Rome Didn't Fall in a Day

from by Kev Corbett

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***For the Big Invisible Hand.***


Rome Didn't Fall In a Day

I cut off the phone
Threw out the TV
‘Cause I never really wanted
What they're selling me
Y’ain't gonna find me
aisle 23
Attention Mall-Wart shoppers
Better you than me

I’m digging in for the long haul
Don't be surprised if you should have a great fall

‘Cause Rome Didn’t Fall in a Day
Sorry Nero, sell that fiddle man
you’re no good anyway
Your whole scene sucks
no one actually likes you
believe me when I say
Your house is burning

I don't want a lot of plastic
Bought for my kids
Sure, stroller and the lego and the bath rings
I know how it is -
But they gotta know
How to choose a carrot
by the dirt on its skin
How to open the doors
Open the blinds, &
let the neighbourhood kids in

They’ll learn to swim against the tide
I can see it coming in

‘Cause Rome Didn’t Fall in a Day
This is stolen land, with blood on its hands
and the time has come to pay
I’ve never met anyone anywhere
who believes a word you say
Your island’s sinking

Maybe everything’s just fine
Maybe Rome has never been so strong
Maybe the peasants outside with the torches
have all got everything horribly wrong
Maybe everyone’s a hooligan, you're all under arrest
and I’m wrong to write this song
And maybe you were living in an empire
But they never last long
They never last long

Rome Didn’t Fall in a Day
You’re gonna have to go and start a war
Show the great unwashed the way
You can whine at how History’s treated you
She always has her say but
Rome Didn’t Fall in a Day


from On the River Off the Lake, released May 1, 2016



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Kev Corbett Halifax, Nova Scotia

“The man is an exceptional guitar player – for one thing – but also writes extremely clever, finessed, clockwork folk-pop songs whose singable surface belies a tremendous underlying sense of craft. It was really great to see him again.” – Jowi Taylor, Six String Nation

“Well-crafted, skillfully written songs, dazzling guitar playing. Son of a Rudderless Boat is a marvelous listen.” – Penguin Eggs
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