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The Hardest Lesson

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There’s something in the heat of the human hand;
it makes you drive on.
You pull off of the highway into no man’s land,
and it’s enough to break your heart in two.
It’s enough to break your heart in two.

There’s something in the hunger of the honest man.
It makes him lace his boots up tight.
And there’s something in the sweat of a lover’s bed.
It makes you want to make her your own.
It makes you want to make her your own.

It seems to me maturity is not a needle in a haystack.
It’s finding who you are and who you never gonna be.

The hardest lesson that I ever learned
was to let my young ambitions burn.
The hardest lesson that I ever learned
was to let my young ambitions burn.
Now they’re gone.

The hardest lesson that I ever learned
took twenty-one years just to wait my turn.
And when I’m lying cold, stiff, and gray,
I won’t have a chance to learn another day,
’cause I’m gone.

The hardest lesson that I ever learned
took a northbound rattler, and I’m certain sure.
When my beard grows out and my hair turns gray,
I’ll still be learning for another day
’til I’m gone.

The hardest lesson that I ever learned
was to let my young ambitions burn.
(The hardest lesson that I ever learned
took twenty-one years just to wait my turn.)
The hardest lesson that I ever learned
was to let my young ambitions burn.
(And when I’m lying cold, stiff, and gray,
I won’t have a chance to learn another day.)
(The hardest lesson that I ever learned
took a northbound rattler, and I’m certain sure.)
The hardest lesson that I ever learned
was to let my young ambitions burn.
(When my beard grows out and my hair turns gray,
I’ll still be learning for another day.)
Now they’re gone.

And as the kudzu’s stretching up the mountaintop,
I’ll take an axe to the earth, and I’ll make my plot.
And when you get to the ridge, would you leave my urn?
Another Ebenezer for a lesson learned.
Now we’re gone.

The hardest lesson that I ever learned
took a northbound rattler, and I’m certain sure
(The hardest lesson that I ever learned
was to let my young ambitions burn.)
(The hardest lesson that I ever learned
took twenty-one years just to wait my turn.)
When my beard grows out and my hair turns gray,
I’ll still be learning for another day.
(The hardest lesson that I ever learned
was to let my young ambitions burn.)
(And when I’m lying cold, stiff, and gray,
I won’t have a chance to learn another day.)
’Til we’re gone.

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from I Have Seen the End, released October 21, 2016

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