James McMurtry, Fireline Road Lyrics

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James McMurtry - Fireline Road Lyrics


My name is Alice Walker, they never told me why
Iím not named for anybody, itís a name out of the sky
They thought it was pretty I guess, way back when
Iíll change it some day
I like to pretend, Iím Just a visitor here
Like on one of those shows
In a house full of people I donít hardly know
But we'll all get to home in a week or so
Back to real life

And Iím picking up the carpet in the corner where I crash
Iím too tired to separate the pennies from the trash
And I donít guess it matters even why Jesus died
I can tell you about sins

They got this duplex up on Fire Line Road
Itís way out from town, so the rentís pretty low,
Not much more than a cinder block cell
Just like the one next door
And the next one as well

And the bus donít run out here but three times a day
The 7-11, itís a full mile away
And thereís a car in the yard, mostly rust and dents
We moved here in it, but it hasnít run since

Forget my name, can you forget my face
Gonna lose myself in some finer place
Finer Places, where Iíll go
Iíll leave no trace out on Fire Line Road

And thereís a pile of daddyís quick-picks scattered on the floor
Among the half empty bottles, that chair against the door
In case he comes home drinkiní, with lovin on his mind
Iíd never let it happen, but that donít stop him tryiní
My sister werenít so lucky, he got to her too soon
She never saw it coming, he knew just what to do
To keep her silent
I swear to god Iíll kill him if I can
He said she made him do it, after all heís just a man

Forget my name, can you forget my face
Gonna lose myself in some finer place
Finer Places, where Iíll go
Iíll leave no trace out on Fire Line Road

Now she snorts that crank, and stares at the phone
She ainít big as a minute, just skin on bone
She bites her nails right down to the quick
And theyíve taken her babies, and they wonít give them back
And I know she loves them and god knows she tries,
But when youíre that far down youíre just going to get high
Itís like eating or breathing to the rest of us
She canít even feel bad without the stuff

Forget my name, can you forget my face
Gonna lose myself in some finer place
Finer Places, where Iíll go
And Iíll leave no trace out on Fire Line Road

My name is Alice Walker, they never told me why


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