Attics And Basements

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 * co-written with Pete & Pat Luboff

Lately my mind’s been on what’s in my attic
Got a house full of crap and a head full of static
A ratty tin tree from so many Decembers
Letters and photographs no one remembers

And I’m feeling down about what’s in my basement      
Suitcases broken but I won’t replace ‘em
Bed frames and coolers and two legged stools
A couple flat tires and some rusted out tools

Why do I keep all the things I ain’t usin’
Up above and down below
Smack in the middle in a state of confusion
I keep holdin’ on when I need to let go
All the time and the space that I’m wasting
In my attic and basement

My ceilings are sinking from what’s in my attic
A console TV and my Dad’s leather jacket
Grandmother’s trunk full of moldy old clothes
Teddy bear missing an eye and a nose

Can’t open the door too much junk in my basement
Silly straw hats from a long gone vacation
Lawn chairs and dumbbells and folded up boxes
Rubbermaid bins full of dead electronics

Why do we keep all the things we ain’t usin’
Up above and down below
Smack in the middle in a state of confusion
We keep holdin’ on when we need to let go
All the time and the space that we’re wasting
In our attics and basements

I got all of these memories and all of these plans
Why can’t I be right here where I am?


 - April 2021 -                                                                                                                             #452