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The kid is fed and off to bed
So with thoughts buzzing in your head
You walk out the back door
Bugs fly around the porch light
You stare out into the night
And wonder what it’s all for

You don’t always have to be the one who’s strong
If you won’t take my love then take this song
As a shoulder to cry on

His daddy was killed in the war
And with only one week left of his tour
And now when the boy cries
You never let it show
How it breaks your heart even though
He’s got his daddy’s eyes

I’ve known broken hearts before
But yours is making me hate all war
So your boy can have my guitar
Holding one is better than a gun
And it can still teach you how not to run
It was my only guiding star


from Country's What I Sing to Keep from Crying, track released December 21, 2018


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Joey Clark Weare, New Hampshire

Joey Clark is a NH native who became a songwriter in Nashville. Since returning to NH, Joey has been featured by Granite State of Mind and played on NHPR. Joey performs as a solo artist and with his band, the Big Hearts. Joey is a lyric-focused writer, with rhythms borrowed from swing, bluegrass, old-time, country and folk-rock, with memorable melodies and words. ... more

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