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Fool To Myself

from Having It Both Ways [1996] by Tom Robinson

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There were times in my life I avoided the voice of my reason
When respect for myself was the search for a hole in the wall
When I hated my face and evaded my gaze in the mirror
Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more

I believed all the crap that fanatics were happy to parrot
And their world of uncomfortable certainties made me secure
I conformed and performed all their torturous mental contortions
Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more

Living each day in a permanent haze of frustration
Too eager to please and too scared to say "boo" to a hen
Lying awake going over each humiliation
I've been kicking myself again and again and again

I've tried to be nice-all-the-time and control my emotions
I've pretended I wanna make love when I'm ready for war
And I've planned every move and manoeuvre in human relations
Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more

I'm sick to the gills of appeasing the creeps who abuse me
All the sorrys I've muttered to others for nothing at all
Of accepting the verdict of vermin who lie and accuse me
Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more
Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more

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from Having It Both Ways [1996], released February 2, 2013

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Tom Robinson London, UK

Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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