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Jackie

I’ve heard it said we hurt the ones we love
Well Jackie must have really loved me
I gave her everything I ever had
What I couldn’t give, she didn’t need

I should have noticed Jackie never held my hand
as we walked through the park
I should have noticed Jackie never got scared in the dark

Jackie was born into the circus life
amazing and astounding the crowds
She told me she was tired of travelling around
and she’d always dreamt of settling down

I should have noticed Jackie only came alive
up on the hire wire
I should have noticed Jackie lived for the roar of the crowd

Jackie, your demons were bigger than me
Jackie, only you can set yourself free

After each show she needed to wind down
so she ran with a wilder crowd
She drank until she didn’t know my name
She drank until she couldn’t be found

Jackie came into my life like a hurricane
and she left the same way
I think about her but I hope I never
see her again

Jackie, your demons were bigger than me
Jackie, only you can set yourself free
So tell me, what did you want me to be
Jackie, the circus life was never for me

I fell down your wishing well
I saw the border between heaven and hell

I should have noticed Jackie that you never held my hand
I should have noticed I never really figured in your plans
Oh Jackie couldn’t you see your demons overpowering me
Oh Jackie couldn’t you see the circus life was not for me

Jackie, your demons were bigger than me
Jackie, only you can set yourself free

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from The Better Angels of Our Nature, released February 1, 2020

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This Circus Life England, UK

This Circus Life perform songs from the heart that deal with life’s hopes and struggles.

The band have been described as carrying on the great tradition of classic pop-rock acts like Del Amitri, Squeeze, REM and Crowded House. Indeed, one reviewer described their song ‘Falling star’ as the best Crowded House song not written by Neil Finn!
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