Ohio 

Written in November 2001 in Nashville, Tennessee

I turned my back to Ohio
I left it fast and I came back slow
There were too many things I needed to know
So I turned my back to Ohio

Landscapes and Interstates
Maybe good things come to those who wait
But me I couldn’t afford to hesitate
Like a gypsy killing time

Some were born with their highway shoes
While others pay their Union dues
And me, I never had much of nothing to lose
So I left that future behind

I turned my back to Ohio
I left it fast and I came back slow
There were too many things I needed to know
Before I came back to Ohio

Photographs
Are all I have
Of friends and lovers and family
All the years
Disappeared
Now I’m right back where I’m supposed to be

So much had changed since I’d been gone
She got married and carried on
And me, I wrote down the words to this song
To help me through the night

My mother’s living in her house all alone
The graveyard’s got a few new stones
Time’s a thief and your life’s on loan
So, if you’re wondering why

I came back to Ohio
I left it fast but I came back slow
There were too many things I need to know
But I came back to Ohio

I came back to Ohio
I left it fast but I came back slow
There was a great big world I needed to know
Then I came back to Ohio

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