Silence Won't Be Stilled 

Too late to make a call 
No sleep yet not awake 
Breathe deep and try to bear 
The crushing, lonely ache 

On my face, close my eyes 
My mind will not let go 
Regrets, powerlessness 
Pray for the morning's glow 

A weary soul won't rest 
An empty heart will go unfilled 
Tears can't be suppressed 
When silence won't be stilled 

Wish for a voice to hear 
Long for a loving touch 
To kiss you one more time 
One word would mean so much 

You're in my sweetest thoughts 
They comfort me and sting 
For I have always known 
You lifted…

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No Longer Home 

The drive across in Greenville 
Used to lift my spirits 
Holds nothing for me this time 

Emptiness is creeping in 
I can't explain it 
Rather speed past the Louisiana line 

Hard to know what's the same 
What has changed more 
Me or this shadow of a town 

They all used to be my friends 
Now I do not know them 
Did we drift apart or let each other down? 

I'm all alone 
This is no longer home 

Yeah there's no point in trying to recreate it 
Yeah we finished the game but didn't know we'd played it 

In front of my old house 

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Faith to Run Again 

My hands are stained by this cursed soil 
Shadows shade my eyes - I need a miracle 
To find some pleasure in the toil 
Empty the tank, find a heart alive and full 

I'm tired of falling down 
From chasing my own crown 
I can't outpace the fear that waits within 
I'm struggling in vain 
For a prize I can't attain 
I need a race to win and faith to run again 

The mirror says we're past our prime 
Aspirations fade if we won't fan this fire 
Baby we ain't got much time 
Gonna grit my teeth, take hold of this live wire 


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If Only for a While 

If only for a while 
Gonna put my feet up 
If only for a while 
Gonna rest my mind 
Cause there's things I've seen 
There's things I've done 
I still carry through time 

Before I walk this road 
Gonna sit in sunshine 
Before I walk this road 
Gonna find a friend 
Cause there's those I've loved 
There's those I've lost 
It all comes back again 

Can't stop the river's running 
Sun and moon still take their turns 
It happens all the time is what we say 
Still, the Mississippi ends 
Empties into oblivion 
Under somebody's last…

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Burned Seafood 

David, my little bro, is a chef in New Orleans. I mean, he's legit. A couple of Christmases ago we were at my parents--all my siblings, and their families--and he decided to make gumbo. My dad's family is from Louisiana so we like our gumbo.

Anyway, Dave starts cooking the roux, and he's being pretty aggressive. He's trying to make it as dark as he can without burning it. In the process, he's tossing in all of this amazing seafood. I'm getting super geek-hyped to eat some gumbo at this point.

So stuff…

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