Andy's Song

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lyrics

Andy wants to be a good man
Make an honest living with his eager hands
It seems like every time there’s a load to share
You know he can’t help but take it

Susie wants to be the right woman
Raise a proper family in a righteous home
Pregnant with her second right around nineteen
And Andy left her at twenty

He grew up in the church every Sunday
Asking for the father to forgive his sins
But when Andy loved a man and he told them,
The congregation never asked him back again

By day he was a driller but he dreamed of more
So Andy quit his job on the Arctic shore
Now he’s paining lines with his gifted mind
The whole wide world turns to magic

They said he’d never make it but he heeded none
Andy’s drawings told a story in a secret tongue
Of the future of the land and the fate of man
While all the wells kept on burning

Susie raise the family and their life was sweet
They moved out to the country by the cottonwood trees
She read weekly in the paper of the Arab Spring
And there are roses in the tundra where winter used to be

Twenty years later down in Central Square
Two handsome boys with guitars behind their shaggy hair
You can see a bit of Andy shining through their eyes
It was their father who inspired them to live their lives

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from Gasoline Dream, released August 12, 2016

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