Pandora's Bottle

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I was at a crowded bar with a friend of mine who has since quit drinking...he looked at his first beer of the night and remarked that it was Pandora's Box...I thought it was a micro-brew and asked him who made it. He explained his meaning: like the late George Carlin said, one thing doesn't always lead to another. Sometimes one thing leads to the same thing. Ask an addict.

Anyway, I went home that night and wrote this song the next morning.

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Pride don't come easy, love don't come cheap
But lies are something I tell myself in my sleep
Laughing ain't being happy, like sadness ain't being depressed
If there's anyone who understands this, I haven't met her yet

I've been juggling my vices and this one hit the floor
Now each bottle takes me somewhere that I've been before

So climb the ladder off the wagon
Each rung gets you farther
Or take another shot of trouble
From Pandora's Bottle

The first one seems so simple, like waking from a bad dream
But simple's simply not as simple as it seems
So you drink to numb the pain, and you drink to feel elation
'til you can't tell the suffering from the celebration

I've been screwing up my mind 'til it sticks to what I am
And it finally believes all this is worth a damn

So climb the ladder off the wagon
Each rung gets you farther
Or take another shot of trouble
From Pandora's Bottle

And I know that the dawn will answer you with everything you hide
And I know that your thoughts reveal themselves when there's nothing left inside

So climb the ladder off the wagon
Each rung gets you farther
Or take another shot of trouble
From Pandora's Bottle

Invite disaster to your table
Tell yourself you're gonna
Leave after just another drink
From Pandora's Bottle

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from Soon, released June 1, 2018
Russell Gorton: Cello
Dale Wicks: Everything Else

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