Together All Alone, by Bob Bennett


The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

Together All Alone

Bob Bennett

Brian’s on the football team, but he’s only second string.

He’s got a locker full of books, but he doesn’t know a thing.

He never says what’s on his mind, like his daddy to the bone.

And he’s living with the rest of us, together all alone, together all alone.

His girlfriend moved away last year, to another school in town.

She’s got a brand new boyfriend, but she sometimes comes around.

She bounces his heart like a basket ball, and when his folks are not at home,

She slaps his hand, while they lay on the couch, together all alone. Together all alone.

And far away

The Shepherd tends His sheep.

Days full of crazy. Nights full of sleep.

While Brian is in school all day, the old man drives a truck.

He says, “It’s a hell of a way to live. But it’s a way to make a buck”.

He rolls home after the house is dark. His heart is cold as stone.

And he lays back to back, with his wife, in the sack;

Together all alone. Together all alone.

And far away

The shepherd tends his sheep.

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