Governing Dynamics - Three Places (I​​-​​80)

from by Various Artists

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lyrics

Retracing black tar and white lines
To the scenes of ancient crimes
Worn mixtapes and old mistakes
Were they yours or were they mine

We didn’t know who we’d become
Couldn’t have known what was at stake
Dark glasses to shut out the western sun
And a pack of cigarettes for old time’s sake

But I quit them like I quit you
The longing lingers, making it hard to breathe

So I put this engine through its paces
Through towns we tore apart
Can’t shake myself awake from this stasis
You broke my heart in at least three places

Past deceptive lights of Lincoln
Interstate 80s desolate plains
Midwest wasteland of radio
I am singing your refrain

The transmission slips in Kearney
Still I’m transmitting my love
Limping towards Mt. Rushmore
And that Nebraska college town no one’s heard of

When the fog finally lifts, and my chest aches
Routes long abandoned, they are calling me

So I put this engine through its paces
Through towns we tore apart
Can’t shake myself awake from this stasis
You broke my heart in at least three places

And if you put your on mine
I would drive all night
Until we got this right
I’m only traveling through space
I’d need to travel through time
Through time

So I put this engine through its paces
Through towns we tore apart
Can’t shake myself awake from this stasis
And my gasoline-pumping heart

The rearview mirror holds old disgraces
My body shakes and my mind races
The only truth I’ll never face is
You broke my heart in at least three places

So I put this engine through its paces
Through towns we tore apart
Can’t shake myself awake from this stasis
You broke my heart in at least three places

You broke my heart
And I know broke yours too
You broke my heart
I’ll never forget you

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from SpinTunes #12: Round 2, released February 14, 2017

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