LYRICS

Verse 1

I’ve been away across the pond

for twenty years and five months long

on the road and off again

but things have changed since way back when

 

Verse 2

I’ve made a new life for myself

twelve family pictures on the shelf

but I miss my folks and my friends

and I hope things work out for them

 

Chorus

but now and then I think of home

the desert town where I was born

the sunny skies and starry nights

there wasn’t much but it’s alright

 

Verse 3

Driving down Sierra Hwy.

passing motels and the bowling alley

empty lands and factory buildings

and you’ll see where John Wayne was filming

 

Verse 4

The city’s changed over the years

small businesses grow in arrears

local stores and coffee shops

they come and go like raindrops

 

Chorus

but now and then I think of home

the desert town where I was born

the sunny skies and starry nights

there wasn’t much but it’s alright

 

Verse 5

Most folks I know still remain

work dead end jobs, got bills to pay

some are teachers and some are mothers

some are numbers, but some are runners

 

Verse 6

It’s been a while, how’ve you been

what’s that new tattoo on your skin

did you find love in this small place

or did he leave without a trace

 

Instrumental Chorus

 

Verse 6

This foreign land can make you wonder

if life will get any better

but after all your dreams have gone

days pass, memories fade, and all that’s left is the setting sun

“Sierra Hwy.”

(Slice)

Verse 1

Oh when I was a child so innocent

I couldn’t tell if the time flew by

but now those days are gone and I reflect

how I did my best to survive

 

Verse 2

I wore my best red shoes and clean black shirt

as I stood at the bus stop outside

and as we lined-up on the sidewalk edge

I covered my face to hide

 

Verse 3

All the kids at school would put me down

they’d shame me for being myself

there were times I’d lose the will to smile

so I’d pretend to be someone else

 

Bridge

if I could go back in time,

knowing what I know now

I’d tell myself it’s okay to cry

hush now the pain will soon pass, hush now the pain will soon pass

 

Instrumental Verse

 

Bridge

I know it seems like god ain’t watching

but never lose faith or your pride

the seasons change and branches keep falling

it’s okay cause you still got time, it’s okay cause you still got time

 

Verse 4

oh when I was a child so young and naive

so afraid of the world around me

but I’d hope and pray I’d find peace someday

how I longed to finally be free

Verse 1

Another lantern on the ceiling

Paintings on the wall

Laundry on the hangers

And I am here alone on the couch

sitting

waiting

for nothing

 

Verse 2

But my friends they all are resting

sleeping through the day

Worked all week and worn out

and now I think about how they feel

dreaming

waiting

for something

 

Chorus

The skies are dim

Happiness wears thin

this big ole town can make you cold                                     

it’s hard to feel at peace in

this cruel world

but we keep going

for some reason

 

Verse 3

Another thought is slowly sinking

drifting through the air

Movies on the shelves

will my friends ever come on out

breathing

smiling

to be living

 

Chorus

The skies are dim

Happiness wears thin

this big ole town can make you cold

it’s hard to feel at peace in this cruel world

but we keep going

for some reason

 

Outro

things will change

we grow old

but I pray

no matter what

there’s always hope

 

things will change

we grow old

but I pray

no matter what

there’s always hope

there’s always hope inside

“When I Was A Child”

(Slice/Anne Helgheim)

“Two Lanterns”

(Slice)

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