There Is a Train (and a platform at either end)

by The Duke of Norfolk

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1.
oh, I don't know where to go. The road, it leads me farther from home. Still I know I'm not on my own, But how to leave the place I was born? Leave, but leave some self behind And look to it for them who've been kind. A stone to mark the path pointing west To guide you back when God bid thee rest. Scotland keep me brave and bold. I know that soon I'll start feeling old. Sure, I know I'm not what I thought, To win the war the battle was lost.
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Of the flow'rs the gard’ner sows, the stateliest of all the rose. and others, to the gard’ner weeds. But prettiest of all of these, The dandelion strives to grow to find himself beside the rose. The apple to remind us all, Every autumn, of the fall. And 60 beads upon a string The toll required to make me clean. Well you may be the rosary, but I am Adam underneath the tree And, as I grasp the fruit, I hear my children weep I will sing the mourning song if the morning birds would sing along and I would walk the path with thee if the wounded beast would let me be well I may be an anarchist I lob my words with tightened fists but poetry is truly found with chaos six feet underground Well you may be the architect to build the walls that I tear down oh, and steady my hands before they call the hounds I will sing the morning song if the mourning birds would sing along and would you walk the path with me before the beast doth let me be And then we’ll grant him peace
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You saw the fall when I clipped my wings I had it all when I wasn't running See I was tending towards decay when you took me in your shelter. When you asked if I would stay for you said that I was welcome But still I went away, a heart so full of longing. A word to fell dismay buried in my belly. There's a forest in your eyes There's an ocean in your language And it's swelling like my pride It is deep and it is dangerous You saw the fall when I clipped my wings I had it all when I wasn't running Still I went away, my lungs so nearly empty. The fire in my veins coursing through my body See I was tending towards decay! If you offered me your hand I would name you as athena Like a goddess you would stand and on earth would be no equal You saw the fall when I clipped my wings I had it all when I wasn't running. But I'm always running

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Every story has three parts; like the arc drawn on the elementary school chalkboard—beginning, middle, and end. The birth, life, and death. The train and the bookending platforms.

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released January 5, 2016

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Adam Howard. Additional vocals on 'Scotland Keep Me Brave' performed by Claire Laurenson and Roseanne Watt and violin performed by Natalia Brodaczewska.

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The Duke of Norfolk Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Duke of Norfolk is a peripatetic singer/songwriter from Oklahoma.

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