I'd like to hike the Appalachian
I've tossed it around in my mind
but then I say to myself
boy you must be crazy
don't you know you'll never have the time
I'd like to go into the city
maybe travel for a while
hitch a ride, now there's something I can do
but I've never been more than a mile
and it might take forever
but I am all I have to show
there is a missing piece
to find before I go
three words away from a masterpiece
ten thousand miles from my home
and all my greed
and three hungry mouths to feed
I don't know if I can make it on my own
and yet it's raining up on Sharp Top
my spirit's molding me like clay
I guess we should have built further from the river bank
it's trying to wash us all away

And it might take forever
but we are all we have to show
There is a missing piece
to find before we go
This morning's battle, population
on the city street below
And Lord I dread to get up out of bed
five million footprints in the snow
And it might take forever
but I am all I have to show
There is a missing piece
to find before I go
I've got a suitcase packed full of memories
and evening's drawing near
The mountain smiles upon me now
it's all down hill from here
an Anchorage of silence, a port of serenity
I had to bow and kneel before I ever
knew the real me But I understand for
the first time why I call you my home
like a free man running from himself
I had nowhere left to roam
There upon your mountains wading in your streams
like a distant star the city's far behind me
and I ask you now will you take me in
because I never knew what I had till it was gone
I have to sing my song there's no letting go
Just can't stop the show This is where I belong

Now it's 0500 on a Monday morn
under a starry sky with old Iron Mike looking
over me and the sleep still in my eyes
So wrap yourself around me now and hold me
till the sun rises and another day's begun

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Appalachian song meanings
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