Promises & Trains

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Well those promises you gave me, you made them prematurely
I said surely you don't want my wedding ring
You said that this will be the best, but then our progress was arrested
when you next said, “Well, I can't be sure of anything.”

So I watched that train pull out the station with it's windows tinted black
and those big black metal wheels pointed southbound down the track
so I couldn't see you wavin' if ya waved, or cryin' if ya cried
all I knew was that I didn't know if you were comin' back

So just ride those tracks, baby, ride 'em hard
Go forth and find out who you are
You'll never know where to go if you don't look far enough
Everyone must find their guiding star

I wished you'd never promised nothing that night I heard the phone ring
I slept with all my clothes on and the dishes in the sink
You said “I need a break from this,” I said “Okay, well take it,
and take my heart, 'cause I won't need it in the interim.”

I promised that I'd never make a promise that I couldn't keep,
keep it honest so I don't wake up from tossin' in my sleep,
but since you been gone the words we speak all become complicated
patient negotiations, careful not to wade too deep

So just ride those tracks, baby, ride 'em hard
Go forth and find out who you are
You'll never know where to go if you don't look far enough
Everyone must find their guiding star

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from Trusty Dusty Ghost Suit, released September 25, 2013

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Peter Hazen Portland, Maine

Keeper of stories and songs. Blues, rock & folk in the American tradition. Sprouted & grown in New York State, hardened through many lake-effect winters, tempered by several season on the Maine coast, dazzled by the brilliance of nature & the cultures of man, amidst the dizzying phantasmagorical spectacle of life, Peter Hazen cannot help but burst into song! ... more

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