Transcontinental

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I’m leaving for the countryside, every step I take,
I’ll take a long deep stride
I will shed these layers, and I will put out these fires
But every bridge I cross, I’ll burn with healing fire
My feet must go, and my heart it must follow
But if I’m right these breezes will blow me home
You say you’ll miss me, saying baby don’t leave me
But I need a truth, something to bring me back to you

I hear rain now, I hear a train crawling
Cross the great plain pumping out my shame
Cinder burning through my veins
And all the while it’s calling out my name
You said nothing safe about staying the same
Now I hear the swell of water on the plains

These branches grow mean, they’re always whipping my cheeks
Saying slow down you fool, you’re missing the things unseen
You said time would heal my pain, I’ve stuck around
for your sake
But I know when I must leave, I know because I can’t breathe
I met a man of old age, a patron of time and space
I asked him to lend me his hands, to help me understand
He said you’ll hear a drum beating loud, a choir of
children belting proud
A ballad of reachable dreams, a sonnet for us to come clean
He said

I hear rain now, I hear a train crawling
Cross the great plain pumping out my shame, cinder
burning through my veins
And all the while I heard the same refrain
Don’t you dare forget from which way you came son
Don’t you dare forget from which way you came

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from Innate, released October 28, 2014

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