"(When It) Don't Come Easy" as written by and Patricia J. Griffin....
Red lights are flashing on the highway
I wonder if we're gonna ever get home
I wonder if we're gonna ever get home tonight
Everywhere the waters getting rough
Your best intentions may not be enough
I wonder if we're gonna ever get home tonight

But if you break down
I'll drive out and find you
If you forget my love
I'll try to remind you
And stay by you when it don't come easy

I don't know nothing except change will come
Year after year what we do is undone
Time keeps moving from a crawl to a run
I wonder if we're gonna ever get home

You're out there walking down a highway
And all of the signs got blown away
Sometimes you wonder if you're walking in the wrong direction


So many things that I had before
That don't matter to me now
Tonight I cry for the love that I've lost
And the love I've never found
When the last bird falls
And the last siren sounds
Someone will say what's been said before
Its only love we were looking for


Lyrics submitted by lemonjelly

"When It Don't Come Easy" as written by Patricia J. Griffin

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    General CommentI love this song, Patty's vocals are amazing and the lyrics are beautiful. What more can I say?
    dark_maiden101on August 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpatty has an amazing voice..hits home every time.
    and all I can say is thank God we have music to keep our sanity and from falling over the edge.
    ShannyHon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI just love this song. Everything you both said. She really hits to the heart of it in this one, time going from a crawl to a run, regrets for love lost, love unknown, just reaching out, we all want and need to be loved, even if we never had or know how and this carries on from age to age. When the last bird falls and the last siren sounds someone will say something that's been said before. It's only love we're looking for. It's like a crystal truth. Sometimes Patty Griffin listening to you is something deeply spritual. Lol, I think I'm in love.
    NWNmoonon February 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis 14 year-old song popped up on a Spotify playlist and its easy beauty wounded me. She describes in a few lines, really, all we need in a deep relationship. A commitment to be there, even go find you, if needed. Most importantly, this promise continues WHEN things don’t get easy. Stuff WILL happen and you just move through it.

    Where, to me, this song gains meaning is if both partners feel the same way. If just her, then the song is nothing more than a mother’s lullaby. If a mutual, simple promise, then it offers a mindset to overcome the things that might keep one from getting home.

    While I’m not a big fan of country music, this feels like a near perfect song.
    Maharon May 08, 2018   Link

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