Paper Pictures

by Ryan Joseph Anderson

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Sitting on the porch back when smoking was fine
Carried all of the weight of the world at your side
Had a book in your pocket and a tattooed heart
Said that loving me was useless as a wink in the dark

I know my hair’s getting grey
And no one smokes that much anymore these days

Venus in Furs was your favorite song
Little poet didn’t know what the words were about
Sewed a patch on your jacket for your boyfriend’s band
While he was sleeping with your sister at a Holiday Inn

I know her hair’s getting grey
And though she tries she ain’t sleeping around these days

Only used to dance when the music was free
Chased starless nights burning gasoline
Paper pictures all fade away
At least you get to hold them when you feel your age
Only time can change you now

Second floor apartment and the midnight grin
You dumped some cocaine on the table shoved your nose straight in
Started yelling about existence and what little I knew
Next to a rent check from your father that was long overdue

I know your hair’s getting grey
And someone else keep signing the checks these days

So love me, leave me, let me be
The hardest lessons that you learned were the ones from tv
Now your sitting on the corner in your husband’s Jeep
Trying to remember all the reasons that you married the creep

I know his hair’s getting grey
And he don’t touch you that much anymore these days

Only used to dance when the music was free
Chased starless nights burning gasoline
Paper pictures all fade away
At least you get to hold them when you feel your age
Only time can change you now

Paper pictures all fade away
At least you get to hold them when you feel your age

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released April 20, 2020
Ryan Joseph Anderson: Vocals, Guitars, Keys
Packy Lundholm: Drums, Bass, Slide Guitar

Written by Ryan Joseph Anderson
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Packy Lundholm

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