Cryin' Shame

from American Bridge by Two Ones

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Few remain untouched by America's opioid crisis. Its victims, legion; its toll, devastating. Families shattered, lives destroyed. The testimonies are plenty, and hopefully can serve as a warning, but more importantly, as a show of solidarity, shining a beacon to the lost and lonely, both addicts and families alike. This is one of those testimonies.

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He was my buddy and my best friend
He was the apple of my eye
He had a real keen sense of humor
And he could not tell a lie
He got along with everybody
And his future looked so bright
But the switch got flipped
And he started to slip
And he just couldn't see the light

Crying shame, what they say
When they sit and talk about him
But they never knew the pain he held inside
Cause when those demons take control
They terrorize his soul
And somewhere I think I heard the angels cry

I coulda blamed his high school teachers
I coulda blamed the booze and drugs
I coulda blamed the kid who snitched him out
I coulda blamed those other thugs
I coulda blamed the treatment programs
They've been through it all, you can tell
I coulda blamed myself
Coulda blamed the devil
Coulda blamed the wishing well

Crying shame, what they say
When they sit and talk about him
But they never knew the pain he held inside
Cause when those demons take control
They terrorize his soul
And somewhere I think I heard the angels cry

Now we prayed that he'd get sober
How we prayed that he'd get straight
And we prayed he'd come around again
Before it was too late
And we prayed he'd find the answers
He'd been searching for some time
We prayed loud and clear
Hoping God would hear
I guess he needs more prayers than mine

Crying shame, what they say
When they sit and talk about him
But they never knew the pain he held inside
Cause when those demons take control
They terrorize his soul
And somewhere I think I heard the angels cry

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from American Bridge, released December 29, 2020
Written by Rick Matter

cp2020 Rick Matter/Two Ones
cp2020 Sleeping Brothers Records

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