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Till The Break

written by: DeWayne Moore



How do you know
Why you stay awake?
      Here comes the sunshine
You hadn’t had enough to sleep

Get done working early in early a.m.
Couldn’t stop all night
      And before you know it
You can see the light

Daybreak starts to crawl out of bed
A luxury you don’t know very well
     Drive around early, an alert mind
This time is peace, or is it hell?

You been going a long time
Trying to stay straight
And still staying up, Lord
Always up, till the break

Music used to be all you needed
But now you see it’s different things
     You sit around biding your time
But you can’t get the urges out of your mind

Wake up in the afternoon
You want to get up early, but not too soon
     You need something to start the day off right
To calm me down, get you tight

Sometimes your mind drifts and you wonder
What road you want to take
     The roll and rumble of thunder
You can’t move forward, but you can’t wait

Live life like a gambler
Got to play it straight
     Cause before you know it
You’re six feet in your grave

You been going a long time
Trying to stay straight
And still staying up, Lord
Always up, till the break

DeWayne Moore

DeWayne Moore

Having received his master’s degree in from Middle Tennessee State University, DeWayne has spearheaded the renewed efforts of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund, a private research and memorial organization since 2010. He completed his doctorate in History at the University of Mississippi in May 2018. He has contributed articles to Living Blues magazine out of Oxford, Mississippi, Blues & Rhythm magazine out of London, and the Frog Blues & Jazz Annual out of London, and he is revising his two monographs that expose the silences in historical scholarship pertaining to the black freedom struggle, the blues, and blues tourism in Mississippi by detailing the careers of African American activists and cultural brokers as well as the events from which blues tourism emerged in the 1970s.
DeWayne Moore

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