How Lonely How Dreary

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several lyrics taken and adapted from "The Fugitive's Lament" by Alton Delmore

lyrics

How lonely, how dreary when whiskey can’t cheer me
Or slow down the thoughts in my head
They race around my brain, they sing a sad refrain
About the life that I once led

I had a good mother, I had a good father
They handed a warning to me
The blood in your veins is wont for drinking
If it grabs you you’ll never break free

Now I wake on my own in this familiar story
The angels quit searching for me
I’m running from my home and a mansion in glory
For a love that’s just out of reach

Little Abby my sweetheart she’s brokenhearted
And longing for me to return
My happiness ended the night we parted
And now it’s for her I yearn

Now I wake on my own in this familiar story
The angels quit searching for me
I’m running from my home and a mansion in glory
For a love that’s just out of reach

To taste the sweet stinging of this shot I’m swinging
Is the one thing that matters to me
And it’s the burning in my belly that is still the most telling
Of the reasons why I had to leave

Cause this thirsty demon is all I’d be bringing
It’s talons have taken their toll
And the pain of remembering would be less than the suffering
Of attempting to love my lost soul

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from Still Be My Love, released January 21, 2013
Keith Parish-guitar, vocals
Jen Trail-vocals
Josh Stafford-lap steel
Jake Wright-bass
Justin Harris-drums
Graham Sherrill-banjo
Travis Patton-fiddle

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