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Shawville Girl
(Written by Ray Harris ©2009 SOCAN)

When I left this town I was only five years old
But I always swore Id come back here in time
Id settle down with a Shawville girl
Live back in the cedars and the pines

We came back for a year when I was nine years old
And then once again at fourteen
Every time wed come back wed have to leave again
And Id miss all the years in between

At night Id lay awake, pray the lord my soul to take
Me back to the only home Id known
Seven miles from town, stop dont make a sound
You can hear the Quyon River flow

And I never did marry that Shawville girl
Though I might have done if I could have stayed
Every time Id reach that fork in the road
Life always got in the way

From time to time I still see that Shawville girl
Some things change and some things stay the same
But the awkward silence gets longer each time
And I wonder why I never changed her name

I often dream of my old home place
Tim roof rain, lilacs and old cars
All the precious memories that mean so much
Always seem to hit me so damn hard

At night Id lay awake, pray the lord my soul to take
Me back to the only home Id known
Smell the homemade bread, bring wood in from the shed
Chasin dogs down dusty gravel roads

And I never did marry that Shawville girl
Though I might have done if I could have stayed
Every time Id reach that fork in the road
Life always got in the way


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