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It was clear
When he broke his hand that day
After walls I would be next
Except my Grandma’s vase
I won’t miss anything
Got the car, took the kids and left
Nobody knows
Just my momma and the children
They seem more together than I feel
I didn’t see it coming since you ask
I never did
Hard for me to fathom that this is real

We first met in a diner on a Friday
He paid my bill and asked me on a date
He knew Airplane & the words to ‘9 to 5’
Everything about it felt like fate
Finally someone who held open the doors
Washed the dishes after every meal
I didn’t see it coming when he asked
But I said yes
It felt like a fairy tale turned real

When it starts, you’re so stunned
Never thought that he’d be one
First the doubt, then the fear
I gotta get us out of here
Help me get out of here

My youngest asked
How much longer now
I’ve been wondering that, too
But we are safe
I’ll be damned if my kids witness
Any of what I saw Mom go through
Two hundred miles
‘Til we cross another state line
I can rest between turns at the wheel
You never know what’s coming
But I think we’ll be okay
One step at a time is how we’ll deal
With what is real
This is real


from The Hour Before, released April 21, 2015



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