The Winter's Road

by John Dowling

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There's a picture, Daddy, that I keep in my mind
Old frame house, better times
You're in the window and you're holding me
Looking like you'd never leave

Mom’s new man is something to see
He gets bothered just looking me
I couldn’t stay and let it grow
So I headed down the Winter's Road

All I know is I had to go
Now I'm drifting down the Winter's Road
I've gone a long, long way from home
I can't go back and I can't go on
Down this Winter's Road

I've been moving now for three cold weeks
I never stop and I barely sleep
Breathing in the diesel and dust
There's no one here I can trust

I met a man drove a Parisienne
He told me he would be my friend
Took my money and my black coat
Left me standing on the Winter's Road


Nighttime air is fixing to freeze
Spotlight moon shines down on me
As clear and cold as it can be
I need you to come for me

Would you drive down the Winter's Road
Would you come and take me home
I know it's a long, long way to go
But I can't go back and I can't go on
Down this Winter's Road


released July 15, 2016


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John Dowling Dalkeith, Ontario

A rural renaissance man wringing musical tales and tractor poetry out of the swamps and forests of Glengarry Ontario

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