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Running wild on Silver Spring in summer.
The fireflies lighting up my jar.
Pretending not to hear my mother
Calling to the sky for his star

Night after day, I played Mother May
I took 10,000 giant steps alone.

Dragging from a bumper in December.
Tumblin' through the snow when I couldn't hang on.
My mother crying to remember.
I didn't even know he'd gone.

My first suit coat.
A noose for my throat.
I taught myself to tie one on.

He never gave me money. He never gave me a game.
He gave my mom a sonny -- and with me a lifetime of pain.
But the only thing he gave me was my name.

Heading for a fall in late October.
My head in a fog, my feet off the ground.
Someone kicked the water tower over.
I looked, but no one was around.

I broke for the spring.
Went looking for something
Or someone to show me the way.

He never gave me money. Don't know if our eyes are the same.
He took my family from me. But he left me someone to blame.
And someone to find and find me with my name.

The seasons of my life turn and twist me
The more I live the less I yearn.
The reason my wife and kid resist me
The less I give, the more I burn.

He never gave me money. I guess he gave us away.
Left us with noses runny. Left and ran 'til he died today.
On the stone in the ground above where he'll lay -- my name.


from What Are You Saving It For?, released June 1, 2000
Written by Devin Arkin


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The Good Chicago, Illinois

The Good is the creation of singer / songwriters Tony Rogers ( and Devin Arkin (who died from brain cancer in late 2016), joined by John Scholvin (guitar), Dave Rothkopf (bass), and John Goodman (drums). The band began making waves on the Chicago music scene in the early 90's; they've released 4 critically acclaimed full length studio albums, and more. ... more

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