2nd Place, July/August 2015 Contest: “Alive”

2nd Place
“Alive”
Matt Jordan
Glencoe, Missouri
Bobby McLamb
Nashville,
Tennessee

 

The highway’s the only thing leaving this town
Everyone settles for settling down
You’re an overnight hero if you make it out
Honey I’ll be your hero someday

Park up on the bridge, watch the cars down below
Talk about where they’re going and freedom and hope
What’s keeping us here are the things we don’t know
We just keep watching time slip away

Chorus:
The birds in the trees they ain’t singing this evening
The river and creeks have run dry
It’s a settlers town, no room for dreaming
No future we’re leaving behind
Leaving’s the difference between living and being alive

Verse:
I ain’t no Casanova or silver screen star
No smooth talking James Dean to hijack your heart
Ain’t much to my name but this hand me down car
And a full tank of gas we can burn

We can fire up the engine and kick up some dust
We ain’t gonna shine ’til we shake off the rust
Get this town full of small talkers talking about us
Hit the pedal and let the wheels turn

Chorus:
The birds in the trees they ain’t singing this evening
The river and creeks have run dry
It’s a settlers town, no room for dreaming
No future we’re leaving behind
Leaving’s the difference between living and being alive

Bridge:
It’s four lanes to a new life
We could find it tonight
Leaving’s the difference between living and being alive

Chorus:
The birds in the trees they ain’t singing this evening
The river and creeks have run dry
It’s a settlers town, no room for dreaming
No future we’re leaving behind
Leaving’s the difference between living and being alive