A Mile of Ground

A girl carries water in a gasoline can
A mile to the well, another back again
She didn’t ask to be born in this place
She didn’t ask, but she carries the weight

A boy in Nebraska stares up into space
Feels misunderstood, he dreams of escape
He didn’t ask to be born in this place, but
His future ahead is for him to create

The same heart pounds
As they kick the dirt up from the ground

Why do we wait?
What does it take
To see that in my shoes or yours
A mile of ground
Wherever it’s found
Is still the same distance to cross

A man with an office a hundred floors up
Can see for miles but it isn’t enough
Didn’t know peace would be so hard to find
He looks at tomorrow with fear in his eyes

A girl in the street throws up her fist with a shout
Joining her voice with the gathering crowd
Didn’t know peace would be so hard to find
Seizes her chance to make a better life

The same heart beats
Inside a soul that longs for relief

Why do we wait?
What does it take
To see that in my shoes or yours
A mile of ground
Wherever it’s found
May be the same distance to cross
But if the road’s not paved
The journey’s not the same

We put, we put
One foot
Before, before
The other.

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