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The Stranger

from Above Covered Skies by Axel Quinlan

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I went walking through the town
on a Friday evening stroll
I saw a face that matched a name
heard so many years ago
I said “Hey, it’s Tom
from central high
maybe you might recall?”
But the awkward movements
of her eyes clearly said it all:
that I am a stranger

With my face still red
I walked ahead and ducked into a bar
My request for beer was met by a sneer:
“can I see your ID card?”
I opened my wallet
and surrendered my license
which she held up to the light
I didn’t bother to mention
that I’d been a patron
for 25 consecutive nights
because I am a stranger

Well, beer did what beer does
so I decided to take a stand
I looked the clock straight in the face
and issued my demands
But, time had stumbled past me now
as the bells rang a pair of tones
General Grant was invited to stay
but I was told to go home
because I am a stranger


from Above Covered Skies, released September 1, 2016




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