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how to replace what is gone

from goodnight, young novelist by graydon james




intro: [G F] x2 G F C
verse: C F
chorus: G F C
bridge: Dm F C Dm G C

i remember my home, i remember my youth
i remember the way you could suss out the truth
& you were the first man that i'd ever known
& i was the son that moved out on my own
oh i never said thank you but i thought you heard
we are taciturn men with emotions interred
i remember my mother that night on the phone
your hearts were both broken -- fresh as a bone

& help me, cause i can't take this
tell me i don't gotta take anymore

the roadside attractions, the bedside detail
& teenage contempt is a working man's jail
you taught me the tricks but still i was all thumbs
but i saw you smile when i played the drums

& help me, cause i can't take this
oh tell me how to replace what is gone

& i won't let you down, i won't disappoint you
& someday i will find you, someday i will join you
& nothing short of heartache ever made me cry
& nothing short of leaving made me say goodbye

all these common feelings crowd our
tender hearts our mended parts will
always be a million cracks we
can't relax we want you back...

[repeat last chorus]


from goodnight, young novelist, released August 26, 2009




the young novelists Toronto, Ontario

Exclaim! dubbed their first EP “unpretentious brilliance” and this Toronto-based folk-roots band has won critical acclaim ever since. Stephen Fearing described them as having “tight arrangements, great dynamics, and good songs with beautiful harmonies” and their live shows capture audiences with both barnstorming singalongs and heartbreaking folk ballads. ... more

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