Judah's Gone

from by M. Lockwood Porter

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Thirty acres of virgin land
You bought and cleared it with your own two hands
You built a fire, you paved a lane
The trees were young, the pond was full of rain

You built your castle and you were king
For one brief moment, you had everything
Then another came and stole your crown
So you wrapped a chain around your trailer hitch and tore it down

When I was sixteen, you crossed the sea
You packed your things and said goodbye to me
I skipped school and joined a band
Nothing seems to turn out as you planned

Judah’s gone
Judah’s gone
Judah’s gone, gone, gone

Now I’ve seen the desert sands and felt the mountain air
And I have smelled saltwater in her hair
And I’ve hugged the white line high and free
But still this emptiness is killing me

Judah’s gone
Judah’s gone
Judah’s gone, gone, gone

We went back on Christmas Day
The grass was brown, the sky was gray
The horses tore the fences down
Shotgun shells and trash were scattered on the ground

Judah’s gone
Judah’s gone
Judah’s gone, gone, gone


from Judah's Gone, released July 11, 2013


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