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CALLOUS

the idea seemed so callous
but it was the right thing to do
it was the right thing to do

and it made them all feel better
just a little bit better
a tiny little bit better

mother tried to hide as she fell apart
she felt so far from him and it broke her heart
father knew that there was little chance left
for him to salvage a relationship with him

and so it went
and he didn't want to be interrupted
and he welcomed them to join
but they would only decline

it was his second year
his forearms were tanks now
and he had destroyed every playable surface in the house

and she heard one day that he'd been playing with his hands
and decided that there was something the situation demanded

and went to find the strongest mallets money could buy
and she hoped that they might hold up
and what she brought back to him brightened his eyes

the flat smack of a plastic spatula was nothing quite like these perfect cylinders that drew such resonance from pummeled metal

the idea seemed so callous
but it was the right thing to do
it was the right thing to do

and it made them all feel better
just a little bit better
a tiny little bit better

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from HIS FOREARMS WERE TANKS NOW, released March 3, 2010
written and performed by Michael McQuilken

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