‘Borrowed Smokes’ quickly and assuredly brings out the pictures of your past in your movie studio of your mind. And that happened for Shirley, who was a mother of two in Gary, Indiana. She worked hard for her children, every day. All day. Working to the bone has always been the right thing to do, and from the time her first was born, she became a militant advocate for the safety and happiness of her kids.
From the outside, it’s easy to say: “Of course she should! Every mom does!”
But becoming a mother doesn’t come with an instruction manual, or a ‘test session’. Once thrown into that fire, of being the provider of her young, there isn’t any looking back.
And Shirley never did.
She’d sometimes think about having some help with a significant other, but she knew it was the 60’s and it’s not very helpful to be wishful that way. It was best to keep her head ‘down’, and ‘ultra focused’ on the tasks (oh the mountains of tasks) at hand.
It was morning, and she cried during the night. And again, her pillow was wet, without her knowing throughout the sleeping hours. She felt ashamed again, for a bit, because she was feeling vulnerable. Then Milly comes into her bedroom, and her daughter’s morning smile would make her forget her hardships.
Shirley, kissed her daughter goodbye after dropping her off at her college.
She cried all night, but this time, with a big smile through out.
Matthew And The Arrogant Sea (MATAS) is from Denton, Texas, and has been making waves from the early 2000’s and hasn’t stopped ever since. With songs like this single, the emotional journeys can trigger many thoughts and convictions. The mix of multiple kinds of instruments incorporated in songs, with the aim of evoking different ways of feelings, the band is a warranted excuse to pull out your iPhone for an afternoon break.