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Were those the good years? Damn, I must have missed them.
I was so busy dreaming about these pretty girls that I never even kissed them.
Accumulated broken hearts are piled next to trust I’ve lost and won,
But when my father was this age, he had a son.

So is this what we fought for?
6 a.m. waking up alone?
Listening for footsteps in our old home?
They’ll never come.
Is this what we’re left with?
We filled up our shelves, just not our hearts.
And we all learned to play our parts so well.

So where did sacrifice get me? In the end, what’s promise worth?
I gave away the best of me and all that leaves is the worst.
I keep pouring out these songs, but I’ve felt nothing new.
Not since I was 21 and my eyes first fell on you.

So is this what we fought for?
6 a.m. waking up alone?
Listening for footsteps in our old home?
They’ll never come.
Is this what we’re left with?
We filled up our shelves, just not our hearts.
And we all learned to play our parts so well.

So is this where we all end up, arms extended through the finish line?
We call our friends when someone’s gone and we relive the same old times,
Like we died a long time ago.

So is this what we fought for?
6 a.m. waking up alone?
Listening for footsteps in our old home?
They’ll never come.
Is this what we’re left with?
We filled up our shelves, just not our hearts.
And we all learned to play our parts so well.

So can we still talk now?
Pretend like nothing’s changed?
Like you weren’t why I closed my heart?
Like I never left you caged?

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from Hailey, It Happens, released December 2, 2016

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