Heavy Hopes

from by James Parry

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Close my eyes and they’re all in a row
In this fight I’m alone
Thought of weight in my hands and I fold
My heart grows cold
All in the knowledge images seldom portray the ends that we crave

Sometimes I’m perverted I know it
So I’m dwelling, for comfort,
On thoughts how we age and our bodies decay
Still the fact remains
That while I will surely fade away, the lust of my youth could come to my grave
Accosted by ideals impossible, filling up days with self-loathing and rage

Bound by such heavy hopes
Grown from lumps in my throat
I’m so reluctant to swallow
But ashamed to have shown

Caught her eye on the bus through the window
A cold, dirty shiver growing sick in my guts
Comes and goes like a highway of headlights
That blinds and blinds again
To the dark empty road I’m travelling on with great foolish strides to shallow delights
Lost to the dull light of fickle white promises obsession affords to those on its course

And just like a tide drags me in
I’m distracted again
Watching them float – such pretty things
But they drift without end
To nothing, no end

(A face) alone upon a road
With nothing else to show
But empty names
And a curse here to remain


from Almost at the Ivory, released April 15, 2011


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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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