I Never Did My Best

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all the neon lights they shine
lighting up ed’s grocery sign
just up the street from your place
your parents built this town
the smell of blood and steel
still soaks the ground
and it’s been much too long
since i’ve seen your face

if i could find some shelter
from this bitter cold
maybe lay my weary head to rest
these lines are deeper
and i fear i’m growing old
with you i never did my best

the distance of regret
left me broken, bruised, soaking wet
waiting all night outside your door
oh, the seasons of my shame
you were always the easy one to blame
and i left you crying on the kitchen floor

if i could find some shelter
from this bitter cold
maybe lay my weary head to rest
these lines are deeper
and i fear i am growing old
with you i never did my best

outside there are rows and rows
of beat up cars
and the streets are lined with
burned out stars
you still wear the bracelet
your mother gave you when she died
if i was twice the man
i’d still be no good
i never learned to love you
like i should ...
i just came home to say goodbye

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from Together Is Where We Belong, released July 15, 2014

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Ryan Tanner Salt Lake City, Utah

Songs steeped in Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle,enduring, timeless storytellers who keep genre-namers busy. Is it folk? Is it rock? Is it country? The real questions are: does it move you? Does it take you somewhere? And, when listening to Ryan Tanner sing his songs, the answer is yes. ... more

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