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Older brothers are either deeply loving or slightly terrifying. Mine is schizophrenic - which basically means that he is both.


You wanted the car keys
But only to drive me far away
It’s better than leaving me on a train

You wanted fruit roll ups
But only to roll them in my hair
And still I’d follow you everywhere

So you’d say
Go….………..Go away

Later I knew the secrets – to all of the girls you dreamed about
But I held them ransom in my mouth
So you’d play your music
And we’d laugh and we’d smile and we’d talk
Pretty soon you’d say before I’d walk away – you’d say

Don’t go…….
Don’t go………..away

You dropped out of college and I hardly recognized your face
And you wouldn’t show yourself for days and days and days
And had I been stronger maybe I would’ve torn right through your door
Instead of just waiting there on the floor – too afraid to

Go away

The years go by slowly
With all of the things life puts you through
And I can’t count the ways that I miss you

And the days when you call me
I find I can hardly believe my ears
Cuz I always feel that familiar fear – that you will

Go…………..go away
Don’t go……Don’t go away

One day we’ll be older and one of us is gonna be left alone
And maybe that’s all we’ve ever known


from The Family Album, released April 22, 2012
Music and Lyrics by Jessica Ripka
Produced by Brooke Waggoner
Recorded at McPherson Studios - Nashville, TN
Mixed by Joe Gilder
Mastered by Yes Master

Jessica Ripka - vocals, piano
Tripp Beam - drums, percussion
Jeff Irwin - bass
Matt Slocum - cello
David Davidson - violin
Brooke Waggoner - synths, flute



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