The Hoods

from The Hoods by Jacob Earl

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Written 2008-01-26


in the hoods growing up was not an easy ride
i developed different colours behind which to hide
and I lost myself so much in the façade
the colours were no longer part of a charade
every face became a part of me
every facet chained a heart to me
the place remained a hazy memory
i changed that pace before it made me crazy

blue and yellow when I was young
vertical stripes up to the sun
the zipper went up and the zipper went down
fun was never far from a frown
perfect for spring and autumn runs
and hanging out with my chums
i used to have a lot of ‘em
man we had so much fun
soccer and hockey, tag and hide’n’seek
we could play all day, we didn’t have to speak
laughing was the only communication required
running around until we were too tired
blue and yellow when I was most joyous
but all that changed, it always does
growing up out of boyhood
I somehow lost that love

jet black and oversized
also with a zipper and pockets for surprises
take me through my crisis years
absorb and hold all my fears
left on a rock stage seven years ago
someone else is enjoying it now I hope
i replaced it just last month;
an impulse buy on my lunch break

lest I forget to mention the two greys
and I still wear one of them today
the first replaced the old black robe
left on that rock stage years ago
it was my new zippered cloak
with a black vest brother to sharpen the look
the second was the gift that keeps on giving
the principal piece of attire that I live in
the patchouli-scented pullover I go outside in
the perfect piece of clothing to hide in
I’ve always done the best that I could
To hide behind those coloured hoods


from The Hoods, released March 3, 2008




Jacob Earl Ottawa, Ontario

Independent DIY queer producer/songwriter/photog.

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