Too Close To You (feat. John Craigie)

from by Daniel Steinbock

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lyrics

1.
Picked up at the crossroads
Kicked out in New Mexico
Woke up on the good side of the river
This afternoon
Goddamn wage slavin', I swear
I'm never going back to there
This morning I combed my hair
For no one else but me

Well I never had religion
But I always keep the faith
When I was a child, I had visions
Like a shine upon my face
I never made it past the preacher
He always smelled the booze
But every night I'm born again
Into something new
If I ever make it back to California
I'm gonna put down roots

Cause I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
Gettin' too close to you

Found Jesus on the bathroom floor
I was sprawled out, strung out in a Baton Rouge bar
He rolled a spliff and we both hitched out
To Lake Pontchartrain
He said, "I ain't fleein' the law, I abide
My Father's law is come
And my Father's law is mine"

We never made it to the Delta
But we surely sang the blues
All I need is the sunshine, my ukulela
And a pair of old brown shoes
I never made it as a folksinger
I couldn't hold a tune
But every night I'm born again
Into something new
If I ever make it back to California
I'm gonna put down roots

Cause I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
Gettin' too close to you

2.
Seven years-old and I couldn't sleep
Mama, I don't want to die
What am I, what am I supposed to be?
And my mother pointed up to the sky
"For every star that you can see
There's a child afraid of dying
What you are, what you are was meant to be
Filling the black up with shining"
That's when it started:
Broke-open-hearted

3.
And as I'm sinking in my bed
Thank my holy lights that never end
Tonight I'm gonna lay my head
By a river of shooting stars

Well I never been to Heaven
But I've seen Annapurna in bloom
I never made it back to California
To put down roots
I never been one for oneness
I set a table for two

Cause I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
Gettin' too close to you

credits

from Out of Blue, released February 15, 2019
John Craigie: harmonica
John Nuhn: double bass
Simon Kornelis: lead acoustic guitar
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, rhythm acoustic guitar,
classical guitar, piano

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American singer-songwriter from the San Francisco Bay.

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