What’s It Worth Lyrics By Peter Hammill

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Lyrics To What’s It Worth

What’s it worth to be safe?
What’s the way to be sane?
I can throw myself at the garden
on my hands,
prune the lawn and mow the roses,
but I never understand
how to go
to be free;
in the end I only want to be me.

Winter days here are mine;
still, no bites… what’s my line?
I could hurl myself to the bonfire
with all verve,
clear the path and weed the dead leaves,
but I really just don’t have the nerve
to be part
of that scene…
is this just some kind of strange dream?

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Think I’ll walk to the steeple, where the people
are so inquisitive.
I could make it to the corner store and buy
a hoard of derivatives
now.

Which way now… climb or coast?
Will my eggs ever poach?
I could throw myself in the frying pan
for my name;
hit the road or smile hermetically,
but it’s really never quite the same:
every time a subtle twist.
I think I’ll grab my plot
and simply exist.

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Or would that be
a subtle slash at my wrists?

Billy K. Hicks

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