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I left my baby on a steam rail line
With a pocket fulla shiny government dimes
I could not say a reason if I tried
Just fare thee well, my Caroline

I remember when we took that drive
From state to state just looking for the good life
But one day the engine quit
And thinking ourselves wise
We clicked our heels and crossed the wires

They say a slow and steady pace will do ya fine
Just don’t keep your eyes off the finish line
I’m miles back and running out of time

My father was a worker of the land
Nothing more than a common man
But a tractor spilled his body down
Into the Rio Grande
He never worked again

So with a borrowed gun and a dime-store disguise
I was caught between redemption and demise
I said don’t do nothin’ funny son
Oh don’t you even try
Just count the cash and shut your eyes

They say a slow and steady pace will do ya fine
But I’m miles behind the finish line and running out of time
And I still have that woman on my mind
But she aint mine

Santa Fe’s an awful place to hide
So I hitched a ride across the great divide
I’ve seen miles and miles of blacktop
And every type of sky
But I can’t recall what I meant to find

So I sit here with my ankles in the bay
Waiting for the sun to mark the day
I guess there’s nothing left to do
But turn around and say
My oh my, I sure lost my way

But a package came in the month of May
Wrapped in bailing twine
And the return address in violet read Caroline
Oh I still love that woman soft and kind

Yeah a package came in the month of May
Wrapped in bailing twine
And the return address in violet read Caroline
She said I’m still in love
With you my oldest friend
Til the end
Til the end
Til the end

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from Homeland for the Restless, released January 13, 2013

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Hands in the dirt
Face to the wind
Folk Songs

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