The Day I Got Two New Left Shoes

from by Amanda Rose Riley

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I'm the furthest thing from proud of this
But life's sometimes like that so let's talk about it
I stayed all day at a rough but lackluster stage
At a music festival awaiting a band I won't name
It's not the kind of thing I'd recommend that you do
But I'll forever remember that day I got two new left shoes

But we all know what you want isn't always what you get
In the end I wanted out amid that insufferable mess
When they pulled me up, I lost both my shoes in the crowd
I didn't know what to do but cry in the space I was allowed
But a little boy brought me comfort and a pair of shoes that he'd seen
And despite the imperfect fit, everything stopped troubling me

And so if your problem feels insurmountable, just try not to feel so alone
Generous, resourceful help will arrive if you'll embrace imperfect outcomes
And so when you're sitting there in tears, don't feel like hope is just no use
The proof is there in that day I got two new left shoes

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from Best of the Throwaway Song of the Week, released May 31, 2016

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