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Alistair Hulett

"No Half Measures" (karaoke)

"No Half Measures" (sheet music)


My old man has a heart that is warm

As a breeze on a summer's afternoon.

He is clever with his hands;

You should see his fingers dance.

And when he laughs,

He's as crazy as the moon.

I've been with him now

For nearly sixteen years,

But I can't tell you how

For I've cried so many tears.

 

He can't seem to lay off the bottle;

He just doesn't know when to stop.

Something snaps in his head,

And he won't come to bed

Till he's finished every drop.

 

My old man has been in and out of work

For as long as I can recall.

It is all for his grog

That he can't hold down a job,

And we have nothing much

To show for it all.

There's nothing that I need;

I am not that way inclined.

It just makes my heart bleed

To see him get so blind.

 

He can't seem to lay off the bottle;

He just doesn't know when to stop.

Something snaps in his head,

And he won't come to bed

Till he's finished every drop.

 

Well, I think I'll send the kids

For a spell with me mum,

And I'll just take some time on my own.

We could talk, but I doubt

That we'd ever work it out.

But I'm not sure that I could live alone.

It's been so many years;

Christ, it's almost half me life.

But he's married to his beer,

And I don't feel much like a wife.

 

He can't seem to lay off the bottle;

He just doesn't know when to stop.

Something snaps in his head,

And he won't come to bed

Till he's finished every drop.

 

Now my old man had a heart that was warm

As a breeze on a summer's afternoon.

He was clever with his hands;

You should have seen his fingers dance.

But now he's living

In a rented room.

We meet from time to time,

But there's nothing much to say.

We once had something fine,

But there's nothing left today.

 

He can't seem to lay off the bottle;

He just doesn't know when to stop.

Something snaps in his head,

And he won't come to bed

Till he's finished every drop.

 

Something snaps in his head,

And he won't come to bed

Till he's finished every drop.

 

And he's finished every drop.


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