This Doesn't Say It

by Robert Oakes

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I wrote this song for my dad, just after he passed in 2010.

lyrics

Who was that masked man?
Was he a star casting light and shadow?
Or a child fast asleep when the lights went down
Dreaming of a brighter time than now?

O, I know this doesn't say it at all

Did he sing a song that gave a joy
That he could never know?
And did he always keep them laughing
So the wound would never show?
Did he try to build a life upon the ashes of the past
Believing if he did, he could escape its empty grasp?

O, I know this doesn't say it at all

I know that, given time, there will be so much more to say
The pain that's much too near now will begin to fade away
Somewhere behind the mask, I know there was only a man
And only when the song ends do I begin to understand

credits

released April 12, 2011
Vocals by Robert Oakes
Acoustic guitar by Justin Hillman
String arrangement by David Nagler

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Justin HIllman in 2011.

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