The Runaway

by Loren Radis

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You could be a teacher, a sculptor, or a maid You could be an actress, I know you’d light up any stage You could be most anything your little heart desires Your infinite potential’s something I truly admire You could be an artist, conjure life from a blank page You could be an author, so many worthwhile words to say You may be a mother, teach your children to be brave You may be a missionary, so many souls to save But you’ve already changed my world My precious little baby girl And whatever you choose, you’ll be everything to me Yeah, you’ve already changed my world You could have been born in Portugal, to a family in Spain You could have been born years ago in some long-forgotten age You could have been an Anaiyah, a Kairi, or a Jane I thank God that you’re Amelia, born in this time, in this place ‘Cuz you’ve already changed my world My precious little baby girl And whatever may come, you’ll be everything to me Yeah, you’ve already changed my world Soon you will be walking, running, spreading wings to fly Soon you will be talking, shouting, singing away the night Soon you will be grown and leaving, your destiny to find You’ll always have a home here, in your mother’s heart and mine And you’ve already changed my world My precious little baby girl And whatever may come, you’ll be everything to me Yeah, you’ve already changed my world You’ve already changed my world Yeah, you’ve already changed my world
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I was just a boy when I set out on my own I’d never strayed far from the place that I’d come from I was only a boy when I left my home I wasn’t seeking riches, I only felt it in my bones, I had to go To the road And my mother, she kissed my face, and said “Baby don’t you lose your way” And I prayed, I prayed, I prayed, that I’d find my way home someday I met a pretty girl with pale blue eyes She had a ribbon in her hair and she always wore a smile I met a pretty girl with the ocean in her eyes And a pink and yellow dress that was doin’ its best to hide her knees From me From the moment I saw her face in that barren and broken blue place I prayed, I prayed, I prayed, that someday I could give her my name At the end of all things where even memory dies I gave up my body to stay by her side At the end of all things in the infinite night I could have stared down any demon, I was not afraid to die, with her hand Holdin’ mine And I prayed, I prayed, I prayed, that the darkness wouldn’t take us away And she prayed, she prayed, she prayed She prayed, she prayed, she prayed With all of her heart she prayed And the whole world prayed with her that day And the darkness raged in impotent rage And we prayed, we prayed, we prayed And we found our way home that day
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You were always the strong and the silent type Slept with one eye open all your life There was no hate in your heart And no innocent blood on your hands And you could have flown away from this life Held that pedal down through the night The sun’s comin’ up and the Sea isn’t so far away Not so far to go No it won’t take long Just to find a home For the shepherd’s dog You said “No one is blameless these crazy days Like losing that key down the rooftop drain So let every man prove he’s Better than where he’s come from” They called you their friend in the better times They ate you alive when you spoke your mind You said “All men have sinned and We all have our crosses to bear” And you died all alone in that darkened room Your last words, they echoed in the concrete tomb You said “God’s got His plan and My rest isn’t so far away” Not so far to go No it won’t take long Just to find a home For the shepherd’s dog Not so far to go No it won’t take long Just to find a home For the shepherd’s dog For the shepherd’s dog

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released May 18, 2013

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Loren Radis San Luis Obispo, California

Loren Radis is 30-ish and married his best friend in 2010. He's thankful to have the opportunity to make music in his spare time. It's something he's always been passionate about and he tries to be as honest as possible in his songwriting. He hopes you hear something you like and thanks you for listening.

"a gifted and engaging songwriter" - Glen Starkey

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