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lyrics

put thirty spokes together
call it a wheel
but in the holes where space slips through
lies a need
to turn an empty vessel
out of mountain clay
fill it with the ashes of someone
who just escaped
this dark, damp prison
this pound of flesh
letting go won't be my last regret

settle on a homestead
plant a seed
turn those thirty spokes
until the wheat
shimmers just like copper
and shines like gold
but our pockets our still empty
when the last seed has been sold
this hot, dry prison
that never ends
letting go won't be my last regret

start a family
raise them well
teach them how to pray and sing
like everybody else
the light of heaven
the fires of hell
but in the dark of night
they still cry by themselves
and when our sky crumbles
our sun has set
letting go won't be my last regret

put thirty years together
call them real
but in the holes where space slips through
lies a need
to turn an empty vessel
into mountain clay
fill it with the ashes of someone
who just escaped
this earthly prison
this unpaid debt
letting go won't be my last regret

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from The Great American Novelty, released June 21, 2018

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