Badlands

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We took a van to the Badlands
You fell into the ash and I couldn't help but laugh
Washing mudcaked shoes in the snow
Hoping my heart would soon begin to grow

I got a long drive ahead of me and fears that could topple me in tow
You took the seat right next to me and told me every legend that you thought I'd like to know

Blizzard broke out on the reservation
Found boots that fit just right and we ran off in the night
Met a man with a smile missin teeth
Shook his hand and my God, I began to see

I got a long drive ahead of me and fears that could topple me in tow
You pulled your bed right next to me and sang a song so bittersweet and slow:
Slow heart, sleep talk
Fly above me, Hungry Hawk (Eaglehawk)
Scared-of-Bear will never walk on this earth again
His son's dead too
The soldier's face looked just like you
Cold winds blow but anger warms the heart within

The missionaries sang a hymn called sanctuary
Read stories about the poor til a knock came at the door
Two wandering boys, with tattoos on their darker skin
We sent them away, in the name of our protection

I got a long drive ahead of me and sorrows that will follow me back home

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from The Warmer Winds, released October 4, 2013

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