My Hands (Real Shit)

from by Benoit Christie

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This song came to me at a time when I was struggling with balancing an unfulfilling day job with regular nights out to play and listen to music. It occured to me that my hands take the brunt of the careless injuries in my life (whether in the form of cuts, bruises, strains) but that I still need them to take care of myself.
The imagery evoked is purely my own, as I cannot claim to knowing what it's like to be a stressed-out single mom. Still, the song feels honest enough to share.

lyrics

My hands are stressed-out single moms,
Trying to make that money
They get up at the break of dawn,
(Whisper to their sleeping child)
"Time to wake up honey. . ."

Hey now, I been talkin bout the real shit all my life

Hey now, been talkin bout the real shit all my life

My feet are tired working men,
Trying to make a dollar
They get up at like 6 am,
I don't know why they bother

Hey now, been talkin bout the real shit all my life

Hey now, I been talkin bout that real shit. . .

My teeth are yellow dogs with rabies,
My heart's a bird singing "Maybe, maybe!"
My lips are fish left out in an earthquake,
My bones seem to think that they're all made up of snakes but,

Don't get it twisted, my tongue could never tell a lie

Hey now, I'll be talking real shit 'til I die. . .

Til I die. . .
Til I die. . .
Til I die. . .

My hands are stressed-out single moms,
They're just trying to make it
They don't always know what's going on,
Sometimes they gotta fake it

Hey now, I been talkin bout the real shit all my-
Hey now, I been talkin bout the real shit all my-
Hey now. . .

I been talkin bout the real-
I been talkin bout the real-
I been talkin bout the real shit

All my life. . .

credits

from Out There E​.​P., released June 8, 2014
Written and performed by Benoit Christie with added egg shaker flavour provided by Tariq Anwar

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