Willoughby Clay

from by Nick Doneff

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PASSING BUCKSHOT HOLES IN THE SPEED LIMIT SIGNS
OVER COUNTRY MILES WITH OUR BIKES ON THE FADED CENTRE-LINES
TO THE BACKYARDS WE’D RETREAT AND SLIDE THROUGH THE DAYS
OF THE SPRING THAWS WITH SCHOOL SHOES DEEP IN THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY

I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY

AND THE WORLD THAT I KNEW WAS IN THE AIR SO CLEAR
THAT BROUGHT THE BUFFALO NEWS ACROSS THE RIVER TO MY PARENTS’ RABBIT EARS
BUT LIGHTS GROW OLD AND SIGNALS FADE
AND WHAT COMES IN ON THE WIND CAN JUST BLOW AWAY

I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY
IT HASN’T CHANGED AND THE OLD FOLKS SAY
THAT WHEN IT’S ALL YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY
STAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE MORE ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY

THE OLD STATION’S GOT A TREE GROWIN’ OUT OF ITS ROOF
IT WAS THE LIFE OF THIS TOWN, BUT NOW IT’S JUST LIVING PROOF
OF GROWING UP AND OUT FOR GRACE OR ILL
WHEN THERE’S OTHER LIFE TO LIVE AND OTHER TIME TO KILL

I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY
IT HASN’T CHANGED AND THE OLD FOLKS SAY
THAT WHEN IT’S ALL YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY
STAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE MORE ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY

YOU THINK I REALLY KNOW HOW THIS LIFE WILL GO?
WHEN THE YEARS FLOAT BY LIKE SMOKE IN THE TIME SPENT AWAY?
BEEN TAKING IT HARD - AND IT’S STARTING TO SHOW SOMETIMES
MY GOD, AND IT’S JUST LIKE DYING - BUT I’M WIDE AWAKE

SO WHEN MY TIME COMES - WHEN THE BILLS ARE ALL PAID
NO MATTER WHERE I’VE ROAMED I’LL HEAD HOME, ONE TIME, TO STAY
GIVE THE GRAVEDIGGER MY GOLD WATCH AND MY SHARPEST SPADE
‘CAUSE HE’LL HAVE A HELL OF A GO, I KNOW, IN THAT WILLOUGHBY CLAY

I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY
IT HASN’T CHANGED AND THE OLD FOLKS SAY
THAT WHEN IT’S ALL YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY
STAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE MORE ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY

I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY

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from Nick Doneff, released December 9, 2016
(Doneff)

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Nick Doneff Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Ontario-born, PEI-based singer/songwriter, session player, and sideman.

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