Nothing But the Dead and Dying Back In My Little Town

Just back from a quick trip up to my home town of Danville, Va….it always makes me think of this old Paul Simon song..

In my little town
I grew up believ–ing
God keeps His eye on us all
And He used to lean upon me
As I pledged allegiance to the wall
Lord I recall
My little town

Coming home after school
Flying my bike past the gates
Of the factories
My mom doing the laundry
Hanging our shirts
In the dirty breeze

And after it rains
There’s a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It’s not that the colors aren’t there
It’s just imagin-ation they lack
Everything’s the same
Back in my little town

Nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town
Nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town

In my little town
I never meant nothin’
I was just my fathers son
Saving my money
Dreaming of glory
Twitching like a finger
On the trigger of a gun
Leaving nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town

Repeat and fade:
Nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town

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It’s really sad to go back there…It’s a dying town and mostly only has itself to blame.  It’s sad to see them tearing down Dan River Mills and the whole city just seems rundown.  It seems to have an air of hopelessness.  I don’t know what people do for jobs there now.  Nothing but chain stores and chain restaurants.  It seems to be losing it’s character and whatever made it pretty and somewhat unique.  Really sad…

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