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Before And After Lyrics

Mary Chapin Carpenter – Before And After Lyrics

The dust settles after a hit and run
Bewildered by the damage done
I don't know why we chose the roads we travel
Or how a life could get so unraveled

[Chorus: x2]
We live our lives from then until now
By the mercy received and the marks on our brow
To my heart I'll collect what the four winds will scatter
And frame my life into before and after
Once a trick of light made me believe
A red fire was blazing from every tree
We held hands as the evening gathered
I forgave myself for what I didn't ask her
I once saw the sky filled with falling stars
Bumped my head in the dark and it left a scar
Held on too tight before I let it go
Then forgave myself for what I didn't know

I've stretched my soul over fifty states
I have lived on fumes and religious cornflakes
And once I dreamt my shoe had grown thin and battered
And forgave myself for what didn't matter
God said Cain where is your brother
And who will tell his grieving mother
Jacob dreamt an angel called his name
And he never was quite the same

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