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Birds of Franklin County

from Burn and Sparkle by Susan Marting

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The birds of Franklin County are calling out my name
They don't recognize me 'cause I don't look the same
I lost my job last August, been cooking ever since
And I can tell I'm going to hell 'cause God's been dropping hints

And I wish I could feel like I used to, I wish I could be like I was
I wish someone could see how I used to be, oh, nobody does

Used to run all through these hills, ride the rope into the creek
Find Algonquin arrowheads nearly every week
Spent those carefree summers doing swan dives off the bridge
Proof of better days are stuck right there upon my fridge

And I wish I could feel like I used to, I wish I could be like I was
I wish someone could see how I used to be, oh, nobody does

I lived on Orchard Lane before the road was paved
The apple of my mama's eye, now she prays I'll be saved
'Cause I'm shooting up and I'm stealing and I'm prone to fits of rage
I have rotted to my core and I look twice my age

And I wish I could feel like I used to, I wish I could be like I was
I wish someone could see how I used to be, oh, nobody does

Got this beast upon my back it's both an enemy and friend
The best thing in the world that I can't recommend
I'll quit before it kills me, but we know that's a lie
It's just something that I say every time that I get high

And I wish I could feel like I used to, I wish I could be like I was
I wish someone could see how I used to be, oh, nobody does

Oh, the birds of Franklin County are calling out my name
They don't recognize me 'cause I......I'm not the same

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from Burn and Sparkle, released July 29, 2016

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