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​A Broken Man

This song is by Mark Heard and appears on the album Satellite Sky (1992).

Original video
Sun comes up like a yellow bus tracking over oceans of dust,
One day's miracle is another day's rut,
Day keeps breaking like it always does,
I'm not a loner, no sackcloth and ashes,
Just a heart on a tether with a vagabond mind,
This will be a broken man come shivering out of his wintertime.

I'm a broken man, I'm a broken man,
Outcast on the outskirts of the promised land,
I'm a broken man, I'm a broken man,
I'm a broken man.

I have faltered in my strength,
I have wanted to do everything right,
I swallow hard while the second hand blinks,
Shut the back door to keep out the night,
Is it just a game?
Is this a maze to lead me right back where I started from?
Oh, this will be a broken man come shattered from this marathon.

I'm a broken man, I'm a broken man,
Outcast on the outskirts of the promised land,
I'm a broken man, I'm a broken man,
I'm a broken man.

Maybe I fear the crush of guilt; I can't take that kind of weight,
Maybe I'm afraid when the thunder breaks,
I'm scared of losing the things I love so much,
I pretend that I ain't scared,
I ain't frightened by no third degree, hey,
But this will be a broken man come begging for your charity.

I'm a broken man, I'm a broken man,
Outcast on the outskirts of the promised land,
I'm a broken man, I'm a broken man,
I'm a broken man,
A broken man, I'm a broken man,
Outcast on the outskirts of the promised land,
I'm a broken man, I'm a broken man,
I'm a broken man.

Written by:

Mark Heard