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Shadow of a Son

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lyrics

when the buildings turn to tall grass, and the yellow lights to stars
and the flag lies down at half mast, like a thousand times before
mother don’t forget the letters, sister don’t forget to breathe
i am standing at your doorstep, you are down upon your knees

will you taste what i have tasted, would you feel what i have felt
i don’t need you to erase it, i just need a little help
father close the door behind you, i am not the man i was
i am standing at your doorstep, just a shadow of a son

will you wake me if i’m screaming, will you love me if i run
doesn’t mean i didn’t mean it, when i slipped that promise on you
and darling don’t pour out the whiskey, you are still so beautiful
i am standing at your doorstep, we will never win this war
i am standing at your doorstep, we will never win

if they call me i will be there, shine my boots and hold my breath
maybe i’ll come back a hero, laid to rest beneath the flag
but please don’t forget to tell them, everything that i have done
i am standing at your doorstep, i am handing you my gun
i am standing at your doorstep, i am handing you my gun
i’ll be standing at your doorstep, if i’m ever coming home

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from Heroes Waking Up, released May 20, 2016

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Anna Tivel Portland, Oregon

Anna Tivel's wide-eyed celestial folk songs belong in a similar
ballpark with Anais Mitchell, Gregory Alan Isakov and Laura
Veirs, where gentle picking plucks among occasionally
unconventional sounds and a gorgeous voice tells stories of
life in a world of natural wonders. The resulting music is
incredibly honest, lyric-driven, and deeply affecting.
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