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A tale of my student days at Trevelyan College, Durham University. A time full of promise and ambition, love and friendship, hard work and hard play, but somehow fraught with stress and pain, too. I felt like I was a victim of my own success in many ways, in terms of the Great Expectations that were placed on me, and that I placed upon myself. Later life has given me much more time to absorb, reflect and deal with the problems life has thrown at me.

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Great Expectations

Said I was trapped by my education
I was ensnared by your love
I was haunted by the memory of my mother crying out
And I swore it wouldn’t happen again

I was headhunted by the armed forces
And exploited by the powers that be
Everyone wanted a piece of my pie
They were all out to take advantage of me

I was bound by expectation
And I was crushed by the words of a friend
I was chained to my bed by a glandular disease
And I swore it wouldn’t happen again

I had all the potential of the next big thing
But I was easily and horribly led
I never could make up my goddamn mind
And I never could get out of bed

I was caught in a dream of stardom
And held down by depression and greed
I was lost in a whirl of information and girls
And I had all that a boy could need

I spent my life in sin and misery
At the house of Trevelyan
I never could see the distinction between
Beating yourself up, and having fun

Said I was trapped by my education
I was ensnared by your love
I was haunted by the memory of my mother crying out
And I swore it wouldn’t happen again

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from When The Floodgates Open (Sep 2023), released September 8, 2023
Guitar: Stagg Telecaster T490 Deluxe.
Words and music by Mint Biscuit (Richard Thomas).

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Richard Thomas (Cockermouth, UK)

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