First Things Last

from A Scientific Search by Erik Ritland

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Inspired by: a songwriting challenge between three people that only I completed (oh, good for me), Ernest Hemingway, First Things magazine, my priorities, Neil Young

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She didn't care that much for him
But she stuck around
Maybe it was boredom or lack of self-respect
Or how much she loved that town

He wasn't that bad in the past
He just put first things last

She tried her best to be true
And she mostly was
He stopped caring as though he never did
She stayed with him just because

He wasn't that bad in the past
He just put first things last

On the day that she left
He watched one last episode
Smiling slightly he sank into his chair
And rolled one for the road

He wasn't that bad in the past
He just put first things last

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from A Scientific Search, released August 16, 2020

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One of the last great American songwriters in the tradition of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, William James, G.K. Chesterton, and Jeff Tweedy.

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