Brian Laidlaw

Poet | Songwriter | Educator

Used to have a mountain

 

I used to have a mountain, baby,

Now all I have is a barren field

I used to have a mountain but my mountain’s been repealed

 

I used to have a heartbeat baby

Now all I have is a heart that’s broke

I used to have a heartbeat but my heartbeat’s been revoked

 

Where were you at the hour in question,

Where were you at the hour in question?

 

I used to have a coastline baby

Now all I have is a frozen lake

I used to have a coastline but my coastline’s been forsaked

 

I used to have a cabin baby

Now all I got is a compass rose

I used to have a cabin but my cabin’s been foreclosed

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I used to have a taproot baby

Now all I got is the wandering blues

I used to have a taproot but that taproot’s been refused

 

I used to have a birthright, baby,

Now all I got is a licensed gun

I used to have a birthright but my birthright’s been undone

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I used to have a highway baby

Now all I got is badly lost

I used to have a highway but my highway has been crossed

 

I used to have a guitar baby

Now all I got is a clapping hand

I used to have a guitar but my guitar has been banned

 

I used to have a nightmare baby

Now all I got is the devil’s word

I used to have a nightmare but that nightmare has recurred

 

I used to have a soul, o baby 

Now all I got is a hollow chest

I used to have a soul but now my soul’s been repossessed