Far Away From Here

Today & Tomorrow
 

I wrote this after witnessing a teenager get shot outside my jobsite in Baltimore. The boy survived but I couldn’t shake thinking about the startling ways in which ones life could end. And the sound of a bullet is so particularly haunting.

Blue summer sky, humid summer heat
An old mason’s laughing laying blocks of concrete
It’s that out in the open charm of a Baltimore street
Then a bullet flies

I seen the boy get shot, heard him was crying out
Trying to find somebody who could make the pain stop
His sister was crying on the steps, fearing what would happen next
More of the same

She’s searching for a new world in the shadow of the old
Trying to shake off the past but it’s just such a heavy load
Looking for direction but there’s so many dead-end roads

It’s so far, so far
So far away from here

You got the scapegoat, got the blame, got the anger, got the shame
Got a hundred different forces working against you in your name
So few to trust, they’re greeting you with guns or handcuffs
More of the same

She’s searching for a new world in the shadow of the old
Trying to shake off the past but it’s just such a heavy load
Looking for direction but there’s so many dead-end roads

It’s so far, so far
So far away from here

Still she finds time to smile, selling snowballs on the porch
Singing songs as she walks to the grocery store
Too young to hold such pain but she’s old enough to try
Oh here’s the future brother, it’s in your sister’s open mind

She’s searching for a new world in the shadow of the old
Trying to shake off the past but it’s just such a heavy load
Looking for direction but there’s so many dead-end roads

It’s so far, so far
So far away from here

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