Buried Treasure

from by Men With Day Jobs



A secret blessing that you might find yourself already dealt without realising. Ken joins us in song and on several stringed instruments as all 4 Characters go chasing dreams at furthest horizons – and find the most important ones closest to home.


I have this program, wide applications,
great expectations that I can take it far
If I could just win that big contract,
I could be a late-blooming star
I have this novel, deep inside me
- I tried surgery, but it could not be removed*
If they would only sense my genius,
think of how all their lives could be improved

All I need is buried treasure, all I crave is on the ocean floor
All I seek is a great adventure, on some far-flung shore
- what am I waiting for?

I’ve got problems, can’t crack the system,
big competition from bigger fish than me
Need more investment, need more commitment
- into the headwinds, and away out to sea

All I need is buried treasure, all I crave is on the ocean floor
All I seek is a ship to take me, to that far-flung shore
- what are they waiting for?

All we crave is some understanding,
some forgiveness for our crimes
All we know is, we’re no angels
- only creatures of our times

See, I have this lover, I have these children,
I have this family mean all the world to me
If I should lose them, I’d be drowning… all alone on the wide blue sea

So we dream of buried treasure, leave our fantasies on the ocean floor
What we do is, keep our hands on the things we treasure more
- that’s what we’re staying for!

* acknowledgment to Leunig for the line about the novel


from 4 Characters, released March 31, 2011



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