Payed in Fool - January 1, 2002

Payed in Fool
(c) January 1, 2002

My heart longs to be free
yet body still confined
to steel and concrete walls
that hold my bleeding mind

My spirit wishes flight
to stop the wretched pain
I'm trapped behind the bars
my life still wrapped in chains

The anguish and the fear
the sorrow and the strain
keep my mind in check
like a crimson stain

My future is on hold
still waiting patiently
for the key to turn
and free me of my grief

The curse of 80 proof
brought me to my knees
now I must do the time
until my soul is free

I have surely learned
and payed a gruesome price
I can never drink
I'll not pay with my life

by Ricky D. McKean

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