And The Train Used To Come Through Here

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lyrics

well it's true I was running away from you
but in a way you were running away from me too
sometimes it's real sometimes it's fake
sometimes it's just too real to take

so I ended up in that lonely town
drinking flats of beer, trying hard to drown
listening for that missing sound

and the train
and the train used to come through here

it left behind a trail of steel
winding through the wounded hill
the mountains flushed like dusty roses
and the bags of snow went up our noses

lines of progress stretching out into space
those lines blew a hole right through this place
to chase the glory, to chase the grace

and the train
and the train used to come through here

there were hearts of silver, hearts of glass
hearts of pills and hearts of grass
hearts that drive the highways fast
and float above the road

in an F-350 fuelled by beers
we drive until our conscience clears
shoot to kill the birds of fear
and find yourself a girl

Tracy kissed me hard one day
then she turned and ran away
our love was just a gasp for breath
and her smell still haunts my nose

from Boston Bar all up to Smithers
sons on fire and worried mothers
teams of temporary brothers
working on the hills

there were scars of pain, scars of pleasure
more scars than I care to measure
each one deep and deeply treasured
written on my skin

and the train
and the train used to come through here

it's true I never came home to you
the man who came back wasn't the one you knew
you were taking medicine to kill the pain
waiting for the day when you could feel again

I could say I felt graceful in that sun
I was taping up my fingers and learning how to run
but it wouldn't make up for the things I've done
you were the crime scene I was the gun
but I guess that never stopped anyone

and the train
and the train used to come through here

it's true I was running away from you
but when you clear cut the mountain you sure get a good view

credits

from Move The Mess Around, released August 23, 2016
written by JF Garton (SOCAN)
performed by Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron
recorded at Stone Canyon Studios, Vancouver BC, 2015
engineered and mixed by Steven Drake

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