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somewhere west of the mississippi

by Tom Harter

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New York told me to tell you It's been too long since you called From that place somewhere west of the Mississippi Before we started to fall And I wonder when we will rise And see that light in your eyes Once again... Oh... New York told me to tell you New York told me to tell you The lights on Broadway have gone dark All of you don't know which way to go Now that we've lost our spark And when will we rise And see that spark once again in your eyes? Oh... New York told me to tell you I wonder if you'll choose to listen When you've blocked off your ears I know that it's hard to see the future Through the clouds of your tears And I wonder when you'll rise And wipe the tears from your eyes? New York told me to tell you To tell you this
I keep saying "I have nothing to say" But that's not true I'm just scared Scared to believe these thoughts here inside my head As a multicolored world Turns to red None of my watches are working now All our time has slipped away We've borrowed all of our tomorrows And wasted yesterday We find ourselves in a falling empire The red and the white They kill the blues They've shackled ignorance to power And judge the land, selling off the sacred While the lovers are damned chorus You may claim I'm wrong or claim I'm blind But my mind has been open all this time The benefit of the doubt once given Has been taken away And now it's mine...
The streets are empty now Where the wildlife roams While we hide and believe We're safe in our homes But I hear you pray To something unreal And how do I know? By the way you make me feel And that's not how to find heaven Your heart is cold as a burial stone No that's not how to find heaven The love is dark until it's shown The love is dark until it's shown You point and you blame Like you have the right to judge But your thoughts are mired To an incomprehensible grudge You claim and you rant That you know the sacred Word But by the tone of your voice I can tell you never heard chorus And faith can be broken Yes faith can be lost But I can hear what is spoken And your soul is the cost...


released April 28, 2020


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Tom Harter Green Bay, Wisconsin

Guitarist, singer, songwriter.

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