Ode to Brother

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In memory of Robert "Birdman" Johnson (1956-1995)

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One less man to carry the name
Everyone guilty, no one to blame
Inflicted on you, too much pain
Nothing now will be the same

With father knowing what would come
He led the way and made us numb
Words were silent, mouths were dumb
It seemed a fitting end to some

One less song to tickle our ears
Fate stands accused, stolen years
You braved the storm, the flash-flood of tears
You were stronger than your fears

Now mother, mourning still her son
Prays your life has just begun
Finding an answer where there was none
Her faith restored, you were the one

Your courage made us all discover
Some things lost we can't recover
Now we comfort one another
Save a place for us my brother

One less Bird to roam the sky
Forever we could wonder why
And yet we know you're flying high
Looking down to say don't cry

Our sisters' quiet pain is heard
One's vision of the future blurred
Another clinging to the Word
The youngest driven by what's occurred

Your courage made us all discover
Some things lost we can't recover
Now we comfort one another
Save a place for us my brother

Well you were too young
And it seems so wrong
It's not supposed to be this way
And the last time I
Looked into your eyes
I didn't know what else to say
But save a place for us

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from Twelve Tall Tales, track released September 24, 2010
Written & Performed by Jeff Johnson

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