Foothills

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I'm headed out to the foothills,
I won't be back after the fall.
I'm going out where no one knows me,
And the liquor keeps me leaning on the wall.

I'll dig a hole out in the garden,
And bury fifteen guns and thirty years of dreams.
And plant a headstone on the earth there,
In the shadow of the mountain and the tall, tall trees.

I've never been a faithful man
I've always been too proud to pray
But won't you come out to the foothills
And hold me together for one more day.

I'll leave a trail of cigarettes out on Highway 14
To the burned-out barn where we fucked years ago
Out in back you'll find my battered, busted trailer
It don't look like much, but it'll keep us from the cold.

And I've never been a faithful man
I've always been too proud to pray
So won't you come out to the foothills
And hold me together one more day

I dream I tell you I feel washed up like the tidewaves
I dream you say "no, you're just a little off your rail."
I dream you breathe for me on the days that I quit breathing
I dream you'd be my bones on the nights that my bones fail

And I've never been a faithful man
I've always been too proud to pray
So won't you come out to the foothills
And hold me together one more day
Hold me together one more day
Hold me together one more day
Hold me by the edges for one more day.

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from Murmurations, released August 5, 2016

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