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These Boots

from Gone Fishin' EP by Abdominal

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Already wrote a song about my socks, so here's one about my boots.


These boots, when I slide my feet in
the leather wraps around ‘em so naturally it’s like breathin’.
Or like receiving a warm hug from an old friend,
providing respite from December’s cold wind.
But understand it wasn’t always this way,
‘cuz when I first bought these boots, much to my dismay,
they flayed my heels, pinched my toes,
everyday I could feel the blisters growin’.
For days I wore wet socks in ‘em
to try to mold the leather to my feet, that just left me shiverin’.
Bandaids on my heels helped even less,
they’d just get messed up in my socks, much to my distress.
I must confess there were moments that I just wanted to get rid of them,
but something made me keep putting ‘em on without giving in.
’Til at last they started giving in-
leather stretching as if some sort of still-living entity.
Eventually conforming to my feet,
these boots a part of me now, like my heartbeat.

These boots,
these boots,
these boots,
talking ‘bout these boots, yeah.
These boots, these boots, these boots, these boots, these boots,
these boots, these boots, these boots, baby these boots,
Talkin’ ‘bout these boots, yeah.

These boots, it’s clearly time to let ‘em go,
the soles worn out, water gets in through the toe.
The once rich oak turned to a dull grey,
stitching on the top long ago started to fray.
There's really no way to justify not trashin’ ‘em,
but hard to follow-through given all the history that’s stashed in ‘em.
I rocked ‘em on stage, from continent to continent,
wore ‘em deep in forests, where big fish were prominent.
Had ‘em on my feet visiting hospitals in times of grief,
wore ‘em out on dates, helpin’ make my outfit complete.
Also just rocked ‘em on an everyday basis,
nothing special going on, no need to tighten up the laces.
Man the places they’ve been, the adventures that we’ve been through,
the trouble that together these boots and I have gotten into,
then back out of again, no worse for wear,
gonna miss these here boots, but I got a new pair.



from Gone Fishin' EP, released July 3, 2020
Vocals: Andy Bernstein (AKA Abdominal)
Guitar: Brian Macmillan
Bass: Liam Smith
Percussion: Roman Tomé
Mixed and mastered by John MacLean
Recorded at Studio 211 at the CBC.
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.


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