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Like a Prayer for a Breath

from On Earth by Halfblind Henry

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This ditty is why I initially fancied releasing the album around Advent. That didn´t work out and I think it´s for the better. Written mostly on my travelling guitar in a light-flooded flat in Birmingham with a lovely view over a graveyard.


Like a Prayer for a Breath

Like children pretending to grow
Like ploughmen pretending to sow
Like the blind begging the prophet
to hold a candle while they pray
Like mercenaries taking shelter
while they´re waiting for their pay
we are staring,
staring at the wall

Like the gambler pretending to win
Like the traitor saving his skin
Like the dealer and the high priest
taking turns at rolling crooked dice
Like the beauty and the idiot
hoping someone will cut them a slice
we are running,
running behind

Like the artist destroying his work
Like the actor acting berserk (the jerk?)
Like the bishop and his mistress
hiding in their secret room
Like believers clinging to the scripture
in these times of blood and gloom
we are tumbling,
tumbling down


from On Earth, released March 1, 2019
words and music by Halfblind Henry

Thorsten Otto - double bass
Halfblind Henry - vocal, acoustic guitar, dobro, piano, keyboard, tambourine


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