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  1. Stay

From the recording Driver

Lyrics

We met in the springtime of ‘94
In the parking lot out back behind the record store
You were there with a friend but you seemed so alone
I asked if maybe I could take you home
 
And we jumped in my car turned onto the street
My foot on the gas your hand on my knee
You said you were wild that you had no fear
I’d have told you whatever you wanted to hear
 
So you’d stay stay
In the blink of an eye
The wreck of my life
Was ablaze
 
And all through that summer we were never apart
The dog days of August burned as hot as my heart
You taught me to smoke you taught me to drink
You taught me to love and you taught me to think
 
Then you told me one morning you had something to say
Your dad had a new job you were moving away
I cried and I cried I thought I would die
I couldn’t believe we’d be saying goodbye
 
Won’t you stay stay
In the blink of an eye
The wreck of my life
Was ablaze
 
Then you dropped out of school ‘cause you thought it was best
You headed off to a new life out in the Midwest
There was talk of a baby that never arrived
But there was a boy and a pair of black eyes
 
So I wired you money for a bus out of there
My folks put you up in the bedroom upstairs
I’d hoped you stick around I was trying to help
You were searching for something trying to find yourself
 
Oh stay stay
In the blink of an eye
The wreck of my life
Was ablaze
 
I’ve long since married and I’ve settled down
I heard you did the same in another town
With houses and spouses and kids of our own
I’m happy I hope you are with the life you have sewn
 
But your first love is special and when you are young
It’s bold it helps mold you into who you will become
I think of you sometimes at the end of a day
And I wonder what might have been if you had stayed