Adventures in Video (8) ‘The Jailer’

A song I wrote some time ago, but may have acquired particular resonance during the Covid-19 lockdown. I’ve put up an audio version here previously, but I’ve changed the structure slightly, and more or less learned the tune now. I’ll have to take another run at the audio version anyway: the levels are a bit low on this video – I’m still trying to find the best setup for video in my tiny office/studio.

The Jailer (Harley) 

The train will soon be leaving
And the man says ‘all aboard’
But you never leave the platform
And you never cut the cord

Most days you think of leaving
But he’ll always talk you round
His words will talk you into silence
And his arms will hold you down

You need so much to leave him
But there’s no one you can phone
There’s no ticket in your pocket
And you’ve no money of your own

Sometimes he tells you that you’re stupid
Sometimes he tells you that you’re ill
You dream of breaking free
And yet you don’t believe you will

He knows just where you are
Every moment of the day
He hears the thoughts inside your head
He owns the very words you say

He says that you’re his lover
And that’s all you’ll ever be
But you know he’s your jailer
And he’ll never set you free

Sometimes he’ll loosen your shackles
But you’re locked inside his head
And you’ve never found the way
To leave his arms or leave his bed

There’s nowhere you can go
And there’s nothing you can say
Because he knows you’ll never leave him
And that’s exactly why you stay

[break]

The train will soon be leaving
And the man says ‘all aboard’
But you never leave the platform
And you never cut the cord

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David Harley

Author: David Harley

Independent antimalware/security researcher/author/editor; musician/singer/songwriter

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