From: Rhythm in the Word, Volume 1 – “You Don’t Know Me”

…”Please don’t tell me it’s time to come home
I wouldn’t know which way you want me to go”

Sometimes I envy people who are from somewhere. And stay there. Or end up there. I envy the familiarity they have with their country – the history. Like a lot of people, I was born one place, grew up in another and then looked for a place of my own. Sometimes I wish I could have stayed where I grew up. After I moved around a lot, I went back there. I felt like I had found my way home. But that didn’t last.

I like it here, where I am now. I really do. But I’m not from here. And I’m not from there. So I’m hoping it doesn’t matter where you’re from… just where you are.

I AIN’T FROM NOWHERE Copyright 2013 by Don Wright

I’m standing in the back door framed by a setting sun on fire it seems
There’s dust from a ’65 Chevrolet rollin’ by down the acequia road
The wind is blowin’, the birds are flyin’
The water’s rising and the dogs they’re crying
Like something just died somewhere in the neighborhood

There’s a long slow train rolling through
Sounds like it’s sayin’, “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do”
Right here’s where I am, no matter where I’ve been
I can’t tell you how many places I’ve lived
I ain’t from nowhere and I ain’t goin’ back

My head hurts, my back is broken
All I have is the time I’ve stolen
What I need is this glass filled with warm red wine
Please don’t tell me it’s time to come home
I wouldn’t know which way you want me to go
If these clouds want to gather well I’m just gonna let it rain

There’s no words for the longing that I’m feeling inside myself
I think you might have mistaken me for somebody else
But right here’s where I am, no matter where I’ve been
I don’t know how many places I’ve lived
But I ain’t from any of ‘em and I ain’t goin’ back

Now Jimmy from the barrio lives down the road
How did he get here I don’t know
He’s got a story for everything that hangs on his wall
Me I got a picture of some railroad tracks
A car in the driveway that’s low and fast
Slide in baby sit down let’s go for a ride

Just got my feet in the water and I feel like I already drowned
I’m barely hanging on to the railing out here on the edge of town
Yeah this is where I am no matter where’ve been
I couldn’t tell you all the places I’ve lived
But I ain’t from nowhere so I can’t go back

Take your time, tell me what you want
Make it real clear where the line is drawn
Then step back child, we’ll see what comes
I got a funny feeling that comes on strong
Money in my pocket but not for long
I once was a servant of God and I can do it again

Oh we could fall in love and I wouldn’t know why
Guess I’ll never understand this life ‘till the day I die
But now this is where I am no matter where I’ve been
I can’t remember all the places I’ve lived
I ain’t from nowhere
I ain’t goin’ back

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