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"Open Up" was written in honor of British singer-songwriter, Nick Drake, and is about someone who supports a friend or loved one with their struggles with depression. Nick referred to his as his "black eyed dog", and Sir Winston Churchill named his, his "Black Dog"...

Lyrics

"Open Up (A Song for Nick Drake)"
by Rick Landers (c) 2018

I smoke my last cigarette
It's not quite burned out yet
You turn your smile
into a frown
You're not quite ready for the clown

Open up, open up right now
Open up, open up right now
Open up, open up right now

No time to celebrate
We start too soon
And end too late
I see your hair come falling down
In our world of lost and found

Open up, open up right now
Open up, open up right now
Open up, open up right now

Hey there, you're on your way
I can see you running so far from me
Hey there, you'd love to stay
But, your black eyed dog steals you away

I've given the best of me
But, you're too blind to see
that my heart is empty and bleeding

Round and round we go
And where we stop
no one will tell
I see no end in sight
We're caught between darkness and light

Open up, open up right now
Open up, open up right now
Open up, open up right now

I smoked my last cigarette
It's not quite burned out yet
You turn your smile into a frown
You're still not ready for this clown