Cold Oak Trees

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Three influences here that I can think of that somehow came together; sitting in an airport, reading Bob Dylan, and thinking about Arthur Miller, By the time it came for me to board, this one was sketched out pretty well

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Mulled it over in my head
Didn't hear a thing the loudspeaker said
Knew I hadn't had half the fun I knew I could

Raised my hand to my kids
They never looked at anything I did
Told myself I worked the hours just for them

Now the cold oak trees are waiting for me
And those who'd mourn me are long gone

Jackie told me she'd be mine
by about the second time
I remember friends of mine saying "She looks good".

Drinking beer with our friends
Complaining about the government
"til we got to know each other too damned well


Now the cold oak trees are waiting for me
And those who'd mourn me are long gone

About the time that Satan came
Before he said "Auf Weider sehn"
He took away my eldest boy, and most of me

By the kitchen window
I watched the garden slowly die
'til the only thing left there to see was me

Now the cold oak trees are waiting for me
And those who'd mourn me are long gone

The hell-bound red-eye's hostess says
She didn't want it to turn out this way
She never will forget the day she drew that straw

The ladies in the diamond rings
Order coffee and a little cream
- said it's finally good to get something for free

Now the cold oak trees are waiting for me
And those who'd mourn me are long gone

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from The Magician's Daughter, released September 24, 2007

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