Mr Humphries

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"Mr Humphries"
Hey Mr Ferryman cover
Song by Mark Eitzel from the album Hey Mr Ferryman
Released January 27, 2017
Format CD/LP
Length 4:52
Label Merge Records (US) / Decor Records (UK)
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Sheldon Gomberg
Hey Mr Ferryman track listing
  1. "The Last Ten Years"
  2. "An Answer"
  3. "The Road"
  4. "Nothing And Everything"
  5. "An Angel's Wing Brushed The Penny Slots"
  6. "In My Role As Professional Singer And Ham"
  7. "Mr Humphries"
  8. "La Llorona"
  9. "Just Because"
  10. "Sleep From My Eyes"

"Mr Humphries" is the 7th song on Mark Eitzel's 11th studio album, 2017's Hey Mr Ferryman.


Try and be kind to Mr. Humphries in room 5
He gets grumpy trying to keep hope alive
And though the well is dried up
He won’t give or shut up
It’s still hoping

He spent his life on the television
He even had a catch phrase of his own
Made a great entrance on the stage
A free man walking from the cage
Millions loved him

His advice to the young
Always leave ’em wanting more
You can’t calm the savage beast
But you can make him less of a bore
The heart it don’t need
Brave words or deeds
It just keeps hoping

Keep it light, keep it bright
You’re the thing they forget
And in the end no one’s a friend
And your fortune becomes a debt

So be kind to Mr. Humphries
Though you think his role is small
A smile that breaks the darkness
Never has to beg, never has to crawl
Every breath is a prayer
It don’t cave in or scare
It’s hoping

You won’t find the sun
If the dead light your way
Distract ’em, keep ’em laughing
Cause you’ll never have enough to pay


Mark Eitzel performing "Mr Humphries" on March 7, 2017 in London, England.

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