A Lonely Streetlamp

from by Ryan Burns

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waitin' out in the leaves
my friends, they tried, but as for me
every step that they took
i took one leap back

a freight train passed in the night
foghorn soundin' like fourth of july
a firework
that ended with a crack

a car stopped at Forest (st.) and Park (st.)
we were standing alone in the dark
and a halo rested
atop her long brown hair

the street-lamp was a-light
when the daylight of dawn had died
we were alone
i kissed your halo there

(slide guitar kickassery)

once the halo had gone
the shoulders i stood upon
were lying on
the ground so cold and wet

the rain had kissed the ground
some time ago, my friends had found
and they shook off all the cold
and started yet

they made fun of all my words
and i remembered hers
"darling, hold onto your tongue
ill be home soon"

so we laughed in the night
as the freight train left our sight
had left that afternoon


my body loves to ache
for our pleasant "good ol' days"
but it's all illusion
made to make us hurt

at least we won't go off to war
and if we did, what would we for?
you know love will last
beyond the dirt!


from These Things Happen EP, released August 27, 2015
acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and silky-smooth sing-song by Ryan Burns



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