Aimless Road

from by John Bellows

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lyrics

The burden you bear is the fruit you share with the broken-hearted soul
That's strapped to your back you follow in the tracks that have led you there before
And hell in a handbasket makes for quite a heavy load
Desire's fire consumes you there down on the aimless road

The righteous and the wicked will walk with you by your side
All victims of circumstance when the moment passed them by
And now their idle hands will finally reach with no one there to hold
Stretched into the horizon down on the aimless road

You've leaped every hurdle a thousand times inside your mind
A thousand different ways a thousand reasons it was right
But when your feet start really moving which way will they go
Will they step up to destiny or down on the aimless road

A stroke of luck will step right up and then pull you aside
As a fool for love this blessed curse accept it or deny it
And it'll twist your arm 'till it falls off but you just can't let it go
You're totally set inside your ways down on the aimless road

Your stubborness will argue tactfully that it was right
As not a matter of courage but retreating from a fight
And now there's nothing that can cut too deep 'cause you're made of solid stone
No one can hurt you but yourself down on the aimless road

All of these adventures are abandoned without a trace to place your trust
'Cause who'll wait for a coward forever just to eat his dust
And I guess nothing is so cut and dry that a story can't be told
But no one cares to lend their ears down on the aimless road

If this world would just stop spinning long enough for me to try
To redeem myself as a worthy man beneath your private eyes
But instead I seek to hide my tears where the lonely lovers go
Free to roam in solitude down on the aimless road

But I'd trade all these wondering years just for another chance
To extend my joy and gratitude when you offered me your hand
Yeah we could've gone where the grass was greener and built ourselves a home
And tried our lives to each other's eyes at the end of the aimless road

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from l o n g EP, released January 15, 2016

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John Bellows Washington

John Bellows is a singer songwriter and home recorder from small town Kentucky, schooled in Chicago, and now back to the land in rural Washington.

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