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What if the best part of your life, the most exciting and fulfilling, happened when you were 18? And you never find anything you have even enjoyed since then?

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Gino

Gino says the best part of his life
Was played out on a football field
Moment of glory, moon and the stars
Now he’s forgotten how he used to feel
He says he hates his life from the time he wakes up
Until he drinks himself to sleep at night
Never thought he was ever gonna get this old
Until it happened overnight
He still blames his parents for messin’ him up
But the boy just turned 53
Gino keeps banging his head against something
Hoping the pain will leave
Hoping this time he won’t bleed

He rolled his car in front of a cop car
And was able to walk away
And as much as he hates to admit it
That wasn’t close to his worst day
That was years ago
Now he drinks at home
Or at the bar right down the street
He thinks of it as self preservation
Or just a way to get to sleep
He still blames his parents for messin’ him up
But the boy just turned 53
Gino keeps banging his head against something
Hoping the pain will leave
Hoping this time he won’t bleed

Gino sits on the porch of his mother’s house
Watching his brothers’ kids
Playing with joy, full of life, and ambition
The way he and his brothers once did
He thinks about calling an old teammate up
But they’ve run out of things to say
And the night they pummeled Harbortowne
Is thirty five years away
He still blames his parents for messin’ him up
But the boy just turned 53
Gino keeps banging his head against something
Hoping the pain will leave
Hoping this time he won’t bleed

© words and music by Jim Patton

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from Going the Distance, released May 1, 2022

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Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus Austin, Texas

Austin folk rock songwriters Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus released “Collection 2008-2018” and it went to #12 on the Folk-DJ Charts in Feb. 2020. Songs which dive deep into characters whose lives haven't worked out as planned with Airplane/Everly Bros. Wall of Sound harmonies and fiddles, mandolins, and acoustic guitars passionately playing Byrds/Band style roots music. ... more

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