Complicated Man

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I’m a complicated man, you best keep your distance
My mind it’s a patchwork of levers and pistons
My thinkin’ works backward from Z down to A
If there’s a dollar to turn I’m gonna find me a way

There’s a glass elevator to the top of my tower
From which I look down upon the proles and the powerless
I hear a rhythm in the shuffle of feet
I hum my melody over the beat

I’ve broken the unions and scattered the factions
I’ve paid politicians to loosen the sanctions
Convinced you that wealth is the premier attraction
And there lies the true happiness

And the dollar it founders
And the wild ocean heaves
And the distance between us it widens
With no mercy, no sign of reprieve

And the water it rises
And the wild ocean roars
And those on the crest of the hill
Better lock up their windows and doors

The Haitian diplomacy wait on my orders
To clear out the rubble of scavies and hoarders
A shirt on their backs, a job and some shelter
We’ll knock up a new kind of Pearl River Delta

And when I am done with my various dealings
When I’ve picked off the buds and I’ve dug up the seedlings
When the red dirt it wheezes and the brittle earth weeps
I lay on my pillow and slip sweetly to sleep


from How Red Is the Blood, released March 13, 2014


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Winners of the NZ Music Award for Folk Album of The Year 2014 and finalists in the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2013 for song "Complicated Man".

"sensitively understated folk and subtle simplicity… songs as memorable, lyrically considered and melodically engaging as many of Paul Simon's… a very emotionally engaging album" Graham Reid
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