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Don't Tear Down

from Right Side Of Zero (1996) by Darryl Purpose

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This song was inspired by professor Tom Malloy's 'Curtain of Dawn' part philosophical ramble and part journal from the Soviet American Peace Walk. Second verse is for activist, Tracy Zeluff

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CHORUS:
Don't Tear Down, Don't Tear Down
No matter what's coming I know you'll hold your ground
Don't Tear Down these truths you've found

There's such a small space between conform and crazy
I try to live there but sometimes the lines get hazy
It's so easy to get caught up working for a living
Watching CNN while they're rooting for the home team
Then the billboard woman looms over the horizon
I keep my eyes straight ahead but my eyes are on her
As I think to myself, 'wasn't there something more important? what was it?'

CHORUS:
Don't Tear Down, Don't Tear Down
No matter what's coming I know you'll hold your ground
Don't Tear Down these truths you've found


I got this friend she works downtown, but she doesn't mind the traffic
Well she stays downtown I guess that's why she don't mind it
And she cares for others and she thinks for herself
And sometimes I wish she'd take better care of herself
But she's trying to save the world and thinks she knows how to do it
Sees something wrong want's to get down to it
Now she's angry at the world but you know, who can blame her
I get angry too, and I think that's why I like her

CHORUS:
Don't Tear Down, Don't Tear Down
No matter what's coming I know you'll hold your ground
Don't Tear Down these truths you've found

I did a lot of traveling in 1991
The year that American morality hit bottom
They are dancing in the streets with blood on their breath
Praying to the war god, celebrating death

CHORUS:
Don't Tear Down, Don't Tear Down
No matter what's coming I know you'll hold your ground
Don't Tear Down these truths you've found

REPEAT CHORUS

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from Right Side Of Zero (1996), released January 1, 1996
written by Darryl
slide lead by Marty Rifken
electric guitar by Bruce Miller

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Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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