From the album It All Falls Away

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Lyrics

IT ALL FALLS AWAY

What woman placed herself upon this porch and watched the days
What boy played here with his dog waiting on the rain
What man carved this stair rail, rubbed it dark with stain
Who planted the wisteria and pulled the weeds away
What weathered hands split the wood that kept the family warm
Piled it in the stone fireplace that fell down long ago
Who smoothed the plaster that’s now crumbled to the floor
Robin’s egg blue just like the old front door

Oh, oh-oh-oh
Who will take notice
Sooner than we know
It all falls away

Who held her hand as she breathed her last breath
Who dug the grave for the dog that never learned to fetch
Who rubbed the pain from the hands that always did their best
When did the roof sigh and break and fall down to its rest
Slats of sunlight flicker through the open attic’s loft
Stretch across the memories of everything that’s lost
Birds nest in the walls and dart in and out
Theirs is the only song that’s left here in this house

Oh, oh-oh-oh
Who will take notice
Sooner than we know
It all falls away
It all falls away
Sooner than we know

It all falls away
(Oh-oh-oh)
It all falls away
(Oh-oh-oh)
It all falls away
(Oh-oh-oh)
Oh

Who walked away as soon as the relatives were dead
Turned their backs on yesterday and left it all unsaid
Not caring enough to even let the place change hands
Now glassless windowpanes are staring out across the land
Barns and homesteads crumble all along the highways
History fading as we turn our eyes away
What happened to their heritage determined and brave
The echoes of their lifetimes are up to us to save

Oh, oh-oh-oh
who will take notice
Sooner than we know
It all falls away
It all falls away
Who will remember their names
When it all falls away
We all fall away
Sooner than we know
It all falls away