Learning To Let Go

from by Scott Cook

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They're all done sweeping up
And the chairs are stacked for going
While there's drink left in our cups
Here's to when they were overflowing
And all the good times gone
And the urge to tarry on
But I'm hungry for the starlight
Out beyond the neon glow
And that's how I'm learning to let go

Good friends, haven't we've had some times?
And I've wished that they could linger
Oh, but don't they feel sublime?
As they run through your fingers
Like the last golden dregs of day
Or a love you can't make stay
When no amount of wanting
Will ever make it so
That's how I'm learning to let go

All the sights that filled my eyes
All the wild lands I wandered
All the sweetest things I tried
All the sweet time I squandered
All the loves, the closest ones
And the should'ves and the might have dones
Will be scattered like our money
Like our good friends laid low
That's how I'm learning to let go

I've seen my big ideas come and go
Seen my father in the mirror
And I'm fading into everyone I know
As the young ones come in clearer
May their hearts be wide and true
May they find comrades like you
And the good seeds that we planted
May they live to see them grow
That's how I'm learning to let go

I've heard about a land beyond the sky
Where the righteous go in the end
But I don't know how I'd rest there by and by
Without all my wicked friends
And the land calls to me
Someday she'll take all of me
And feed me to the flowers
That lie dreaming 'neath the snow
That's how I'm learning to let go


from Further Down the Line, released January 27, 2017
Words and music by Scott Cook
Vocals, banjo - Scott Cook
Mandolin - Bramwell Park
Upright Bass - Melissa Walker




Scott Cook Edmonton, Alberta

Canada's prairie balladeer Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over years of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world. ... more


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