Traces Of You

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It’s been a long day out on the road
Hubcaps and asphalt and talk radio
But life on the freeway is all that I know
And hard work is good for the soul I suppose

We grow where we’re planted well that’s what they say
Good times and bad times day after day
The years just keep passing and my hair’s turning gray
So what keeps me going well it sure ain’t the pay

It’s these traces of you like the ring that I wear
A rose on the dash that you wore in your hair
The paperback book on the passenger seat
I borrowed last year and keep meaning to read

A blue flannel shirt that I meant to give back
But it sure keeps me warm when the night fades to black
Well it’s cold and it’s lonely if you want the truth
So I don’t second guess it, no I just count my blessings
For these traces of you

Do you still remember first night we met?
A sweet rain was falling I’ll never forget
My shirt smelled like diesel we were both soaking wet
Then a song started playin’ on a worn out cassette

My heart started racing when you asked me to dance
After I gave up chasing any sign of romance
Then you gave me a look that said just take a chance
On someone who listens and might understand

It’s the traces of you like the ring that I wear
A rose on the dash that you wore in your hair
The paperback book on the passenger seat
I borrowed last year and keep meaning to read

A blue flannel shirt that I meant to give back
But it sure keeps me warm when the night fades to black
Well it’s cold and it’s lonely if you want the truth
So I don’t second guess it, no I just count my blessings
For these traces of you

Now I may not have many more years at the wheel
Every journey must come to an end
When the tires stop spinning I know just how I’ll feel
As I’m tracing my tracks home again


 - November 2017 -