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Down To Ruin

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You might think that you’re so happy
and so pleased with what you been doin’
But I swear some where somehow
It will all come down to ruin

Right now you’re singing
a low sweet love song
but I believe you’ll change your tune
And you’ll see you done me wrong
once it’s all come down to ruin

You’ll be sitting alone on the side of the road 
wondering how the wheels came off
Your nerves are shot, your hair’s a mess
and you’re fighting a nasty cough
You’re thinking things can get no worse
You’re thinking you might die
when it wasn’t all that long ago
you couldn’t have been more high

Back when you thought you were so happy
safe and sound in your cocoon
But now it all don’t look so pretty
once it’s all come down to ruin

You been looking to the future 
things just ain’t what they seem
There’s nothing out there for you
but the shards of fractured dreams
You may plot and plan and pray and pout
but who you think you’re foolin’
when there’s no one left to help you out
and it’s all come down to ruin

Still you’ll pretend that you’re so happy
feeling higher than the moon
You’ll be so shocked when it hits you
that it’s all come down to ruin.

There’ll come a day when you’ll be sorry
and that day will come none too soon
And I won’t be there to mend the damage
Once it’s all come down to ruin

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I was reading Edgar Guest this weekend and saw elements of him in this piece. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.

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Thanks. Tend to think of him as more motivational/uplifting. Maybe there's a dark side I haven't encountered.

ugwerks
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Wow...good stuff. I love the use of dialect in the piece...makes it a bit more caustic in its wisdom.

grunfruaorshell
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What dialect? (just kidding). Actually, it was the only way to get "moon" to rhyme with "ruin," as in "rune." thanks

ugwerks
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I meant more as to style of word use. Your use of the shortened word foolin'. Read his work "Selfish." "closin' o' the day." Perhaps change singing to singin', fighting to fightin' I'm really geting into minutea(sp?) here but the poem is...

I meant more as to style of word use. Your use of the shortened word foolin'. Read his work "Selfish." "closin' o' the day." Perhaps change singing to singin', fighting to fightin' I'm really geting into minutea(sp?) here but the poem is worth it.

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Yes, I see what you mean about word use. As for the dropping of the "g," I didn't want to overdo it, mindful of White's warning: "The best dialect writers, by and large, are economical....They use the minimum, not the maximum."

Nevertheless,...

Yes, I see what you mean about word use. As for the dropping of the "g," I didn't want to overdo it, mindful of White's warning: "The best dialect writers, by and large, are economical....They use the minimum, not the maximum."

Nevertheless, I'll give it a try. Thanks

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