"Useless Desires" as written by and Patricia J. Griffin....
Say goodbye to the old street that never cared much for you anyway
And the different colored doorways you thought would let you in one day
Goodbye to the old bus stop frozen and waiting
The weekend addition has this town over-rated
You walk across the baseball green
The grass has turned to straw
A flock of birds tries to fly away from where you are
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye old friend
I can't make you stay
I can't spend another ten years wishing you would anyway

How the sky turns to fire
Against the telephone wire
And even I'm getting tired of useless desires

Everyday I take a bitter pill
It gets me on my way
For the little aches and pains
The ones I have from day to day
To help me think a little less about the things I miss
To help me not to wonder how I ended up like this
Walk down to the railroad track and ride a rusty train
With a million other faces I shoot through the city veins
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye old friend
You wanted to be free
And somewhere beyond the bitter end is where I wanna be

How the sky turns to fire
Against the telephone wire
And even I'm getting tired of useless desires

Say goodbye to the old building that never tried to know your name
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye old friend
You won't be seeing me again
Goodbye to all the window panes shining in the sun
Like diamonds on a winter day
Goodbye, goodbye to everyone

How the sky turns to fire
Against the telephone wire
It burns the last of the day down
And I'm the last one hanging around waiting
On a train track and the train never comes back
And even I'm getting tired of useless desires


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"Useless Desires" as written by Patricia J. Griffin

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    General CommentMy favourite Patty Griffin song....she has such amazing vocal ability.
    koachon October 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy second or third favorite, but it is beautiful just the same. kgsr 107.1 in austin used to play this and all of her music and it was wonderful. i wish dallas had a station with such balls.
    chuckiesullivanon February 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about saying goodbye and moving on from someone. It's elusive enough that it could be a past lover or just a friend. She's tried of getting the run around, getting hurt and coming up short in the end. So, she's moving on. There is relief and angst both littered throughout this song.

    "Everyday I take a bitter pill
    It gets me on my way
    For the little aches and pains
    The ones I have from day to day
    To help me think a little less about the things I miss
    To help me not to wonder how I ended up like this"
    melancholyjenon October 28, 2008   Link

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