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The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

John Prine

You come home late and you come home early --
You come on big when you're feeling small.
You come home straight and you come home curly --
Sometimes you don't come home at all.

Chorus
So what in the world has come over you?
And what in heaven's name have you done?
You've broken the speed of the sound of loneliness:
You're out there running just to be on the run.

Well I got a heart that burns with a fever --
And I got a worried and a jealous mind.
How can a love that'll last forever,
Get left so far behind?

(Chorus)

It's a mighty mean and a dreadful sorrow --
It's crossed the evil line today.
Well, how can you ask about tomorrow?
We ain't got one word to say.

(Chorus)

You're out there running just to be on the run
You're out there running just to be on the run
You're out there running just to be on the run

The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness was also sung by
Nanci Griffith (Other Voices, Other Rooms (1993)),
and probably other artists.
 
YouTube: Nanci Grifith (live), Duet with John Prine.

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