This is a song that I've wanted to write for a long time. I came up with the music for this maybe 10years ago. I always knew what I wanted it to be about, but I was never able to get it down until just recently.
When I was 14 I was on holidays with my family, and while staying in a cabin while travelling we were watching the news. A story came on about a young boy who had died in a freak accident on his first day at his first ever job, and as I watched the story I realised that he was a boy that I went to school with and who was in my same grade. My body didn't know how to deal with the wave of emotions that hit me, so I started laughing uncontrollably. I remember the horror and the shame that I felt at my reaction, but I also understood that this was just too much for me to handle at that point in my life.
His very first summer job
As a trolley boy down at the town centre.
Two hooks and some elastic rope
Holding them together out in the carpark.
The tension was too much,
The metal straightened up.
Whipping back with cracking speed,
It hit him in the neck.
The doctor who was passing by
Used a pen to try to get him air.
You saw it on TV in a motel with your family.
This kid you knew from school on the news,
You were both 14 years old.
Your body shook with laughter,
You fought a burning smile as the horror took its hold.
You couldn't comprehend, reality rejected,
It must be some bad joke.
He was just some weird kid
Who used to say stupid shit.