Filling the Hole

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He is the reason, if any, I cut you some slack
Such a weighty straw
Dropped from high and with force on our backs
You rarely demanded such a high standard of man
And still I just don’t know
If you are a God to look up to
When so many cried with their adieu:
“He was the one our lord worked through”
You took all the credit he gave you
So you were the one that I blamed

If only a culprit, if only a person to find
Guilty of some crime
A target for all our vindictive minds
But nature has trumped us like currents that drag us beneath
The surface of some stream
When air as the answer escapes us
We point fingers in unknown directions
Like limbs that will flail out so desperate
In water where struggle is useless
Proving we’ve learnt not a thing
From the man whose good praises we sing

The past is containers of sand with our hands we sift through
Between our fingers spill
Grains from handfuls of moments he gave
We try so hard to hold all of them but some manage still to escape
In a windy dusty swirl
That dances on streets so empty and wide
Like the void that was left in our own lives
Sunlit but empty on the inside
With the shadows of thousands who’ll still try
To shovel in tons of that stuff
But in the back of their minds
They know that there’ll never be enough
To fill it up


from Eastern Shores EP, released July 12, 2008


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James Parry Hobart, Australia

James Parry lives in Hobart, Tasmania and writes independent pop songs.

He has supported such quality Australian acts as Alex Lloyd, The Gin Club, and Leah Flanagan as well as a hive of other visiting artists in Hobart.

James plays regularly in Hobart with his five-piece band or as a stripped-back duo and has played a number of interstate tours and gigged in the UK.
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