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To The Pure Life

from A Scientific Search by Erik Ritland



Inspired by: The Shootist, bourbon, Red Peters, looking back fondly


This is the golden age
At least while it lasts
So I’ll say the ancient words
As I raise my glass

To the pure life

The world is upside down
Like it’s always been
I just shake my head
And raise my glass again

To the pure life

Here’s one for the old times
That we had
And for all the cowboys
They weren’t so bad

Time is not our friend
All things fade away
We have time for one more round
I can hear the old men say

To the pure life


from A Scientific Search, released August 16, 2020


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