Constructive dismissal

from by Nazneen Rahman

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This song was inspired by a poem by Brian Patten called 'A blade of grass'. The title reflects how unclear it can be when a relationship ends who is leaving and who is being left.

lyrics

You ask me for a present,
I offer you a song
You say that that’s too easy
Cos it won’t take me long.

You ask me for a token
I offer words of love
You say that that’s too simple
And no more than you deserve.

But it’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok
That there’s nothing I can give you.
It’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok
Cos there’s nothing you will take.

I ask you for an answer
You offer me denial
You flinch beneath my fingers
You bridle at my smile.

I ask you for a grievance
You’re happy to provide
You ice it with resentment
I don’t even care, just it let slide.

But it’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok
That there’s nothing you will give me.
It’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok
Cos there’s nothing that I want

But I remember when you coaxed the buttons from my blouse
You traced the lifelines in our palms
You walked for miles to reach my house.
And I remember when I had no fear
If you were near and
Everything in life seemed clear.

Now we’re a mess of contradictions
We’re a sump of futures gone
We’re the shards of broken ceasefires
And everything we do is wrong,
Everything we had is gone,
You and I we don’t belong,
You and I we’re just wrong.

But it’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok
That your keys are on the table
It’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok
Cos I’ve already changed the locks

It’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok
That we’ve nothing left to fight for now.
It’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok
Cos the bed’s already warm.

credits

from Can't Clip My Wings, track released May 5, 2014
Music and lyrics Nazneen Rahman
Production Joe Davison for Auburn Jam Music

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Nazneen Rahman London, UK

Welcome!. I sing intimate stories about life's complexities. With jazz and soul influences. I'm also a cancer scientist.

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