Money Down

by Craig Manning

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I wrote this song about my hometown. It's the first "single" from my second full-length album, which is going to be called 'Life in the Rearview Mirror.' The whole record is coming next Friday, so I'd love if you came back in a week and gave it a listen.

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I was born and raised here
This tiny rust belt town
In the northwest corner of the state
Where our only claim to fame
Is staying put after we graduate
But it ain’t that we’re dumb
We don’t lack the ambition or drive
To get out of this town
Make something out of ourselves
We just know what we got here
With the sun and the stars
Is too good to leave behind in our college years
That’s why we always come back

Let’s find a place where the sun sets on the tree line
Or a beach where we can make the most of summertime
Let’s watch the stars burn out with the night
If we’re never gonna get out of this town
Let’s put some money down
And stay here

I don’t mind the dirt on my shoes
Or the sand in my hair
Or the dust in these vinyl grooves
If we could stay out of the city lights
For our whole lives
Well girl I think that might be alright
Our best friends moved away four years ago
They said they had to see the world or something
I don’t know
But we’ll be saying “I told you so”
When they’re rolling back down Front Street
‘Cause they couldn’t find a way to beat what we got here
When nobody else is near
Yeah, we’d be crazy to leave

Let’s find a place where the sun sets on the tree line
Or a beach where we can make the most of summertime
Let’s watch the stars burn out with the night
If we’re never gonna get out of this town
Let’s put some money down
And stay here

‘Cause settling down don’t mean settling for less
And putting down roots don’t mean putting your dreams to rest
Gotta be honest girl I couldn’t care less
About finding the best job, or making a big pile of cash
As long as I can stay here
In the best place in the world
With the most beautiful girl
Where running away just means jumping on a boat
Maybe grab the guitar, we can write a hit song

‘Bout finding somewhere where the sun sets on the tree line
Or a beach where we can make the most of sweet summertime
Let’s watch the stars burn out with the night
If we’re never gonna get out of this town
Let’s put some money down
And stay here

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released August 4, 2017

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