Passing Through

from by Richard MacLemale

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This song is about growing up in a small town in upstate New York, and going back to visit as an adult. We had one traffic light. Didn't get a McDonald's until after I grew up, but that's not a bad thing. The one movie theater in town had a 16 mm projector and got films 8 months after everyone else. No bowling alley. Nothing much to do.

The big thing was sports. If you weren't an athlete, you were definitely less valued. Probably because sports was about all there was to do. I was not an athlete.

Small town life wasn't all that bad, but it was not the experience that other artists have glorified. It was boring and we had to make our own fun, which we did.

Going back and visiting, which I do from time to time, I feel totally out of place there. The peaceful, quiet, slow pace is enough to drive me out of my ever loving mind. To each his or her own.

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I grew up slowly in this small town
and life was difficult for me
Once we outgrew playing with toy guns
we eventually grew up to see
Your personality and interests
had better be straight off the rack
That wasn't me and I had few friends
And that's why I don't wanna go back

So don't mind me, I'm passing through, I don't belong here
Yeah don't mind me, I'm passing through, I don't belong here
Keep your small town values, shops on main street
That's just fine for you
Don't mind me, I'm passing through

There weren't a lot of people like me
I found the few people that were
We stuck together and we made it through
not as easily as I would prefer
And some of us we grew up angry
A life of boredom and control
Our small town life was just a sentence
and you had to grow up for parole

So don't mind me, I'm passing through, I don't belong here
Yeah don't mind me, I'm passing through, I don't belong here
Keep your small town values, shops on main street
That's just fine for you
Don't mind me, I'm passing through

And there used to be nothing to do
And I can see that it's still true
And all the people stop and stare at my out of state license plate
And they're probably wondering about me
And they don't recognize my face
So they'll go back to their small town gossip and all their small town ways

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from Every Single Day, released October 1, 2009

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