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10. Tandem

Track 10, "Tandem" [listen here], is one of a few interrelated songs I've written -- some on Journeyman and some yet to be recorded -- having to do with addiction.

My goal is to keep moving steady...

I don't know anyone who hasn't been touched by addiction in some form, whether within themselves or witnessing a loved one going through it. Some of the most difficult experiences I've ever had have centered around trying to support someone who was dealing with an addiction, while also keeping my own emotional wellness in order. It's not easy. It may be impossible. This song is about the choice to let go, or stay on the ride and focus on the positive. 

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I refuse to be forced to choose...

This song features Todd Thompson on quiet percussion. We didn't see a need for much else. The story speaks for itself.

Tuning: DGCFAD. Key of F.

Keith Hampton: voice, guitar
Todd Thompson: percussion

(c) 2014 Keith Hampton/BMI

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i know this road
my goal is to keep moving
steady down the center lane
but some days
i drift into the racing
and the rushing sides

all this joining and leaving
and swerving just seems
like a great waste of energy
and i envy the ones who
travel light
catch a view
and let it all go by
let it all go

and in my dream
of you and me
we sail to the end of
a path we can't see
til forever is
glorious and gone
and i refuse
to be forced to choose
a tandem totality
and give up the chance
for a mile or two
with you
simply side by side

maybe by choice or
maybe by chance
i'm repeating this journey again
discovering souls at their
most fragile circumstance

they sit in their circles
leave their families behind
surrender control to
manage their minds
it’s a dozen rough steps to take
none bring you closer to me
you're not getting closer
no

but in my dream
of you and me
we sail to the end of
a path we can't see
til forever is
glorious and gone
and i refuse
to be forced to choose
a tandem totality
and give up the chance
for a mile or two
with you
simply side by side

i know this road
my goal is
to keep moving
steady