Sarah Pinsker

Tomorrow People (pre-release)

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Sarah Pinsker

Story

This song will be on my 2013 album. This version is unmastered - not quite ready for primetime, but I thought I'd let people take a listen in honor of the great dustbowl documentary that aired last night and tonight. "Tomorrow People" was inspired by Timothy Egan's excellent dustbowl history, "The Worst Hard Time," which also served as inspiration for the Ken Burns documentary on PBS. 

Lyrics

Daniel, the poetry of a moment escapes me these days

Each one rides in on a mountain of dust and it rides out just the same

Every inch of our good Texas dirt

has gone and hitched itself to an east bound wind

So I guess this is some farm from somewhere out west

that’s got my door blowing in

 

Tomorrow people

Tomorrow people say the dust will just blow out of town

Tomorrow people

If wishes were like horses I would saddle up and leave for firmer ground

 

Daniel, when we put down roots here I swear they dug in deep

These days it’s just the stubborn ones like me

still scrambling for something to hold

We came drawn by a blanket of grass tucked in at the corners of the sky

You'd think that such a precious thing would have put up more of a fight

 

Tomorrow people

Tomorrow people say the dust will just blow out of town

Tomorrow people

If wishes were like horses I would saddle up and leave for firmer ground

 

Daniel, the crops died quick but most everything else dies slow

On the days the dust settles, the sky might sell us what it used to give for free

But the newsreels show breadlines and busted men that ain't any better off

And choking on my given land beats losing my pride to the city

 

Yesterday the birds all dropped like they'd been shot out of the sky

Behind them came a wall of dust two miles wide & high

If there was any place within five states well, that was the moment I would have run

But I just watched it come

 

Daniel, you know what it's like to wear your hopes down to the threads

Then you just keep wearing them cause you don't know what else you can do

And I'd rather look to tomorrow than drown in this black dust

I'd rather make it through the other side than let this be what came of us

 

Tomorrow people

Tomorrow people say the dust will just blow out of town

Tomorrow people say and who am I to bring them down

If wishes were like horses I would saddle up and leave

Oh I would saddle up and leave