On the Way (Back Home)

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Stories of people far from home. Of a soldier who didn't want to kill, a girl who left for college, and... me


I've traveled so far, but I'm always coming back to you
I've wandered so far, but I'm always coming back again
I've been out to see the world
A million other different places
But none of them compares to when I'm back with you

Verse 1
She left for college at the end of the summer
Kissed her momma goodbye, said that she'd always remember
Advice they gave her and the way that they had raised her
She wouldn't end up like the stories in the paper
She packed up her room, put her childhood in a bag
The bag in the trunk of the car she got from dad
Out her driveway, and she's on the way to school
Whole new situation with a whole new batch of rules
She didn't want to party cuz she's on the straight and narrow
But a guy in freshman English has the wit of Clarence Darrow
Not a party girl, but she's honestly attracted
He asks her on a date, and she skips piano practice
They get serious - she took sex education
but condoms can fail; now she's missing menstruation
Small town girl, and she's out of her zone
She calls mom and dad and says - please, take me home.


Verse 2
He was a soldier who didn't want to kill
He signed up for the service because of all his bills
Married at 20 to his high school girl
No college diploma, minimum wage world
Plus a baby on the way, and it caused more drama
Cuz he barely made the rent - now he's blaming Obama
Ten years ago, he'd be angry at Bush
The pressure's all around him, now he's feeling the push
He signed for the service and the guaranteed money
Wasn't really sure what he'd be doing for the army
Now he's in a place that he's barely even heard named
Waving guns at kids that look like they're in the third grade
He's on patrol one day, and it turns grey
He wakes up in a bed without his legs
But there's a message waiting on his phone
It's his wife, she says - honey, I'm waiting for you at home

Verse 3
A little town, stuck away from the city
Living life there as a teenager was not so very pretty
Spending summers at the beach and spending weekends at the mall
Anything we could just to get away from it all
We thought we had it figured out, we thought we knew it all
Racing cars at night, cuz our lives felt like they're stalled
High school classes, cliques, and the locker room stalls
Crushes, rumors, romances, just to top it all off
I thought that I would leave and escape from my past
Little did I know how difficult it would be on that path
I'd stay awake at night, in my room in the basement
as I wondered how my friends were that I left at graduation
Has it really been that long since I went back to that town?
My hand turned the doorknob in front of my old house?
It's been a couple years that I've been out here on the road
But I know eventually - I'll make my way back home.



from Much Love., released November 30, 2012
Rapping, singing by jason chu
Produced by Bent Lorentz

Engineered, mixed, mastered by jason chu




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