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From the 2010 EP Firelight

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Well if you're going nowhere
And you need to get there fast
I know a shortcut nobody's tried

And if you've run on empty
Since the day you left
Don't be afraid to give it all back
The new sun attacks
It's too nice to stay inside today

Won't you come in closer
So I can make you out
Don't hide in a corner where nobody sees

The rows and rows of houses
Mirror side by side
But nothing can warn them of days left to come
Beneath the new sun
It's too nice to stay inside today

Somewhere on the main line
The tracks were laid out wrong
The streets are filled with curses dressing as dreams

Sink into the sunset
Watch it all unfold
Hear all the engines rattle apart
And if you were smart
You wouldn't even start
It's too late to be outside

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from Well There's That: The Best of Erik Ritland, released March 19, 2020
Erik Ritland - acoustic guitar, vocals
Drew Pederson - pedal steel
Cal Heart - kid voice at the end

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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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