I'll Never Leave You

from West by The Restoration

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[Narrator: Joe, 1943]

I saw you in a student play
That was too much like my life
You spoke to me through the words
Of a long-deceased playwright
I asked you where you came from
You said, “the muggy south”
I said I’d like to know you
You said, “that’s something to think about”

On the day that you went home
Your lips against my ear
You said, “don’t be long following me
—down south”

And I said
You know I’ll never leave you

We said our vows in a little town
Under monuments to the Civil War
Moved into a yellow house
Made love on the kitchen floor
We had two sons
Used the Bible for their names
You said you loved us
But I knew things were not the same

Your face against my chest
You whispered to me
“I wish I’d never come back south”

And I said
You know I’ll never leave you

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from West, released October 25, 2019

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