THINGS WE LOSE

04:05
K. A. Patterson and the Paradise Band featuring Mike & Amber
2018-04-18
Lyrics & Music by K. A. Patterson

Lyrics


As I came upon these rollin' hills her in Southern Illinois - drivin' along one day through Heartland USA

A memory came into my head from when I was just a boy - and the smell of that crude oil filled this land night and day

Way back when this interstate was just a two-lane blacktop road - those rockin' horses worked hard to barely pump the load

Now the horses mostly stand in silence - dead and gone to rust - the tanks are dry and the smell of oil has become the smell of dust

And it makes me think of all the change this world has undergone 'cause people can't leave well enough alone

We say change is for the better - but sometimes it seems we never even stop to think about the things we lose

When the trees obscure the forest - as we turn the wheels of progress - just to say we've come around to somethin' new

Some things are old because they're good - not the other way around

New ain't always better is an inconvenient truth that I have found

Those rockin' horses have no choice - their time has come and gone - the dry wells here replaced by another big oil find

But to call a lie the truth and say it was that way all along - and turn wrong to right for progress is so blind

We say change is for the better - but sometimes it seems we never even stop to think about the things we lose

When the trees obscure the forest - as we turn these wheels of progress - just to say we've come around to somethin' new

Some ways are old because they're good - not the other way around

New ain't always better is an inconvenient truth that I have found

Some things we lose in the name of progress are worth more than the progress we have found

K. A. Patterson

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