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We struggle along, doing the best we can.

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We should be nice to each other.

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But the guy in that house a couple of doors down, you know the one, he’s probably got some child tied up in a box in the basement or somebody’s mother under the floorboards.

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I sometimes cross paths with men like that, but what’s the use?

It’s over, beast.

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You don’t never bring one of them back.

They’ve crossed over.

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If there’s a harder world than this one, I don’t want to go see it.

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And yet this is a blessed world, full of broken-hearted love and crazy tenderness. There isn’t any figuring it out, you just have to let it wash over you.

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Tonight I pray for all those who are suffering, that they might find peace.

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Amen.

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