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Girls, Gather 'Round

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GIRLS, GATHER ‘ROUND

"don't you let the lessons stop, time ain't just hands on a clock"
that's what I'm gonna tell Pop when i leave
a vision on the lonely road, it's something that i gotta know: if i can drive this car all on my own

i guess i'll leave my girl behind
i should have done that long ago
sometime I'm sure the pain will go away
it wasn't working anyhow
the burners on the stove burnt out
a shame I didn't figure it out before

girls, gather round and let that long hair down
sing along with me before I go
let us have a drink
and, by god, don't let us think about the things that we ain't never gonna know

i met a man in San Francisco
he told me he did the same thing fifty years ago, he left his gal behind
he sits there in the park one hand is strumming his guitar, songs he found inside a bottle of wine
i saw the same things on his face, the ones that made me race away from everything i'd ever really known
the scare to take responsibility from here -and put her there- where everyone can see the seeds you've sown

girls, gather round and let that long hair down
sing along with me before I go
let us have a drink
and, by god, don't let us think about the things that we ain't never gonna know

if you think about the Creature that you might have thought would teach you that our hearts are just the thing right from the start
it would keep us from the worries, safe from sound and safe from fury, safe at home besides the ones we know we loved
if you told me from the start that I could never be apart from her, I'd tell you, "go to hell, get out of my way" but i've come back with my tail between my legs
I didn't know the way a man can't be a man all on his own

girls, gather round and let that long hair down
i'll sing a song i learned out on the road
let us have a drink but still, by god, don't let us think about the things that we ain't never gonna know

the sun is going down on this lonesome town but i got you here to keep my company
you ever had the feeling that we're living for a reason?
for that reason I won't ever let you go

you ever had the feeling that we're living for a reason?
and for that reason I won't ever let you go

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from Retrospect, released March 15, 2011

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