California

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From the time I've know you, you've been cursed and blessed
Always said you were the one
Always stood your ground, never would back down
No, you would never be outrun
Through the reels of bluster, I watched you muster
A courage unforeseen
Now, you've finally gotten all the things you wanted
You got the prize, but now you're bleeding

I watched you take your place, I saw it in her face
She was scornful, like a queen
With her band of righteous judges
And, no sense of irony
A baby waited, a Mother cried, as a Father looked away
And, I wish that I could help you find
A peaceful place to lay your body down

(Chorus)

California, do you think it let you down
Sometimes I wonder if you should have stuck around
Whoever's calling, I'll just tell them that you're not here
But, everything's alright, and you'll be back before too long

Do you still recall the way she looked when she was beautiful
And, the shadow of a reckoning
Before she changed her point of view
Now, the truckstop lover makes the rules for all who come to stare
And bear witness to the accident
And, all that happened there

(Chorus)

It seems everywhere the people speak in rumour and regret
I search for some sign of reason
But it hasn't happened yet
I stood by you through your darkest days, I've seen you broken down and busted
And, I've seen it written on the walls
"Only the poets should be trusted..."

credits

from Like A Train, released December 18, 2007
Bob Frey - Guitar, Vocals
Paul Loughridge - Drums

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Bob Frey Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bob Frey is a longtime devotee to the art of writing and performing songs. His unique and memorable voice immediately engages his audience, the perfect vehicle for his wry, intelligent lyrics.
On each of these albums, Bob shows himself to be a versatile writer, his simple folk melodies forming a sound and solid base for his poetic observations and stories. He is the brother of author James Frey.
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