History In Real Life

by Brett Westgrove

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My grandpa stood ten feet tall
when I was ten years old and still so small
He started every story with “back in my day"
Gave me quarters and said “son save it all”
a few years later he was in the ground
momma said all best friends go home way too soon

But the world that I was living in
was a different world than his had been
And the history he contained just went away
But ours still remains

It’s in that tractor, that old pickup,
in your sweat and blood ‘fore the sun comes up,
it’s in brothers, and sisters, who hold you up when times get tough
it’s in the lessons and the heartache,
it’s living in your last heartbreak,
and the first tear, shed by your dad, the day the wheeled his life away
This is us… History In Real Life

Grandpa lived through tougher times
than I would ever know in all my life
He saw the world grow wings and shrink in size
He’s seen more change, he’s known more pain
he worked so hard to build a dream
But he was gone before I even realized

That the world that I was living in
was a different world than his had been
And the history he contained just went away
But ours still remains

It’s in that tractor, that old pickup,
in your sweat and blood ‘fore the sun comes up,
it’s in brothers, and sisters, who hold you up when times get tough
it’s in the lessons and the heartache,
it’s living in your last heartbreak,
and the first tear, shed by your dad, the day the wheeled his life away
This is us… History In Real Life

And I cried, though I didn’t know what I had lost
Still I tried, to get back up and brush it off
It took time, and it took growing to a man just to see...

That the world that I was living in
was a different world than his had been
And the history he contained just went away
But ours still remains...

It’s in that tractor, that old pickup,
in your sweat and blood ‘fore the sun comes up,
it’s in brothers, and sisters, who hold you up when times get tough
it’s in the lessons and the heartache,
it’s living in your last heartbreak,
and the first tear, shed by your dad, the day the wheeled his life away
This is us… History In Real Life

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released January 9, 2017

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