Took the long way between the trees
The heat and the humidity
Pollen-dusted furniture
And blood-dusted knees
The heat and the humidity
Landscape of my dreams
Hurricanes and schoolbook reams
Heart so full it felt like
It could rip at the seams

Just below a Texas shade of sky

Took the long way east of the dome
Hills in a shadow of green
Conté colored fingerprints
And letters from home
Hills in a shadow of green
Lakes and late-night shows
Funnel clouds and bruised egos
Couldn’t match our differences
And that’s how it goes

Just below a Texas shade of sky

Love and life and loss
Cling to us like hanging moss
Keeping up as we cross the county lines
Left my common sense
Torn across a wire fence
The beauty’s yours, the contradictions mine

Took the long way over the plains
Windswept and bleached in the sun
Marriage license, mortgage
And another eight lanes
Windswept and bleached in the sun
All those aging fears
Lightning storms and used-up years
Can I really miss them
While I’m still standing here?

Held beneath a Texas shade of sky
Just below a Texas shade of sky


From:  Memory Device
Released:  March, 2006
"TEXAS SHADE OF SKY"