He sleeps in old boxes, wishing he'd never been born

If only somebody, with a minute to spare
Would offer some tea and their hand, to prove that somebody cares
So he reaches out to touch them, Grasps at hope but he can't stand
And their guilt drags them out of the shadows
Their focus sharp on their homemade plans

What do you do when you lose your way?
How do you cope with that pain?
In a world that just turns away

Well bridges are crossed and bridges are burned
You know that the truth is the proof
It's a lesson that never is learned
You know that the truth is the proof
A lesson that never is learned


from Who is fooling who?, track released March 17, 2017
Words and music Dave Bradley, also guitar and vocals and percussion

Tuesday night, three-hour demo from first idea and two evolutions of the chord progression and lots of lyrical ad lib editing. Might even learn it to perform at the next CCC Arts Night, if they're (un)lucky.

UPDATE: I've done several tweaks to the words and a little bit extra for the chord progression, I've now re-recorded it having sung it live on Sunday and got it more settled in my head. Also, added a harmony part. This is still really just a demo, albeit mixed and mastered. Hence FREE.



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Dave Bradley UK

Guitarist, singer-songwriter. Acoustic and electric indie pop and rock originals. Playing regularly with C5 and bigMouth.

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