Hope For The Best

by Alex McMurray

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Here's to the late, great Al McMurray.


You got to hope for the best expect the worst
wind up with something in between
'cuz you can't always live on the bright side
likewise, don’t be such a sad sardine
don’t expect some great insight
while pondering the cosmic machine
just hope for the best and expect the worst
wind up with something in between

five bucks is five bucks—i’ll second that
it all adds up to real money
whether you’re standing pat or busted flat
the forecast’s always partly sunny
pretty hip thing to bear in mind
whenever you’re a little lean in the green
is to hope for the best and expect the worst
wind up with something in between

could be kobe beef might be monkey meat
either way it tastes pretty good
it all turns brown when you cook it
it all works out the way that it should

if you’re not going forwards you’re going backwards
that's a notion i could never figure out
implies you’ll always be in motion
is that what life is really all about?
i want to take a moment just to stand here
and meditate on what it all might mean
and be sure to hope for the best—expect the worst
and wind up with something in between


released August 22, 2017
Bruce Brackman--clarinet; Alex McMurray--guitar and vocals
Recorded and mixed by Michael Mehiel at Studio Seurat New Orleans, LA Summer 2017
Mastered by Bruce Barielle
Artwork/layout by Kourtney Keller


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