heartlands

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there's suffering in the heartlands,
that's why they call it the heartlands.
and the drought's gonna kill all the fields,
and the dragon's going to eat up all the people.

so now, you go on ahead,
no, i won't be followin'.
you go on ahead east,
no this time i won't be the one doin' the leaving.

a tear,
tears into a flame.
a flame,
tears into a wildflower.
i will be,
joyfully,
devoured by that wildflower,
for some days,
and some years,
and hours.

still there's suffering in the heartlands,
that's why they called it the heartlands.
and the flood's gonna kill all the fields,
and god's going to punish all the people.

so now, you go on ahead,
no i won't be followin'.
you go on ahead east,
i can't tell you how much i hate,
can't tell you how much i hate:
tennesee.

a scream,
bleeds into a painting.
a painting,
cuts into the kindling.
and i will sit dwindling,
on that kindling,
with a match in my paw,
and sand in my teeth.

it was all i could do,
to keep from singin' to you.
so i'll run away,
i ran away,
i run away,
it's all i do.

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from heartlands ep, released May 14, 2013

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