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Shasta Lyrics

from Warm Strangers

"Shasta" is track #7 on the album Warm Strangers. It was written by Vienna Teng.
"Shasta" is track #7 on the album Warm Strangers. It was written by Vienna Teng.

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So far so good
You're coming to the bend at the end of the road
You put a hand to the belly that's foreign more
With every day like an oversize load

And you're thinking about clouds, the color of fire
And the scent of an orange peel
The way Mt. Shasta explodes into windshield view
And your hands, steady on the wheel

So far so good
Coffee motel, coffee diner, coffee go on
Styrofoam is drying like the tears that once did flow
Starting 10 o'clock and ending at dawn

And you can't go back but you're going back
And you don't know what you'll say
You've got half formed sentences
Explanations for a life half broken away

And they just may
They'll take you in their arms
And then take out their knives
So you drive on, thinking

So far so good
But you can't go on much longer like this, you know
You're all alone in this world, no, that's not true
The nice Christian lady told you so

She was handing out pamphlets by the clinic door
Saying, "Jesus knows what you've been through
Take the savior into your heart, my child
There's love waiting for the both of you"

Well, you don't believe but you have to believe
It's still crumpled there in your back seat
Were you the hero or the worst kind of coward back there
Putting pavement back under your feet

Couldn't stand the heat
Couldn't stand the thought
Of ghosts with a negative age
Turn the page, okay

So far so good
You try to sing along to the radio
But it's not your language, not your song
It's from some other time ago

And you're thinking about how someone died that day
[Unverified] that was so carefully planned
But then again, maybe this life is like a sleeping mountain
Waking up to shape the land

Calm, calm, let it come
Let it come back to you
Calm, calm, breathe on out
You know, you know what to do


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