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From the 2008 LP Floating Bridge.

During the surge of writing that ended up being most of the songs on the Floating Bridge album, I wrote a folk song like I had never written before. I muted the chords for the chorus and sang in a lower tone than I ever had. I was self-consciously trying to write a song like my friend and musical mentor Nate Houge, as I had tried to many times before, but this time it worked.

It was never envisioned as the crazy rock song that it became. Drew LOVED playing this song live, he always insisted that we put it on our setlists.

Check out a cool acoustic version with Drew on pedal steel on my best of acoustic collection, To St. Jude with Desperation.

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I don't know why
We dive so deep
In ways we can't define
I'm a poor, poor stranger
In a dead end town
Where no one's on your side

How can I be sure I'm here
When everything is dust
It's a long, long way to higher ground
When you don't know who to truts

So help me tonight
I'm falling fast
Help me help myself
I'm here
I'm waiting
I can almost see the light.
So please help me tonight

I'll take the walk
But I won't run
The world will run for me
Dawn is coming but always fades
It's all I want to be

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from Well There's That: The Best of Erik Ritland, released March 19, 2020
Erik Ritland - acoustic and electric guitars
Drew Pederson - lead guitar
Casey Carver - bass (possibly Erik Ritland?)
Chris Ritland - drums

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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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