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  1. Old 88

From the recording Audience of One

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Lyrics

You can navigate east in that old '88
you can spend days and nights out on that big interstate
you can cross borderlines but when you get there you might find
the people and places have changed
I can hear daddy say from 10 years gone in his grave
Son, you just can't go back home again

Graveyards and corfields under pale blue skies
Irrigation ditches, chasing fireflies
Days by the river that would run so fast when lightning filled the sky
All the times I ran away from here
I never once did say goodbye

You can navigate east in that old '88
you can spend days and nights out on that big interstate
you can cross borderlines but when you get there you might find
the people and places have changed
I can hear daddy's words from six foot under the dirt
Son, you just can't go back home again

Well I remember how the sun would go and hide
Felt like forever inside my simple mind
But every spring the honeysuckle came back stronger on the vine
Back in those days perseverance wasn't quite as hard to find

Now I'm down here at this park where I once fell out of a tree
It left a scar here on my chin and one down on my knee
But now that mighty oak is gone and I don't recognize
That reflection in the window feels like the strangest lie

You can navigate east in that old '88
you can spend days and nights out on that big interstate
you can cross borderlines but when you get there you might find
you just can't go back home again
What I see don't align with these pictures in my mind
No I'll never get back home again