Without You

(Brian Hendrix)

I knew a girl once, went to school with her, same neighborhood, and she was typically miserable. 'Til she broke up with her man, then she became the strongest person around. I really think this song encapsulates the growth that a "nothing to lose" attitude can have on you, though it's also deeper than that - it touches on the dissonance of love and loss. We all know that feeling where you feel stronger on your own, but still like part of you is with that other person. You still cling onto the way that person made you feel at the best of times, and you live with that. Indefinitely. This one here, which I wrote just before winter '19, is in my top-10 list of personal favorites. Reading it bereft the melody, might take a few tries to figure out how the syllable emphasis works out in the chorus, but it works perfect once you find it.

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What don't kill you makes you strong But I damn near died And I could flood the levees over All the tears I cried But my soul of glass turns into stone Scar tissue glued a heart that broke Left me tough as a junkyard dog Fightin' for its life (Chorus) The only good part of me without you Is that I got nothing left to lose Don't flinch when it thunders Or in the face of danger It's a good start to me moving on Just never knew it'd take this long Any time left for counting I'll brave through the remainder Yeah, I'll fight my battles 'til I'm black and blue The only good part of me without you I ain't blinded one small bit Staring at the sun Ain't no heat that'd break a sweat It won't faze me none All the roads I walked barefoot on nails XXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXX XXX XXXX XXXXX X XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XX XXXXXX XX XXX XXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XX XXXXXX XXXX XX XXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXX XX XXX XXXX XX X XXXXXX XXX XXXX XX X XXX XXX XXXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXX XXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXX XXX XXX XXXXXXXX

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