A Thousand On Fire

from by The River Has Many Voices

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he stands and looks upon the city
graffiti up on the bridge
and it seems like everything there don’t mean as much as it did
he could turn away forever
he could leap into a storm
he could let go a hurricane on all the things that he’d once had before

it ain’t that hard to do
you just gotta pay the fare
and if you can take half of your heart a bus’ll take the other half there
i don’t know but if i saw him
i would tell him yeah it’s hard to deal
but there ain’t a man standing here who’s ever felt completely filled
yeah and sometimes we tear things down when we don’t know how to build

it’s on every street in every city
it moves every wheel and every tire
it’s on every voice, on every telephone wire
for every thousand hearts beating there’s a thousand on fire

her dad called the other day
it had been twenty years
said he’d thought about the things he’d done and said he’d done them all out of fear
she believes he wants amends
she believes he wants a change
but she can’t believe that after all these years her father expects from her the same

it’s a hard thing to do
to give him the words he needs
cause she finally has something her father wants that’s all hers to keep
i don’t know but if i saw her
i’d tell her yeah it’s hard to take
but there ain’t a soul standing here who’s never seen someone walk away
and yeah it’s hard thing but the past don’t ever stay in yesterday

it’s on every street in every city
it moves every wheel and every tire
it’s on every voice, on every telephone wire
for every thousand hearts beating there’s a thousand on fire

he made a call to an old lover
but she never said hello
he still has some love left but it’s too late for him to let it show
he’s been reading lots of books
he’s been studying the page
he’d been wishing he could write himself a new beginning or just a new part to play

it’s a hard thing to do
you can change your name
try to give up everything you need and find another place to stay
i don’t know but if i saw him
i’d tell him yeah it’s hard to know
but there ain’t a man standing here who’s never felt completely alone
and it ain’t enough to give things up, you gotta let them go

and it’s on every street in every city
it’s on every voice, in every wire
it moves every wheel, it moves every tire
for every thousand hearts beating there’s a thousand on fire

yeah i know what it was like
back when you were just a kid
you dreamed you’d be flying like all of your heroes did
yeah i been there before
feeling sick and feeling tired
i know how the mystery of darkness feels when you’ve walked in it for miles

it’s a hard thing to do
to remake the life you made
but there ain’t a soul standing here that ain’t never felt the same way
and yeah you gotta carry some weight but you don’t gotta carry all that pain

and it’s on every street in every city
it moves every wheel and every tire
it’s on every voice, on every telephone wire
for every thousand hearts beating there’s a thousand on fire
for every thousand hearts beating there’s a thousand on fire
for every thousand hearts beating there’s a thousand on fire
for every thousand hearts beating there’s a thousand on fire

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from Ash St., released September 28, 2016

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The River Has Many Voices is music that is born of the poetry and harmony of the hill country. TRHMV lives and writes in Austin, TX where he grew up.

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