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Here's a song I wrote and published on my Livejournal back on June 18, 2005 at 12:29 AM. It is intended to be a slow, sad-sounding alternative ballad. It was semi-inspired by sadness of Pearl Jam's rendition of "Last Kiss" and Brooks Hatlen, the old man prisoner from "Shawshank Redemption".

For The Firm

Zero years, just employed
12 years old, I'm still a boy
But that matters not
Working for the Firm
They call me Kid
I call them Sir
In 50 years this will be a blur
I love it here, working for the Firm

The years, they fly
They pass me by
My family's lost
And so am I
But my reward is
Working for the Firm

22 and still employed
Still working as that errand boy
But soon they'll notice me for
Working for the Firm
Yes indeed, I'll be moving up
Never again to fill their cup
For I'll be rich while
Working for the Firm

The years, they fly
They pass me by
My family's lost
And so am I
But my reward is
Working for the Firm

45 and getting old
The great big Firm
Has now been sold
Now I work for an even bigger Firm
"Go for this" and "Go get that"
In leisure suits and khaki pants
I begin to worry about
Working for the Firm

The years, they fly
They pass me by
My family's lost
And so am I
But my reward is
Working for the Firm

Curves about the working place,
Threatened by a can of Mace
68, still working for the Firm
Getting frail, can't run about
Wincing every time they shout
Still running errands, as I'm
Working for the Firm

The years, they fly
They pass me by
My family's lost
And so am I
But my reward is
Working for the Firm

80 now, they call me in
Give me a gold watch and a real cheap pen
They tell me I'm no longer
Working for the Firm
68 years, now I'm taken aback
After all this time, it's my life I lack
All those wasted years
Working for the Firm

Standing here, what else to do
The noose above, my only view
It looks inviting, after
Working for the Firm
Slowly now, around the neck
My entire life's been one big wreck
But it's over now
It's time to get my rest

But it's over now
It's time to get my rest

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