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Hard Times

I had a heart made of gold
been scarred and besieged by mold
love used to course through the folds
Now I'm tending to the wounds
with a polish of dirt and coal.

I had some eyes of the finest glass
through which heaven's light could pass
reveal a rainbow in a pool of gas
then you scraped the lens
and blinded me at last.

I had some feet that could walk a mile
to see friends and down the aisles
past a fad, and their shallow styles
but then you walked along
cut a path to exile.

Hard times x4
I been rolling through some hard times

I had a soul that could bear it all
a friend's death, or a love's fall.
a sweet kiss and the slow crawl
but you gathered your stones
and tossed me behind the wall.

I had hands that could hold a rose
it's soft scent up to my nose
white petals that inspired prose
but then you stuck me with a thorn
and my bloody fist closed.



I went searching for a saving grace
to hide me from my own face
I had directions to the wrong place
and on the table there
just an apple and a broken plate.

I got a worried and a troubled mind
I stepped out to leave it all behind
now I seek but I just can't find
What I been grasping for
only some hard, hard times.



from Harvest the Heart, released March 30, 2013



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M.R. Poulopoulos | Rebel Darling Schenectady, New York

“M.R. Poulopoulos is a songwriter with a poet’s nerve and a sharp eye for the telling detail. His latest album, Greenhorn, is like the distilled dream of a man alone at a roadside tavern: stories of recollection, regret, and warmth.”

- Dan Johnson, Singer/Songwriter
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