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The Engine

I came out from Oregon, in the freezing cold and rain.
Played on the streets of New York, for dollar bills and change.
Before I met you, woman, I had my ups and downs
If you ain’t in my corner then I won’t be coming around
You better listen—you’re not hearing me at all.
We been driving down the wrong street, and the engine’s about to stall.

You question my integrity, you say I got a hot-head.
But I’m a man who speaks his mind when something needs to be said.
I won’t be dis-respected, won’t stay on the side-line.
Now you take care of your business let me take care of mine.
You better listen—you’re not hearing me at all.
We’ve been driving down the wrong street, and the engine’s about to stall.

Now it’s a real bad situation. A dirty rotten shame.
If we can’t work it out now, we’ll be the ones to blame.
You keep on passing judgement, on all I say and do.
“Let the one without sin cast the first stone”, you know those words ring true.
You better listen—you’re not hearing me at all.
We’ve been driving down the wrong street, and the engine’s about to stall.

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from Rivers, Blues and Other People, released April 6, 2012

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