Tea Leaves

from Tea Leaves by Brian McGrath

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Well I woke up middle-aged
No direction, no big dream
Halfway stuck up somewhere in-between

Went looking for relief
Read the signs surrounding me
But I don’t think they mean a goddamn thing

It only matters what you do
Not what you think, or know, or speak
This modern world ain’t built for the meek

It’ll leave you torn in two
Bruised-beaten, drowning in the sea
Middle-aged and shaky at the knees

But alright, I’ll believe your lies
Cause I can’t seem to read the tea leaves

Every feeling in our bones
Every morning we wake up alone
With nothing left except our memories

“That’s life” I heard you say
There’ll always be something in the way
Nothing’s ever as it seems…
But still a man can dream
Dream…a man can dream

The dream never ends for those who learn to love
And keep their eyes looking up above
The dream never ends for those who don’t think small
Who keep their eyes looking at the dawn

But alright, I’ll believe that you’re right
‘Til I don’t need to read the tea leaves


from Tea Leaves, released November 19, 2020
Lyrics, Music, Performance by Brian McGrath.
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered at Handwritten Recording, Chicago by Rick Riggs w/ Brian McGrath.
©2020 Brian McGrath


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Brian McGrath Chicago, Illinois

Brian McGrath is an Indie Folk Songwriter born and bred in Chicago, Illinois.

With intense, honest conviction tempered by Midwest sensibility and grit, the big man with a big voice tells tales of broken characters, desolate landscapes, and hopeful redemption all along the highways and byways of the American heartland. ... more

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