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  1. Sheet of Flame

From the recording Sleeping Dogs

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"An acquaintance once asked me how my life was going. I laughed, and said 'are you sure you want to know?' She said yes. I said, 'It’s like I’ve been walking through a sheet of flame.' She paused, then said, 'And?...'”

Lyrics

Sheet of flame ©Bruce Wozny 1986

I've been walking through a sheet of flame / part of my life didn't make it through
what you see is what didn't get burned / what I've learned I'm telling you

fell out of love when I was eighteen / with a freedom-loving girl
thought I knew how to make it last / thought it was the end of my world
but I learned how to laugh again and I learned how to let her go
had to learn when to hide my heart / had to learn when to let it show

I used to play music in a country band / thought we could bring love into the bars
riding in that old blue pickup truck / trying hard to be country stars
soon the lights began to fade and the world got smaller too
my cowboy heroes didn't seem to care as much as they used to

I've been walking through a sheet of flame / part of my life didn't make it through
what you see is what didn't get burned / what I've learned I'm telling you

my father left earth just the other day / I thought I'd be above the pain
but I still had to face those scenes / walking into that hurricane
I had to watch my sister cry, had to hold my mother's hand
had to wear his empty shoes, had to work to understand

I’m still walking that middle path / I’m still following that blue star
I’m still a child of the light and sound / learning to live with a golden heart
I've still got to work to earn my pay / I’ve still got to push when people shove
I’ve still got to eat and sleep and breathe
I’ve still got to fight in the name of love

I've been walking through a sheet of flame / part of my life didn't make it through
what you see is what didn't get burned / what I've learned I'm telling you