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A fictional account of a man who does bad things and consequently bad things happen to him


I woke up sunday morning with a question
Am I better as a liar or a thief
It’s reached the time
Where a life of crime
Pays more than honesty

So I went and bought a shiny silver pistol
And went to see the richest man in town
Said I know you’ve got a lot
And I want what you’ve got
If you try to make a move I’ll shoot you down

He said to me I’ll give you all my money
But one day I’ll be coming for your head
So I took a little more
And shot him to the floor
And said how you gunna find me when you’re dead?

So I went and spent my money on tequila
Cheap women and some mexacali weed
And I found my wife
In a den that night
And I really can’t tell what she sees in me

Now 16 years later we have children
And I try my best to tell them everyday
If you want a life
Full of pain and strife
Then follow all the rules and be a slave

I woke one Sunday morning to the doorbell
A policeman at the door wearing a frown
He said it’s about your son
He was carrying a gun
And the officer on duty shot him down

So I went and spent my money on tequila
Until I didn’t have a penny to my name
And I lost my wife
And I lost my fight
And I had no soul to save

So if you ever ask yourself the question
Am I better as a liar or a thief
A life of crime
Might save some time
But it’s bound to end in grief

it's bound to end
So think not of money but of friends
every stolen penny that you spend
it's bound to end in grief


from Simple Brains, Common Men, released January 29, 2015
William Curry



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William Curry Falmouth, UK

Will is a folk singer/songwriter based in Falmouth Cornwall. His music combines his love of traditional folk with a more contemporary and punky edge. His often sarcastic and cynical lyrics sit on the line between socially uplifting and politically condemning. ... more

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