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​The Blue Distance

This song is by Mary Chapin Carpenter and appears on the album The Things That We Are Made Of (2016).

Across the railroad tracks, down the gravel road
Headlights throw a beam on the way back home
Lie down, lie down, listen wide awake
To the trains that roll, to the sound time makes

It passes through the air like a summer storm
Catching on my sleeve like a roses thorn
Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it roars
Flies like the wind, waits by the door
And I know you know and that's all I need
When the light of day looks like night to me
When you're far away and I'm all alone
I can't explain, I know you know

It fills up my chest, it fills up my eyes
Like an old glass jar filled with fireflies
Sometimes I'm still, sometimes I sigh
Sometimes I'm lost and I don't know why
But I know you know and that's all I need
When the light of day looks like night to me
When you're far away and I'm all alone
I can't explain, I know you know

In the morning light, before the heat sets in
Call the dogs to run where the shade has been
Across the railroad tracks lay your silver down
Find it smooth and flat, stars for your crown

In the blue distance where our lives unfurl
At the edges of the sky, the beauty of the world
I know you know and that's all I need
When the light of day looks like night to me
When we're far away and we're all alone
I can't explain, I know you know