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The Heavyweight

from The Downtowner by Joseph Huber

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Don't act so sad
Like it ain't always been this way
Where breaking even is winning and losing is the flag you wave.
Don't act so surprised
No need to get bent out of shape.
She said, "I was wrong about you when I took you for a heavyweight."
Well, I'm a heavy weight alright.
Just not the kind you had in mind.
Now, how much can we take before we step out of the cage
And choose to lose this heavy weight?

How'd it get so bad?--
You in your corner; me in mine.
Two can play that game but together it's a lonely life.
Now the silence stings a little less than taking swings.
You knocked me out and when I came to, you'd already up and left the ring.
So I too will leave the ring right here by the kitchen sink.
And I thought I would break,
But when you lightly fly away
You know I'll fly away too and find nothing left to lose,
But to lose this heavy weight.


from The Downtowner, released May 12, 2022


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Joseph Huber Milwaukee, Wisconsin

After 7 years of hard touring and playing banjo with the influential streetgrass group, .357 String Band, Joseph Huber has found an individual voice that covers a vast range of influence. Playing all the instruments, from fiddle to harmonica to banjo to tambourine (and as many as he can at once) he amazes and entertains, but also reveals substance. His songs are lyrical, but he knows a good hook. ... more

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