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The Things I Tried to Carry

from Pictures by Slow Machines

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the weight i tried to carry
that was never mine
it finally got too heavy
and it broke my spine

i gnashed my teeth and bit the hand that tried to feed
i broke the backs of the saints who tried to carry me

the things i tried to carry
and the weight of lies
that the ground's too hard to bury
and the river too shallow to hide

and every tale needs a villain fit for the silver screen
and every tune needs a minor chord to set a somber scene

the things i tried to carry
oh, my wounded pride
but the winds of january
finally blew the leaves aside

my broken back put me on the ground so i could see
and find the jewel i lost when i was seventeen....


from Pictures, released October 19, 2023
Rich Stevens - Banjo
Bo Frazer - Pedal Steel Guitar
Anthony Fata - Drums


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