The Life We Wanted

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the life we wanted

we grew up on our father's gospel
now the pages have turned
the plates have all shifted
now its an unsteady earth
we were brought up to believe
now i can't tell which is worse
a leaf without a season
or a headless herd

the road, the road, the road
by another road we're haunted
the life, the life, the life
we'll never have the life we wanted

you were the lucky generation
we were your forgotten sons
overshadowed, crooked growers
the bad seeds and the broken ones
straight again, no chaser
these demons won't stay down
these hearts can't be unbroken
but these songs keep coming out loud

and the dark that rose against us
and the ground that moved below our feet
and the hearts that shrink from who we are
it makes the sound of your voice even that much sweeter

all grown up on a jaded bible
and a planet of sound
a scripture black as vinyl
and a crooked, broken crown
the only note left standing
when the static finally cleared
some records long forgotten
some keep ringing in our ears


from A Howl Against the Wind, released May 19, 2013



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