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Up the Hill:

Well we drove my father's '88 halfway to Broken Bow,
We were listenin' to the bad news on the radio.
The old folks were talkin' about Hamas and Hezbollah.
I asked her out the county taqueria.

After we were through we blasted Springsteen from the cab,
Singin' songs about freedom and lonesomeness.
Moonshine from mason jars;
I swear I'd never seen such stars
Fall from the sky into those hollers, along those cliffs.

If I ever come off mean, vulgar or unclean,
Know there's a gentle part of me. It ain't outspoken.
And I carry that part up, in the bed of my old truck,
Up the hill where my heart was first broken.

She took me to her father's house near Mountain View,
Made small-talk on the porch with grandma Elma-Lou.
They were up to milk the cows the next day before seven,
There was a loaded gun in every room I stayed in.

The first night I was sleepin' in the loft of her barn,
And the second night was her mother's good home cookin'.
Third night I got religion while we lie under the sheets,
And that's long before her father lectured me on heaven.

If I ever come off mean, vulgar or unclean,
Know there's a gentle part of me. It ain't outspoken.
And I carry that part up, in the bed of my old truck,
Up the hill where my heart was first broken.

Yeah, it's just a ways away from where I came from
Where I tried to marry that poor girl and then some.
Now she's in some bar somewhere,
big brown eyes and short brown hair,
And the difference is she ain't scared to love no one.

If I ever come off mean, vulgar or unclean,
Know there's a gentle part of me. It ain't outspoken.
And I carry that part up, in the bed of my old truck,
Up the hill where my heart was first broken.

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from Too Nice to Mean Much, released July 30, 2016

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Willi Carlisle Fayetteville, Arkansas

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