Useless Desires Lyrics - Patty Griffin

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Say goodbye to the old street that never cared much for you anyway
And different colored doorways you thought would let you in one day
Goodbye to the old bus stop frozen and waiting
Weekend Edition has this town way overrated

Walk across the baseball green the grass has turned to straw
A flock of birds tries to fly away from where you are
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, old friend, I can't make you stay
I can't spend another ten years wishing you would anyway

How the sky turns to fire
Against the telephone wire
And even I'm getting tired
Of useless desires

Everyday I take a bitter pill, it gets me on my way
For the little aches and pains, the ones I have from day to day
To help me think a little less about the things I miss
To help me not to wonder how I ended up like this

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Walk down to the railroad track and ride a rusty train
With a million other faces, I shoot through the city veins
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, old friend, you wanted to be free
And somewhere beyond the bitter end is where I wanna be

How the sky turns to fire
Against the telephone wire
And even I'm getting tired
Of useless desires

Say goodbye to the old building that never tried to know your name
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, old friend, you won't be seeing me again
Goodbye to all the window panes shining in the sun
Like diamonds on a winter day, goodbye, goodbye to everyone

How the sky turns to fire
Against the telephone wire
It burns the last of the day down
And I'm the last one hanging around
Waiting on a train track
And the train never comes back
And even I'm getting tired
Of useless desires



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Capturing the lonliness of goodbye | Reviewer: rober | 10/12/2005

Patty has given us a hauntingly beautiful image of that final goodbye...a tragic, simple resignation.
Haunting images as we walk away from one who took 10 years of our life...not suddenly but over time...resorting to that bitter pill to numb the pain of the slowly developing distance between us...eventually resulted in even our powerful desires becoming tiresome. cold detachment does that. And all that is left for us is one more day burning itself out...wishing for some kind of freedom, the other is nevertheless left just as alone, for, the multitudes of the city don't care, the beautiful old buildings are simply stone.....cold, for it is only love that makes life real...but that was lost in time.


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