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Daily Lyric: 11:00 ON THE BOARDWALK

11:00 on the boardwalk

It’s a sin to be inside

I came down here to clear my head

And to see what ideas may come

It’s long past the time for talk

Long past time to skulk or hide

It’s time to come out and be led

By the beat of my different drum.

This week slipped through my fingers

In pursuit of a couple of bucks

I could’ve done things with much more meaning

But somehow they didn’t get done

And the feeling of regret just lingers

Lament over lack of good luck

I need to follow the direction in which I’m leaning

And bring my thoughts out into the sun.

There’s a world waiting to be conquered

Dominated and ruled

If only these dreams see the light of day

And plans put into place

But it won’t happen as long as I’m hunkered

Clinging stubbornly like a mule

To old habits whose purposes have long faded away

But still put my energies to waste.

11:00 on the boardwalk

A beautiful summer morning

Burn away the darkness

That still won’t leave my soul

I don’t need any more talk

Or clichés about new days dawning

But these days are slow and startless

And it’s really gotten old.

©2023 The Hesh Inc.

Detail of "11:00 on the Boardwalk," original AI art by The Hesh Inc.
11:00 on the boardwalk / it’s a sin to be inside.

This one dates back to the late 1990s, when I used to live in Ocean Grove, NJ. It was a nice and easy walk from my townhouse at the western edge of Wesley lake all the way to the boardwalk, and I would often take that walk to clear my head and do my morning writing. In these days of self-quarantining and social distancing, not to mention living in high-and-dry North Jersey, I would love nothing more than to be able to go down to the boardwalk on a sunny summer morning and do my writing there. Never performed or recorded.

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