i'll always love you

from by William and the Wildflowers

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Baby I ain’t got much to show for my time
And baby I’m not sure I ever will
I don’t have a career and sometimes I’m gripped with fear
And ashamed when I see my own reflection

And I didn’t treat you right, I ran away in fright
Give me another chance & I’ll do it again
I’ve got no room to say, but I’ll say it anyway
Happy Valentines Day, I’ll always love you

We met mile 703, California PCT
Where the desert meets the High Sierra Mountains
You took me by the arm & said lets go
Lets see what kind of trouble we can get in

We got so filthy, your feet were black as pitch
But you always smelled sweet as the summer rain
And when the trail was over, I sold all of my things
And drove out to meet you in Washington

But the rain never seemed to stop and the sun barely shone
In the first couple months that I was out there.
Feeling crowded and depressed, purpose and jobless
I couldn’t stand to stare in your eager eyes

So I headed on the road, played a hundred shows or so
To much applause, but lonelier than hell
And then my sister died and my sorrows multiplied
I was too self absorbed to try and save her

You helped me try and hike it off
but no mountain’s high enough
Then the seasons started changing swift and fierce
The walls closed back in as the rain began again
so I left in a hurry and never looked back

I’m sorry I’m afraid of the love that we made
But I’ll hold our memories in my heart forever
I’ve got no room to say but I’ll say it anyway
Happy Valentines Day, I’ll always love you


from ephemeral parade, released July 5, 2019


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