Henry (Live in Bewley's '07)

from Oxygen 21 by Enda Reilly

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HENRY, Enda Reilly 2007

HENRY was a boy, who lived in school,
He faked to make all the teachers drool,
He tried so hard to please them,
It wasn’t good,
For no one helped him to stretch his mind,
He was born at the wrong time,
His thoughts were full of blood,
Teachers didn’t teach what they should.

He said, “All the dreams in my life
Seem so far from me,
I’ve gotta get away,
I’m gonna get away,
I’ve got to get away from here!”

HENRY, HENRY,
What are you gonna do?
Don’t spend your life feeling like
Somebody else’s fool.

HENRY, HENRY,
What are you gonna do?
Don’t spend your life feeling like
Somebody else’s fool
You’re not somebody else’s fool.

Well HENRY had a girl within this school,
She was lovely, she was cool,
He tried so hard to please her,
It wasn’t good,
For she had been known to run, jump and fly,
To leave him on the ground with a jealous sigh,
She loved like a river in flood,
He was left to wallow in the mud.

He said, “All the dreams in my life,
Seem so far from me,
I gotta get away,
I’m gonna get away,
I’ve got to get away from here!”

HENRY, HENRY,
What are you gonna do?
Don’t spend your life feeling like
Somebody else’s fool.
HENRY, HENRY,
What are you gonna do?
Don’t spend your life feeling like
Somebody else’s fool.

So Henry got the call to fight a war
Like his father years before,
His country needed bodies
It wasn’t good
Who will care if he lives or dies?
He’s a hero to his own demise,
He’d come back if he could,
But he lies dead in red mud

He said, “All the dreams in my life,
Seem so far from me,
I gotta get away,
I’m gonna get away,
And I’ve got to get away from here!
Got to get away from here!”

HENRY, HENRY,
What are you gonna do?
Don’t spend your life feeling like
Somebody else’s fool.
HENRY, HENRY,
What are you gonna do?
Don’t spend your life feeling like
Somebody else’s fool,
Cause you’re not somebody else’s fool.

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from Oxygen 21, released July 5, 2009

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Enda Reilly Plymouth, Michigan

Enda Reilly is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist drawing influences from the likes of Christy Moore, John Martyn, Nick Drake and Dick Gaughan.
Rooted in the past with songs that strive for a better future, Enda Reilly’s work invites you to see the world from his varied and unique perspective through each new song.
Original songs in Irish and English, WB Yeats' poetry and collaborations.
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