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Daddy died in the mines at 29
Mama supposed it was his time
She took another job at night to make ends meet
Was left with me to raise up me

I learned you gotta take what you can get
You gotta give back what you can
Don't let the hard times break you down
They're gonna make you a better man

When I turned 18 I bought a one way ticket to a place I'd never seen
Was I running away or was I chasing a dream
It can go either way when you're living day by day
Ain't no reason to stay when times get lean

You learn you gotta take what you can get
You gotta give back what you can
Don't let the hard times break you down
They're gonna make you a better man

I took that river from it's mouth and headed south
To let it take me where it roll
I had to find out what this life was all about
You gotta leave to find your soul

I kept the letter you wrote in the pocket of my coat
It's my memory of you that keeps me afloat
Hold you in my dreams oh the prettiest gal my eyes have seen
When I find my place I'm gonna bring you to me

Til then I'm gonna take what I can get
I'm gonna give back what I can
I won't let the hard times break me down
They're gonna make me a better man

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from Have Mercy, released April 16, 2016

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