19 Never Comes

by Ominous Ride

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Let me preface this by saying I don't usually write much in this space provided. But I just read something that hit me square in the spine.

This prompt was to write about an election, from the point of view of the winner or loser.

Doesn't really matter - only one election was what initially crossed everyone's mind. I'm sure of it.

I knew I wanted to make a statement with my song, but my desire not to offend any right-leaning judges prevented me from speaking from my heart.

But I actually did. Without fully realizing it, or at least without acknowledging it to myself. And it wasn't until reading a song bio from another songwriter in Spintunes named Edric that it was clear to me what exactly I did with this song.

First, Edric's bio reflected my thoughts and feelings exactly. I also am an instructor, and going to work the day after the election felt like the Titanic right after hitting the iceberg.

This song is about losing, and not only to a man who would "skin a soul to pull the strings" and one who (metaphorically) "pulls the wings off flies." We lost to a man who is so powerful and has so many secrets and back room dealings that his agenda is perhaps to big to prevent. The song is about recognizing evil, even when others don't. Or don't want to.

19 votes was everything. And we lost.

And I know there are many people who either don't think our new president is doing/has done anything as dreadful as the media depicts. But it seems the majority of Americans feel otherwise. And there's seemingly nothing we can do. The rules - of politics, of logic - don't apply to this man. "Alternative facts" have a place in this administration's policy making.

Things might not turn out as bad as we fear. But this song is about the fear so many of us feel right now. The dark has just won, and the light is the first target.

lyrics

19 Never Comes

Behind closed doors
You've coalesced your ideologies
Before the council of the hook and hammer
It's plain to see
That I believe I am in the right
And right of mind
So now I face those 37 faces
Mercy

In the light of the back room haze
Everybody wants a taste
Some would skin a soul to pull the strings
And you've done all you can to persuade the table
All you need is 19

Chorus:
1 vote, 2 vote, 3 vote 4
5 will get your chances through the door
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Looking like they're buying what you been selling
12 votes keep your hopes alive
13 is the place where tensions rise
14, 15, 16 on a run
Or so it seems
An age till 17
18 you hope you are the one
If 19 ever comes
~~~
As the council deliberates
You look into the madman's face
He knows that you have seen behind his sheen
In his eyes is a glint of retaliation
All he needs is 19

Chorus:

Judgment is a funny thing
How can they hand the reins to one
Who pulls the wings off flies?
And so you fight for all that you believe in
Hoping that you reach
Those 37 minds

And the world will never see
Behind the curtain
Where the council handles all the locks and keys
And who they choose to lead
19 votes is everything

Chorus:
1 vote, 2 vote, 3 vote 4
5 will get your chances through the door
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Looking like they're buying what you been selling
12 votes keep your hopes alive
13 is the place where tensions rise
14, 15, 16 on a run
Or so it seems
An age till 17
18 you feel that you have won
But 19 never comes

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released January 30, 2017

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