Time Isn't On Your Side

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In the first place, was it not a portrait,
Of the first grade? It was something to be proud of.
And the next case came out even better,
They were good days, not a worry until you said,

Time isn’t on your side, honey you know it never was.
When I could begin to cry, you’d tell me I am not allowed, Tell me I am not allowed.

So the speed came from every direction,
And every classmate, it was something to be proud of.
I see the clock face, every hand in motion,
I run a good race, I remember it when you said,

Time isn’t on your side, honey you know it never was.
I could begin to fly, you would tell me I am not allowed,
Tell me I am not allowed.

Go baby, go, you know what you want so go get it done,
Please baby, please, you think when you need to be seeking the sun,
Hold baby, hold to nothing so tight your freedom is wrought,
Bleed baby, bleed if blood is what it takes to feel what you are meant to feel.

In the first place, was it ever a sin to say what hearts want said? We are not taught to articulate so the tongue outruns the head. And God knows I got a lot to learn.
And the fold keeps hiding the love, keeps hiding the home, and the seeds of the hiding are set as deep as your bones.

Blade by blade I count the lawn.
Grain by grain my hour’s gone.
Not a real care in the world.
Blade by blade I might return.

You said, ‘time isn’t on your side, honey you know it never was.’ Well, I would begin to fly. You would tell me I am not allowed. Well look at how I am flying now.

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from Memory Lottery, track released December 8, 2013

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