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I'm Still Here

from The Money: Shot by Quartjar

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Patron Jon Wells gave us the words and asked us to make what we would. Knowing Jon is a Grateful Dead fan, we gave it a truckin', rootsy groove.

The lyrics ruminate on a series of past relationships. The speaker somewhat wistfully ponders on connections that were lost as these relationships evolved. Ultimately, though, the speaker feels a value in their self that remains: "I'm still here."

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She was a chapped-nipple beauty
Used to tape back her big ears
Hung her hippie boots on the shower bar
Left them there for years

Champagne bottles at the foot of her bed
Collected all her tears
One day she poured the bathtub full
Crawled in and disappeared

Some said something was wrong with her
Said I didn't belong with her
I don't know but
I wish she was still here

A buxom brown-eyed small town girl
With a heart of gold
We were too young to know any better
Too old to leave it alone

We ran off to the countryside
Tried to build a home
One day she climbed inside her mind
And left me all alone

I didn’t know how to follow her
Seems like time just swallowed her
It’s okay
But i wish she was still here

West-end princess found me wandering
Caught me unaware
Took me to her castle
I was happy there

But i didn't want to be the king
Kings aren't allowed to smile
She forgot she ever knew me
Banished and exiled

Maybe we tried too hard to dream
Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be
Either way
I wish she was still here

Hairy-legged hippie girl
Gave name to all the stars
Picked Jesus mushrooms in the meadow
Sold 'em in the bars

She never believed i believe in her
And never believed in me
But I'm not going anywhere
Got no place else to be

Seems like a awful waste of time
Nothing to lose, nothing to find
Anyway I wish
She had stayed here

I'm still here
I am still here
Smilin' like a bastard
I'm still here

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from The Money: Shot, released June 12, 2020
Lyrics by Jon Wells

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