The Other Shoe

from by Emily Anderson

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lyrics

There’s a naked shoe out on the sidewalk
Getting rained on in the dark
And its faded friend lies in the gutter
Across the street down in the park

I’m no alchemist, only a sinner biding time
Can’t spin your sorrow into gold
But sir, I can spare a dime

Everyone just wants someone to hold
Tell them we can make it through
I don’t have all the answers
But I sure as hell have you

There’s a graying man beside a river
Tossing pebbles just to see them fall
And the stones feel as cold as the cancer
That kept his wife from growing old

I’m no alchemist, only a sinner biding time
Can’t spin your sorrow into gold
But sir, I can spare a dime

Everyone just wants someone to hold
Tell them we can make it through
I don’t have all the answers
But I sure as hell have you

There’s a preacher boy waiting at the station
Packed up to leave those Carolina skies behind
Cuz he knows if he lets his lover go
He’ll look back on this moment for the rest of his life
Because

Everyone just wants someone to hold
Tell them we can make it through
I don’t have all the answers
But I sure as hell have you

There’s a fine line between
Getting burned and catching stars
We’re all trying to hide our battle wounds

There’s a fine line between
Who we love and who we are
We’re all just looking for the other shoe

credits

from Simple Things, released August 4, 2017
Vocals & Ukulele: Emily Anderson
Guitar: Tommy Leland
Bass: Gavin O’Broin
Violin: Lars Thorson
Mandolin & Banjo: Liam Lewis
Cajon: Danny Pratt
Background Vocals: Ali Veech

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Emily Anderson Fairbanks, Alaska

Like stumbling into a rose garden on a trek through the arctic, listeners of Emily’s music find themselves helplessly lifted into a world so hauntingly familiar, and yet so enchantingly curious. With a voice of untouchable purity and lyricism of remarkable wit and poignancy, Emily cradles matters of the human heart with an almost impossible sweetness. ... more

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