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lyrics

Excuse me, stranger
Won't you point me down this road?
I've been traveling so long I don't know
Which way the path goes

I hate to admit it
I was lost, alone when you found me
Because the going gets rough if you can’t be tough
And we’ve all been cut adrift
And where we’re headed, no one knows

Who let the bandits into the bank vaults?
Who led the drunkard straight to the rum?
Who let the lunatics run the asylum?

Tell me, new friend
What's the sense in singing songs?
We've been singing them so long we don't know
Much of their meaning

And we lost a good one
Who meant more than all of the worship
But it just takes one gun to make the demons run
And the world is on its head
And the swan will no more sing

Who let the bandits into the bank vaults?
Who led the drunkard straight to the rum?
Who told every politician with some money and a mission
They could speak for the many when they're just some?
Who cast me out to search of a homeland?
Who turned my homeland into a slum?
Who let the lunatics run the asylum?

Goodbye, old friend
I have never known your like
But I'll remember always the way that
You taught me to sing out

And lord, I will miss you
But I'll honor you and your memory
Not with bronze or gold but through tales of old
When I think of your embrace
And what your life was all about

You let the bandits into the bank vaults
You led the drunkard straight to the rum
You took the muddled and the hurried asked them why they were so worried
And you gave them all hope that a change would come
You said that someone could be the right one
You said that life's too short to be numb
You let the lunatics run the asylum

credits

from Ten Square Miles, released May 5, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Samuel B. Lupowitz
Copyright © 2012-2014 KUGEL MUSIC (ASCAP)

SBL - piano, tambourine, lead vocal
Mandy Goldman - vocals
Will Gelder - electric guitars
Drew Serafini - bass
Will Sigel - drums
Jeff Chilton - trombone
Jimmy Rose - trumpet
Alec Staples - tenor saxophone

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Samuel B. Lupowitz Ithaca, New York

Musician, composer, arranger, food enthusiast, and bad pun aficionado. Rock and soul revivalism with elements of jazz, blues, and Americana.

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