Strictly Speaking

from Tradition Change Geekery by Seth Phillips

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There was a morning in December
Back before it all began
That was when we found your letter
And I guess you had a plan
Strictly speaking, well I get it
But I will never understand

Nobody said you were a coward
They just said that you escaped.
Nobody told us you were selfish
But we knew it all the same.
Strictly speaking I don't blame you
But fuck you all the same.

We didn't live
In a world that spoke so strictly
We couldn't forgive
Hard as we tried.

It's been a long time since Nebraska
Even longer you've been gone
And as autumn fades to winter
It's past time I was moving on
Strictly speaking you're a failure
But your weakness made me strong

I know you didn't live
In a world that spoke that strictly
I want to forgive
And someday I might

I'm a different me
Fifteen years removed
And in the same situations
I have sometimes wondered what I'd do
Put it down on paper
Black and white makes grey.
You were wrong but strictly speaking
I can understand the choice you made.

If we're ever reunited
I think you'd like who I've become
But if I ever have succeeded
It's not for anything you've done
Strictly speaking I'm victorious
I have fought your war and won.
...I wish you could have been here with me

But nobody lives
In a world that speaks that strictly
We only forgive
One step at a time.


from Tradition Change Geekery, released July 1, 2014




Seth Phillips Longmont, Colorado

From the nexus of tradition, change, and geekery comes Longmont songwriter Seth Phillips. His original songs range in subject from "raving evil genius" to "madman wandering in the desert" to "unrequieted nerd love" to "hitchhiker searching for home." And the good ones just might touch something deep inside the most cynical heart. Come find out for yourself. Even if you don't have a cynical heart. ... more

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