Half​-​Empty Cup

from Pulling Weight by Jared Grabb

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This is a very straight-forward song about working in a kitchen for a living.

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“Away” is where it takes him, away from this time and place and station. And, the Radio Man is going on about all the things in the world gone wrong, but he just thanks the presentation for taking his mind from his situation. Because, the things we do just to get by can be the same things that kill the fire inside. Night after night, the pain resides, and here, after years, he’s put the bottle aside. Because, it did not help to hide, and he is not a child. He cannot claim to be. He’s working for his living, and he’s lost that sensitivity. So, the knife comes down, and the shelves fill up. It took him 30 full years to fill that half‐empty cup. And, when the tears want to come at the end of the day, he can pull himself together and say, “At least I got paid.” The truth is priorities change. If a man gets a break, he should mend his ways. The world might love him reckless, but his loves will wish him safe. They’ll wish him safe, with a child on the way, and he will not let his woman be ashamed.

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from Pulling Weight, track released June 5, 2012
Jared Grabb: banjo, vocals
Chris Anderson: bass
Thomas "Atomic" Satterfield: drums
Heather Rose: backing vocals
Mike Lust: recording
Carl Saff: mastering

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Jared Grabb Peoria, Illinois

Jared Grabb's earnest brand of indie/Americana creates low-key anthems for all working class dreamers.

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