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  1. The Exception

From the recording Straight To Marrow

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Clint Alphin – Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Neilson Hubbard – Bass, Drums, Melotron, Organ, Piano (“Patchwork Journey”)
Kris Donegan – Guitars
Pat Buchanan – Guitars (“The Exception,” “You Lied,” “Should Have Loved”)
Will Kimbrough – Guitars (“Bless Your Heart”)
Evan Hutchings – Drums (“Ain’t That Something,” “Out To California,” “Grandfather; Grandmother”)
Dan Mitchell – Piano (“Bless Your Heart”)
Dean Marold – Bass (“Prove Me Wrong,” “Nobody’s Perfect,” “Patchwork Journey,” “Write Me Off”)
Lindsay Ellyn – Harmony Vocals (“You Lied,” “Should Have Loved”)
Audrey Spillman Hubbard – Harmony Vocals (“Grandfather; Grandmother”)
Mia Rose Lynne – Harmony Vocals (“Prove Me Wrong,” “Write Me Off”)

Lyrics

In the face of circumstances
I’ve been told to take my chances
but that’s never been a strength of mine.

But I know I’ve been thinking about you
since before the day I met you
and if you don’t believe me, I can’t lie.

Because I feel like I’ve grown old before my time
and I feel like I’ve been saying that same line
over and over, thinking
I don’t know if you’ve been sinking
But if you need a hand,
girl make it mine.

Next time you see me, baby
walking around
with my soul disappeared
and my head to the ground
I’ll be thinking
about how even now
I can’t forget you.

I’ve seen good-hearted women
wasting their gazes
on the rakes and the rounders
all for the sake of the story that sounds like
the ones they were raised on by the winners,
so-called winners.

Maybe what they told us now is true
that it always takes one to make the rule,
then baby that’s my only prayer for you,
that you’d be the exception.

All the looks that you’ve been getting
and the lines that you’ve been hearing,
Baby don’t you fall for them again.

‘Cause I don’t care if it’s not easy
for your broken heart to trust me,
Darling, I will wait for you to mend.

Because I feel like there’s a part of me that’s gone
and it’s watching over you wherever you are,
And I don’t know if you can feel it,
but I know I’m willing to bet
I will never get it back again.

Next time you see me, baby
walking around
with my soul disappeared
and my head to the ground
I’ll be thinking
about how even now
I can’t forget you.

I’ve seen kisses, tender
sent from the sender
falling cold on the countenance
of those who received them
all without appreciation
for the hearts that were left there for the taking

Maybe what they told us now is true
that it always takes one to prove the rule,
then baby that’s my only prayer for you,
that you’d be the exception.

Yeah, baby that’s my lonely prayer for you,
that you’d be the exception.

Clint Alphin
© 2019