Something to Lose

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From "Another Ghost to Sleep," by Hugh Trimble
Recorded at Gypsy Cab Studios, Keedysville MD
©Hugh Trimble 2014

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I went to Boston on a whim
I fell for you and I bust my chin
I was bleeding out and cold enough to die
I thought I'd lost you to him
I took my guitar to Providence
I wrote a song and found I could not lie

So I went down to New York City
Where you grow up fast and you grow up pretty
And I traded that song for whiskey and some weed
I was face down in Central Park
With a greasy dog who would not bark
He said boy in this town a bite's all you really need

Tell me how long
How long I got to be without you
Long I got to sing this lonely tune
Tell me how come
It ain't be been falling asleep without you
I got nothing to keep but something to lose

That Bethesda Fountain she know my name
And that bottle of bourbon knows my pain
And the bed I found knows how to get me off
The less I got the more I gain
The more I talk the less I'm game
It's the oldest joke but the punchline I forgot

I was trying to sleep on an uptown 6
With old Saint Paul and a bag of tricks
I didn't know it then but it was his birthday night
If I had blinked I would have missed
That weeping angel's goodbye kiss
But I caught the deed and I cried till morning light

Just singing how long
How long I got to be without you
Long I got to sing this lonely tune
Tell me how come
It ain't be been falling asleep without you
I got nothing to keep but something to lose

I woke up on a bus to Philly
I was chewing my cud because I was out of whiskey
I found that I'd lost my voice but I had my nerve
But then I fell is step with a girl named Billy
She bust my chops and she slapped me silly
I asked her why she said what else do you deserve

I know Chicago is where you is
But I picture you in Los Angeles
Slipping on stars and landing on your feet
February came old and thin but I was listening to dixie strings
And a Louisiana mama singing sweet

That winter was like a wet cat spitting
I was sweeping the streets with a mind for sinning
Busted flat but keeping my own time
I came across a downtown nancy
He took me home and he dressed me fancy
Then he spun me around saying sing it one more time

I was singing how long
How long I got to be without you
Long I got to sing this lonely tune
Tell me how come
It ain't be been falling asleep without you
I got nothing to keep but something to lose

Then I was soaking up them Austin colors
And I sat down at a bar called Mothers
Sure enough that tender looked like mine
The more I sat the more lost I felt
Hell I even missed my father's help
I tried calling home but the phone just ate my dimes

You called me up on Saint Valentine's
Said you'd had a child that it was mine
Then you laughed and said just kidding I got a tattoo
I didn't know what else to do
So I got drunk and I got one too
In the sober dusk I knew I couldn't change my mind

Tell me how long
How long I got to be without you
Long I got to sing this lonely tune
Tell me how come
It ain't be been falling asleep without you
I got nothing to keep but something to lose
Tell me how long
How long I got to keep this up
Long I got to be out on the move
Tell me how come
How come this song ain't wrapping up
I got nothing to have but something to lose

The night before judgment day
I think I'll throw my bottles away
And give what coins I have to the poor
But I know it'll never be enough
So I just want to tell you before I'm dust
You were always just what I've been looking for

credits

from Another Ghost to Sleep, released December 6, 2014
Feat. percussion by Jordan Miller

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Hugh Trimble Chicago, Illinois

Songwriter, Hugh Trimble, moves with the organic story-telling of traditional American Folk. His genres wander through americana, celtic, indie rock and blues, and his stages range from subway platforms and streets corners to bars and clubs.

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