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The walls inside the single-wide were paper
I could hear my mother crying down the hall
The door slammed like a comma
The ignition raised the drama
Will he even come back home this time at all
Dad said he liked sleeping in on Sundays
And one time Mama taught me how to pray
I was a young boy lost in dreaming
But one night I woke up screaming
So I prayed to God to keep the dreams away
And I barely dreamt at all after that day

The nightmares of the world can make you close your heart so that it won’t break
To love someone, you’ve got to let them in
I was living life in fear so long I forgot how to hear the angels’ songs
Now I’m learning how to dream again

It was late one night, and I was staring at my cell phone
And I read about a kid I used to know
It was heroin and oxy
It was deep despair and whiskey
It was a promise that was broken long ago
When we were told we could be anything we wanted
Well, I’m starting to believe it was a lie
Kings will try to keep the throne
By throwing peasants scraps and bones
Make us struggle, hate each other, kill and die
But we’re really not that different, you and I

The nightmares of the world can make you close your heart so that it won’t break
To love someone, you’ve got to let them in
We’ve been living life in fear so long we forgot how to hear the angels’ songs
Now we’re learning how to dream again

I used to think that I believed in Jesus
That God would use the weak to shame the strong
But there’s so many poor and dying
If there’s a God, he sure ain’t trying
Maybe what the Bible said was wrong
Or maybe God was within us all along

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from How To Dream Again, released September 16, 2016

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