"Lawrence, KS" as written by and Josh Ritter....
Dirt roads and dry land farming might be the death of me
But I can't leave this world behind
Debts are not like prison where there's hope of getting free
And I can't leave this world behind

I've been from here to Lawrence, Kansas
Trying to leave my state of mind
Trying to leave this awful sadness
But I can't leave this world behind

South of Delia there's a patch out back by the willow trees
And I can't leave this world behind
It's a fenced in piece of nothing where I hear voices on my knees
And I can't leave this world behind

Some prophecies are self-fulfilling
But I've had to work for all of mine
Better times will come to me, God willing
Cause I can't leave this world behind

This world must be frightening everybody's on the run
And I can't leave this world behind
And my house is a wooden one and its built on a wooden one
Seems I can't leave this world behind

Preacher says when the Master calls us
He's gonna give us wings to fly
But my wings are made of hay and corn husks
So I can't leave this world behind


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"Lawrence, Ks" as written by Josh Ritter

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    General CommentI find it interesting that he is describing places that you would only find in the midwestern United States. Most people find "Dirt roads and dryland farming" boring, but growing up in the middle of nowhere can be an extremely nostalgic experience.
    p_money4on December 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is interesting that Lawrence Kansas was founded by anti-abolutionists from Massachuesettes and Vermont. It bore the brunt of Quantrill's raids and was the site of the Lawrence Massacre. Is Ritter weaving in political sentiment with the lyrics? Richard Shindell does a great cover of this tune. You should check it out.
    KevinBarretton May 03, 2009   Link

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