Hammer Fist

from by Jen Zimberg

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lyrics

coffee black no sugar
thought i remember you taking cream
in this diner i’m the amateur
amateur boxer stepping into the ring

i dodge the punch you ask ‘bout my mother
say you hope she’s doing well
i swing to miss ask gently ‘bout your brother
if you see some traces of his former self

lift this hammer fist
taking turns to dodge and twist
meet my eyes and split my lip
noble art of the backfist
still i’m taking hits

waitress comes and the round is over
asks us would you ladies like a slice of pie?
can’t she see i’m in my corner
with the menu and an icepack on my eye

lift this hammer fist
taking turns to dodge and twist
meet my eyes and split my lip
noble art of the backfist
still i’m taking hits

hours pass of stunted conversation
it’s leaving me sore and yet no bruises bloom
then i go forgetting hesitation
saying maybe we could do it again soon

lift this hammer fist
taking turns to dodge and twist
meet my eyes and split my lip
noble art of the backfist
still i’m taking hits

credits

from Arrow Up, released December 11, 2015
vocals, guitar, piano, percussion: Jen Zimberg
elec guitar, sub-bass, percussion: Erin McKeown

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Jen Zimberg New York

singer/songwriter, modern folk

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